August 26, 2012 Ski Sport Centre Demino hosted the Demino Cross-Country Cycling Marathon, the 6th event of a prestigious Russian Cycling Marathon Cup and the final event of the Demino Marathons Cup.
It was an absolute triumph for Elena and Maksim Gogolev – repeated Russian champions cross-country cycling. In 64 km race the family couple left their rivals far behind them. During two days more than 300 professionals and cross-country cycling amateurs from 11 regions of Russia started in these All-Russian competitions, and also from Udmurtia, Bashkortostan, Krasnoyarsk and Perm’ regions.
The youngest athlete was two years old.
As Sergey Birjukov, Russian Cycling Marathons Cup director and one of the main competition organizers said: “The Demino Cycling Marathon moved to a new professional level in all points: organization, number and geography of participants, course preparation, and media coverage. The inclusion into WORDLOPPET became a great motivation to development and accumulation of all available resources”.
On the first competition day participants had a 5 km race with the interval start, according to its results start marathon positions were distributed. The Organizers decided to include one of the parts of the main course and a difficult climb “vykljuchatel’” (switch) in it for athletes to develop tactics to the main race.
As a result Elena and Maksim Gogolev (Samara region) had the best time; Grigoriy Lalin (St. Petersburg) was the best in the category 40+. The first sport day finished with a briefing and a traditional informal meeting “Pasta-Party”.
The second day had some surprises for cyclists. Morning rain added extreme on challenging climbs and turns, and in spite of overcast the number of Baby-Marathon participants increased much. 68 young athletes started in the children’s race. Children had a good motivation to compete: they got interesting brain-developing games and soft toys. Moreover each athlete received a gift from Rybinsk government (souvenirs with city and Demino Marathon symbolics).
Almost simultaneously with the young athletes the participants of the main race and semi-marathon started in the central part of the stadium. 50 athletes started a 31 km race, principally junior ladies/men. Great weather, challenging course with abrupt asphalt and grass uphills, extreme downhills and a ford across the Koloksha river created a lot of intriguing moments. A 16-year old Ivan Filatov (Moscow region) finished first with the result 1 hour 13 minutes 58 seconds. Tatiana Garbuzova (Moscow region) showed the best result – 1 hour 36 minutes 13 seconds.
Maksim Gogolev broke away forward from the first minute in a 62 km main race. It seemed like he flew above the course. Maksim became the absolute Demino Cycling Marathon winner with the result of 2 hours 18 minutes 39, 7 seconds, leaving double Demino Marathon champion Artem Orlov behind. Maksim Gogolev is the Russian champion in Cross-Country Cycling, the winner of the Russian Cycling Marathon Cup 2011, constant participant of the Demino Cycling Marathon. He was on the second place in Demino last year, that’s why this win is very important for him.
Elena Gogoleva, Maksim’s wife, became first among ladies with the result of 2 hours 46 minutes 07, 6 second. It’s the 4th victory for Elena in the Demino Cycling Marathon. She has the title of the Cycling Cup winner of 2011 year. During 2012 Elena demonstrated high results in many federal and international competitions. Elena and Maksim Gogolev live in St. Petersburg, but present Samara region.
The athletes from Children and Junior Olympic Reserve Sport School №19 (Yaroslavl) took the first place in the team ranking. Elena Matveeva (Moscow) received the Demino Marathon Cup; Vladimir Garbuzov (Moscow region) is the leader among men.
The Awarding Ceremony at the main Demino square finished the second competition day. Medalists (71 athletes) received gifts, cups, and souvenirs from representatives of Rybinsk Government, sponsors and the Demino Marathons Organizing Committee. Such famous world known sport brands as “CRAFT”, “Fischer-SCOTT”, “ATOMIC”, “SALOMON” and Russian brand “SIA-SPORT” support Demino Marathon as usual. The main prize – cross-country bicycle – provided by “SCOTT” company. Beloskov Alexander, the athlete from Samara region, won it. Elena Gogoleva won a new Demino symbol – wooden handmade elk. Chairman of the Demino Organizing Committee, the mayor of Rybinsk city Yuri Lastochkin granted it for the lottery.
A regular partner of many Demino competitions “Russkaya Mekhanika” company gave a great support to the marathon. Four-wheel motorbikes of this company opened and closed the main race, provided the connection between distant parts of the course. BBB company provided free technical help for athletes.
The marathon was really successful. Taking into consideration the first comments of participants and fans, they evaluated it very high and their opinion shows the quality of the event. The Demino Marathon Organizing Committee comes to the finish line now: the preparation program to the Demino Ski Marathon will officially start in September. First time, the Marathon will be carried out under the WORLDLOPPET flag in March, 2013.
Preliminary 3 000 athletes and 10 000 thousand fans from all over the world will come to Demino.
Cycling Marathon 2012 regulations and rules are available on the official web-site of Demino Marathons www.marathon.demino.com.