Over 130 cyclists from 14 countries tested a road track near Gruenwald on Sunday (8 August) as a dress rehearsal for next year's olympics.
CU Sign: Gruenwald
GV Start of race
Travel Shot No. 64 J. Bakker (Netherlands)
CU Sign: Hohenschaftlarn
GV PAN race in progress - along route and through village (3 shots)
GV Riders through town (2 shots)
Tracking Shot riders on route (2 shots)
CU No.44 Hanuski (Poland)
Travel Shot through village (2 shots)
GV Winner No.47 Szurkowski (Poland) past finish line
CV No.44 Hanusik - - taking second place
CU Szurkowski drinking
Initials OS/1649 OS/1724
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Background: Over 130 cyclists from 14 countries tested a road track near Gruenwald on Sunday (8 August) as a dress rehearsal for next year's olympics. Although cool conditions made the event ideal, 40 of the competitors failed to complete the race.
Cycling one of the most popular sports in Europe, is expected to be a major attraction in next year's Munich olympics and the 23 km (4 miles approx.) circut has been designed to provide ample spectator space as well as hard ride for the competitors.
SYNOPSIS: Over 130 cyclists from 14 countries tested the road circuit for next year's Munich Olympic Games on Sunday. They raced the 23 kilometre circuit under cool conditions, and although 40 of them failed to complete the race, officials said that the track was well up to standard.
Sunday's test was run in the opposite direction -- previously it had been found too many competitors had arrived bunched together at the bottom of a long downhill straight leading to the town of Gruenwald. Cycling is one of Europe's most popular sports, both in terms of competitive participation and in numbers of spectators. The Munich Olympics are expected to feature road racing among the top priority events, and every effort has been made to ensure that the Gruenwald circuit can cater for large numbers of spectators while still providing a good hard ride for the competitors.
The Polish rider Hanusik, who eventually took second place in Sunday's test race, followed his team mate Szurkowski for much of the event. Szurkowski demonstrated his winning ability at the end of the even with a good finish. There are to be further test runs on the circuit in the coming months so that officials can iron out remaining problems and assess the numbers of controllers needed for next year.