The World Cup course is perfectly prepared
Most Czech riders want to take advantage of the domestic race venue and practice on the course, trying out the new innovations on the circuit.
Jaroslav Kulhavy, Jan Skarnitzl and Ondrej Cink, the Czech mountainbike Olympic trio, and many more riders, met on May 2nd 2012 in Nove Mesto na Morave, where they completed their first practice on the innovated race circuit.
The race track is considered to be attractive, especially with the new technical section, with an altitude of 220 meters and 4,46 km length. And the new technical section is what interested the Czech riders and their coaches the most. After a few consultations with the Czech television crew, the organizers have decided to make changes in the old Tobogan section. The Tobogan has been replaced by a very attractive BMX section full of humps and jumps.
„I must say that I have a good feeling out of this circuit. The new section is something completely different from the typical turns at all the races,“ says Jaroslav Kulhavy, last year’s winner in Vysocina. „You need to let it go a bit, but you can’t ride into the humps too fast, or you’ll go flying. I think the fans will really enjoy this section, it’s so dynamic,“ explained Jaroslav Kulhavy, the World Champion, in his interview for MTBS.cz server.
The new BMX section is located in the farthest part of the track. It is made up of three jumps, the last one a double. All downhill, all in high speed. During their practice the riders were flying high and far.
Another satisfied rider, Ondrej Cink, is also hoping for another race win in Vysocina. „The win in Houffalize convinced me, that I can beat all the other riders and that’s what I plan to do here. I plan to go out in the front right from the start and then we’ll see what’s going to happen,“ said Ondrej, who finds the new section very interesting. „There are three jumps there. They have to be jumped at full race speed, but you have to be careful on the last one, because it’s followed by a sharp turn,“ added Ondrej Cink, who is the youngest of the Czech Olympic trio.
The race track in Nove Mesto na Morave copies the trend of natural circuits with artificially built technical sections. The track covers a small area and therefore all interesting sectios are well accessible for the fans, who can quickly pass from one section to another, or enjoy the race from the tribunes and watch the big screen. Over 30 tons of rocks have been used for the technical sections. Also, the circuit was designed to fulfill the needs of the television crew for the live coverage.
Last year the World Cup returned to the Czech republic after 14 long years and was considered by many as one of the best organized races in the World Cup history. This top cycling event will take place in the Vysocina Arena in Nove Mesto na Morave from May 11th until May 13th 2012.
RACE CIRCUIT IN NUMBERS
Length – 4,46 kilometers
Overall altitude – 220 meters
Highest climb – 53 meters
Number of laps – 6 + 1 (start loop) for Elite men (Elite women one less lap)