Worldloppet races

Jizerska | 2021

The Jizerská Padesatka

Marathon in the Czech Republic 50 km, Classic Technique

There is a new place to go for the 2020 season that is now part of Sandoz Concept’S Nordic ski trips.  It will take place in the Czech Republic.  It is called the Jizerská Padesatka marathon.  We were there last season with a group, and quite frankly, we were seduced by the organizer’s professionalism and by the course itself.  It is situated in the triangle comprising Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic.  Its starting point is in the small town of Liberec, which is 130 km north of Prague.  The village is dominated by mountains ranging from 800 to 1,000 meters in elevation.  In this area there are nature reserves, ponds, clearings, and pine forests as far as the eye can see.  Obviously, the winters are long and snowy in this region.  But that is good for cross-country skiers.  The marathon classic ski race takes place here.  It is one single 50 km figure eight race course with serious climbs and superb downhills.  Thus, the net altitude gain is significant.

The actual departure and finish of the race is in the very small village of Bedrichov, which is 12 km from Liberec.  Liberec is where your 4-star hotel is located.  Your hotel is only a few minutes from the old part of town and the pedestrian-only zone.  Its location gives you the possibility of combining sports and culture during your stay.  And, of course, you can remain for a few extra days if you wish in order to visit Prague.

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