BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team is one of the first cycling teams to be based in the Middle East. The project started almost 4 years ago, with a casual bike ride in the desert of Bahrain between His Highness Shaikh Nasser and Vincenzo Nibali.
In 2017 the team was founded through a consortium of business partners from Bahrain and MERIDA – one of the major and most trusted cycling companies in the world. MERIDA believed in this project and with the support of all our regional partners, we will not settle for anything shy of over-achieving – a trait the team leader, Shaikh Nasser lives by.
The team’s management is comprised of globally recognised cycling experts, who have been selected for their commitment and results driven approach. They have been forming a strategic approach to the project, carefully planning and analysing the growth of professional road cycling and creating a clear vision for the team. The riders have been carefully selected from young, talented riders to experienced, professionals with heavy trophy cabinets.
The goal of the first year was to build the team image and organize everything. But because the team has such an amazing group of riders and staff, also many other goals and good results were achieved in 2017: 11 wins, 16 times 2nd place and 26 times 3rd place, which is in total 53 podiums. Above all 2 Grand Tour podiums in our first year of existence. Vincenzo Nibali and BAHRAIN MERIDA Pro Cycling Team achieved what no other team has so far – he reached two podiums on two Grand Tours (Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España) in the first year of BAHRAIN MERIDA Team. But even more excellent are the results achieved by the team during the 2018 season with 26 wins and dozens of placings.
Racing all around 6 continents on the highest level of the international cycling, proudly wearing the colours of Bahrain and MERIDA as co-title sponsor, means that our team received an impressive wide-ranging international coverage that has promoted the Kingdom of Bahrain on the international stage.
The goals for 2019 are even higher, but with a well-prepared team, that BAHRAIN MERIDA most certainly is, easily achievable
Being a Bahrain’s team supported by numerous Bahraini sponsors and local community, we are determined to develop a Bahraini rider for our team in next 5 years targeting to ride the best World Tour races.