TOUGH NEW COURSE TESTS RIDERS’ ENDURANCE AT TARCAL MTB RACE

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The new 2016 course of Kőfejtő Cross, one of the season's earliest mountain bike cross-country (XC) races in Hungary, featured some extremely steep climbs, as well as dirt road sections running between five-metre-high loess walls near the village of Tarcal. The 108 entries had to do 1 to 6 five-kilometre-long laps, depending on age and sex.

The best performers from within the Tokaj Wine Region included Tarcal locals Roland Kosárkó, finishing in 18th position with a time of 01:53:47, Dávid Hornyák (23rd with 01:58:03) and Ádám Horváth (26th with 02:01:51), followed by Attila Rudolf of Tokaj town (31st with 02:04:31) and Tamás Csehely of Sárospatak (37th with 02:15:47) in the general classification of the Master 1 'six-lappers'. In the Master 2 category, Béla Szabó of Sárospatak and István Dévald of Tokaj town finished in 14th and 17th positions with times of 02:06:39 and 02:11:39, respectively, while Miklós Dancsosi of Sárospatak took 01:11:27 to cover 3 laps in the under-18 category. Just like last year, the best-performing female rider from within Tokaj region was again Boglárka Szaniszló of Legyesbénye, who finished in 7th position with a time of 00:56:29 in her 2-lap category.

The word Kőfejtő in the title of the race is a reference to the nearby abandoned quarry, where an MTB trials competition took place concurrently.

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