Course of XTERRA CZECH
Swim (1,2 km)
The first part of triathlon take place at Kristanovicky pond, 7 kilometres fom Prachatice. You can travell on your own or use our BUS with bike trailer which has departure at 11 am from Small square in Prachatice. This highest situated pond in Czech republic (790 m.a.s.) was built in 19th century for fishing and also for vocations. Because of peat bottom the pond has one of the clearest watters in south of Bohemia. Pond is rounded by woods, behind west dam, there is hidden small camp. Near the pond (2km) there is ruin of castle called HUS (built in 1341), which was built for protecting the Golden path, one of the most important business ways in Middle ages in central Europe. The race take place on the "beach", which offer great area for T1 and for start. By the way there is small bar with some drinks!
Start of the race will be from watter, near the beach (wil be marked). Swim track consists from two laps (each 600m) with running from the watter in the middle. T1 will be of grawell beach near the swim entrance. Transition area will not be arranged by race numbers. Relays will be giving chips to bikers in the end of transition area.
Bike will be marked by blue darts and ribbons on the trees. After riding off the beach you will ride the tarmac road, direction Hlasna lhota, but there after a kilometer there ends the fun. Muddy singletracks with sharp stones under it, this is Xterra Czech 2012!!! After few kilometres, track continous with large sand roads, direction Albrechtovice. After riding trought small village, track takes right to very dangerous downhill which ends with small ford. Next step is to beat very slopy singletrack trought pastures. If you will have a little time you schould check Bunkers form thithties of 20th century, remember this place! After climp to Cerna Hora (maybe 4 km) you schould enjoy technical downhill to the city of race, Great square Prachatice.
After riding trought refreshment area, you schould move your eyes up and you will see next climb - Dubovy Vrch. When you rech the top, you schould enjoy some funny singletracks in area called Cvrckov. After riding trought another ford the track will slowly move up to the most difficult climb of the race - Stadla. In the end of this hell climb we made new section called "Stairway to Heaven" - really slopy climp on moss! Next 5 km downhill with nice landwievs is desrved price for previous though work. In the village called Zablati you will find next refreshment area, and you will turn left to the last section. You will slowly climbing up on the relief of Cerna Hora in direction to these Bunkers you have seen in the beginning of race. There you will take same way as in the first lap to the finish of the bike course.
On the Great square will be situated T2. Run will be marked by red darts and marks. After running of it you can take some refreshment, first time on run. In the opposite direction of bike end you will run next to Stepancin park and continue on the street called Golden Path to the trails. After running across the bridge near boarding school you will take left to the really funny singletrack you Scould check Hübler´s chapel in the end of it you have to climb really slopy hill, called Slunecna louka. Next you will run trought some singletracks in direction to the old Prachatice waterworks. After joining some history you have to check nature and fauna of woods - and you great expectations, cause you will run next to feding-rack. Maybe you will have another things in charge..:) cause you have to run up to the highest point of run course - Old wood crossroads. There you will meet bikers, but you will maybe net have time to say hello...cause next dangerous downhill will be real check of your run skills. Probably you will think, that craziest thing schouldn´t come, but traversing the Dubovy vrch hill offer a lot of dangers. Last kilometr will be really peacefull - only run on the tamrac road to the race center, but theres a problem - you schould run two of these laps (each 5 km)...:) After two laps (after fiirts you will get rope, as a proof of running two laps) you schould finaly run trought finish gate and rest in the finisher tent.