Cyrillo-Methodian bike pilgrimage through the Czech Republic

2. 2. 2013

The bike pilgrimage that is to take place this year of the great anniversary of the 1150 years since the arrival of Saints Cyril and Methodius, wants to contribute to the celebrations and, at the same time, to pick up the threads of the preceding one, which led to Rome.

By means of the Cyrillo-Methodian bike pilgrimage we again want to give sport a meaning, in a form of the interconnection of sport, culture and the spiritual dimension. May these values be an example for these days when even sport is connected with a number of difficulties and problems.

To do sports with joy, irrespective of political opinions, sex or age, is ideally interconnected in the Christian organization Orel, which aims at that goal through their bike pilgrimages.

Every pilgrimage (not only a bike pilgrimage) has its start and its goal. However, it is the journey itself which is important as well. As a starting point we chose the heart of our country – the Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert at the Prague Castle. The goal is Velehrad; the place where also the two saint Slavic brothers finished their journey. Other places within the individual stages, which we are going to go through or arrive at, were chosen so that they would lead through places connected with Czech saints or places of pilgrimage. Stará Boleslav (Saint Wenceslas), Jablonné v Podještědí (Saint Zdislava) or Králíky (Mountain of the Mother of God).

As mentioned above, in their preceding years, bike pilgrimages have already established a community of bikers throughout all generations that meet not only during bike pilgrimages. A number of friendships that had been established, turned into marriages. Thus, we will be happy to welcome new members among us, both those whose faith is strong, and those who are searching, groping or those who would like to spend a pilgrimage in a group, which is not seeking itself but the highest virtues – faith, charity and hope.

In the same style as during the preceding bike pilgrimages, also this year there will be an organization team, which will take care of your spiritual and bodily health, potable regime and transportation of your supplies.

On behalf of the whole organization team, the main organizer of the bike pilgrimage - Petr Gabriel is looking forward to meeting with you in Prague on 3rd August 2013.


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  • Here are our roots.

    (Blessed John Paul II, 22nd April 1990, Velehrad)

    They wanted to become part of those nations and to share their destiny in everything. Here, in this place, at Velehrad, in Moravia, we can feel the historical legacy of the kingdom in a peculiar way – we can feel even those who became its keepers and guardians.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • For us, people of the present age, their apostolate contains even the elocution of the ecumenical appeal, i.e. to build unity again, in a peaceful reconciliation, which later after their deaths was heavily damaged, and in the first place the unity between the East and the West.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • Their work is also a very important contribution to the growth of the common Christian roots of Europe, which by their firmness and viability create one of the main contact points, which must be respected by every serious attempt at reunification of our continent in a new and topical way.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • The story of both brothers, Cyril and Methodius, is a distinct example of unity.

    Saints Cyril and Methodius contributed, to a great extent, to the building of Europe, not only regarding its Christian religious community but also concerning its civil and cultural unity.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

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  • Senát PČRVláda ČR
    Poslanecká sněmovna PČRMinisterstvo kultury ČR
    Ministerstvo školství, mládeže a tělovýchovy ČRMinisterstvo zahraničních věcí ČR
    Česká biskupská konferenceAkademie věd České republiky
    Zlínský krajVelvyslanectví ČR při Svatém stolci
  • Jihomoravský krajOlomoucký kraj
    Římskokatolická farnost VelehradObec Velehrad
    Město Uherské HradištěMěsto Staré Město
    Město HodonínPravoslavná církev v českých zemích a na Slovensku
    Centrála cestovního ruchu Východní MoravyPETARDA PRODUCTION, a.s.
  • Three Brothers s.r.o.Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci
    Masarykova univerzitaUniverzita Karlova v Praze
    Slovácké muzeum v Uherském HradištiMoravské zemské muzeum v Brně
    Muzeum umění OlomoucCentrum Aletti
    Masarykovo muzeum v HodoníněCzechTourism