CCC Polsat Polkowice dominated the Polish Mountain Championship in Road Racing, by taking one-two. Łukasz Owsian claimed the win and he crossed the line together with Tomasz Marczynski. In total 4 riders in orange were in the Top 5.
After winning two medals in last year’s edition – silver and bronze – this year CCC Polsat Polkowice wanted to take the gold. 14 “orange riders” signed the start list and stood on the start. The only Polish rider who didn’t participate was the pure sprinter Grzegorz Stepniak.
The course of the championship race was as hard as the name of the race suggests. 8 laps (12,5 km each) with 8 extremely steep climbs made the total distance of 110 kilometers.
Not too long after the start, on the first lap the decisive breakaway was established. There were 4 CCC Polsat Polkowice riders in it with two medalists from 2013 – Marek Rutkiewicz, Łukasz Owsian, Tomasz Marczyński and Jacek Morajko. Michał Podlaski (ActiveJet), who won last year and two U23 riders – Dominik Oborski (TKK Pacific Toruń), Bartlomiej Wawak (JBG-2 Professional MTB Team) were also involved in this breakaway.
On the fifth lap Marczynski decided to take off solo. He created 50 second lead over the 5 man group, from which Morajko got dropped. Later, high pace made Wawak fall back.
On the penultimate lap Owsian joined Marczynski in the lead, and behind them Rutkiewicz was pedaling together with Podlaski. Two CCC Polsat Polkowice maintained their advantage and claimed one-two spots. On the final meters they didn’t race for victory but both reached the finish with raised arms. Owsian was slightly sooner on the line and took the win. Marczynski got silver medal. In the duel for the bronze, Podlaski beat Rutkiewicz.
Maciej Paterski was 5th after solid performance in the second part of the distance and strong chase.
Results of Polish Mountain Championship in Road Racing, Jelenia Góra 2014;
1. Łukasz Owsian (CCC Polsat Polkowice) 3:06:44
2. Tomasz Marczyński (CCC Polsat Polkowice)
3. Michał Podlaski (ActiveJet Team) 01:51
4. Marek Rutkiewicz 1:55
5. Maciej Paterski 2:54
9. Adrian Honkisz 7:37
10. Mateusz Taciak 7:38
12. Adrian Kurek 8:37
18. Tomasz Kiendyś 11:03
27. Piotr Gawroński 12:34
33. Jarosław Marycz 16:55
34. Jacek Morajko 16:55
DNF Bartłomiej Matysiak
DNF Mateusz Nowak