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UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě is just around the corner, yesterday it was foreshadowed by a press conference in the new Prague bistro for cyclists called Domestique.

Exactly ten days before the first start in the Vysočina Arena, the head of the organizing team Petr Vaněk presented the biggest news. Current best domestic biker Ondřej Cink spoke about his latest training and ambitions.

"We are very pleased with the interest of fans, at the moment we have already sold more tickets than at the same time in 2019, when the event took place for the last time with spectators," said Vaněk, who believes that spectators have not forgotten how to cheer their heros in the Vysočina Arena. "We have prepared a rich accompanying program, fans can come to Nové Město for three whole days and they will have a lot to do. There is the Expo Area with many exhibitors with cycling goods, panel discussions, signing sessions, parties and for the more active visitors we will also have two public races: Night Race and Bike Vysočina Marathon.”

Main news of the day was the information about the participation of the British star, World Cyclocross Champion and Olympic Mountain Bike Winner Tom Pidcock, which was confirmed to the organizers by the Ineos Grenadiers team directly during the press conference. “Tom will stand at the start of the World Cup in Albstadt and here in Nové Město na Moravě. Unfortunately, Mathieu van der Poel will be missing. But on the other hand, the overall winner of the Cyclocross World Cup, Eli Iserbyt from Belgium, will start. I am very curious about his performance on ft tires, "said Petr Vaněk.

Almost a month has passed since the first World Cup race of the 2022 season in Brazil, and that's exactly how much the 31-year-old Ondřej Cink has not given a lot into training. He suffers from unusually aggressive allergies. "I had allergies every spring, but it was usually resolved in a week. This year I can't get rid of it, I've already had to use some medication. I hope that it will be better in Nové Město, I would like to perform well in front of my home crowds, even though I know that I will not be there in 100% form, "said Ondřej, who was accompanied at the press conference by his wife Pavlína, with whom they expect the arrival of their first offspring.

The racing program in Nové Město will start on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 6:00 PM with Women's Short Track and then at 6:45 PM with Men's Short Track on a new and spectator-attractive course which will be well visible from the main visitor grandstand in the Vysočina Arena.


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