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2006, Michal Prokop: The gold series continues!

  • Written by Jos Wissink
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July 2006.

MICHAL PROKOP.

Another BMX'er is doing very well in a different cycling discipline, MICHAL PROKOP, former WEBCO-Mentos BMX Euro Team member, among others
Check out this press-release of late:

Michal Prokop: The gold series continues!

Once again. Next weekend, next gold for the Author factory rider Michal Prokop. Fourth one in four weeks! Prokop, as one of the youngest athletes on the Jeep King of the Mountain Series roster also happen to be one of the most prodigious and consistent performer in the sport. Michal Prokop of the Czech Republic, 25, continued his torrid national and international winning
streak by capturing title at the first stop of the 2006 Jeep King of the Mountain Series this past weekend in San Luis Obispo, California USA. For more info on this series, plase visit www.jeepsports.com.

The thousands of race enthusiasts on hand from across the Central Coast area were met with blue skies, ideal temperatures and action packed racing that resulted in several wipeouts and numerous photo finishes before the outcome was decided. At the end of the day, Prokop, the event's defending JKOM Champion, held off his rivals to earn the top spot on the podium.

Prokop, who has won four of the first five races of the 2006 UCI 4X World Cup season as well as a 4X World Championship, 4X European Championship and 4X National Championship, began the day with a win over Brian Schmith. He then eliminated Eric Carter to reach the Championship Heat. Once there, he faced Brian Lopes. Prokop swept Lopes in a close two-race duel to bring home the title.

Adding to the intrigue of the head-to-head match-ups featuring the sport's top names was the racecourse on which they competed. The exclusive "Y" course is utilized by the Jeep King of the Mountain Series. Competitors begin the race on separate sides of the course (the prongs of the Y) before converging midway into a single course (the crux of the Y). In the bottom section, racers must navigate a series of banked turns, tabletops, step-down jumps and rollers before the track climaxes with an all-out sprint to the
finish. The Y has been described as the ultimate format for mountain bike racing, as the overall winners must have a diverse set of skills to win the coveted the title.

Professional Champions are crowned based on a system of cumulative points earned throughout the Jeep King of the Mountain season. In addition to competing for the coveted overall title, the racers are battling for a share of the richest cash payout in the sport, topping $100.000, and the keys to a new 2007 Jeep Compass.

Having completed this first leg of competition in San Luis Obispo, the Jeep King of the Mountain Series will continue its tour to some of the most spectacular, scenic outdoor havens in the U.S. The series will resume in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on August 12, before culminating with the grand finale on September 3 in Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Each event in the 2006 season will be televised to a national audience on CBS Sports, representing the most extensive national coverage offered to professional racing in recent history. The race from San Luis Obispo will air on CBS Sports on August 13, from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST.

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