Kulhavy will stick with cross-country, looks to Rio in 2016

London cross-country champ says he'll look for road opportunities after Rio in 2016

Olympic cross-country gold medalist Jaroslav Kulhavy has decided to stick with mountain bike racing and will look to defend his London title in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The 27-year-old Czech announced on Thursday that he has signed a two-year extension with Specialized Racing.

“I made the final decision about mountain bikes last Friday. I got very nice offer from my current team Specialized Racing and I didn’t want to wait anymore,” he said. “I am very happy with the conditions of this contract. Road cycling, or compete the Tour de France, has always been my dream, but I’m standing with my feets on the ground. Now I am focusing on next four years as a mountain biker and I would like to defend my Olympic title in Rio 2016. Maybe after that, there will be some time to try road cycling.”

Kulhavy’s manager, Zdenek Löffelman, confirmed that at least one road ProTeam — backed by Specialized — had pursued Kulhavy.

“I can’t tell from which team, but it was one riding Specialized bicycles,” said Löffelman. “Unfortunately the dealings took too much time and Jaroslav’s and my deadline was set to the end of November.”