After a two-year pause caused by coronavirus measures, the Tábor Triathlon Festival returned to the racing calendar in style. Kateřina Hadravová shone with bronze in the fantastically casted European Junior Cup. David Martin and Alžběta Hrušková dominated the Czech Cup race in the Olympic and Sprint Triathlon on Sunday 24 July.

Not only competitors from the old continent, but also from all over the world headed to Tábor for the European Junior Cup – Canadian Beaulieu won, Australian Powers took bronze, but triathletes from Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong also competed. “We have the busiest start list in our 37-year history,” said race director Šimon Kuncl. In total, 19 Czechs have entered the European Junior Cup!

The Czech Republic had two big medal hopes in the junior women’s race. Dana Přikrylová held on to the medal positions from the beginning of the race, but unfortunately did not make it to the finish line – she dropped out of first place in the cross-country part. “I have been injured for a long time and my hip is not yet ready for such steep runs as the ones here in Tabor. I am very sorry, at least I could enjoy the nice atmosphere,” said the Czech junior. “At the same time I congratulate Kačka Hadravová, who I told that she could have a medal, but she didn’t believe me.”

The swimming part did not suggest that Hadravova could win a medal. After swimming 750 metres in the Jordan lake, she was one of the last to come out of the water. But she kept moving forward. “Unfortunately, I swam badly and had to work very hard on the bike. I almost fell down, but had a luck and went into the run as fourth,” said Hadravova, who crossed the finish line third, 22 seconds behind the winning Swiss Possberg. “I didn’t expect this result at all. It is my biggest success. Unbelievable!”

Jakub Mittner had the best start to the junior race, swimming in third position. Šimon Michálek was also in the top ten. During the 20km cycling part of the race, the field came together in a large pack, which included six Czech athletes. The best result was achieved by Jakub Marek, who took 7th place. He was 20 seconds away from the medal and 51 seconds away from the winning Canadian. Just six seconds later Šimon Michálek came in 8th place.

Czech Cup for Martin and Hruskova

The start list of the Czech Cup was affected not only by the participation of the best Czech juniors in the European Cup race, but also by the clash with the national training camp in Livigno.

Nevertheless, several members of the national team were present in Tábor and one of them did the best in the water – David Martin developed an eighteen-second lead. He also posted the fastest time in the cycling part, during which he increased his lead by another tens of seconds.

Filip Vaclavik, the winner of the previous cup race in Konopiště, gave the best performance in the cross-country part, but he could not catch Martin. He therefore won in 59:08. The second place belongs to Václavík, the bronze went to Filip Tlamka from Tábor.

The women’s race was a clear-cut affair, with Alžběta Hrušková fulfilling the role of the favourite from the start to the finish. She took a 19-second lead out of the water, and during the cycling part she increased the gap to her rivals to several minutes. She did not hesitate even during the run. She crossed the finish line in 1:06:46, almost four minutes before the second Adriana Horňová. The third place went to Zuzana Pičmanová.

The Czech Olympic and Sprint Triathlon Cup will continue on the weekend of 9-11 September, when the CITY TRIATHLON Karlovy Vary event will take place, culminating in the World Cup race on Sunday.

Results

Tabor Triathlon Festival, 24 July 2022

European Junior Cup, men: 1. Mathis Beaulieu (Canada) 58:26, 2. Davide Menichelli (Italy) 58:37, 3. Toby Powers (Aus.) 58:57 … 7. Jakub Marek 59:17, 8. Šimon Michálek 59:23, 18. David Korous 1:00:17, 19. Jakub Homola 1:00:21, 21. Jakub Souček 1:00:26, 40. Lukáš Plic 1:02:13, 43. Jakub Mittner 1:02:26, 47. Filip Nýdrle 1:02:47, 52. Ondřej Lemberka 1:03:29, 58. Jakub Pásler 1:04:06

Women: 1. Vanessa Possberg (Switz.) 1:06:41, 2. Romina Nádas (Hungary) 1:06:58, 3. Kateřina Hadravová 1:07:03 … 22. Michaela Mitisková 1:10:11, 24. Julie Balcarová 1:10:20, 29. Barbora Jedličková 1:10:51, 33. Natálie Fraňková 1:11:20, 34. Veronika Holanikova 1:11:35, 40. Petra Dvořáková 1:12:36, Dana Přikrylová and Emma Rysávková did not finish

Full results here.

Czech Cup, men: 1. David Martin 59:08, 2. Filip Vaclavik 59:17, 3. Filip Tlamka 59:23

Women: 1. Alžběta Hrušková 1:06:46, 2. Adriana Horňová 1:10:23, 3. Zuzana Pičmanová 1:12:04.14

Full results here.

Photo gallery

Photos from the whole day by Patrik Jech can be found in the photo gallery.


Triathletes from Brazil, Canada or Australia are heading to the south of the Czech Republic, where this Sunday, 24. July, the Tábor Triathlon Festival will take place. The attractive programme includes
European Junior Cup races, which will feature tough competition from all over and also the Czech Cup.


The Tábor race returns to the race calendar after a two-year pause due to coronavirus restrictions. And with great shape! “For the European Junior Cup has not only the top European competitors, but also competitors from Brazil, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong. We have the busiest start list in history,” says the director of the Šimon Kuncl.


Marek, Michálek, Korous, Homola, Homola and Marek will fight for international success, Souček, Mittner, Plic, Pásler, Nýdrle, Knejzlík, Lemberka, Hadravová, Křížková, Mičková, Přikrylová, Ryšávková, Jedličková, Balcarová, Dvořáková, Mitisková, Holaniková and Fraňková. Participants of the European Junior Cup and the Czech Cup in Olympic and sprint triathlon will be first a 750m swim in the Jordan Pond, followed by a 20km cycling part with and a 5km run through the city centre.

“The race centre will now be located right at the start in U sladovny Street. Spectators can enjoy an attractive spectacle, because everything important will take place in a small space and so they will have an excellent overview of the race,” says Simon Kuncl. “We are looking forward to the the centre of the action will once again be a cauldron of spectators who, in addition to the races, will enjoy the drum band Wild Sticks, a sports equipment expo zone with bargain prices and food trucks with coffee and triathlon menu.”


The Czech Cup race will also be exciting, taking place on the same courses as the European Cup. With most of the Czech athletes attending training camps in Livigno, Italy, or the European Cup, the start list does not yet have of over 120 names has a clear favourite. Who will win the prestigious Tábor trophy?


After a two-year break, the traditional triathlon race in Tábor will take place on Sunday 24th July. Apart from the Czech Cup, the Youth Championship and the Academic Championship, the most interesting will be the European Junior Cup and the Junior Women’s Cup.

Start lists of the European Junior Cup here and the European Junior Women’s Cup here.

Number of national teams are registered to start in this international event. Specifically, the teams from: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Canada, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Holland, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Colombia, Bahrain, France, Denmark, New Zealand, Turkey and the Czech Republic. The starting lists are among the best that the European Cup in Tabor has recorded since its first edition (2010).


The Czech Triathlon Cup and the European Junior Cup 2022 has the final design of the courses and the necessary approval from the Police of the Czech Republic to close the courses on the day of the event – Sunday 24th July.

We are very happy, because the situation in Tábor is more complicated than usual in terms of reconstruction works carried out in the venue centre. It is necessary to mention the excellent support and cooperation of C-Energy, the contracting company for the construction work, and Uchytil, the contractor, who are helping us as much as possible. After a two-year “covid” break, nothing can stop us from organizing our traditional race.

So make a note in your diaries for the 24th of July!

We look forward to seeing you.


The Tábor Triathlon Festival 2020, which was scheduled for July 26, will not take place in 2020. The international race, which was supposed to be a part of the European Junior Cup, the Czech Olympic Cup is cancelled due to difficult prediction of the epidemiological situation and the spread of COVID-19.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) currently suspended all actions until the end of June. The same measure was taken by the European Triathlon Union (ETU), which, however, also postponed the European Championship from the beginning of July. “According to the information we have, ETU has extended the suspension of all activities until mid-July, which is already very close to our race. The risks are therefore too high for us. Unfortunately, we have to wait until 2021 to organize the race.”

“Representatives not only from Europe, but also, New Zealand, Israel or Australia are coming to the race. We were afraid, they would not get it to the start due to global restrictions.”

Taken from the Czech Triatlon Association press release.


The European Junior Triathlon Cup as well as the Czech championship in sprint-triathlon took place in Tabor on the weekend of 3 – 4 August during the Tábor Triathlon Festival. Titles of champions goes to František Linduška and Tereza Zimovjanová. Czech colors were shining even during the European Junior Cup – Alžběta Hrušková takes gold medal, Radim Grebík silver!

Alžběta Hrušková showed a spectacular performance, when she declassified rivals from 19 countries and won the 1st place in the European Cup! She kept her position in the first pack after the swim part and constantly  with her New Zealander Brey Roderick. The pack then devoured Barbara De Koning, who had more than a 40-second lead from swimming. Hrušková had an excellent running form and proofed it during 5km run.

The winner Alžběta Hrušková

Spanish athlete Angel Sanchez Carreras dominated the men race. Czech Radim Grebík swam with a ten second shortage on the first package. This talent from Zlín confirmed his strongest discipline is the bike and he arrived into the first pack already in the first cycling circuit.

“It is a huge successes! As organizers, we could’t have desired anything better. We are pleased that our track was so suitable for Czech racers,” said Martin Hotový on behalf of the organizers team.

Despite problems on the cycling track, Tereza Zimovjanová became the Czech sprint champion. “I don’t even know how I did it, suddenly I was just lying on the ground,” showing the bumped elbow.

The success of last year was repeated by František Linduška. “I love to race in Tábor. I feel at home here. I have the support of my girlfriend, friends and coach, ”explains the Czech national team representative. Domestic track fitted especially the third Lukáš Červenka, a competitor of the Triathlon Team Tábor. He maintained a twenty-second lead from swimming all along the bike course. Linduška and the second Jan Volár had to put a huge effort even in two to catch up with him. They did it just before the transition area 2. On the run, the Červenka had no chance, and he finished third.

A minute of silence

The race of the military administration championship also took place during the Sunday Grand Prix of Tábor in triathlon. The race was dedicated to the memory of the 1st anniversary of the heroes – members of the 42nd Mechanized Battalion, who died on 5 August 2018 in a suicide bomber attack on a patrol in Afghanistan and became the first year of memorial št.prap. Martin Marcina, št.prap. Kamil Benes and št.prap. Patrik Štěpánek.

Charity Run

The Tábor Triathlon Festival also included a charity night run. 120 runners, pedestrians and wheelchair users with shining glasses and bracelets set off on Saturday 21st hour at the Grand Prix in Triathlon. The money from their entry fee go to the sports-rehabilitation stay of athletes with a handicap from Tábor. The cheque with the collected amount of CZK 23,500 was handed over to the representative of Kaňka by the main organizer of the Tábor Triathlon Festival Šimon Kuncl. “I want to thank all the runners and the Tábor triathlon team for organizing this great event. I did not expect us to meet in such an amount, I’m glad for that,” said Iva Míková, Executive Director of the Kaňka Centre.

Results of the Triathlon Grand Prix

Results of Charity night run for Kaňka

Photogallery selection by Patrik Jech

Full photogallery by Patrik Jech


Five kilometers long night run starts on Saturday, August 3 at 9pm at TGM Square, in front of the Agricultural School in Tábor. It is the biggest Innovation in the Tábor triathlon festival.

Start fees will be donated to the team of handicapped mono-ski athletes from the center of Kaňka. Running track is a compromise for runners and even non-runners, everyone can make 5 kilometers, the goal is to enjoy and help at first. There will be luminating bracelets in the start pack, as well as deserved refreshments and a DJ at the finish line. Simply all that is needed for a proper sport celebration.

Please reserve your start package at https://tabortriathlonfestival.cz/en/charity-run/. The reservation is not mandatory and is not obligatory to start the race. The entry fee is paid on the spot. The information serves mainly for organizers in order to estimate properly dimensions of the race and deliver start packages as fast as possible.

You can pick up the package during the race registration that takes place on Saturday, August 3, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Agricultural School in Tábor.