CCC Sprandi Polkowice will be defending the title in the upcoming Road Mountains Polish Championship – Karkonoski Klasyk (September 13th), in Jelenia Góra.
Last year’s winner and former U23 champion, Łukasz Owsian will participate, alongside three-time gold medalist Marek Rutkiewicz (2010-2012, also bronze medalist in 2009 and silver in 2013), Mateusz Taciak (bronze in 2012, silver in 2011) and Adrian Honkisz (silver in 2012). Good climbers, such as Sylwester Szmyd and Bałtyk Karkonosz winner, U23 road mountains Polish champion from 2012 Leszek Pluciński, also made the roster.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice will lineup strong group of espoirs – Jakub Kaczmarek, Michał Paluta who both will take part in the upcoming world championship in Richmond, Patryk Stosz (bronze medalist U23 from 2013), Kamil Małecki and Piotr Brożyna.
Very hilly, up-and-down course will cause the peloton to split early on – Piotr Wadecki, sporting director of CCC Sprandi Polkowice said. Breakaway with race favorites, which can go all the way until the finish, may break clear on one of the first laps and we have to be present in the front. You will have to ride hard from the very start and there will be no moments of rest. Staying concentrated on the descends will be also very important. We have few riders who do well in the mountains and who have already made the podium in Jelenia Góra, so we can feel confident and set goal high for this event.
The race will be held on the same course as last year, in Jelenia Góra-Podgórzyn, when Łukasz Owsian took the title. The peloton will start in the center of the city and after 10 kilometers, they will enter the 12,5-kilometer lap, which will be tackled 9 times and which features one, 6-kilometer steep climb to Droga Sudecka. In total there are 122,5 kilometers to cover and the finish line is located around 2 kilometers before the summit of the hill, in Chybotek.
CCC Sprandi Polkowice lineup for Road Mountains Polish Championship (13.09): Łukasz Owsian, Marek Rutkiewicz, Mateusz Taciak, Adrian Honkisz, Sylwester Szmyd, Leszek Pluciński, Jakub Kaczmarek, Michał Paluta, Patryk Stosz, Kamil Małecki, Piotr Brożyna.