The UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships in Dornbirn crowned two new world champions on Saturday. Germany’s Milena Slupina scooped the rainbow jersey in the Women Elite event while compatriots Serafin Schefold and Max Hanselmann secured gold in the Pairs Open competition – and the scoring in these two disciplines could scarcely have been any more exciting.
Day one of the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships has come and gone. A crowd of 3,000 spectators were in attendance in Dornbirn, Austria and thousands more followed the proceedings on live streams, witnessing a moving opening ceremony, cycle ball drama and a first decision of the very top level.
When the UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships last visited Dornbirn in 2008, a small girl from host country Austria led the delegation from Malaysia at the Opening Ceremony, clutching the country’s sign in her hands. Her name was Julia Walser.
Jiří Jr Hrdlička never thought he would end up playing cycle-ball with his father Jiří, but the combination appears to work. The father-son pair won the Czech Championships and will “give it our best” at next week’s Worlds in Dornbirn, Austria.
After failing to qualify for the upcoming UCI Indoor Cycling World Championships, the reigning UCI World Champion talks about her disappointing season, the rising level of artistic cycling and Germany’s chances in Austria at the end of this month.