River Canoe Marathon Media Release
: Dave Macleod
Petr Mojžíšek back for another crack at Berg River
Canoe Marathon podium
Paarl - Respected
Czech Republic marathon paddler Petr Mojžíšek has confirmed his
entry for the Berg River Canoe Marathon from 3 to 6 July, and
has recruited the strong young German paddler Matthias Schmidt
to partner him in the team event.
The 42 year-old Mojžíšek from Jesenice in Prague finished sixth
in 2016 and third in 2017 and is looking forward to taking part
in the new competitive team race.
"I was not able to come to do the Berg last year, and I was
curious how the team race format would work and what would be
the reaction from the other paddlers," said Mojžíšek. "I was in
touch with Keith Moule who said it has been interesting and
After racing onto the podium in the solo race in 2017, Mojžíšek
plans to aim at one of the higher steps on the Berg podium in
the team competition, and turned to the German that he first met
"Instead of Berg 2018, I took part in a three day 180 km flat
water race, Budějovice-Praha, while also organizing it.
Surprisingly, it was a big battle and it was won by Matthias
Schmidt who came from Munich to compete.
"After the race we briefly talked about doing the Berg the next
year and Matthias was very interested. In March we chatted again
and decided to do Berg in the new team format. This is something
I have not tried before and I am very excited about it," said
The big Czech paddler will be one of the heaviest paddlers in
the field, and will recall how tough the 240km race on a low
Berg River was in 2017.
"Luckily I think I have forgotten some of the emotions I felt
during that race, especially on day three and day four, and that
helped me enter the Berg again!" he quipped.
He comes into the race on a solid base, with some encouraging
"Two weeks ago Matthias was here in Prague and we had a small
training camp," said Mojžíšek.
"This past Saturday I paddled in a crazy 106 km sea kayak race
on the Vltava river and I managed to break my own race record
from 2015, which makes me feel comfortable with my current
"Matthias is young and strong and I believe we will be able to
give the others a hard time," he added.
The swinger for the likeable big Czech will be a fuller river
than he experienced on his last Berg outing, something that
looks very likely given the full dams, managed water releases
and the prospect of good rains in the weeks ahead.
"I only hope for some rain to come. I am really looking forward
to the race and enjoying the company of all the guys around," he
Normal entries are now being taken until Wednesday 19 June.
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Veteran Czech Republic racer
Petr Mojžíšek will return for a
third Berg River Canoe Marathon from 3 to 6 July, partnering the
strong young German Matthias Schmidt.
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