Tour de Pologne is the largest cycling festival in Poland. The riders will travel through Poland from 3rd to 9th of August. It will be 71st edition of this event.
What is all about?
Tour de Pologne is a multi-organized bicycle race which takes place in Poland periodically, with some gaps, since 1928. From 1993 the organizer of the race is the Polish cyclist, Czeslaw Lang, who transformed Tour de Pologne from amateur to professional race. Currently, the length of the race is about 1200 km. It is a great challenge for athletes who are willing to take part in the annual editions of the event.
This year, event will have a special meaning: the start of the race will take place in Gdańsk shipyard – to commemorate the historical events of 1989 and the first free elections. The riders will finish the race in Krakow, and the way interferes with larger Polish cities, as Bydgoszcz, Torun, Warsaw, Kielce, Rzeszów, Tarnów, Katowice, Zakopane, Bukovina. Throughout this year’s race, riders beat almost 1300 km, of which 350 km route determined by Lesser Poland. The event will be accompanied by smaller, local races.
Here are the steps of the Tour de Pologne 2014:
Sunday, August 3 – Stage I: Gdańsk – Bydgoszcz, 226 km,
Monday, August 4 – Stage II: Torun – Warsaw, 234 km,
Tuesday, August 5 – Stage III: Kielce – Rzeszow, 180 km;
Wednesday, August 6 – Stage IV: Gemini Park Tarnów – Katowice, 232 km,
Thursday, August 7 – Stage V: Zakopane – Štrbské Pleso (Slovakia), 178 km,
Friday, August 8 – Stage VI: Bukovina Terma Hotel Spa – Bukovina Tatra, 180 km,
Saturday, August 9 – Stage VII: Krakow – Krakow, 25 km (individual time trial).
Note: Please be prepared for the fact that on August 9 may occur difficulties in Krakow traffic, including partial closure of streets around the Market Square and detours.