“Follow me to a place, where the sky is high and blue and where the white clouds travel faster than anywhere else. Can you hear the song in the crowns of pines? Can you hear the song of places very far away? Quietly and solemnly whisper the crowns of trees. The reddish glare stream down their cracked trunks and the smell of resin will daze you. And when the evening comes, the campfire will blaze into the night and will arouse feelings in you that might shake your soul.”
- Jaroslav Foglar
It was July 2013, we stood under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and we had just finished Tour de France. On scooters. A project that somehow in those days cemented the people that had something to do with scooters. This wonderful general feeling inspired Zdeněk Černý, Vašek Jun (who had visited us during the TdF on the Mont Ventoux stage) and Zdeněk Beneš to organize an event that thanks to its uniqueness and unrepeatable vibes will forever be an inseparable part of the scooter history. Etapák. The stage race on scooters. All those who were so lucky to participate in any of the three races remember them almost with tears in their eyes. Races, where the best scooter riders from all around the world, led by Alpo Kuusisto from Finland, who managed to win three times, clashed in battles that became a part of scooter riding history.
However, Etapák was not an event for the chosen ones only. All the scooter world champions and legends were joined by average scooter riders of all ages and levels of performance, and they all, together, sat in the evenings under the stars around campfires.
In May 2016, Etapák was organized for the last time.
In May 2021, it is back after five years break. It is going to be a bit different. In different times. The goal, however, remains the same: to do your absolute best on a track that will lead you to places where you would hardly ever venture on your own, and to meet in the evening, in the finish, at a spot, where, according to the words by Jaroslav Foglar, “the campfire will blaze into the night and will arouse feelings in you that might shake your soul.”
The location of this place is kept secret. Why? Because the sub-title of this Etapák is Cíl neznámý (Destination Unknown).