I look outside the window – it’s cold, raining, wind is blowing. After all, it’s time to pack my rucksack and prepare for the next and maybe the last one ultra race this year – 22nd PRAŽSKÁ STOVKA.
PRAŽSKÁ STOVKA means Prague’s 100 and the number refers to the distance of the foot race. Actually, the distance of PRAŽSKÁ STOVKA is even longer than 100 kilometres and it changes depending of the route in a year. In the year 2015 it’s about 130 kilometre of the route and 5350 metres of positive elevation gain.
Prague is a big city and capital of Czech Republic. Three years ago, when I joined to PRAŽSKÁ STOVKA first time, I imagined that it’s easy race taking place on the outskirts of Prague including combination of asphalt roads, paved and gravel path with some elevation difference. In fact, PRAŽSKÁ STOVKA is extreme long-distance race which goes through beautiful but difficult hilly and rocky terrain including some parts along cliffs and steep banks of the river.
The race is divided in 2 stages:
- Stage 1: 61 kilometres of distance / 2431 meters of positive elevation gain
Some places from the route of stage 1, click to read Wikipedia article (pictures loaded directly from Wikipedia website):
- Stage 2: 69 kilometres of distance / 2919 meters of positive elevation gain,
Some places from the route of stage 2, click to read Wikipedia article (pictures loaded directly from Wikipedia website):