After a high-quality training block at the Lake Garda in Italy Jaroslav decided to start at the national bike marathon championship which was a part of the favourite Sela Marathon. A beautiful track around Lipnik nad Becvou was 97km long with the elevation of 2300m and the finish was directly in the courtyard of Helfstyn castle. Nothing new for Jaroslav because he won the title at Sela Marathon in 2012.
“In the race itself I felt much better again, both physically as well as in the downhills and technical sections where I almost wasn´t limited by my hand. The race was very fast and soon we were in small leading group together with Kristian Hynek, Pavel Boudny and Matous Ulman and we continued in a high pace. I tried to attack in one of the downhills but guys managed to catch me in the flat section. I felt perfectly and planned to attack in the last uphill to the castle …. But finally it did not happen. Probably 500metres before the castle I suffered cramps which I’m really not used to have and everything was solved. Originally I thought that I was bitten by some Dobermans…. Therefore I had to be satisfied with the third place,” described Jaroslav the race.
“Anyway I have a good feeling and I am looking forward to the next races to achieve a better shape,” said Jaroslav adding that he expects the Czech Strabag MTB XCO Cup in Kutna Hora next week and then important World Cup races in Albstadt and La Bresse.
1. Pavel Boudny (Ceská sprřitelna Accolade) 3:39:23 h.
2. Kristian Hynek (Topeak Ergon) + 7 sec.
3. Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing) + 22 sec