The mechanical spoiled the end of the Afxentia stage race

foto: Jan Němec /MTBS.cz

28th February 2016

Jaroslav has finished the first race of the season. He took the four-stage Afxentia race in Cyprus mainly as a training of the initial intensity. So were the results – he started on the 16th position after fast time trial, second day he finished the 7th in the first half-marathon stage and in the third stage he sprinted for the bronze medal after fifty kilometers. He was starting the final part of the classical cross-country as the eighth in the overall ranking with the loss of 2:27 min.

“I failed at the end and lost in the overall ranking because of the flat tire…,” reports Jaroslav from Cyprus.

“It was going pretty well from the start. I wanted to set the pace in the first round and we were left in four in the front. Sometimes somebody reached us, somebody else dropped, but I was feeling good. In the 40th minute I realized that the tyre was going flat. I decided to ride carefully and inflate it partly, but it didn´t help. I had to stop in the tech zone and replace the wheel, which meant a bigger time loss. The rest of the race I rode more easily,” explained Jara after the final stage which he finished in the 23rd place.

“As a whole I take it as good four days. I think my condition is better than I expected. It was obvious that most riders are perfectly prepared for the Olympic selection and all were accordingly racing,” he added. The overall winner was Swiss Fabian Giger.

Jaroslav stays in Cyprus for one more week. His plan is a good training, material and testing some new stuff and new Nutrend nutritional supplements. And the next weekend – the second part of the Sunshine Cup – cross country category C1 race in Voroklini.

Overall classification of the Afxentia SHC stage race:
1. Fabian Giger /SUI, Kross Racing Team/ 5:37:32 h.
2. Maxime Marotte /FRA, BH SR-Suntour KMC/ + 1:24 min.
3. Marco Aurelio Fontana /ITA, Cannondale Factory Racing/ + 1:25 min.
13. Jaroslav Kulhavy /CZE, Specialized Racing/ + 7:51 min.