All those who drive the peak of the Ural-Tau Pass turns out in a fairy tale. No one, with both sides, the impassive taiga and rocks. As suddenly, in the upper part of the pass, on the side of the nameless turn, dozens, and sometimes hundreds of machines are detected without any signpost or pointer. Everyone is passing by and surprised.
I stopped and decided to find out what makes many people right on the pass, away from the cities and recreation centers. It turned out this is a special base that …
But first things first.
Russia is an amazing country that is proud of its successes, achievements, breakthroughs in technique, science, art and, of course, the same sport. It’s no secret that sport is an isna struggle for the status of the world power.
Remember how fought (really fought) athletes in the USSR for victory. They did it not for the sake of the account in the bank, not for the sake of a service apartment or a presented BMW, but for the sake of idea — to show that their country is the best. And the most brilliant victories, in most cases, were disappeared on the naked enthusiasm.
And today, my story about those people who have not lost enthusiasm, did not lose ideas, and reached the intended goal in spite of everything.
100 kilometers from my native Magnitogorsk is a small alpine town Beloretsk. I often write about it in this blog. Among other things, the town is interested in what has stunning opportunities for the development of skiing. Winter here lasts at least 6 months, so ride skiing — I do not want!
The city raised not one generation of athletes who won not only in Russia, but also abroad.
But in 2000, skiing in the city ended — all skiers in polite form said:
Guys, there is no money, but you … someday in the future, I solve anything.
The decision of the officials of the Ural athletes was not suitable. They walked along the corridors of power. In which only internal and not very organs did not send them. Everywhere one and the same duty phrase «about to hold, health you and all the best.»
Then athletes created the public federation of biathlon and ski sports, and leased a plot of land. And not somewhere closer to the city, but on a highly mountainous pass, where the snow falls in October and does not melt until the end of April. The athletes themselves rigged the tracks, built a hostel, conducted communications.
Air is discharged, oxygen is less, it is difficult to train hard. For several years, it was possible to build a full-fledged 20 km. track, rental, placement of athletes.
And all this is at the very top of the pass.
Height above sea level 900 meters!
The severity of training brings fruits — Already in the very first year of the existence of the base, the athletes «carried out» of all their rivals at the Russian championship, brought medals at the World Championships.
After that, the base was interested in many single athletes and whole teams. At the base began to come, train and live for several months a year.
On the territory of the base, not only fees and championship are held, but also the All-Russian championships. The first one took place in 2009.
And at the same time they still do not have a normal sign or at least a small pointer!
Guests meet a small carbon black card with an inscription:
Knowing people come here on the weekend to ride — passing along the tracks are completely free, you can ride with children, there is a slide, cafe, inexpensive rental.
In the summer and in the offseason, when there is no snow, adult athletes and the younger champions are running, rolling on rollers, rollers and bicycles. Fortunately, the track was asphalted and conducted lighting.
This is how on a naked enthusiasm, on a snow-covered pass height of 900 meters above sea level, a special base appeared, which athletes were made for athletes. Now there are current and future champions.
The base does not bring any extensions, this is not a commercial organization. Her founders do not go to red Mercedes and Maybahi. There is enough money only for minimal purchasing of inventory and travel to all-Russian competitions.
But maybe the real athletes are greater and not necessary.
I have nothing to add more!