The 47th CEZ Jizerska 50 has been cancelled due to insufficient natural snow. Persistent above-freezing temperatures and rain over the weekend have made it impossible to prepare the race route, many kilometers of which are completely without snow cover. Therefore, the organizers were forced to cancel the traditional cross-country skiing event today.
“We regret that this has happened. Temperatures remain above freezing in Bedrichov and it is supposed to get even warmer in the coming days. Unfortunately, this critical situation has forced us to definitively decide that this year’s CEZ Jizerska 50 will not happen,” said Marek Tesar of the organising agency Mather Activation, confirming the race’s cancellation.
The organisers tried until the last minute to save the situation. They brought in natural snow to the trail in December, but the unfavourable weather frustrated their efforts. “As long as temperatures stayed below the freezing point, we intensively produced artificial snow, with which we covered part of the trail including the stadium in Bedrichov. Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough. We have had spring weather in the Jizera Mountains for several weeks already,” said Martin Koucky, chairman of the organising committee.
Until the last moment, the organisers considered a number of alternative variants and even tried to find an alternate date for the race. However, postponement of the Jizerska 50 is not possible because of the crowded schedule of the firmly set dates in the Woldloppet long-distance cross-country series. “In the coming years, we will endeavour to arrange a set alternate date for the Jizerska 50,” added David Dousa of Mather Activation.
“We’re sorry about the cancellation of the race, which all of us had greatly looked forward to and the preparation of which our organising team had worked on all year. Even though it is common that racers do not receive any compensation in such cases, which is stated in the race’s terms and conditions, we have decided to offer registered racers the maximum possible discount on the starting fee for next year’s event, which at the same time will not be a liquidation price for our race in 2015,” says Marek Tesar. Already paid parking fees will be carried over to next year or returned in the full amount to racers’ bank accounts upon request.
Because it was expected until the last minute that the race would take place, the organisers had completed most of the preparatory works including production of starting numbers, as well as preparation of starting bags and race facilities. The costs of the event reached ninety percent of the total anticipated expenditures.
Issuance of starting numbers and bags with gifts from race partners, including the original 47th CEZ Jizerska 50 badge, will take place as planned from Thursday, 9 January at the Nisa shopping centre in Liberec.
The organisers will honour the memory of the Peru 70 Expedition and acclaimed mountaineer Zdenek Hruby at 9:00 a.m. on 12 January at the stadium in Bedrichov. They will set out for the Peru Expedition monument together with racers symbolically at the race’s start time.
The starting fee for 2015 will remain the same as the amount for this year and will be discounted only for participants registered in the 47th CEZ Jizerska 50 in the following amounts:
- 50 km CZK 900
- 30 km CZK 700
- 25 km CZK 600
DISCOUNTED STARTING FEES CAN BE PAID ONLY FROM START TO REGISTRATION TO 30 JUNE 2014. THE DISCOUNT WILL NO LONGER BE VALID AFTER THIS DATE.