Do you sing or listen to the radio?
Usually I listen to something from my phone using Bluetooth, or to the radio. My car is the only place I sing. I play the radio really loud so that I can’t hear myself and feel like I sound like the original.
Who did you sing along with last time?
Well, I am not picky when it comes to genres. I like melodic songs, usually Czech ones. Last time I was singing along with Lucie Vondrackova’s Hej Lasko Velka song.
Do you eat in your car?
I guess I shouldn’t, but I do.
What is your favourite thing to eat?
Well, whatever is at hand, really. Usually a bar or something that does not prevent me from keeping an eye on the road. I always have some sweets or lollipops in the car. When I get out of the car, I need to shake off all the crumbs.
When there is someone else in the car, do you let them drive?
Before my back problems, I wouldn’t let anyone behind the wheel. Driving is my passion. For me, driving alone is a way of relaxing. But these days, I do switch seats with people.
Some people really hate the passenger seat. Are you one of them?
It depends on who I’m riding with. But usually I travel with my team and I trust them. I have no problem falling asleep in the passenger seat.
Did you get your driving licence when you turned 18?
Actually, when I turned 19. At the age of 18, I was getting ready for the Olympic games so I only got my driving licence the year after.
At the first go?
Yes. But I was really stressed out, as I usually am. Back then, the tests weren’t taken electronically. After taking the test, I went to my grandmother and told her I was sure I failed. But it turned out that I didn’t, so everything was fine.
Did you start driving right away?
Yes. I even went to get my first car a week before my licence was issued, so my dad had to accompany me.
Do you get angry behind the wheel?
When I’m in a hurry and need to, for example, catch a flight, then it’s really unpleasant to get stuck somewhere. But there’s nothing you can do about it. Accidents happen. However, I do notice when someone doesn’t merge properly or turn on the blinker. Or, if someone starts overtaking dangerously before the horizon, I immediately slow down, because I can see the driver can’t safely merge back into his lane. It’s pretty clear that if a car appears on the other side of the road, the clash will get ugly. That’s when I swear. But otherwise, no, I don’t really get angry.