Bieszczady enchanted foreign journalists

Dutchman Sjors Beukeboom won the race in Bieszczady, the first edition of Cycling Media World Podkarpackie Cup. Dominik Omiotek finished second and Piotr Szafraniec was third. Journalists from eleven countries took part in this event organized to promote the Podkarpacie region.

Race participants were very pleased and a bit surprised when children's groups with their national flag welcome them during the competition start at a main square in Ustrzyki Dolne.

- The route was perfectly safe by police and firemen – said Dutch Sjors Beukeboom. - I felt really safely. I was surprised by a good surface and amazing landscapes.

Another Dutch Roel van Schalen was also impressed: – We have no such enchanted conditions for racing in Holland like in Bieszczady. I am sure I will come back here and I will try to persuade my colleagues to come with me for practice and resting.

According to journalists opinions the race was very difficult, so they should remember it for years. But beautiful views of Bieszczady impressed them the most.

- It was the best organized road cycling tour I participated in – declared second placed Dominik Omiotek. - I will tell about it everybody I can and for sure I will take part in the race next year.

Brazilian Fabio Braga and Irishman Luke Maguire unanimously described their pleasant surprise connected with their impressions from Poland: - This is very beautiful and still undiscovered country. We stayed in amazing Krasiczyn Castle, ate local delicious and started in perfectly organized race. Polish hospitality is unbelievable!

- It was amazing to experience in Poland !!! Beautiful country to visit and pedal. And the best was to be able to meet other media professionals - sayd Fabio Braga from Brasil.

Chinese Luo Tongyu added: - I would like to thanks the organizers. I had an opportunity to meet other journalists in Poland and saw beautiful country with it’s fantastic nature. I will especially remember delicious Polish cuisine. This is the first such event. It is a great experience to attend this kind of event. I am very impressed with the safety of the race, it can be seen that it was a big undertaking. Very tasty Polish food and I felt very good in Poland.I will definitely want to come back with my friends here.

The main reason of organizing the event was promotion Podkarpacie as attractive region for tourism. It was officially supported by Dawid Lasek, under-secretary of Polish Ministry of Sport and Touristic, who declared: - We would like to show, thanks to such events, that Poland is very attractive, safely and interesting country for fine vacations. We are really prepare to host tourists. We have attractive infrastructure, bike routes, interesting cultural and cuisine offer.

The Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Country Forest District in Muczne and Bieszczady administrative district were official partners of the Cycling Media World Cup Poland.

The cycling race in Bieszczadach was one of three Media World Cup Series Poland events. The first, in cycling MTB, was organized in a middle of May in Lidzbark Warmiński. The next one, in triathlon, is planned in July in Baranów Sandomierski.

Winner Cycling Medias World Podkarpackie Cup winners:
1. Sjors  Beukeboom Netherlands 3:06:47,42 0:00:00,00
2. Dominik  Omiotek Poland 3:06:48,23 0:00:00,81
3. Piotr Szafraniec Poland 3:09:20,91 0:02:33,49

The Honorary Patron of the Cup is Secretary of State in the Ministry of Sport and Tourism.
Main partner of the Cup: Podkarpackie Voivodeship
The Mayor of the Town of Przemyśl,
Governor of Bieszczady Mountain
and the State Forests - Nadleśnicwo Stuposiany