Jaroslav won the opening race of the Czech MTB Cup XCO, UCI C1 in Teplice. On the fast track he took the lead in the first lap, and rode alone the whole race on the front and came into finish with the 21sec. lead.
“Compared with the last year it was a bit tighter victory, I went on my own the whole race, so it was harder, because it was a fast hook race. The guys behind were probably better, because they could cooperate. But I felt well today and controlled the race,” said Jara after the race.
But the controlled race turned to more dramatic in the penultimate lap. “I had to stop and tighten the axle of the front wheel. The other guys got me but nobody knew what was going on. At least it became a little bit more dramatic :). In that moment Kristian certainly felt his chance for winning, but I had the tool with me and I didn´t lose much. Then I had everything under control,” added Jaroslav after the first victory in the new jersey of the Specialized Racing Team in the colours of the Czech Champion.
And how does Jaroslav see his current shape?
“You must wait till the race in Nove Mesto. It´ll be my first real start and I am focusing my training to this event. But everything goes according to the plan. So far I really do not know how I am, in comparison with the world top riders, who are now racing somewhere else. I should do three more races till Nove Mesto to get in the optimal shape.”
Results Men Elite:
1. Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing XC) 1:37:08 h
2. Kristian Hynek (Topeak Ergon) +0:21
3. Bartlomiej Wawak (POL, Kross Racing) +0:32