2023. május 24. - 2023. május 25.
The five-stage ORLEN Nations Grand Prix will start on 24 May. For the first time in its history, the race will be held outside Poland. The route of the race
The five-stage ORLEN Nations Grand Prix will start on 24 May. For the first time in its history, the race will be held outside Poland. The route of the race will pass through Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. If you’re not familiar yet with the 2023 route, read descriptions of each of the five stages.
24.05 STAGE 1 – 135 km – Kaposvár- Balatonföldvár | Hungary
The stage starting in Kaposvár – known for the Zselic nature reserve and the fascinating remains of the Benedictine abbey of Szentjakab – ends in Balatonföldvár – Hungary – and is absolutely a great start to the new edition of the U23 race. This location, no stranger to international cycling, hosted a stage of the Giro d’Italia last year. The course is mostly flat, making it ideal for sprinters, except for the last few meters, which are characterized by an almost unexpected climb with gradients of up to 5%. The breathtaking finish with a splendid view of Lake Balaton will be the deserved reward for the winner of the day.
25.05 STAGE 2 – 152 km – Hatvan – Bükkszentkereszt | Hungary
The second stage starts in Hatvan, which in the local language means ‘sixty’ and legend says that the name is due to the distance separating it from Budapest. This location is in fact exactly sixty kilometers east of the capital. It will be a stage of ups and downs that will favor climbers, with many climbs with gradients of around 5%, totalling 2300 meters of elevation gain. A long and demanding climb of almost 6 kilometers awaits the riders before the finish in Bükkszentkereszt , surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.