Despite losing teeth and suffering serious facial injuries after getting hit by a car, Jaroslav Kulhavy is expected to race the mountain bike marathon worlds this weekend.
Kulhavy, the world number-one ranked cross-country racer, was hit by a car last Thursday while training on the road. The Czech suffered severe facial injuries and knocked out his front teeth.
According to Michal Cerveny from mtbs.cz, Kulhavy collided with a pickup truck while crossing a village road. Despite the injuries, Kulhavy, who rides for Specialized Racing, will still race MTB marathon worlds June 26 in Montebelluna, Italy. But considering the damage done to his mouth, eating and drinking on the bike could hamper his performance on Sunday.
Unlike elite cross-country rider Julien Absalon, who is set to race his first MTB marathon worlds this weekend, Kulhavy will fly to Canada to race in the next World Cup XC race in Mont Ste Anne on July 2-3. Absalon, current overall World Cup leader, will not contest the Mont Ste Anne race nor the World Cup stop in Windham, New York on July 9-10. Instead he is focusing on the mountain bike world championships in late August in Switzerland.
Kulhavy won the 2010 Czech MTB marathon championships.