Best Races of 2011: Nove Mesto World Cup
If you’re like me, winning bike races is as likely as dating Natalie Portman. Or winning the lottery. Or getting hit by a meteor and showered in volcanic ash on the same day. The chances of winning a bike race in your home town, in front of all your pals is also quite a long shot. In the on-going review of Awesome Stuff That Happened last year, Czech out (wait for it) the Czech King, Jaroslav Kulhavy’s win at Nove Mesto in his home country of the Czech Republic. Last year, Jaro stormed to multiple World Cup wins before taking both the World Cup series championship and the World Championship in October. Maybe his best win, however, was in Nove Mesto, where he battled early before walking away to dominate the race in front of thousands of crazed, cheering and beautiful fans.
The Michigan equivalent would be taking the Cherry-Roubaix Road Race and Critierium, a feat achieved just two years ago in CAT 5 by Jake Ellis. Even winning a single event at the C-R would be a massive win for a Traverse City native, and riders from the area are especially committed to keeping the 2012 State Championship jerseys in the area for as many categories.
Also, Canadian racer and goddess Emily Batty raced. Here’s a great interview about the Nove Mesto in which you can hear her talk and pretend it’s just you and her in some nice Italian restaurant sipping vin rouge.