Announcement of the poll King of Cycling 2022, February 14, 2023, Prague. Absolute winner Iveta Miculyčová.
Prague – For the first time in her career, Iveta Miculyčová became the winner of the 58th edition of the domestic poll King of Cycling for 2022. The 17-year-old freestyle BMX rider replaced biker Ondřej Cink on the throne and became the youngest winner in the history of the poll. Second this time was Mathias Vacek and third was another road worker Jan Hirt.
Miculyčová won gold at the European BMX Freestyle Championships in Munich last August. A cyclist from Kostelka nad Orlicí won the park in the Olympic discipline and triumphed a month before the age of seventeen. In November, she added bronze in the same discipline at the World Championships in Abu Dhabi.
The 20-year-old Vacek won silver at the World Championships in Wollongong, Australia, in the under-23 category in September, and two months earlier he was second in the 23-year-old European Championships in Portuguese Anadia. The 32-year-old Hirt won the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia in May, which was his lifetime achievement. Overall, he finished sixth in the race.
Historically, the most successful cyclists are the brothers Jan and Jindřich Pospíšil, who won the poll eight times thanks to their success in cycling.
Miculyčová, the winner of the vote of national team coaches, heads of individual commissions and journalists, received the symbolic key to the Škoda Enyaq iV car, which she will be able to use this year.
Miculyčová and Vacek were also awarded as winners of their disciplines. The mountain bikes were dominated by Jaroslav Kulhavý, the Olympic champion from London 2012, who ended his biker career after the season. Among cyclocross riders, Kristýna Zemanová defended last year's triumph. Milan Kadlec became the best runner and junior. Track runner Barbora Němcová was declared the best junior. Indoor cycling was once again dominated by Jakub Mašek and para-cycling by Patrik Jahoda.
In memoriam Ivan Kučírek and Pavel Martínek were admitted to the Hall of Fame, who won three gold medals at the World Championship on the tandem track between 1980 and 1982. The Hall of Fame now has seventeen members.
King of Cycling 2022 poll results
King of Cycling: 1. Iveta Miculyčová, 2. Mathias Vacek, 3. Jan Hirt.
Road: Mathias Vacek.
Mountain bikes: Jaroslav Lame.
Track: Milan Kadlec.
Cyclocross: Kristýna Zemanová.
Indoor cycling: Jakub Mašek.
Bikros: Iveta Miculyčová.
Paracycling: Patrik Jahoda.
Juniors: Milan Kadlec, Barbora Němcová.
Hall of Fame: Ivan Kučírek in memoriam and Pavel Martínek.