Its still not the right time for big international events, but national level races have green light in Czech Republic. That's why Tomas Slavik decided to race for the national champion jersey in Czech Republic. Over there, they are having a really strong urban dh scene, its own series ("CZECH DOWNTOWN SERIES") and its own NATIONAL CHAMPS. Slavik took his role of a favourite very responsibly, took a win in both final runs with a margin over 2 seconds and became crowned as "2020 National Champion in Urban DH".
"I actually never raced a national champs race in urban DH in Czech Republic, so it was a kind of a new thing to me. I was looking forward so much to this race because I haven't been racing for over four months. And at the same time, I haven't been racing in Czech Republic an urban race for years. It has been a while! The track was really specific, shorter but intense and super physical. I prepared my short travel GHOST Riot with 130/130mm and 650B wheels which I ussually use for 4X racing and Dual Slalom. This bike was flying here!
As a favourite coming to a race is always a bit harder than coming here as an “underdog”. But I truly enjoyed every centimeter of this track and man - I felt great on my bike. It was really cool to compare myself with the other guys which I haven't been racing against for a really long time. I did solid runs in both of my final runs and took the win! It was great to see all my friends, fans and other riders I haven't seen for a long time at one place. Becoming a national champ for 2020 was a cherry on a cake. Thank you guys and see you soon..”
The event coming up next is Euro 4X series at the western part of Czech Republic on 25.7. We will keep you updated about this one
Photo credits: Jan Kasl, Hoo Photography, Ales Kocner