Tuesday was an atypically hot day for the Czech Republic and the MTBO WOC middle distance race. In the village of Zubri, not far from Nove Mesto, the forest was a maze of fast forest roads and tracks and very small, indistinct and bumpy forest working tracks.
Paul Darvodelsky, the last of the Australians to start, rode strongly over the 18 km course and was in 11th place at the first radio point. Paul rode with very few errors and only lost significant time in the final part of the course when his pedal broke. He finished the course pedalling with one leg and finally, on the rough small tracks near the finish, running. Despite losing around one minute, and a tilt at the podium, he managed to hold on to 18th place.
Full report and results to follow.