Three CCC Sprandi Polkowice riders will take part in Polish Championships in cyclo cross. They will be held on January 10th in Lublin.
Michał Paluta, Patryk Stosz and Kamil Małecki will enter the competition. They all raced last year in Bytów and Paluta took home silver in U23 category. Małecki finished fourth and Stosz didn’t finish due to mechanical.
During the winter I’ve been concentrating mostly on preparation for the road season, so I will show up at the start with no expectations and specific goals. If I feel strong that that I will try to go for the medal. This is what happened last year, when I hadn’t really done any cyclo cross preparation and I still managed to finish runner-up – Michał Paluta, who is also current road Polish champion in U23 category, said.
Due to lack of cyclo cross racing this season, I don’t have any reference, I don’t know how strong my opponents are, so it’s hard to predict anything. I did the recon of the course in Lublin, during the official training before the Polish Cup. The route is very dynamic. There are many of places, where you have to drastically slow down and gain back the speed. There are two obstacles and steps. If the temperatures are above zero, it may get very mudy and that will make things harder and you will need more strength. If the weather is freezing, then the course will be faster and more technical. I can admit that I would prefer the latter.
Patryk Stosz and Kamil Małecki didn’t have to many chances to race in cyclo cross events either, although every time they pinned on the race number they would claim top places. Stosz was competing in Częstochowa and took 4th (was 2nd in U23). Kamil Małecki made the podium twice in his home town Bytów, by finishing 3rd and 2nd in elite category (winning twice in U23).
Cyclo cross is much more individual sport then road cycling, so the fact that there will be three of us at the start doesn’t make too much of a difference. Of course, there could be moments in the race, when teammate’s help may be very valuable, especially when it’s freezing cold and the race is fast. But in general, everyone is on his own – Paluta adds.
The “orange trio” will travel to Lublin from Zakopane, where the training camp for U23 riders has been held since January 4th. Together with two other espoirs, Piotr Brożyna and Kamil Małecki, and the sporting director, Tomasz Brożyna, they are preparing there for the 2016 season. The team is staying at the Olympic Preparation Centre and can use its facility (gymnasium, gym, swimming pool). Every day starts with a morning warm up, which is followed by two trainings – one on a bike and one which include general development exercises. It’s very important for young riders to work on all parts of their body throughout the winter, especially that their season starts later than the elite riders’.
The training camp in Zakopane will last until 16th of January.