Bahrain-Merida supports “Next CK project” in Taiwan
“For me, this is a very good project for the young rider to experience the environment and training of European cycling, this is a real great chance for the local cyclists in the younger generation,” said Feng Chun Kai, our Taiwanese rider.
Joining WorldTeam in 2014, Feng Chun Kai (CK) has been the only Taiwanese rider in the WorldTour races in history. During these 3 years at the top level, he has always been in the spotlight not only in Taiwan but the whole Asian cycling communities.
However, the chance of younger generation has been shrinking rapidly. Since local races has been fewer and fewer in Taiwan, Merida, our Taiwanese co-sponsor partner, creates this great chance for local cyclists in the younger generation. On May 21st in the race named “Taiwan Criterium,” they will select the top 2 promising riders for the internship in Team Colpack in Italy this summer.
Supported by Team Colpack, our development team, these 2 young cyclist will be joining the races in Europe as interns for one-month racing and another one-month training with Merida sponsoring all the expanse. For young Taiwanese riders, this is truly a dream comes true. Needless to say, fans in Taiwan and Asia cannot wait to see another WorldTeam rider’s coming.
“Working with youngers is an important part of our role,” the core value of next CK project echoed to the perspective from our general manager Brent Copeland.
“We believe that to make a team as international as possible is important, and one of these important parts is Taiwan, that’s why the next CK project is important to us. Looking for young and up and coming talented from Taiwan is something we’d like to do. The best way that the young Taiwanese riders can get used to races in professional rank is to take them to Europe, and there’s no better way doing it with Colpack, a team with huge professionality,” he continued.
“They do have the legs, the problem is they don’t have the chance to challenge in the WorldTour races,” said Merida senior vice president William Jeng. Team Bahrain-Merida fully support this project with our general manager Brent Copeland, Valerio Agnoli and Feng Chun Kai all in presence while Merida announced this great project in Taipei. Merida believes this could be the best way to make cycling the sport better in Taiwan, and we are willing to be part of the project.