Cannibal B Victorious, the junior development team of Team Bahrain Victorious, is delighted to announce an exciting collaboration with Copernicus, a well-established junior (U13-U19) Polish cycling academy founded ten years ago by Michal Kwiatkowski and a few other cycling enthusiasts in Torun, Poland.
This partnership is a great step forward for Polish cycling, providing the best junior Polish cyclists with a unique opportunity to compete internationally and access the Bahrain Victorious development system through Cannibal B Victorious and later Cycling Team Friuli at the under-23 level.
Michał Gołaś, Sports Director of Bahrain Victorious, endorsed the collaboration, stating, “This partnership is a remarkable opportunity for Poland’s brightest junior cyclists to showcase their talents on the global stage. It also lays out a clear pathway for them to integrate into the Bahrain Victorious development system. This initiative is a great project for developing Polish cycling, offering young talents an unprecedented route to the WorldTour through the Copernicus scouting network. Through hard work and dedication, this platform will provide the young talents here a great chance to achieve their dreams.”
Copernicus will play a pivotal role in identifying and nurturing the most promising young riders in Poland. Those who distinguish themselves through Copernicus will be offered a spot with Cannibal B Victorious. Under this partnership, they will receive specialised coaching, gain access to top-tier racing experiences, and be developed for a career in professional cycling.
Cannibal B Victorious Team Manager Francis Van Mechelen commented, “We are delighted to work with Copernicus to identify and develop young Polish talents and offer them a pathway into the Bahrain Victorious development system. Our shared vision for nurturing talent aligns seamlessly with our mission to develop the next generation of cycling champions.”
Copernicus co-founder and president Michal Jackowiak commented, “We are happy to be able to work with one of the best European U19 development teams and give our riders a chance to compete on the highest level. It is crucial for young Polish talents to confront themselves with the future World Tour riders on the hardest races. At Copernicus, we aim to make it possible from U17 and U19 categories, and our project with Cannibal and Bahrain Victorius will make it more possible.”
This collaboration paves the way for young Polish cyclists to ascend from Copernicus to Cannibal B Victorious and, ultimately, to the international stage as part of Team Bahrain Victorious.