Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic) poses with his brand new gold Specialized Epic, a surprise present for winning the Olympic Games. He didn’t race it…
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Olympic mountain bike champion will decide after Worlds
What do Cadel Evans, Peter Sagan and Jacob Fuglsang have in common? All three are current WorldTour racers that used to be top mountain bikers. Mountain bike and road fans alike will have to wait a little bit longer to find out whether 2012 Olympic cross country champion Jaroslav Kulhavy will join his predecessors on the tarmac.
In the meantime, it’s one big race at a time for the Czech rider who competes for Specialized Racing.
First there were the Olympic Games… just three weeks ago. “Winning the Olympics felt good because it was my big dream,” said Kulhavy, “and I hope for a good future in cycling.”
Kulhavy and Nino Schurter (Switzerland) faced off for an exciting finale outside London on August 11. When asked what he was thinking on that final, nail-biting lap after Marco Fontana (Italy) had dropped off due to a mechanical, he said, “It was hard because I was fresh, but in the last lap, I felt my legs and I was thinking about them,” said Kulhavy.
“I had more energy on the flats. I tried to attack on the biggest climb, but Nino and I were still together into the last corner. That last corner was the last possible moment for an attack. I was stronger and I attacked. I was strongest that
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