We bet you are already aware that Jaroslav is known as one of the 'Big Three' in XC, together with Nino Schurter and Julien Absalon. Their competitive riding has been just breathtaking during the last few years, and nobody knows who will win each race next time! For those who are getting acquainted with “Jaro” for the first time, here is a nice introductory video (from 2016) of an Olympic champion and our ambassador athlete:
Now, you have a chance to look under the hood at his preparations and wrap-up of 2017 season. Let’s see what he has on his mind to share with us today.
THE SEASON 2017
The Season started just perfectly when I won the UCI event, “Afxentia Stage Race,” again after years. I was quite happy because it's one of my favorite races, and it's a very good warm-up before the main season.
Moreover, there is nice nature and kind people, so I try to come back every year.
Another advantage is I can see the performance of some other riders after the winter break.
After the short break, there was Cape Epic, which is considered as the hardest Stage race for mountain bikes all over the world.
It's held in South Africa, and I was racing together with my good friend and teammate, Christoph Sauser. We showed a solid performance and took second place at the very end of the race. Cape Epic has become an almost regular event in my race calendar, so I'll participate again this year.
Then, there was the first World Cup in Nove Mesto na Morave. It's my favorite race for sure because it takes place in the Czech Republic and the crowd is so crazy. There are thousands of fans around the course, and it's even better because it’s my mother country. Unfortunately, I had a crash during training on the course, and I hit my ribs/back. In fact, I was out of the first two World Cups, which were right after each other.
The rest of the season went quite well according to plan, and I came back in shape, where I wanted to be for the whole season.