Tuesday, December 22 2020 – Team Bahrain Victorious is proud to announce the signing of the first Bahraini UCI WorldTour cyclist Ahmed Madan, for the upcoming 2021 season.
Since Bahrain entered UCI WorldTour cycling back in 2017, one of the ambitions was always to inspire young riders and develop the most talented to ride with world’s best in the pro peloton.
The first to meet this ambition is 20-year-old Ahmed Madan who joined the Bahrain National Team in 2018. After a series of strong performances Ahmed’s potential was rewarded with a place in the Bahrain Cycling Academy which was founded by His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa to provide promising young cyclists with a path to professional cycling.
After one year of racing with the Bahrain Cycling Academy, Ahmed graduated to the UCI continental circuit. His passion and attitude during this time caught the attention of the President of the Cycling Federation, Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who identified Ahmed as a cyclist who could move up the ranks.
Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa commented: “Ahmed came to the cycling scene through group rides and mountain biking, but he started to show his talent once he started road racing. His first official camp with the national team was in Turkey where he quickly showed his potential. His passion for cycling is his biggest asset because it drives him to put in the necessary training to reach the top. Last season he raced with Bahrain Cycling Academy on the UCI continental circuit. Making the step-up to the UCI WorldTour is a big feat as Ahmed is the first Bahraini rider to join the elite riders of the cycling world. Ahmed will hopefully lead a new wave of Bahrain cyclists that can compete at the highest level and bring success to cycling in the Kingdom.”
Ahmed is looking forward to his first season in UCI WorldTour cycling and is hoping he will inspire other young Bahraini’s to take up the sport and make it at the highest level. On signing with the team, Ahmed said “Firstly, I’d like to thank His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who has given all young Bahraini cyclists a path to compete in this amazing sport. I’m excited about signing for the team, and I want to work hard to make Bahrain proud. This is an opportunity for me to take my cycling to the next level and learn from some of the best cyclists in the world.”