Two different lineups are going to take on visegrad one-day events – Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race – GP Poland (14.05, 1.2) and Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race – GP Czech Republic (15.05, 1.2).
Race held in Poland features lots of restless climbing. The 125-kilometer, hilly course includes very steep ascents. One of them is Podgórki, with the maximum gradient of 20%. The gun will go off and the finish will be situated in Cieplice, next to Jelenia Góra.
Łukasz Owsian and Adrian Honkisz, who were in good shape at CCC Tour Grody Piastowskie, made the 6-man roster. They will be supported by solid climbers, such as Lekszek Pluciński, who took 2nd last year, Marcin Mrożek and two “young guns” – Piotr Brożyna and Patryk Stosze. They both performed very well in the Carpathian Couriers Race, 2 weeks ago.
The route in Czech Republic consists of eight, 21-kilometer undulating circuits around Nachod (168km in total), which is located right next to the Polish border. The profile doesn’t suit one type of rider, so the lineup is much diversified – there are both fast riders and riders who can climb well. In case of a bunch gallop, Bartłomiej Matysiak and Eryk Latoń will be the guys for the sprint. If a smaller group arrives at the finish, Adrian Kurek and Michał Paluta are capable of claiming top result . Jan Hirt and Josef Cerny, who won in 2014, will be racing on their home soil. It’s always an extra motivation and the Czech duo should do well in this race.
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race – GP Poland (14.05, 1.2): Adrian Honkisz, Łukasz Owsian, Leszek Pluciński, Marcin Mrożek, Piotr Brożyna, Patryk Stosz
Lineup of CCC Sprandi Polkowice for Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race – GP Czech Republic (15.05, 1.2): Jan Hirt, Josef Cerny, Bartłomiej Matysiak, Eryk Latoń, Michał Paluta, Adrian Kurek