Frky

Michal Prokop

Czech cycling royalty

Michal Prokop during Red Bull Pump Riders in Prague, Czech Republic on June 23 2012
© Vitek Ludvik/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Michal Prokop. My discipline is BMX race, mountain bike downhill and enduro. My friends call me Frky. I was born on 1 April 1981 in Prague, Czech Republic. My special talent is speed and versatility. My favourite food is chicken and pasta. My favourite music is trance when I’m working out.

Bio

Prague-born Michal Prokop was crowned King Of Czech Cycling in 2006, thanks to his success in both 4X and BMX. He first stepped onto the racing pedals as a 5-year-old, and by the time he hit 15 was already a major player on both the national and international pro riding stages.

2006 proved a memorable year for Michal, punctuated with many highs and lows – from recognition as Czech biking royalty, when he won the King Of Czech Cycling poll in Prague, to a significant injury that took him off the racing circuits. But Michal soon bounced back, finishing 2006 on form and in style.

Where many riders excel in one discipline, Michal has managed to amass a whole lot of wins across both 4X and BMX racing disciplines, picking up three World Championship titles, two World Cup titles, and World Cup wins in the double-figures along the way. He also represented Czech Republic in Beijing in 2008, riding BMX for its inaugural Olympic outing. 

Michal competed in the 2013 4X Pro Tour, and a number of top three finishes had him in serious contention for the title before an elbow injury put his season on hold. But just eight weeks later he was back in the saddle, ripping up tracks and trails and getting ready to chase yet another championship title, winning the 2014 Red Bull Hill Chasers.

Seeking a new challenge, Prokop started to test himself in the Enduro discipline in 2013, before taking on the full Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series in 2014. He registered a creditable seventh place overall in his debut season. However, returning in 2015 Prokop grabbed three race wins and one second-place finish to seal the overall men's title.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 1st Place Overall: Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series

  2. 2015
    1. 1st Place: Enduro X

      Sušice, Czech Republic

  3. 2014
    1. 7th Place Overall: Specialized-SRAM Enduro Series

    2. 1st Place: Red Bull Hill Chasers

      Scotland

  4. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Pannonian Challenge XIII

      Osijek, Croatia

  5. 2011
    1. UCI World Mountain Bike Champion – 4X

  6. 2007
    1. 1st Place: Jeep King of the Mountain

      The third time he had won this title

    2. Czech Fourcross Champion

      The third time he had won this title