Born on May 17, 1955 in Kołczygłowy in the Land of Słupsk. A member of LZS Baszta Bytów (1970-1977 first coach Euzebiusz Marciniak) and Legia Warszawa (1977-82). Two time Olympics participant: Montreal (1976): 5th place in the 4-km team track race, Moscow (1980): silver medal in the individual road race. Nine-time Polish Champion, winner of Tour de Pologne (1980). Double WC medallist in team 100-km race: 1977 – bronze, 1979 – silver. He took part in the Peace Race four times.
1982-1989 Professional cyclist
Contracts with the following teams: GIS-Olmo, Carrera, Del Tongo-Colnago, Malvor, and Sidi Colnago.
He participated in Giro d´Italia nine times, and in Tour de France three times, together with the biggest Italian cyclists – Francesco Moser, Giuseppe Saroni, and Roberto Visentini. In total, he won 30 professional races, including the Baracchi Trophy together with Lech Piasecki (unofficial world champion in two-man team time trial), and Tirreno-Adriatico, Tour de Romandie, Volta Catalunya Prologues; he also won in the ‘golden kilometer’ in Mestre, and in two team stages of Giro d’Italia.
Sportsman, manager, businessman, social activist
First cyclist from the former ‘Eastern Bloc’ to sign a professional contract. Owner and chairman of the Lang Team Company. Originator and director of Tour de Pologne (from 1993), Grand Prix MTB, Skandia Maraton Lang Team. Polish road and offroad cycling promoter at home and abroad. He managed to raise our national amateur Tour de Pologne race to the rank of a world elite part of the UCI WorldTour cycle.
Member of the Committee for Professional Sport Council, Member of the International Association of Cycling Race Organizers (AIOCC), President of Professional Cyclist Association in 1986-1989. Tour de Pologne and its director, Czesław Lang, have received multiple awards from prestigious bodies. TDP received the “Best Sport Event of The Year” title in Poland in 1995, 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2011.
Hobby: horseback riding, hunting, skiing, travels. Owner of the Barnowo estate in the Słupia Valley.
– Olympic Vice Champion in the mass start race (in 1980)
– World Vice Champion in the team race at 100 kilometres (in 1979)
– Bronze Medal in the World Championships team race at 100 kilometres (in 1977)
– Tour de Pologne Winner (in 1980)
– Settimana Ciclistica Lombarda Winner (in 1980)
– Prologue Tirreno-Adriatico Winner (in 1983)
– Prologue Tour de Romandie Winner (in 1987)
– Trofeo Baracchi Winner (in 1988)
– Polish Champion in mountain race (in 1980)
– Polish Champion in team road race (in 1977,1979, 1980, 1981)
– Polish Champion on the track in the individual pursuit race (in 1974)
– Polish Champion on the track in the team pursuit race (in 1979, 1980)
– Polish Champion in long-distance race at 50 kilometres (in 1981)
– Polish Vice-Champion in TT (in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981)
– Police Vice-Champion in double TT (in 1980)
– Polish Vice-Champion on the track in the individual pursuit race (in 1975,1976)
– Bronze Medal on the track in the individual pursuit race (in 1977, 1979)
1995 – Tour de Pologne, The Best Sports Event of the Year in Przegląd Sportowy’s plebiscite,
1996 – Tour de Pologne, The Best Sports Event of the Year in Przegląd Sportowy’s plebiscite,
1997 – Czesław Lang, Promoter of Polish Sport Award in Przegląd Sportowy’s plebiscite,
2003 – Tour de Pologne, Sports and TV Event of the Year,
2003 – Czesław Lang awarded by the Confederation of Polish Employers,
2004 – Tour de Pologne, Sports Event of the Year – Sports Marketing Days,
2004 – Tour de Pologne, The Best Sports Event of the Year in Przegląd Sportowy’s plebiscite,
2005 – Czesław Lang, Man of Sport Award,
2006 – Tour de Pologne awarded in category Sports Brand – Sports Marketing Days,
2006 – Tour de Pologne awarded best Sports Event – Sports Marketing Days,
2006 – Czesław Lang awarded an honorary Demes – Sport & Business Award,
2007 – Czesław Lang awarded best manager for the organization of Tour de Pologne,
2007 – Tour de Pologne awarded in category Sports Brand – Sports Marketing Days,
2008 – Tour de Pologne, The Best Sports Event of the Year in Przegląd Sportowy’s plebiscite,
2009 – A More Beautiful Poland Award given by the Polish Tourist Organization under the patronage of the President of Poland for building a better image of Poland abroad,
2010 – Tour de Pologne and Polish Television awarded for best televised event in Przegląd Sportowy’s plebiscite,
2011 – Czesław Lang, Ambassador of the Polish Economy Brands concept – granted by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak,
2011 – Czesław Lang awarded „Special Superwiktor”,
2011 – Tour de Pologne, The Best Sports Event of the Year in Przegląd Sportowy’s plebiscite,
2012 – Czesław Lang, Minister Radosław Sikorski presented the „Bene Merito” honorary distinction to Czesław Lang. Since 2009, the Bene Merito distinction has been bestowed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to Polish and foreign citizens whose activities enhance Poland’s position in the international arena,
2012 – 68.Tour de Pologne sport report – Sport & Buisness Award DEMES – in category Sport Media Project,
2012 – Tour de Pologne, “Teraz Polska” Emblem for promoting a positive image of Poland abroad.
2013 – Lang Team, Złote Logo “Poland” for Lang Team – award of Polish National Tourist Office
2013 – Czesław Lang, Ambassador of Polish Sport, Przegląd Sportowy plebiscite
2014 – Czesław Lang, Fryderk Chopin’s statuette – award of TV Polonia „For merits to Poland and Poles abroad”
2014 – Czesław Lang, Plebiscite “Sports Success of the 25th anniversary of Polish Freedom of Ministry of Sports and Tourism, Polish Television and Przegląd Sportowy
2014 – Czesław Lang, Honorary Award “Gryf Pomorski” granted by the President of the Pomorskie Province
2014 – Czesław Lang, Outstanding Personage, Special Award of VIP Magazine
2014 – Tour de Pologne, The Beginning of the 71st Tour de Pologne in Gdańsk as a Sports Event of the Year at XII Sports Gala in Gdańsk.