Lake Balaton (Hungary) 7 - May 13, 2014
The Balaton after 96 hours: Blue protagonists
"The fourth day began with a strange atmosphere; could be a day of transit and in the air you breathe peace "
So tells Monica Barchetti from Balaton, MPI of 6 days and this year forced spectator.
This and 'the idea seeing pass one by one all the protagonists of the fourth edition of the six days.
When the wind is gone, the desire would be to lie down on the deck, along the banks of the lake; but you can not, there are also Andrea and Stefano, Michele and John in the race and the eyes and attention are on them.
After the half, the way it should be "down" but of course 96 hours begin to present the bill.
Each athlete is left with its objective and all our are in line with the tables, even if the road is still so much and will be able to not panic but continue to hold on.
Andrea Accorsi in the race (photo Organization)
Accorsi is well and when his enemy is little time for rest but the MPI is still on the table and it is here for.
Upon expiration of 96 hours is in fifth place with 557.13 km and has almost 22 km ahead of the record Bazzana.
Large unfortunately has to deal with a few blisters, especially in a little finger of his right foot, but he remains in full roadmap: Stefano maintains the 7th place with 505.83 km and its reference to the passage of the 2012 Tallarita sees the advantage of almost 4 km.
Notarangelo, after a refreshing break, he suffered a small problem of hypothermia, also causes fatigue; after a massage, and a few hours of rest, and 'shared out even stronger than before. It is now in 12th place with 478.82 km.
Piscopo, with its calm, step by step builds on km km.
With two female fans and supporters as Lucia, his life partner who has followed the Balaton, and Monica Barchetti is continually prodded and John, after a start perhaps with little conviction, found the rhythm, and himself, and has ringed laps on laps printing also a nice 100 km; as often happens, we now believe, more and more and is in 27th place with 366, 32 km then nearly 6 km beyond his PB of 2012.
The men's race, barring unforeseen circumstances, should have found its winner in the French Chaigne, one of the boys' youth in the race and already over 650 km with a projection closer to 900.
German Schwerk will fail to win his third consecutive title and, perhaps, even the podium.
Before him the Norwegian Sjåvik (588.60) and 'definitely a beautiful reality of the race, although with his 820 last year was not an outsider. The German Schlotter (605.73) it seems that fate has assigned the shirt ever after, at least here at Balaton.
This, after 96 hours is the podium, but there are still 48 hours and not everything is already written ... and still knows'!
The Canadian Vasarhelyi (among other things with 497.73 is about 10 km ahead of the steps of Monica year record) heads always proof female but the German Gielen (486.03) is gnawing ground and even here nothing is written. The third place is a war to the knife between the Dutch and the German Jager Buiten, spend 96 hours with 378.92 kilometers.
The organization warned that 'the expected arrival of a disturbance, also of strong intensity, not excluding the possibility of suspension of the race; for now is just as right information to all athletes, however, the perspective that sees favoring the preservation and safety 'of Athletes.
In case of interruption time of forced stop will be recovered by extending the end time of the race, scheduled at 12.00 on Tuesday for May 13 at h. 12,00; the hope of all is of course that it is only a "false alarm" and that the race will continue regularly, without distorting the meaning of a "six days", but this does not depend on Athletes.
By Monica Barchetti Finally a message from Balaton
"I receive many messages that refer then to the boys. Support, cheer, incitement ... adjectives are many but one and 'the answer. THANK YOU "
Thanks to you the emotions that we are giving, and that will give us c omunque FORCE BLUE