The Wenger Czech Adventure Race Will Go Ahead At The End Of August
Descents from sandstone towers, CPs at Gothic castles or orienteering in a rocky labyrinth, these and many other challenges will be part of the 18th edition of the Wenger Czech Adventure Race (CZAR). It will be the first international AR in Europe after corona crisis and takes place from 26 to 30 of August, not far from Prague.
”The decision to organize the race this year was not easy.“ Said race director Tomas Vanek, and explained: “We have only 7 home teams from the Czech Republic and the borders have been locked down for a long time. We don’t know if other teams will make it to the start line or not, but we read about so many fantastic events being postponed until next year and realized how sad it would be if there is no AR this summer. So, we decided to take the risk and hope that teams will do their best to come. Some teams have had to cancel their registration, but others are signing up happy that there is an event for them after this dark period.“
The race consists of 300km MTB, 85km trekking, 20km orienteering, 33km river paddling, all divided into stages spiced with special disciplines such as rock climbing, rappelling, rope ascending, via ferratas etc. Unfortunately there will be no ‘Bolscross’, the most famous discipline of the CZAR.
Tomas Vanek explained: “We did not find the proper spot for this up´n down running track full of obstacles, rope ladders and nets, and we don´t want to lower the high standard of our favourite discipline. We added a few via ferratas instead and a special CP where teams will mark a few MTB CPs on their own – they will have to find them in their maps from a 360° vantage point just according the pictures and their description.“ The race is about 440km long this year. Thanks to time limits, all teams should cross the finish line on Saturday August 30.
This year race is for rock enthusiasts – the initial trekking stage leads through the famous rock town of Prachovské Skály and several CPs are located at rock castles, plus there are special disciplines situated at sandstone towers and picturesque rock formations. Most CPs are located at special places with an interesting history. Teams will receive a Road Book with a short summary for every CP so they can get to know some facts about the area.
The MINI Adventure Race, a complementary race to Wenger CZAR for two-person teams starts on Friday 28. It takes 18 hours and is designed for athletes of all levels.
Registrations for Wenger Czech Adventure Race are still open and until the end of June the early bird registration fee for the whole team is 600 EUR. (After that it goes up to 750 EUR. See www.adventurerace.cz or www.facebook.com/CzechAdventureRace.