Chepelare welcomes the elite in mountain biking

The best Bulgarian mountain bikers will participate in a race during the weekend in Chepelare. On 21 and 22 July in the Rhodope Town will be held the Bulgarian State Championship for downhill for 2018. More than 100 cyclists have already been involved. One of the longest and most diverse descent routes in Bulgaria will for the first time receive a race of this rank. The track over Chepelare has a length of 3400m and 700m displacement, including all natural and artificial obstacles, such as roots, stones, steep slopes, big jumps and more.

In addition to a national championship, the race is also part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Cycling Series for 2018, with points for the overall rankings. Participants in the competition will be divided into 6 separate categories – Junior 15-16, Junior 17-18, Men Elite 19+, Masters 30+ Men, Women and Hardtail.

The competition is open and in addition to licensed racers, it is possible to include all those who have the necessary skills and courage. They just need to register online in advance. Saturday, 21 June, is dedicated to training and exploring the route, and on Sunday, 22nd, the main event will take place. From 10 am the training will continue, at 12:30 pm begins the qualification and the finals will start at 3:00 pm. The winners will be personally awarded by the mayor of Chepelare, Mrs Slavka Chakarova.

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