THE COACH – KRZYSZTOF (KRIS) KURZAWINSKI
Krzysztof Kurzawinski started winning bike races as a child in Poland. His success grew in to a professional cyclist winning many road races and tours in criterium, track, and cyclo cross. Since Krzysztof lived 1 km away from a professional velodrome and cycling club, he was spotted by one of the best coaches in Poland and became the youngest rider on the national team; winning many national medals and podium finishes in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Yugoslavia.
Krzysztof was first on the list of the 84′ Olympics on the track for both the 4 km team pursuit and 50 km points race, but unfortunately, because he was living in a communist country there was a boycott at the time and all his hopes and dreams of an Olympic medal were over. In 1985, at the time of the World Championships, Krzysztof was at a training camp before the big race where two days before his flight he was again held back – this time because of a passport issue. An alternate cyclist took his place and the team ended up with a silver medal at Worlds.
His last success was a national gold medal in a points race on the track in 85′. Krzysztof then immigrated to Germany where he raced professionally for two years and then he went through some of life’s changes and challenges, including moving to Canada, and stopped racing for a while. In 2000, he started coaching and in 2009 he started racing again with his two sons Damian and Dawid. Krzyzstof can now be seen dominating the Master Categories across Ontario as well as coaching a growing Masters Racing Team.
In 2010 Krzysztof qualified for and then competed at the UCI Masters World Track Championships in Portugal.
In 2015 Krzysztof won several events at the Canadian National Track Championships in Milton Ontario. Later that year he travelled to Puerto Rico as a member of the Pan – AM Canadian Masters Team and returned with a slew of Gold Medals and Pan Am Championship Jerseys.
In 2016, Krzysztof travelled to Manchester England to take part in the Masters Track World Championships taking GOLD in the Points Race.