Monday morning, the 26th of July, somewhere around eleven o’clock, Baglio San Pietro and the whole of Nicosia revives… The salamanders reappear on the Baglio square, the people dare to walk on the streets again and the Sicilians go back to their dolce far niente.
The people found their rest again after 3 days of watching strange people rushing, running, biking, drinking, shouting and singing. The reason for the lack of rest was the Trinakrian Trail that whirled as a tornado over Nicosia and its surroundings…
It is difficult to explain the 4 stages of the Trail, what we will try to do is give you short report of the 3 days adventure.
The first stage started and ended in Nicosia city. A team-run trough the narrow streets and stairs made it harder than expected. The one hour race ended in a draw between Melsele and Huldenberg, Catania ended third.
The Salso river stage was probably the hardest, roughest and toughest. No team had ever passed the 7,5km Salso River on a race. The Catania team took a good start, but it was team Huldenberg that ended first. Melsele played it tactical and shared the coins with the Huldenberg team.
Conditionally the Melsele team impressed on the climb to Sperlinga. They started with advance on the search for the coins. Huldenberg started second and Catania started as third. After one hour all the hidden coins were divided. Melsele 10 coins, Huldenberg 6 coins.
The race had an ending it needed. After 3 stages the Team from Melsele had a gap on the Huldenberg Team. But the final stage had to decide who could buy the stone the closest to the sun. Due to a communication error Melsele lost seven minutes. And with a seven minutes advance Huldenberg started for the last run. With an unbelievable run on the Sambughetti Mountain Melsele and Huldenberg arrived almost together on the top. But Huldenberg robbed most of the coins.
Our president counted the coins and revealed that team Huldenberg had the most coins, Melsele was second and Team Catania third. One of the Huldenberg participants stood on the largest stone and reached for the sun and victory…
Gert, Jurgen, Karel, Bart, Jan, Luk, Stef, Tom, Roberto, Eugenio, Hartwig and Mariella thanks a lot for your participation, interest, perseverance and fun under the hot sun and clear moon. Luigi and the staff of the Baglio thanks for your Sicilian food, Peroni’s and generous hospitality. We had an unforgettable stay in Nicosia. For us Nicosia is in Sicily and not in some other small town in Cyprus…