The ultimate two-for-one racing vacation in Europe can be had this August as the XTERRA Czech and Germany Championships will be held on back-to-back weekends on August 4 and August 11.
For 2012, the Czech race leaves the northern ski resort of Spindleruv Mlyn for the sunny middle ages Bohemian village of Prachatice.
“This new location is a fabulous, historical village full of things to see and do,” said XTERRA managing director Dave Nicholas. “Founded in the 11th century, Prachatice was an important stop on the “Golden Path” route which carried salt through Europe. Because of its strategic location the city went through a dozen kings and rulers. The architecture is very unique with the main interests being the new town hall (built 1903) the old town hall (built 1571) and the churches of St. James the greater (1511) and the small and gorgeous Petr and Pavel church. The town square is an absolute delight.”
Prachatice sits in the Sumava mountains at 1,800’ elevation (561m). The course was designed by long-time XTERRA racer and race director, Michal Pilousek, and features “lots of climbing, fast downhills, singletrack and some spectacular views of the village and valleys.” Preview the course and read descriptions at xterra.cz.
“The village has a population of 12,000 so there are lots of choices of hotels, guest houses, restaurants, swimming pools, bike shops and always – fabulous Czech beer,” said Nicholas. “Keep in mind the city of Budweiser (Ceske Budejovice) is just 40k away.”
"When I was thinking about moving, there was only one choice - Prachatice, the city that I come from! We have organized XTERRA Czech tour races in the city twice, so I know it will be perfect!” said Pilousek. (Click here for a discount on hotels in Prachatice).
“Also we are working on project of free swim clinics, and bike practice with local riders all week long. After the race we will have a great after party with live music, same as in the first years of the XTERRA Czech Championship."
This is the 11th year XTERRA has had a championship race in the Czech Republic. Prachatice is located about 150K south of Prague and about 200K east of Munich.
"Driving in the Czech Republic is easy,” said Nicholas. “The roads are well marked and beautifully maintained. Bohemia is a gorgeous area with castles, medieval villages, rolling farmlands, rivers, mountains and centuries of history. After the race, spend a few days in Prague on your way to XTERRA Germany.”
Zittau, the home of XTERRA Germany, is only 1.5 hours drive from Prague so athletes can visit two championship races in central Europe flying into and out of Prague with easy drives to each.