They told me: ‘Done, that is the end’
He was born on March 8, 1940 in Brno-Královo Pole. Since his youth he devoted himself to sports. At the age of sixteen he started racing on a bike, first for TJ Slavia Žabovřesky, then for TJ Favorit Brno and in the army for Pardubice and later for Brno Dukla. After the war he returned to Favorit, he was employed in electrical engineering and kept training before and after work. He raced various types of tracks and road races. He was the first Czechoslovak cyclist to win the bronze medal at the 1964 World Championships in Paris. He won the individual fighter race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. He brought silver and bronze medals from individual and team races from the 1965-67 World Championship. In Mexico he set world records of four and five kilometers in 1967. In 1969-70 he started for the French professional team Frimatic-de Gribaldy. After that he was not allowed to continue his racing career and became a coach. Since 2008 he has been managing the South Moravian Olympics Endowment Fund.