As soon as on Sunday (16 September this year), the World Road Cycling Championship will begin in the Dutch town of Valkenburg. On the first day of the event, the CCC Polsat Polkowice team will race in a team time trial.
in a team time trial.Today (Saturday), the team will have an official practice on the route of the time trial. Six-cyclist teams, escorted by police motorcycles, have started their practice in the market square of Sittard, a town situated near Valkenburg. The practice will let them get to know the route and have some good training before tomorrow’s trial. The total length of the time trial route is 53.2 km. The route goes across the picturesque areas of the Dutch province of Limburg. On the way, the cyclists rode through the towns of Geleen, Beek and Meerssen, and finished the practice in Valkenburg, where the finish line was on the top of the Cauberg hill (1200 m, 5.8%), known, for example, from the Amstel Gold race. For the CCC Polsat Polkowice team cyclists, it was already the second ride along the route from Sittard to Valkenburg. On Friday, just after their arrival in Holland, the cyclists and their sport director, Piotr Wadecki, got on their bikes and rode the full 50 km length of the route, despite cold and rainy weather.
“The two rides along the time trial route, and especially the official practice, helped the team and me personally to get to know the route very well,” Piotr Wadecki, the team’s sport director, said. ”I must say that it’s a very hard and extremely challenging route.” The route outlined on the race map shows that there are only three major hills up the road, but in fact there are many more. The hardest one is certainly the Cauberg hill near Valkenburg, where the finish line is located. Although the hill is only 1200 metres long, the cyclists may run out of energy after 50 kms and before the finish line. What’s more, the whole route is very difficult technically. In the town on the way, the road narrows in many places and there are a lot of turns, roundabouts and speed ramps. All this things will prevent the cyclist from riding on smoothly and fast. Another obstacle may the often very strong winds in the region, which is also a big problem for the team. There are many such exposed sections along the time trial route. To sum up, during tomorrow’s team time trial, the team will have to be fully concentrated, ride at a fairly regular pace and do their best. With all this, everything will be OK. And something else. Good performance in such a trial requires a great deal of experience. Unfortunately, the CCC Polsat Polkowice teams does not have a lot of such experience. During this season, the team’s only time trial was during the Giro di Padania event, and it’s definitely not enough. “I’m sure that the team racing the trial tomorrow is a team of very experienced cyclists, in good sport form, with great ambitions and highly motivated to compete with others. All this is the guarantee that they will be working ambitiously to achieve the best possible result.
The team time trial at the World Championship event is a very big challenge for me personally and for the whole team,” said Marek Rutkiewicz. It is a very important trial for our team and we want to do our best. After the practice on the time trial route, we know that the route is very difficult and we must take a sensible approach. For the first 10 kms, where there are no hills, we need to ride smoothly and fairly powerfully, but not at full steam, because in the towns on the way there are plenty of traps that can give a lot of trouble.
Along the first part of the route, until we reach the hill at the 12th kilometre, we should work as a team as well as possible without losing our rhythm, and each of the cyclists should challenge the hills at the same pace. I think that what is very important is the keep right pace up the hills to avoid breaking the team. We must approach the Cauberg hill in Valkenburg together and we must go over the hill together, because the finish line of the time trial is located on a flat area, one kilometre from the top of the hill. where we’ll be able to speed up only as a team.
I think our team is a team of good cyclists and that we will together do our best to overcome the new challenge ahead of the CCC Polsat Polkowice team.
The last checks of the bikes by the team mechanics before the practice ride.The CCC Polsat Polkowice team before their practice on the time trial routeTime trial route practice begins Marek Rutkiewicz approaches the Cauberg hill.He is being followed by Mateusz Taciak.
As we have already announced, the CCC Polsat Polkowice team will be made of the following cyclists: Piotr Gawroński, Tomasz Kiendyś, Marek Rutkiewicz, Bartłomiej Matysiak, Nikolay Mihaylov, and Mateusz Taciak. All the team members are very experiences and prize-winning time trial cyclists. “Will they be able to combine their individual time trial skills with teamwork? We’ll see tomorrow.In tomorrow’s team time trial, there will be 33 teams, including 18 World Tour teams, 10 Europa Tour ranking teams, plus 5 Asia Tour teams and on Africa Tour team. The first team will start the trial at 1:30 p.m.The CCC Polsat Polkowice team will be the fourth to start the race, at 1:42 p.m.
The team trial will be broadcast live on Eurosport from 2:30 p.m.