irst race: 11th April of 1976, 15km, 261 finishers
Highest number of participants in main race: 1661 finishers in 2009
Worldloppet membership: since 2008
The idea of creating a winter sport event of great importance has been in plans few years before it was realized. Mr. Julian Gozdowski, the director of the Sport Department in the Govenor’s office was inspired by the Swedish Vasaloppet, wanted Bieg Piastow skirace to become a great, mass skiing event. It is not sure who gave Bieg Piastow its name but it was invented during one of mr. Gozdowski’s talks with journalists from the Wroclaw Television. The first Bieg Piastow race took place on the 11th April of 1976. The main distance was planned for 20 km but in fact it was something like 15 km around the Cicha Rownia. 518 people took part in the first race but only 261 completed it. Stanislaw Michon won the first Bieg Piastow Race.
START/FINISH LOCATION OF THE RACE: Jakuszyce, coordinates: 50°49’12” N; 15°26’31” E
Bieg Piastow is organized in cross country ski resort in Jakuszyce in Jizera Mountains in Lowers Silesia. Jakuszyce is a part of Szklarska Poreba – one of the most popular tourists spots in south-western part of Poland.
The best of Bieg Piastow are beatiful, natural tracks, with downhills and uphills, in forest of Jizera Mountains – train and start here is an invaluable lesson on nature, a chance to meet rare fauna and flora. It is a unforgettable adventure, not only for sport reasons, but both for the young and old explorers of the world of plants and animals, which is always at your fingertips in Jizera. Jizera Mountains are also great place for biking, running, nordic-walking and backpack exploration.
50 km CT – total elevation gain 903 m
25 km CT – total elevation gain 435 m
30 km FT – total elevation gain 550 m
HOW TO GET TO BIEG PIASTOW
By plane: less than 2 hours by car from the airports in Wroclaw, Dresden and Prague. Approx. 3 hours: airports in Berlin.
By train: Szklarska Poreba in connected directly with Wroclaw – the main train hube in Lower Silesia.
By bus: Szklarska Poreba in connected directly with Wroclaw and Warszawa.
By car: Szklarska Poreba is close to highways to Prague, Wroclaw, Dresden and Berlin.
Distances: Wroclaw – 130 km, Prague – 130 km, Dresden – 217 km, Berlin – 310 km.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Bieg Piastow is a Cross-Country Skiing Festival which consists of 13 races in 9 days. The main races are organized in last three days of festival. Before it, Bieg Piastow Association invites to take part in races for families, young people and children. Very special is Monday’s The Night Ten – 10 km CT in the night.
- The honour president of Bieg Piastow is Julian Gozdowski – co-founder and first CEO of Bieg Piastow, started in 1976.
- Walter Judka from Jelenia Gora is the one who has done all Bieg Piastow without a break.
- Stanislaw Mrozinski from Jelenia Gora is the one who completed all races on the main distance (mostly about 50 km CT).
- Every year in Bieg Piastow takes part representatives from about 30 countries. Most comes from Czech Republic and Germany.
- The most numerous represented town on the start line is capital of Poland – Warszawa. Second place goes to Wroclaw.
PLACES TO VISIT
Valley of Pallaces and Gardens at the foot of the Giant Mountains – the unique complex of 30 beautiful residences, built by the greatest architects of the era.
Jizera Mountains – full of life, with their mild hills, a network of trails and gravel roads, which are also cycle routes, are perfect for a family nature observation.
Julia Glassware (Huta Julia) – one of a few crystal glass manufacturers in Poland. They manufactures hand painted and polished products, which are distributed on markets all over the world. Live show of producing is a unforgetabble experience.