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Paweł Bernas signed his first Professional Continental contract in 2016 after a breakout season marked with a stage and overall victory at Volta ao Alentejo and Szlakiem Grodów Piastowskich, as well as a stage win and second place at GP Liberty Seguros. That year, he also took bronze at the Polish National Championships and was victorious at Visegrad 4 Bicycle Race – GP Czech Republic.
Bernas lost most of 2016 season due to back injury, but later gradually returned to good health and form. He finished 2017 with 20 top 10 spots under his belt, which helped him ink a deal with CCC Sprandi Polkowice for the 2018 season. Bernas, who is an all-rounder, proved himself in the first ever edition of the Great War Remembrance Race in 2018 where he finished in 2nd place.
I knew I wanted to be a professional cyclist when…
When I returned to good form in the U23 category, which enabled me to think about turning pro. When I was a junior, I was not assuming that I would be a professional bike rider, but I didn’t rule that out either. In 2011 I won Carpathian Couriers Race, I got back on the right track and that made me believe I can do some nice things in the professional peloton.
My greatest racing memory is…
Great War Remembrance Race – it was a mix of bad luck and great sensations on the bike. It was a breakthrough performance for me on the international scene, since I got second place. Prior to that event I’d had long block of races and I was very happy with the fact that despite so much racing I was still in good form.
The race I dream of winning is…
Paris – Roubaix and Ronde van Vlaanderen. They are the most iconic, legendary and historical races and they suit me.
If I wasn’t a professional cyclist, I would be…
I don’t see myself as anyone else. When I was seven I told my parents that I wanted to become a professional athlete. Before that I wanted to drive a garbage truck, but I’m past that phase.