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12.
june 2013

Glocknerman 2013 - changes in the route

The route of the 16th World Championship changed twice during the two weeks before the start. For the second time it was a day and half before we set off. Due to weather conditions at Hochtor (a mountain pass at Grossglockner) the route "classic" did not go there at all. There was snow and it was freezing at night when the riders were supposed to reach it. The organizers decided that the route will go from Winklern, instead of Hochtor to Hermagor, through  Karnische Dolomitenstrasse to Kartitscher Sattel and Leinz, across Iselsberg Pass and back to Winklern. Despite the fact that this race is quite short, due to the hills it is one of the hardest races in Europe. The inclines of the famous passes are all between 15 - 24%. That you find only in the Alps, not many Central Europeans come to this ultra race. The riders on "ultra" route faced a change at Grossglockner as well. From Hochtor they were returned back to Winklern, instead of crossing the pass, for safety reasons. Our friend Rišo Meleg from Slovakia rode this route and won his category 40+. We congratulate Rišo and hope to see him soon at other races.

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2013-08-23 21:54:14
Jiří Hledík
12.
june 2013

glocknerman 2013 - We crossed the finish line

I was quite ill few days before the race and only thanks to my daughter Anička I managed to put myself together and be ready to ride. Our team was great as usual, the stops were prepared perfectly, no troubles with the navigation even though there were quite big changes at the last minute. We finished on Saturday at 10:48. The route was 833,5 km long, with 13000 m of elevation. Our total time was 46 hours and 48 minutes which was enough for second place in category 50+ on the route "classic". The winner of my category was Klaus Dieter Beck. We managed to repeat our second place from 6 years ago in a significantly better time - we were faster by 6,5 hours. I would like to thank my team that worked like a well oiled machine. Our new team member - Štěpán Kavan - was perfect and was an adequate replacement for missing Jakub and Vojta. I would like to thank all those who sent us supportive text messages and followed our progress on the web. You can check out the photos in the Galery. Our second race of this year is the Race Around Austria and starts on August 14th.

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2013-06-12 17:37:12
Jiří Hledík
05.
june 2013

World championship in ultrarace "GLOCKNERMAN 2013"

On thursday at noon we will start the 16th year of a road bike ultra race which is considered a world championship. We will be taking the "Classic" route which will take us back 6 years (in 2008 I finished second here in the 50+ category). This year 7 competitors are participating, 5 of which in my category 50+. The starting list is filled with the Austrians and Germans. Rišo Meleg is riding the "Ultra" route and I'm happy to see at least one person I know. You can see in the starting list that it's the first time for me to be the oldest competitor. After many years of this race both routes have been changed and it doesn't go through Heiligenblut and twice over Fuschertorl anymore. Right now this pass together with the upper part of Hochalpinstrasse is covered in snow (shot from this morning…)! Website of the organizer can be found HERE (unfortunately the race cannot be followed online)

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2013-06-05 22:44:33
Jiří Hledík
05.
june 2013

Support team for ultrarace "GLOCKNERMAN 2013"

Our first ultrarace this year I will be supported by Vláďa Vebr, Vláďa Koplík – Mechoš, Zdenek Janeček, Honza Vebr, and the freshman in our team Štěpán Kavan who is helping us cover for Vojta. This time we’re a group of guys only but Mechoš is willing to work not only as a mechanician and driver but also as a cook. This year we are missing Vojta and Jakub who is coming back from New Zealand this week. His role of a filmtaker and photographer will be adopted by Honza who takes all the lences he’s got. We are leaving this afternoon without Honza who will be joining us tomorrow. We are leaving our republic at difficult times during severe floodings and people have other things on their mind…

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2013-06-05 22:42:05
Jiří Hledík
15.
march 2013

season 2013

This year we plan to go to two races – Glocknerman Classic in June, and Race Around Austria 1500 in August. After the unsuccessful attempt at RAAM 2012 I need to take it step-by-step so we chose races we already know. Due to longer regeneration after the last season, I started the winter training two months later. I chose not go to Mallorca this year, instead I am planning a 10-day spring training camp in Jeseníky Mountains in April. During the winter I mix cycling with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. My training partners are often my wife Jindřiška, son Vojta, our dog Još or my friend Štěpán. Few photos are in the gallery.

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2013-03-15 21:35:37
Jiří Hledík
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