Bieg Piastow Ski Marathon

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Trip code: 
CPL
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Ski Racing
Min age:
18
Group size:
10–18

Enter the famous 50km ski marathon 

The Bieg Piastow Marathon first ran in 1976 with just 261 finishers. Today the event has grown into a 9 day winter festival of sport, consisting of 13 races, the highlight being the 50km race on Saturday, which we will all take part in. To aid preparation we recommend you join one of the local races in the week running up to the event. These are not online yet but must be pre booked. We will post updated information, including how to reserve your place in these mid-week races, once they are available.

The whole event takes place in the popular ski resort of Jakuszyce in the Jizera Mountains of south-western Poland, near the border with the Czech Republic. The area is famous for its natural undulating tracks through the forest.

Highlights

  • Enter the famous 50km ski marathon
  • Free time in Prague on the last day
  • Stay in a comfortable hotel with the ski trails on your doorstep  
  • Classic style skiing only
  • Cross-country skis, poles and boots included

Key information

  • 7 nights en suite hotel with sauna
  • Six days guided cross-country skiing including race day
  • Group normally 5 to 18, with 2 leaders. Min. age 18 yrs.
  • Travel by private minibus

What's included

  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation
  • Transfers for group flights
  • Race entrance fee
  • Skis, boots and poles

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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Trip Notes

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Arrive Prague. Transfer to Jakuszyce

    On arrival in Prague we transfer over the border to Jakuszyce, our base for the week.

  • Day 2

    Skiing first section of the race route

    This morning we will warm up our ski legs by skiing a section of Saturday's race route directly from the hotel. As we head off through the forest, along gently undulating tracks we'll start to get a real idea of what Saturday's race is going to feel like.



    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Ski another section of the race route

    Today we should have now warmed up nicely so will attempt a more challenging section of the race route. We'll head to higher ground, a couple of hundred metres higher than our base at 900 metres.  Weather permitting we'll be out for the whole day, taking lunch along the route. 

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Excursion to Harrakov, Czech Republic

    We will be picked up by bus this morning to take an excurison over the border to Harrakov one of The Czech Republic's most popular ski resorts. We'll take lunch in the town, but may return to Jakusyzce if the snow conditions are mixed here.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Our last day tour from Jakusyzce before the race

    Full day skiing through the forests of southern Poland. We'll head further today, enjoying the peace and quiet of the forest with lovely open views across the Tatra Mountains. This is our final day to train before the race day on Saturday, so there will be some focus on technique as well as just covering ground.



    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Rest day or 9km race

    Today is a day off for those who want to rest before the big race tomorrow. Alternatively you may want to join the optional 9km race in Jakusyzce. You will need to register in advance however at time of writing registration for these events, including pricing information, is not available, so please register your interest until more details come online. Over 1000 people take part so it's the perfect warm up to the big race on Saturday.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Race day

    Race day has finally arrived! The Bieg Piastow Ski Marathon runs along a beautiful undulating course through the forest. It is challenging physically but not too technical, with lots of very long gradual inclines and descents. 

    The marathon always draws a good crowd with plenty of people at the start and end cheering and waving flags. The whole day has a wonderful atmosphere and getting over the finishing line will a fantastic achievement. 

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Return to Prague

    Today is a day off for those who want to rest before the big race tomorrow. Alternatively you may want to join the optional race in Jakusyzce. For this Exodus will need to register you in advance, so please do so at the time of booking. It’s a great warm up to the race tomorrow with over 1,000 people taking part. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Enter the famous 50km ski marathon

Stay in a comfortable hotel in great location

Instruction from expert guides

Visas

Poland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Czech Republic

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Poland

There are no specific health risks.

Czech Republic

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts included

Breakfast will be standard continental style, consisting of breads, cheese and meats, as well as cereal and fruit.

Polish cuisine is rich in meat, especially pork, chicken and beef as well as winter vegetables and herbs. Soups served in bowls made of bread, are rather fun and quite common. Stuffed dumpling known as pierogi are also popular.

Vegetarians are well  catered for but please let Exodus know at the time of booking.

Weather

Average daytime temperatures in winter are around ‐5ºC, though they can fall as low as ‐15ºC with
approximately 8 to 10 hours of daylight. At all times of the winter you can hope for periods of clear bright weather and in February and March it can become surprisingly warm in the sun ‐ according to statistics the valley enjoys no fewer than 322 sunny days every year! Equally, at all times you need to be ready for the occasional stormy day.

Is this trip for you?

Taking part in a cross-country skiing race is an exhilarating experience: the pre-race atmosphere, the excitement of the challenge ahead and the feeling of achievement when crossing the finish line are some of the reasons why our participants come back year after year, You do not need to be an elite athlete to take part: a good level of fitness and experience of classic cross-country skiing are the only requirements.

The itinerary is designed to give you enough pre-training days and instruction to prepare for the racing event and there are events organised locally in the build up. With a course covering 50km, it is not for the faint hearted.

Race day is on the 3rd March 2018 - entry prices are included for those who book before the 30th November 2017*. After this date a supplement will be applicable. If you would rather not race, please let our sales team know at the time of booking.
*Race entry place subject to availability.

Grading
Exodus offers cross-country skiing holidays to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required. They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays, however we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the tuition we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk.
The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best.

Classic Grade 3 Intermediates
Equivalent Activity Level- Moderate, Level 3

A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.

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Accommodation

Hotel Biathlon Sport & Spa

The 3-star Hotel Biathlon Sport & Spa is situated in Jakuszyce, opposite the popular Polana Jakuszycka cross-country skiing centre. Offering bright rooms with pine furniture.

Standard accommodation is in twin or double rooms, all en suite, simply furnished and decorated with warm tones and carpeted floors. Free ski storage is provided. Breakfast is served at the on-site restaurant with a fireplace, which offers Polish and international dishes. 

There is a gym and a sauna, as well as very reasonably priced massages.

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0208 772 3936
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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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