October 11, 2015. Sunday. Moldova, Chisinau. 5 degrees above zero (but probably below). It’s raining!
And this is how a beautiful Sunday morning began, which everyone was waiting eagerly for to conquer the 50 km of asphalt road on his bicycle. This was the day, when the long-awaited autumn cycling Chisinau Criterium 2015 took place.
It has become so highly anticipated due to the non-governmental organization Sporter, which held two major events in the history of sport in our beautiful country during this year. In April, the first International Marathon of Chisinau took place, and in July the swimming competitions in open water Ghidighici Sea Mile were held. After such events everyone expects something new, and all this because the heroes, who reach the finish line, receive special commemorative medals.
October 11, Chisinau Criterium has become a completely new and rainy sporting event for many participants, because the race was held on a completely different scenario, but this script was changed by the WEATHER!
In the morning, Sporter team started to prepare the park “Afghans” for the start. By 10 o’clock, the organizers, the volunteers and all Sporter staff were ready. From 10 to 11:30, the registration was going for the professional bicycle race Criterium (50 km) and registration for the ride Velo Fun (15 km).
Everyone got their bikes prepared. The participants have adjusted and pumped up their wheels in technical maintenance points by Giant, Masterteh and Bikeshop. Participants have taken the bicycles from Velopoint, who gladly gave their steel stallions for rent to allow participation in Velo Fun race. Those, who wished, were able to check their blood pressure in the tent of the German Diagnostic Center CDR.
They drank some water OM and moved to the starting line!
At 12:00, the start sounded for all participants of Velo Fun, their number of which totaled 100 people, despite the bad weather. A patrol car was driving in front of the cyclists column, as well as the offroader by JEEP TRIAL CROSS MOLDOVA, which was carrying Play.md, thanks to which we will be able to view the photo and video reports.
Later, the start sounded for all sportsmen of Criterium category, who had to overcome 50 km along the Moscova boulevard in spite of difficulties, cold air and rain.
So, the support group at spots, volunteers and patrol are on duty at all sites of Riscani, keeping the order. The pros conquer ring after ring, to achieve their goal, the leaders of the race, or rather Lords of the Rings, as always, are in isolation in front of everyone. Throughout the race, ahead of all the participants, a police car was moving, and another car by JEEP TRIAL CROSS MOLDOVA with an electronic scoreboard, indicating the exact time of the race.
After one hour, Velo Fun participants have finished – happy, joyful, having enjoyed their ride, and the bad weather could not keep anyone away (quite a firm “not”, but just because the weather is NOT a PROBLEM!).
While Velo Fun rested, the cyclists were competed with each other, having overcome at the moment about 30 km. In parallel, on the stage, a lottery was held by the companies OM and Masterteh, and the lucky lottery winner was awarded with a bicycle, which is the final result of painstaking work by Andrei Chmil, the founder of Masterteh.
So! The time for the finish of Criterium cycling race has come. It is the reason, for which Chisinau residents have gathered in the park “Afghans.” About 100 professional sportsmen are overcoming their last kilometers of the race. The winners, as usually, have already finished almost half an hour ago, having received their well-deserved medals. Almost all the heroes, who have conquered the Moldovan streets, managed to stay within the 2-hour period, which was a condition of the cycling race, thereby obtaining their golden-green medal of Chisinau Criterium 2015!
At the finish line, all participants were met with fruits from the supermarket chain Fidesco, treats from Andy’s Pizza and water from the company OM. And fiery and positive cheerleaders from Fitness Doza club have been supporting all the cyclists even after the end of the cycling race.
And here coomes the sweetest part, which everyone has been waiting for – both the winners and the awards!
The first champions in the following categories come to the podium:
- 1st place – Andrey Sobeynikov (1:28:26)
- 2nd place – Danu Alexa (1:39:40)
- 3rd place – Pavel Baychev (1:43:30)
- 1st place – Oleg Mamaysky (1:28:25)
- 2nd place – Petru Aprodu (1:29:18)
- 3rd place – Artur Sukhih (1:42:13)
- 1st place – Yurii Ostashin (1:35:33)
- 2nd place – Yurii Antosyak (1:39:27)
For their heroism champions received many prizes from Hippocrates, Oriflame, Rapidasig, X-Style, E-Sanatate, Giant, Casov, JOMA and Bikeshop, as well as cups, medals and diplomas from the organizers of the cycling race.
Prizes were also given to the only two women, who dared to overcome 50 km on the wet asphalt, and raced to the end. Congratulations to Anna Cazacu and Nadezhda Bilsagaev.
We express our gratitude for help and support to “Ambassadors Chisinau Criterium” – Andrei Chmil, Alexander Oale, Vadim Osmolets, Victor Zhunku, Vitalie Bulat, Arthur Sukhih, Yurii Ostashin, Vasily Belousov and Igor Maskalev.
Special gratitude goes out to the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Moldova and the Cycling Federation of Moldova for their troublefree assistance in this cycling event. Another gratitude goes to the Chisinau Mayoralty, which assisted in holding the event in such a great Riscani district, and namely in the park “Afghans”.
And, of course, we thank for the huge assistance of the marshals, patrol and ambulance, without whom no sports event takes place in the city. They keep order and take care of our health.
And in the most delicious part of this text, we would like to thank the volunteers of Chisinau Criterium, who have been with us since the beginning and managed to hold their heads high until the very end – THANK YOU, we have already become one big happy FAMILY!
We thank everyone, who got out of bed and visited the autumn bicycle race, because it is for us important that this competition has brought pleasure namely to you. Thank you, dear participants of Chisinau Criterium 2015 for the support and the joy that you brought to us!
In this bad weather, it was your happiness and your happy faces that gave us a bit of warmth and a lot of fun!
Your happiness is our formula for success!
David Lutsyk for criterium.md