Cascades good for Kulhavy in MTB race

2014-06-30 00:00

2012 Olympic gold medallist and Czech mountain biking star Jaroslav Kulhavy added the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships title to his list of international titles when he powered to an emphatic win at Cascades MTB Park yesterday.

Kulhavy was satisfied with his race and being able to claim the title was something he was relieved to achieve. “It was a big day for me and I was satisfied because this season hasn’t been that good with injury and technical problems.”

The race was characterised by constant changing of positions as riders jostled for position to get close to Kulhavy, but he showed good form to stave off the attacks and claim his maiden marathon world championships title. “It all went to plan even though the race was hard,” Kulhavy said following his win. “I decided to attack after the fifth feed zone on the downhill and got a minute gap. I pushed hard to the finish after that and didn’t look back.”

Second placed Alban Lakata admitted Kulhavy was unbeatable.

Defending world champion Christoph Sauser suffered a mechanical that ended his bid to defend his title. The South African charge was led by two-time South African marathon champion James Reid who ended 17th overall, ahead of fellow South African Rourke Croeser.

Denmark’s Annika Langvad wrapped up a hat-trick of women’s world titles entrenching her status as one of the best female endurance mountain bikers in the world. “My previous two wins I wasn’t really expecting at all but this time I knew I could win and so I put a bit more pressure on myself.”

Germany’s Sabine Spitz ended second place while recently crowned European champion Tereza Hurikova finished third.

South African national marathon champ Robyn de Groot had the ride of her life as she finished sixth, while birthday girl Jeannie Dreyer finished eighth.

Men’s results

Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE) 4:15:58

Alban Lakata (AUT) 4:19:16

Christoph Sauser (SUI) 4:20:11

Urs Huber (SUI) 4:22:56

Jukka Vastaranta (FIN) 4:23:26

Women’s results

Annika Langvad (DEN) 3:50:53

Sabine Spitz (GER) 3:56:20

Tereza Hurikova (CZE) 3:59:50

Esther Suss (SUI) 4:07:07

Ariane Kleinhans (SUI) 4:11:32.

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