The first sportsman to complete the Iron Bike 2020 tour, Csaba Zsiga, will set off on Monday: in seven days he will pass almost 300 settlements and cities around the country by cycling more than 2,000 kilometers in Hungary. The purpose of the tour is to promote cycling in Hungary and to present the tourist attractions of the country, but it also serves a good purpose, as through this extreme adventure Zsiga is also helping children with cancer.
Csaba Zsiga, the first sportsman to complete the Iron Bike 2020, and the ambassador of the Italian bike manufacturer Bianchi, will start the tour on July 6, 2020 on the route dreamed up by the Hungarian Tourism Media and Bringazas.hu. The tour takes seven days to complete and includes the most beautiful tourist attractions and larger cities of Hungary, covering more than 2,000 kilometers, with extreme distances of 280-320 kilometers per day, starting from Hévíz, located by the world’s second-largest thermal lake in Zala county.
The aim of Iron Bike is to promote cycling, and introduce Hungary’s tourist attractions, while the cyclist’s extreme performance also serves a good purpose: he wants to draw attention to the importance of helping children with cancer. Zsiga was also diagnosed with the disease (melanoma, skin cancer) in October 2018 and was immediately operated on, followed by another 12 surgeries in the past year and a half. A month ago, he cycled 333 kilometers in only one day with sutures still in his palms and shoulders in order to help a little girl with cancer.
The extreme cycling tour is supported by the Hungarian Tourism Media and Gelencsér Dental, and Zsiga’s adventure can be followed on the Bringazas.hu and CsodalatosMagyarorszag.hu websites.
The first day starts from Hévíz, then Zsiga will visit Zalaegerszeg and head towards Sopron, then continuing on to Lake Fertő. The second day will run along the Danube on the EuroVelo 6 route, all the way to Budapest. According to the plans, he will close the day on Wednesday with a more serious elevation level, as after winding up Kékestető (1,014 meters), he will leave the mountains behind and finish the day in Miskolc. The fourth day will be about Hungary’s beautiful castles. Starting from Miskolc, Zsiga will visit Boldogkőváralja, Regéc, Füzér, and Sárospatak castles. Then, following the journey by the line of the Tisza, he will reach Tiszafüred.
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Zsiga will spend the fifth day on Hungary’s famous Great Plain: crossing the nine-hole bridge of Hortobágy and making a quick visit to Debrecen, before turning south to Szeged, the city of sunshine. On the penultimate day, starting from the lower section of the Tisza, Zsiga will cross the Danube and cycle all the way to Mohács, then close the day in Pécs.
On the seventh and final day, he returns to the Balaton. Zsiga will cross the lake at Szántód with the ferry to the wonderful northern shore touching the city of Keszthely, and finish the day in Zalakaros, visiting the Kis-Balaton as well. He will arrive at the end-point, his home of Fonyód on the eighth day.
Csaba Zsiga’s main message with his cycling tour is to encourage everyone to overcome everyday problems and notice people in their environment who are experiencing real difficulties. During the adventure, they will collect money for children with cancer with the help of the Eurakvilo Foundation. The aim is to collect enough money for a new HUF 9 million ultrasound device, which would help the recovery of the children at the Department of Oncohematology of the Children’s Clinic of the University of Pécs. The clinic in Pécs is one of the seven Pediatric Oncology Centers in Hungary where 30-40 newly diagnosed children with cancer and leukemia are treated each year.
The future goal of the team behind Iron Bike is that from January 2021, the seven Hungarian sections could be completed by anyone, using the predefined, accurate GPS coordinates. They will create a website for the Iron Bike later this year, where cycle enthusiasts can register the stages of the Iron Bike route they are taking next year. The route does not have to be completed in one go- cyclists will have the given year to complete the seven specified sections.
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