The mobile museum containing 90 years of Tour de Pologne history has got off to a great start as a road show bringing this race to the entire nation. This important event is always organized by the Lang Team, and this year will be a memorable one for Poland and its people. In 2018 celebrations will mark 100 years of independence for this great nation. The Tour de Pologne is extremely in tune with history, traditions and special remembrances, and this year the race and all the collateral events surrounding the spectacle will obviously be celebrating this milestone in fantastic style.
Celebrations have already begun with the mobile museum road show. After its inauguration at the Warsaw Bike Expo at the end of March, the mobile museum began its journey of history and excitement. Until October there will be a total of 11 stages touching down in as many cities, where the truck will stop at Carrefour shopping centres. Carrefour has aligned with the Ministry for Tourism and Sport as a project partner. Carrefour is also sponsor of the yellow jersey for the Tour de Pologne. Of course, the mobile museum will be at the different stages on every day of the Polish World Tour race, from August 4th to the 10th. And it won’t just be the museum; in the various stage locations a right proper Tour de Pologne village will be set up with lots of promotional stands, bike tests, children’s bicycling games and much more.
The museum and the village enjoyed tremendous success in Krakow last weekend. In addition to Czeslaw Lang, General Director for the Tour de Pologne, throngs of visitors got the chance to meet the riders Rafal Majka (Bora – Hansgrohe), winner of the 2014 Tour de Pologne (his yellow jersey is on display here) and Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal), who was also present at the inauguration in Warsaw.
“It’s an honour to see my yellow jersey on display in this museum and to feel like a part of the Tour’s important heritage; the museum creates an atmosphere of the long history and true passion of cycling in this country. I recommend a visit to all fans,” says Rafal Majka.
On Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 6th of May, the museum will set down in Grudziadz, in northern Poland. Guest of honour Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) will be on hand to mark the official opening. He was the 2014 World Champion at Ponferrada and he has won the Sanremo, Amstel, Strade Bianche, San Sebastian and many other races throughout his career. Kwiato has been a shining star on the roads of the Tour de Pologne many times; as a kid he had his first pedalling experience riding in the Tour de Pologne event that features every years very young riders in parallel to the professional race. It will be a unique chance for all fans to meet this great athlete. Kwiatkowski is planning and preparing to do well in the Tour de France.
The Tour de Pologne Mobile Museum is a project that brings together history and modernity through the use of interactive technology. In fact, inside the museum, next to the collection of many unique and original items, including historic bicycles, jerseys, trophies, Czeslaw Lang’s Olympic medal as well as media archive photos and articles, there is an interactive multimedia area to learn more about the history of the race.
The next stages in the Tour de Pologne Mobile Museum road show:
Grudziadz (5-6/5), Zgorzelec (26-27/5), Legnice (2-3/6), Glogów (23-24/6), Chorzów (30/6-1/7), Lódz (25-26/8), Wroclaw (1-2/9), Kalisz (29-30/9), Szczecin(6-7/10).