Mention mountain biking in Slovakia and chances are that you'll hear the name 'Filip Polc'. Filip has achieved legendary status in his sport, having started competing on bikes at just four years old in the cyclotrial discipline.
After just two years, the young rider moved into BMX and by 1990 Filip took part in the European Championship in Switzerland, where he reached the semi-finals. In the same year, he took part in the World Championships in France, making it through to the quarter finals. In 1991, Filip earned acclaim in his discipline when he became champion of Czechoslovakia and Slovakia.
By 1994 Filip had begun to divide his efforts between BMX and Cross-Country MTB, before making the switch to full-time mountain biking in 1996. Filip has also developed a taste for extreme urban downhill riding, competing in the likes of Red Bull Valparaíso Cerro Abajo, the Bratislav City Downhill, and taking the win at Descida das Escadas de Santos in Brazil in 2013.
He has earned a name for himself amongst the downhill elite and, two decades later, incredibly he is still competing shoulder-to-shoulder alongside the cream of the crop at world championship level.Read more