Szymon Tracz is set to become the youngest member of the squad in 2018 but at 19 years of age, the Polish rider is full of ambition to perform on the British stage as he makes his move to ONE Pro Cycling.
Polish U23 National Road Race Champion, Szymon Tracz joins the team from Polish Continental outfit Wibatech 7r Fuji. The 19 year old took top honours in his national road race with an impressive solo victory during his first year as an u23. The rider has raced hard for his team throughout the 2017 season, including representing Poland in the Tour de l’Avenir. An exciting new talent, Tracz will be aiming to continue his development going forward as the youngest member of ONE Pro Cycling.
Welcome to the team Szymon, we’re excited to have you on board. Firstly, can you tell us a little bit about your background in cycling?
“I started cycling when I was only 9 years old. Before cycling I trained in football and judo but I knew that cycling was my real passion. It helped that my older brother was a cyclist and he encouraged me to give it a go.
From the very first time I rode a bike, I wanted become a professional cyclist. I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to devote all of my life to this sport, a sport that provides ease of mind and gives me a huge amount of freedom. And so my adventure started in Cracow, with a team called WLKS Krakus. I was a member of this team for a total of 8 years before I was given the chance to represent another Polish team by the name of Wibatech 7r Fuji in 2017.”
What was it about ONE Pro Cycling that attracted you to join the team?
“I wanted to join ONE PRO Cycling because of the wonderful team spirit and racing philosophy. This professional team is full of advantages such as great team staff, world-class equipment and a great brand image. It’s fantastic for a young cyclist like me to be given the opportunity to race as such a high level.”
Have you ever raced in Britain before?
“No, I haven’t raced in Britain before but I have watched many exciting British races on the television and I cannot wait to until it’s my turn to line up on the start line.”
What you are most looking forward to during your time with the team
“That’s easy… working with great staff and world class riders! Also, to be the part of great development project and gaining as much experience as possible. Participation in this team will not only give me the chance to take part in tough races, but it will also provide the opportunity to improve my skills in every aspect.”
You’ve mentioned you’re excited to work with the staff and the riders, but we’re going to put you on the spot and ask you who you’re mist keen to work with? Go on… tell us!
“I’m looking forward working with the management staff and my new teammates but I’m probably most excited to work with Karol Domagalski. Karol has always been an inspiration to me, right from when I first started my adventures in cycling. We used to live in the same city and we’ve both ridden for WLKS Krakus in Carcow. Karol is an excellent cyclist with huge experience and I know I’ll learn a lot of from him. He’s a rider I look up to, not only because he’s a great cyclist but he also has great character.”
At only 19 years of age, you’re entering ONE Pro Cycling as the youngest rider on the roster, what are your aims for the 2018 season?
“My aim for next season is mostly to bring good results for the team. I would also like to perform well in the Polish National Championships in July, both in the Road Race and the Individual Time Trial. I have my eyes set on a stage race in Great Britain, as well as participating in some races in my home country – such as Szlakiem Grodow Piastowskich and Szlakiem Walk Majora Hubala. I guess that’s quite a long list of aims and ambitions but I have my heart set on achieving as much as possible in 2018.”
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