2014 May 11 2014
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 the air you breathe peace "
So tells Monica Barchetti from Balaton, the MPI 6 Days and this year forced spectator.
That 'the idea seeing pass one by one all the protagonists of the fourth edition of the 6 days.
When the wind is gone, the desire would be to lie down on the deck, along the shores of Lake; but you can not, there are also Andrea and Stephen, Michael and John in the race and the eyes and the attention is on them.
After the half, the way it should be "downhill" but of course 96 hours begin to present the bill.
Each athlete is left with its target and all our are in line with the tables, even if the road is still great and will be able not to panic but continue to hold on.
Accorsi is well and when his enemy is little time for rest but the MPI is still on the table and it's here for.
At the expiry of 96 hours is in fifth place with 557.13 miles and has almost 22 km ahead of the record of Bazzana.
Great unfortunately has to deal with a few blisters, one in particular in the little finger of his right foot, but he remains in full roadmap: Stefano holds the 7th place with 505.83 km and its reference to the passage of the 2012 Tallarita see the advantage of almost 4 km.
Notarangelo, after a refreshing break, suffered a small problem of hypothermia, it also causes fatigue; after a massage, and a few hours of rest, and 'broken down if possible even more determined than before. It is now in 12th place with 478.82 km.
Piscopo, with its calm, step by step accumulate miles on miles.
With two female fans and supporters as Lucia, his life partner who followed him to the Balaton, and Monica Barchetti is continually prodded and John, after a start perhaps with little conviction, he found his rhythm, and himself, and has strung together rounds of laps printing is also a nice 100 km; as often happens, we now believe, more and more, and is in 27th place with 366, then almost 32 km 6 km beyond her PB of 2012.
The men's race, barring unforeseen circumstances, should have found its winner in the French Chaigne, one of the boys' race in young and already over 650 km with a projection close to 900.
The German Schwerk not be able to win his third consecutive title and, perhaps, even the podium.
In front of him the Norwegian Sjåvik (588.60) and 'definitely a beautiful reality of the race, although his 820 last year was not an outsider. At the German Schlotter (605.73) it seems that fate has assigned the shirt ever after, at least here at the Balaton.
This, after 96 hours is the podium, but there are still 48 hours, and not everything is already written ... and anyway who knows'!
The Canadian Vasarhelyi (among other things with 497.73 is about 10 km ahead on the steps of Monica in the year of record) heads always test the female but the German Gielen (486.03) is gnawing ground and here nothing is written. The third place is a war to the knife between the Dutch and the German Jager Buiten, past 96 hours with 378.92 km.
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 it is just as right information to all athletes, with a view, however, that he sees favoring the preservation and safety 'of Athletes.
In case of interruption of the time forced stop will be recovered by extending the end time of tender, set 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 on a regular basis, without altering the meaning of a "six days", but this does not depend on Athletes.
By Monica Barchetti finally a message from the Balaton
"I receive many messages that refer then to the boys. Support, typhoid, incitement ... the adjectives are many but one and 'the answer. Thanks "
Thanks to you the emotions that we are giving and that will give us c omunque FORCE BLUE