Tereza Huříková is a former professional cyclist representing the Czech Republic in multiple disciplines throughout her career. She joined the Rouvy marketing team in May and as an accomplished cyclist, we wanted to learn more about Tereza and her cycling career.

Hi Tereza, welcome to Rouvy. Although you’re not racing anymore when was your last race? And why did you decide to stop racing?
Hi guys. Thank you.
My last proper race was last April and I had won the last preparation race before the main mountain bike season began. The day after the race I began to feel a lot of pain in my one leg. The pain was so severe that I was only able to walk very slowly. After struggling with this for a month, my doctors found thrombosis in a narrowed artery. After surgery in May, I decided to continue cycling just for fun.

How long was your career and what disciplines did you race in?
Since I was 12, I have been racing mostly on a mountain bike in cross-country Olympics. Then I began competing in road races where I fell in love with the time-trial event. At the end of my career, I turned my focus more to the MTB marathon.

Although it was a long time ago, can you still remember your first race?
Hardly. But my parents still recall my first few races. I was on the start line as soon as I learned to how to balance myself on the bike. But I still didn't understand the concept of start/finish and therefore it wasn’t uncommon for me to stop a few meters ahead of the finish line and look around.

But this had to change in order for you to achieve some success, right? What were the most memorable moments in your career?
Definitely. I had to work hard in order to reach my goals. :-) I will never forget winning the Junior World Champs in Italy. I received my first title in Verona in 2004 (road time-trial) and my second title in Livigno a year later (MTB XCO). I also achieved victory at the World cup 2008 in Under 23 which was a great moment too (MTB XCO). Some other great races worth mentioning are my 7th place finish at the World Champs in 2012 (MTB XCO), 3rd place at the World Champs as well winning the title at European Champs in 2014 (MTB marathon).