In Kiev was held a press-conference dedicated to the race Race Horizon Park 2017.
From the 26th to 28th of may in Kyiv for the sixth time to host a series of international Cycling Race Horizon Park. Like last year, the competition program will consist of five one-day races. Men will compete in the already familiar starts category 1.2: Horizon Park Race for Peace (may 26), Horizon Park Race Maidan (27 may) and Horizon Park Race Classic (may 28), while the 27th and 28th of may respectively for the second consecutive year will host the women’s race Horizon Park Women Challenge and VR Women ITT.
At the moment, to participate in the men’s race within the Race Horizon Park created on 19 teams from 12 countries, including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia, Kuwait, USA.
The main competitors for Ukrainian Kolss Cycling club-BDC, which from 2013 year won every race in the traditional Kiev launches, presumably there will be Synergy Baku Cycling Project from Azerbaijan, the Minsk Cycling Club from Belarus, GM Europa OVINI from Italy and Wibatech 7r Fuji from Poland.
In turn, to participate in the women’s competition has already claimed five foreign Cycling club from Belarus, UK, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Israel, the most striking of which is the famous British team WNT Pro Cycling Team.
“Ukrainian Cycling fans will see in Kiev is unique in its variety and quality of the international peloton. Today we have reached a stage in the development of the race, when we as organizers are not just don’t try to persuade foreign teams to come to us. Now we decide who is worthy to start in Kyiv and who is not. I think this clearly demonstrates the success we have achieved with Race Horizon Park over the last six years”, – proudly says Alexander Bashenko, President of the Cycling Federation of Ukraine and head of the organizing Committee of Race Horizon Park.
However, despite the fact that the race of Kiev every year more and more gaining popularity among foreign participants, Alexander Bashenko is in no hurry to raise the grade of the competition. The reason lies in concern about the future of Cycling: “this is a category of racing within the Race Horizon Park, 1.2 from the International Cycling Union, the paper is not too high. But with such a category of a huge number of regional Ukrainian teams can come to Kiev to compete with professionals from around the world and gain invaluable experience for them. If the overall level of Ukrainian Cycling were higher, we would have said Race Horizon Park at least under the category of 1.1. It’s not a question of desire of the organizers, fundamentally we are all for it, but not now.”
Like a year ago, opening the series starts Kiev Horizon Park Race for Peace (may 26) will be held in the village. Shepherds repaired “Olympic ring”, which for many years has trained the national team of the Soviet Union and later Ukraine. Participants will overcome the rings 16 and drive overall 134 kilometer distance. “For us to take the Race Horizon Park is an honor, — said Alexander Burislav, head Shepherd of the village Council. — We are very pleased that the residents of Shepherds for the second consecutive year, will see Cycling at the highest level. But for us it’s not just race, but also a stimulus for further road repair and expansion of borders of Kiev. Horizon Park Race for Peace is another sign that outside the city of Kiev life does not end.”
The hallmark of Race Horizon Park 2017 will once again be the Saturday race Horizon Park Race Maidan (27 may), traditionally held on the Day of Kiev. This year’s Saturday start has retained its zest, travel around the Independence square, European square and the street Khreshchatyk, but seriously changed the ring itself: now the racers will pass a record length round 19 km up to the Victory Avenue and m. Nivki (a total of 8 laps, a total of 154 km). Annually, Horizon Park Race Maidan is visited by tens of thousands of spectators, that should please Alexey Trofimova, head of the Department of youth and sports of the KCSA: “We have always supported and continue to support the races in Kiev. We as a city are very happy to provide our roads for riders and to help in every way in the organization. Race Horizon Park is not only to promote Cycling in Ukraine, but also a great event, which creates the tourist attractiveness of Kyiv in the world. In this respect, Cycling plays a tremendous role for us: for example, shortly before the Race Horizon Park, the 20th of may, we will open the updated Kiev cycle track”.
Sunday’s race Horizon Park Classic (may 28) will be the classic route in Solomenskiy district of Kiev with start and finish at the business center Horizon Park Business Center on the street Nicholas Grinchenko, 4. Racers will overcome 96 km in 12 circles. “With this race in 2011-m to year, then at the national level, and began the history of Race Horizon Park — says the head of the organizing Committee Oleksandr Bashenko, which start on Sunday is the home. She is dubbed the Classic: got used to it, loved it and the coaches and the racers. But it is a very difficult route designed primarily for miners. To finish on the Horizon Park Classic rarely arrives at least half of the peloton”.
By analogy with last year, the women’s race Horizon Park Women Challenge (may 27) will be held on the same ring and mens Horizon Park Race Maidan. Racers will ride 12 laps of the 72 km total distance. And race with separate start VR Women ITT (28 may) will be held in Vyshgorod district of Kyiv. But in a slightly shortened route: Suholuche, Tolokun’, Yasnohorodka and back, a total of 28.8 km.
“Last year, we quite spontaneously included women’s competitions in the calendar, the Race Horizon Park. Ukrainian athletes had to score points to qualify for the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, so we decided to go to a meeting, — says Oleksandr Bashenko. — The experiment was completely successful, so are we going to hold women’s competitions each year. This is a huge opportunity for Ukrainian women to prove themselves on home ground”.