Two-time Cyclocross World Champion Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) is not sure if he will be racing and trying to regain the title at the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, KY. With still some road racing on his schedule, including the road race at the Road World Championships this weekend, his upcoming cross season will be shortened. But one thing that is certain, is that he will be racing at the Czech National Championships held on January 12, 2013.
“After the first training camp I will be there at the cyclo-cross races until the Czech Championship for sure,” Stybar said. “Because it is in the place where I live in Czech Republic, and my dad is the race organizer. So I have to start there anyway. Then I will decide if I will do the CycloCross World Championship or not. I can’t really say if I can do that yet or not, it is too far away at the moment.”
The late start to his cross season will cause his UCI points to “expire” in the rolling 12-month calendar standings pushing his further and further down the start grid.
He continued, “I don’t know how well I will do in the cyclocross races because now, when I am at the start, I will start always as the last one. I will have no points from the world cups or the other races. I will likely start from 50th and 60th position from my first races. It will be really hard to get in front, but I will do my best to get there despite these circumstances. I will use cyclo-cross to use as good preparation for the Spring Classics, to get started on the road again.”
His approach to the the cross season will be very different this year. Rather than focus his training strictly on cross season, he will use it as a training method for the 2013 road season.
To help with his cross aspirations, a new – designed specifically for his needs – S-Works carbon CruX cross bike was presented to him. Specialized was able to get personal with his frame design in a way he had never seen before.
“This frame is great,” Stybar said. “With the geometry and these things it is very hard to make things quite personal. But I think the bike, with cyclocross, it’s all about details. The brakes, the cables — every little detail means so much. So it was really great, with what we said along with our mechanic, that you can see every detail we asked for on the frame. It’s really the bike I was waiting for.”
Stybar also discussed his aspirations for the 267-km Worlds road race held this Sunday. His goal is to be there at the finale.
“La Vuelta was a great experience,” said Stybar, who is coming off his first full road season in which he won Tour de Pologne Stage 3 and also completed his first Grand Tour: La Vuelta a Espana.
“I learned a lot during the race and I’m sure it will be important for the rest of my carreer. Concerning Worlds, it will be my first participation. I really would like to do well. I don’t know what I can expect from the race. I’m curious. For sure I will try to stay with the best even in the final.”