The top competitors in this weekend’s Czech National Championships had a unique advantage to tune-up; the course in Tabor is the same that will be used in three weeks’ time for the World Championships.
The Elite Women’s winner, Katerina Nash (Luna), who spends the bulk of her season racing in the U.S., has extended her cyclocross season to include some European races to keep her sharp for Worlds since they’re in her home country this year. Zdeněk Štybar (Telenet Fidea) continued his winning ways to keep the championship kit he’s grown accustomed to wearing.
Like much of northern Europe, Tabor’s ‘cross course was covered in ice and snow. That didn’t seem to slow Nash down as she was able to outpace runner-up Pavla Havlíková (AVB Cycling Team) by 46 seconds. Jana Kyptová (Johnson Controls) rounded out the podium at over three minutes down. Nash won the USGP series this season in dominating fashion and hopes to land on the podium at the World Championships.
In the Elite Men’s race, Zdeněk Štybar (Telenet Fidea), one of the top favorites to take the World Championship title away from Niels Albert, drilled the pace on the slick, frozen course from the beginning. His pace shed all pursuers on the second lap and he kept the pressure on. By the time he hit the finish line, Štybar had put 38 seconds into his teammate and second place finisher Petr Dlask and 47 seconds into bronze medalist Martin Bína (Budvar). Bína snagged the last step on the podium in a sprint finale against Martin Zlamalik.
We’ll see what weather is in store for the World Championships, but both Nash and Štybar have again proven that they’re capable technical riders if the snowy trend keeps up in Europe.
Quick Men’s Highlight Video:
Elite Women’s Results:
Katerina Nash (Cze) LUNA PRO TEAM
Pavla Havlíková (Cze) AVB Cycling Team
Jana Kyptová (Cze) JOHNSON CONTROLS AŠ MB
Zuzana Pirzkallová (Cze) KC KOOPERATIVA SG JABLONEC n.N
Karolína Kalašová (Cze) SCOTT CYCLING TEAM Kolín
Jitka Škarnitzlová (Cze) DIMP – GIANT team
Pavlína Marácková (Cze) S.K. JIR(Í TEAM OSTRAVA
Romana Danecková (Cze) ACS DRAK VRBNO
Michaela Ištvánová (Cze) ACS Stará Ves n. Ondr(ejnicí
Elite Men’s Results:
Zdenek Štybar (Cze) TELENET FIDEA CYCLING TEAM
Petr Dlask (Cze) TELENET FIDEA CYCLING TEAM
Martin Bína (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor
Martin Zlámalík (Cze) Volvo Auto Hase MTB Team
Radomír Ml. Šimunek (Cze) BKCP – POWER PLUS
Ondrej Bambula (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor
Lubomír Petruš (Cze) BKCP – POWER PLUS
Zdenek Mlynár (Cze) MAX CURSOR
Jirí Polnický (Cze) SUNWEB – PROJOB CYCLING TEAM
Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Prodoli Remerx Team
Jan Škarnitzl (Cze) DIMP – GIANT team
Jan Nesvadba (Cze) KC KOOPERATIVA SG JABLONEC n.N
Vladimír Kyzivát (Cze) JOHNSON CONTROLS AŠ MB
Karel Hník (Cze) TELENET FIDEA CYCLING TEAM
Filip Eberl (Cze) SCOTT CYCLING TEAM Kolín
David Menger (Cze) Prodoli Remerx Team
Petr Novotný (Cze) TJ Stadion Louny
Tomáš Janošek (Cze) ACK Stará Ves n. Ondr(ejnicí
Michal Benda (Cze) JOHNSON CONTROLS AŠ MB
Filip Adel (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor
Josef Soukup (Cze) DURATEC
Michal Šimerle (Cze) KC KOOPERATIVA SG JABLONEC n.N