Due to the declaration of a state of emergency and its validity, the “Ikšķile MTB bicycle ride 2020” originally scheduled for May 31 had to be postponed until June 9. Now that there are much more favorable conditions for sports and competitions, July 11 has been chosen as the day of the favorite cycling trip. Therefore, after a one-year break, the Ikšķile MTB bike ride will take place again in the usual month of July. Cyclists will have a great opportunity to take part in the competition again after a break of more than a hundred days, moreover, in a very beautiful area, such as the nature park “Blue Mountains”. The bike ride, which started in 2011, will take place for the ninth time this year, and plans to gather several hundred bicycle lovers.
Those who started in previous years know it very well, but we can tell the debutants that the track is interesting and dynamic, giving the opportunity to go out and enjoy the mountainous and beautiful territory of the nature park “Blue Mountains”. Several leading Latvian MTB riders, as well as cycling enthusiasts, always take part in the cycling ride, so everyone can choose the distance that suits them according to their abilities. The organizers offer the usual three distances, the longest of which, of course, is the “Marathon” distance, where the 16km lap will have to be run three times, for a total of 48km. The participants of the half marathon distance will have to run one lap less (two laps), thus completing a total of 32 km. This time in the shortest of these three main distances – in the “Family” distance – 12 km (one lap) is planned for the participants. As usual, it is also thought about the smallest participants, for whom a children’s bike ride of 300 – 800 m will be organized, where at the finish each child will receive a commemorative medal.
In addition to individual competition, there is always a lot of interest in team fights in the two longest distances in the Marathon and Half Marathon, where the team can have seven participants, of which the four best will be judged. Therefore, teams are also invited to assemble teams and apply for a bike ride to compete for cups and sponsor prizes.
The competition center will be open and registration will start from 10:00 Blue Mountain cross-country ski run at the start area. At 11:00 start will be given to the family distance and the smallest participants, but at 13:00 marathon and half marathon distance performers will start the competition.
“Online” registration and the regulations can be found on the Sportlat website – sportlat.lv. As usual, it is more advantageous for the residents of the region to apply, where participants can apply for a special participation fee in Ikšķile – Tourism Information Center, Birzes Street 33 and Ogre, “Nesēdimājas” bicycle workshop, Mālkalnes Avenue 26.
The competition is organized by the association “Sports Club SportLat” in cooperation with Ikšķile municipality.