The XTERRA Czech Championship - the second race in the XTERRA European Tour - is Saturday amidst the historic castles of Hluboka nad Vltavou. All eyes will be on Franky Batelier, who defeated the reigning XTERRA World Champ Ruben Ruzafa at XTERRA Italy last month, along with Michi Weiss (Worlds runner-up) and three-time Olympian Olivier Marceau. German XTERRA standouts Felix Schumann and Ronny Dietz are on the start list as well, however, "The athlete everyone will be cheering is local pro Karel Zadak," said XTERRA director Dave Nicholas. "Zadak had his finest moment in Italy where he battled Olivier Marceau for the entire race and finished just seconds behind the ex-World Champ in 4th place. Zadak knows this course well and is perhaps the strongest biker for this course."
For the women it should be a race between Swiss Renata Bucher, who is having a hall of fame year, against Carina Wasle. Bucher, a three-time XTERRA European Tour Champ, has been winning consistently all year from Guam to Italy. Wasle, however, was overrun in the swim in Italy and could never recover from coming out of the water behind 200 other athletes but she should fare much better in Hluboka. Athletes from 12 different countries are headed for this beautiful Castle town just a few hours south of Prague. The Czech Championship race has been held in Hluboka for seven years and has always been one of the most popular stops on the tour.