Eight Hungarians at the European Championships

On 17 and 18 June, the Continental Arena in Nyíregyháza will host the 2022 European Indoor Cycling Championships, where the best of two disciplines, artistic cycling and cycle-ball, will compete against each other. The ten-nation field will include eight Hungarian athletes.

In the cycle-ball event, the duo of Tamás Árendás and Vilmos Toma will be aiming to take on the continent's best, taking on Austria, Germany and France on the opening day on Friday and Switzerland and the Czech Republic on the following day to reach the last four.

First up for the artistic cyclists will be Csaba Varga, who has improved spectacularly year on year and finished a respectable sixth at last year's World Championships in Germany.

He was followed by Vivien Balogh and Julianna Sugta, who made a big step forward last year with a top-10 finish at the World Championships, hoping to finish with a good result at the continental event at home.

On Saturday, the cheeky young Lilla Sárközi Anna will be the first Hungarian headliner, who is essentially coming to the competition on her own school graduation day - Lilla already boasts a great record despite her young age, so she has a bright future ahead of her.

The morning programme also includes Zsófia Hugyecz. One of our most experienced female competitors, she will be looking to take on her seemingly unbeatable rivals from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, with a number of international competitions behind her.

And last but not least, the audience can applaud Martin Schön, who has been a key figure in the domestic indoor cycling scene for twenty-five years. Now also a coach, he has been at the forefront of promoting the sport, in addition to his own goals.

Photo: Monika Schrott | Kunstrad-Klick von Richard Reich