FANS ARE THE KEY, SAYS PETR VANĚK, TEAM LEADER IN NOVÉ MĚSTO
The MTB XC World Cup is entering its 28th season and the series of seven races is starting in eight days in Albstadt (GER). A week later, the best bikers in the world will complete in Nové Město na Moravě. For the eighth time.
The three-day-long programme is starting on Friday, May 24, with Short Track races. On the next day, Vysočina Aréna will host races of young talents, i.e. juniors and U23 category. And finally, the elite women and men will start on Sunday, May 26.
Since 2011 when the World Cup was organized for the first time in Nové Město na Moravě, the organizing team led by Petr Vaněk has been regularly trying to implement innovations for both racers and spectators. The team has initiated many new ideas, changes, and innovations that are then borrowed by other events.
It shall be the same this year, too. Changes have been made both on the track, and in the background for spectators.
The track has been shortened slightly, approaches into individual sections on the track have been adjusted, and banked turns and jumps have been added. A part of the newly built asphalt pump track is integrated into the course, too. All of this means that spectators will be able to enjoy the great spectacle at more places than in the past years.
“We shortened the track by roughly 300 metres, removed the dull part shortly after the start, and made certain worn out sections smoother. BMX section has been changed dramatically, just like the section before the approach of riders to the stadium. Now the track has greater flow, as our aim is to keep riders in higher speed,” Petr Vaněk said, introducing the innovations.
However, the greatest deal of innovations relates to fans that are the key element for organizers. Petr Vaněk pointed out other innovations that will be implemented at the races: “Fans are of utmost importance for us, and we want to make the experience superior for them. We are coming up with a brand new conception of catering: we left out fried foods completely, all meals shall be made from fresh ingredients on the spot. You can look forward to tasting great hamburgers, delicious fresh baguettes and many other great meals. Catering and eating change is related to the speed of delivery, for standing along the track is a way better than standing in a line. We are coming up with a cash-free system of payment: spectators will be able to buy a chip bracelet with a money credit. Money not spent shall be refunded in the Vysočina Aréna grounds.” These changes were inspired by proceedings at musical and gastronomy festivals.
Races of juniors are back in the racing programme. “We decided to leave out the marathon which we cannot process correctly due to time reasons. The other reason for this is the fact that this race collides with the Hustopeče race that is a part of the Kolo pro život series, and we did not want to dissipate our focus. Night Race remains, though. It is more of a fun event, anyway...”
The programme of Friday and Saturday can be seen free of charge, spectators have to buy a ticket for Sunday’s elite races only. Current entrance fee is CZK 500, it will be CZK 600 on the race day. Tickets can be bought here.