1 600 000
ridden miles in total
The first 1000 Miles Adventure started on July 3, 2011, with 89 athletes from three countries. Since then, racers alternate at the beginning of summer between starting in Slovakia, going West to Bohemia, or the other way around. The race was founded by the Czech extreme cyclist and adventurer Jan (Honza) Kopka.
WHY THROUGH BOHEMIA, MORAVIA AND SLOVAKIA?
"I was born in Czechoslovakia, and in my heart I am still Czechoslovak. I believe that shared adventures will unite us again, at least for a while."
„OVERCOME YOURSELF, REACH YOUR GOALS, SELF-CONQUEST, GAIN SELF-CONFIDENCE, FIND HUMILITY, RESPECT YOUR COMPETITORS AND NATURE, FIND WISDOM AND YOURSELF, FEAR AND EUPHORIA, JOY AND PAIN... AND ABOVE ALL: A BIG ADVENTURE!"
The eleventh edition was special as a new southern route of the race was unveiled. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus restrictions, the border with Slovakia was closed, so the route had to be conducted only in the Czech Republic. In the end, it was a very emotional year due to the meeting of milers traveling from the north and the south.
The ninth year's weather was all in all rather good, and this led to a number of records. The first time ever, the winner arrived at the finish line less than a week after the start; an additional 92 finishers arrived after him, which was the highest number in the Miles' history!
Basically in all categories, athletes conquered the fastest times, except for the walkers/hikers.
Radek Musil fought long for a record - but only the last night brought the decision: His finish time would be the fastest ever.
However, the number of athletes who gave up in relation to the overall number of starters was the lowest in history. A rather good year...
It was also a historical year because this was the first year that the founder of the race, Honza Kopka, was among the athletes - he finished third.
The seventh year brought 2 records – the fastest and at the same time the slowest time in history. This means the race also saw its widest spread, with athletes crossing the 1000 Miles finish line for 23 days; when the winner, Jirka Kašpar, arrvied, the peloton was spread over 1250km...
All in all 155 athletes started with traditional 1000 Miles weather - an hour after the start everybody was completely soaked. At the 500 Miles finish line a unusual duo finished their tandem ride: Aleš Procházka and blind Vašek Fišer. Also Honza Vlasák made history, as the oldest athlete and at the same time 1000 Miles Finisher (he celebrated his 71st birthday one week after the race)...
High temperatures of up to 35°C, a laid-off start, the first tandem ride, a storm and fallen trees in the Jeseníky mountains - typical for this year's race. Out of the 151 participants, 92 finished. Vlastimil Dvořáček conqured the hiker's record with 16 days, 20 hours and 8 mins...
The fourth year started ardously. Extensive rains soaked everyone without exception. Even though the weather remained tough without exception, 46 men and a record of 5 women made the 1000 Miles finish, as well as one scooter rider and the only hiker of this year, Petr Ozogán...
Out of the 122 athletes from seven countries of the third year, 68 made it to the finish line. Ríša Štěpánek made a lasting impression with this unbelievable achievement which showed the world that you can do everything you want even with a handicap. The youngest women to finish in the history of the race was Markéta Peggy Marvanová...
In the second most rain year, only 29 of the 112 athletes arrived at the 1000 Miles finish. The strenuous route and the capricious weather caused many to give up. However, the first woman ever and the first ever hiker made it to the finish line: Vlaďka Vozáková and Martin Šebánek...
This was the beginning of the first real ultramarathon in Europe, then still called Craft 1000 Miles Adventure. At the start it was raining cats and dogs, and under the applause of the whole village, the race started at 2:15PM. After 8 days 7 hours and 58 mins, the first two athletes arrived at the finish line: Zdenda Kříž and Zdenda Tomeček. Out of the 89 athletes, 34 bikers finished the 1000 Miles...