“Finally,” breathed Jaroslav, when he finished his not very much successful post olympic season in Norwegian Hafjell, winning the final race of the World Cup Cross Country.
“I knew that my condition was good but I wanted to ride tactically. It could have been a big risk to go at full from the beginning and I did not want to risk a puncture on the track full of stones. On the other hand I did not want to ride in a big pack,” described Jara the race, where he was riding on the front setting the pace together with the renew World Champion Nino Schurter.
“Just in the first round the rear wheel blew off a little, so decided not to jump so much, but I knew that I would be able to get Nino. I did not ride at 100%, I preferred my space rather,” admitted Jarda who was riding alone the last round and a half together with Nino.
“I believed that I could get him. I had chosen two places for the attack, but the first I didn´t manage, but the second one I did,” described Jara the dramatic finish, very similar to that one in London. The winning pushed him to the fourth place in the overall World Cup rating.
Jaroslav Kulhavy had wished to finish in the top ten at the World Cup in South Africa, Pietermaritzburg and his dream has been fulfilled. He himself even didn´t know what to expect after several unsuccessful weeks. Therefore he is satisfied with his fifth place on one hand. But he knew that if it weren´t for his two falls and failed start he could have finished the seven-circuit race with the medal…
“My first fall was just after the start in the drive to the single and the second happened in the rock garden. I stroke into Miguel Martinez, who absurdly crossed the way and what´s more he was incredibly slow, I knocked and we both fell down. It was a bit my fault. I bent the handlebars and the derailleur. I was recovering for a while, than I had to mend it and try to reach the front riders. Which I managed finally and finished the fifth. Therefore I am satisfied with the performance.”
But he is not satisfied with the result. He felt good and was thinking about the medal. “In the view of the race I am not satisfied, I suppose I could have done more and it´s a pity. But I am happy to come back to the form which I had two months ago,” said Jara, who is now expecting the final race of the World Cup in Norwegian Hafjell, where he wants to finish his post-Olympic season with the best possible result.