Biková Tour de France with the participation of the Czech legend: I am looking forward to my return from sports retirement

Biková Tour de France with the participation of the Czech legend: I am looking forward to my return from sports retirement

The race will start on March 17. Kulhavý won three times in five participations, namely in 2013, 2015 and 2018. “The overall victory will probably not be completely repeated, but of course we have high ambitions. We would definitely like to fight for victory in one of the stages, and ten in the overall standings would be a good result for us,” revealed Kulhavý.

Back at the Cape Epic, he was attracted by the purely Czech collaboration with Filip Adel, who rode the famous race three times. “I’m relatively looking forward to it. The last time I wanted to go was in 2020, when covid got involved, we canceled participation two days before the start and in the end the race was canceled anyway. For me, it meant the transition to sports retirement,” Kulhavý described. “I’m so glad I can come back from it now. Moreover, a purely Czech team and a unique Czech project,” he continued.

Foto: Cape Epic

The course of the 20th annual Cape Epic mountain bike race

A total of 613 kilometers with almost 17,000 meters of altitude await cyclists. “It’s a challenging eight days when you have to be physically, mentally and technically prepared. It’s terribly unpredictable, for example with the weather, because there is a completely different climate than in Europe,” pointed out the Olympic champion from London.

Expedition leader Jan Jobánek, who also completed the Cape Epic himself, is carrying over 200 kilograms of material to the Republic of South Africa. “Everything is there for minor repairs. We can’t just replace the frame, everything else,” noted Kulhavý.

The individual stages start as early as seven in the morning, so the riders are on their feet from five. “And so it is necessary to start regeneration immediately after reaching the finish line,” described Adel. “Everything starts with a recovery drink, a shower and a change of clothes. It is also essential to rotate the legs, massage, exercise and a hearty dinner will also help,” he added.

2024-03-05 13:41:02
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