Our program for last weeken was clear - Czech Ski Championship on rollerskis – Uphill race to Jested. We planned to finish our summer trainings with this race to check how good our shape is in the moment. Katerina and Jan won this race last year, so they were supposed to defeat thein titles.
They had ... :-( Unfortunately, Jan got sick, after a well-attended training camp in Bozi Dar (CZE), which finished on Monday before the race and on Thursday was already clear that he would not be able to take part :-(. It was a shame because Jan was in really good shape.
So, we had one team athlete in both categories (men/women) and Lukáš, also with some health problems :-(, worked as a support for athletes during the race on the track, when he followed Adam almot whole race on E-bike to be close to him with reserve poles and feeding. Radim took care about Katerina, so our athletes could enjoyed an luxurious support ;-).Katerina took part in another race for 30km on flat profile on Saturday like „warm-up“ and she won it.
The weather on Sunday was almost perfect, sunny, not too warm and at 1:15 pm the race was started. There was high speed from the beginning and Adam was pulling the lead, while Katka was in the leadership of the female category also right from the start. The first important moment came about 2.5km after the start, when Adam, Martin Jaks and Petr Mlynar (Slovak national team member) went away from the rest of the starting field, but unfortunately Adam lost the contact also few minutes later. There were more flat passages, when there was no chance to catch leading pair and Adam was cathed by another pair of nationale team members (Jonas Bestak and Petr Knop). Martin Jaks and Petr Mlynar gradually increased their lead, but Petr Mlynar began to loose the contact with Martin Jaks in serpentines around 4,5km till finish. He still held a half-minute lead on the group where Adam was headed, but about 2km before the finish another crisis came and his lead was very fast away.
Approximately 800 meters till finish he was catched by Adam and Jonas. Adam tried an attack about 500m till finish, Petr lost the contact, but Jonas was still there. The counter-attack did not leave for a long time, and at about 200m before the finish Jonas did it. Adam had a lot of work to keep contact, but 100m till finish was sure, that Jonas is stronger today and Adam took bronze medal.
Adam showed very good performance, perhaps a pity that at an important moment about 2.5km after the start he could not stay in the group with Martin Jaks, but the race was dramatic and despite the unsuccessful fight for the 2nd place we have to be satisfied. Katka, with her victory, underscored this year's excellent record, when she turned all her starts in Skiroll Classics to victories and it was a very successful Sunday for us! ;-)
Now few days of training at home are in front of us, hope that Lukas and Jan will be halthy soon and ski tunnel in Oberhof is waiting for boys next week while Katerina and Radim will make training block in sunny Sardinia.
Photo: Ota Mrákota / Emreporter s.r.o.