Poznan will host the 2019 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships. Lots of riders took the opportunity to test the Worlds courses during the Poznan Bike Challenge this weekend with a big international field at the start.
The 120km course with start and finish next to the Inea Stadium was fast creating big pelotons. 2200 riders completed this distance while more than 4000 opted for the shorter non-qualifying 50k course. The main difficulty of the day was the wind that was on the side at some points halfway but without elevation it was difficult to make a gap.
A break of 13 riders was formed in different steps before halfway, but it was ultimately German rider Alexander Steffens who got away solo in the last 12km to finish one minute ahead of the others. His compatriot Danny Gotze won the sprint of the group before Polish Artur Kozal. The average speed of the winner was 43.6 km/h.
First female in this field was Polish Magdalena Chmielewska (F45-49) who finished in the same peloton as Monika Szotowicz (F35-39) and Kamila Wojcikiewicz (F19-34). All three were winner of their respective age category.
The routes for the World Championships will still be adjusted with a longer distance for the younger age groups.