The first of the highlights of the season is over. Jaroslav won in a fantastic atmosphere the Silver medal in the MTB Cross Country World Championship in the Elite category individual race in Nove Mesto na Morave and the same medal he also won together with Katerina Nash, Richard Holc and Matej Prudek in the team relay race.
Jaroslav set the pace from the very beginning and soon only a small group of favourites was at the head. Immediately the defending champion Nino Schurter attacked and managed to build up a decisive lead. The battle for Silver Jara fought with the eight-time World Champion and double Olympic Champion Julien Absalon, whom he managed to tear off in the last lap and he entered the unreal unique fan atmosphere in the finish of Vysocina Arena as the second.
“I had a good start tactics and I succeeded. I wanted to go such a pace that would form a small group in the head, to make the race not to be stressed,” explained Jaroslav why he was so much to be seen in the front of the race. “I felt strong in the climbs and in the downhills it wasn´t so good. Nino was simply the strongest today. He started and I wasn´t able to get into rhythm. I am happy for the Silver. The fans were absolutely amazing, perhaps even better than during the World Cups. I owe the Silver to them. If they hadn´t forced me so much I would have never won the medal,” commended Jaroslav 23 thousands spectators who came in Nove Mesto na Morave on Sunday. He also thanked the organising team, all the organisers who perfectly prepared the MTB World Championship.