Today, at the Hotel Orea Pyramida in Prague – Czech Republic, LANG TEAM presented the route of the ORLEN Nations Grand Prix, which will take place from between May 24th and 28th.
The ORLEN Nations Grand Prix 2023, which is the first of the three races of the UCI Nation’s Cup Under 23, will in 5 stages visit three countries: Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. Competed in National Teams, it is one of the most important stage races on the Under 23 years UCI category and welcomes the best nations of the UCI Under 23 Classification but also the best young talented riders from around the globe.
“Cycling is one of the most beautiful sport in the World. The technique, the surprise, the adrenaline that keeps us glued to our screens are priceless moments.’ says Czeslaw Lang, President of LANG TEAM. ‘Cycling is not only show and passion, it is a true school of life, hard training and teamwork. This is why we are more and more convinced and happy to have strongly desired and organized the ORLEN Nations Grand Prix as a round of the UCI Nation’s Cup Under 23. Offering those talented youngsters a chance to experience what professionalism holds in store is absolutely thrilling. We have designed a race suitable for every types of riders so that they can all have a chance. I can’t wait to see what they can do and support them on their way.’ .
‘We are really proud and honored to be part of the UCI Nation’s Cup Under 23 and to develop this competition with the objective to become a reference stage race for all the National Teams. Therefore, we decided with Czeslaw Land to build the race on 5 days – which is 3 more stages than in the past – and to visit not only Poland but also other surrounding countries from Central Europe. This race give a unique opportunity to many young talents who will be the future of this wonderful sport,’ confirms John Lelangue, General Manager of LANG TEAM. ‘We have already seen how riders who won previous editions now ride – with excellent results – at the World Tour level. For LANG TEAM it is a priority to support tomorrow’s cycling. I unquestionably join Czeslaw’s thoughts. Having ORLEN at our side, whom we will never stop thanking for their trust and support, makes this project even more solid.’
Prague and the Czech Republic provided the backdrop for the presentation of the ORLEN Nations Grand Prix 2023 and LANG TEAM is already looking to integrate Czech Republic in the following edition of the race. In the meantime, for this season, elites and amateurs riders will instead have the opportunity to participate in a special Challenge to be held under the form of a Mountain Individual Time Trial on May 21th on one of the toughest climb of Czech Republic between Loučná nad Desnou and Dlouhé Stráně. This ORLEN Nations Grand Prix Challenge, sponsored by ORLEN Benzina, open to everybody, will allow cyclists to compare themselves to the best time realized by some former profesionals and will be a “prelude” of the ORLEN Nations Grand Prix.
‘As we anticipated, we would like next year to hold a stage of the ORLEN Nations Grand Prix in the Czech Republic. This season, however, we wanted to think to amateurs cyclists and offer them a challenge that allows to discover a place where cycling and nature are connected. We’re sure that it will be, for all of them, a day full of great vibes.’ states Czeslaw Lang.
“We are delighted to support top domestic and international sports events and the ORLEN Nations Grand Prix is no exception. We are happy that a part of this beautiful race devoted to the leisure riders will take place in Czechia and hope that all participants of this magnificent mountain time trial will experience very nice moments in the beautiful nature of the Jeseníky mountains.“ said Anna Ziobroń, Sponsorship and Marketing Director at ORLEN Benzina, and continues: “As ORLEN is swiftly expanding in Slovakia and entered Hungary recently, ORLEN Nations Grand Prix is an unique opportunity to present ORLEN in Central Europe as a company which supports sport talents and has a speed in its core.”
The race will be largeky covered by the media, in particular on TV with a 26 minutes daily highlights summary produced and distributed around the World for the first three stages while the two final stages during the weekend will offer live coverage of more than 2 hours produced by TVP Sport on national network.
The 2023 ORLEN Nations Grand Prix route:
Photos by ORLEN Benzina