The World and European K4 champions are going to go through a special test at the end of their training camp in the USA. Daniel Havel, Lukáš Trefil, Josef Dostál and Jan Štěrba, who will spend about six weeks in the training centre in Chula Vista, should go against coxless fours from the USA and Canada in the Mission Bay in San Diego.
„I hope the race won`t be cancelled. It should be an interesting part of our training camp. I am curious how we will compare to the rowing national teams of the USA and Canada. Before I agreed to this race, I talked to the rowing coaches at our boathouse. They told me we should be stronger,” Josef Dostál, the K1 1000 World Champion, said.
While the best Czech kayakers get ready for the ECA European Championships in Chula Vista, C2 paddlers Jaroslav Radoň and Filip Dvořák went to their favourite destination in Newport for next five weeks. Martin Fuksa, C1 silver and bronze Worlds medallist, is now training in Portugal. „Everything is fine here, weather is nice. I am tired. Seems like we are competing with all the other national teams to see who is going to train at most,” Fuksa said.
Thanks to a minor change in the race programme of the ECA European Canoe Sprint Seniors Championships the long distance races should be broadcasted live on TV. Races for 5000 meters will start 30 minutes earlier on Sunday May 3rd 2015. You can find the basic programme HERE.
Canoe manufacturer Nelo is ready to rent boats to members of paracanoe teams at the European Championship in Račice. If you are interested, send your reservation until February 28th to the manufacturer and also in copy to the organizers. The price for renting is 100 EUR.
Josef Dostál, first Czech kayaker to win the K1 1000 m World Champion title, won the 2014 Czech Paddler of the Year Award. The ceremony took place in Olomouc. “Year 2014 was very surprising for me – in good, but also in bad way. At the European Championship my boat “sank”, but the World Championship was great. Not only in the K1 category, but also in K4,” Dostál said. “It will be hard to repeat it this year, but results are not that important at the World Championship this year. It will be most important to qualify for the Olympics in Rio.”