Wiktoria Pikulik will join her sister Daria on the Human Powered Health roster in 2024, continuing 11 years of racing together on the road and track.
“It’s everybody’s dream to be part of a WorldTour team,” Wiktoria said on signing. “My parents are so proud to have us on the same team and for it to be in the WorldTour. We have been racing and training since the first day of our careers, so I’m excited to do the biggest races with her.”
Polish national champion in 2022, the 25-year-old is excited to develop her skills. Although she has primarily been utilized as a lead-out, ninth place at this year’s Veenendaal – Veenendaal Classic against high-class opposition showed her own unique sprinting talent.
“For me, it is a big step in my career and a big chance to find myself and develop as a rider,” she explains. “I’m looking forward to finding my place in the team, whether it is sprinting on the flats or somewhere else.”
Wiktoria will be one of two Polish riders on the roster for 2024 with big sister and sprint sensation Daria also confirmed.
The 26-year-old had a breakout year in 2023, with six wins, including the first and last race days of the Women’s WorldTour calendar. She is delighted to welcome Wiktoria on board.
“I want to scream, how happy I am,” Daria said. “I’m so happy to stay too. This year was a really good one for us and I hope next season will be even better. I’m really motivated and I believe that we will have another good year. We have a special team.”
Olympians at Tokyo 2020, the pair are Madison partners at the biggest track events in the world. Wiktoria explains that the duo’s personalities complete each other on the bike.
“We know each other as cyclists and people and that is the key,” she says. “I can put out longer efforts and she is the better sprinter. I am the ice, she is the fire.”
Like her older sister, Wiktoria got into cycling through their grandfather. She jokes that she found two wheels just ten days after Daria, “I felt lonely without her in the house so I joined, and 11 years later we are still here.”
Away from cycling, Wiktoria lives by the sea in Poland and enjoys time in nature and spending time with animals. She is also a dedicated proponent of meditation, which helps her with the significant mental component of elite competition.
“Meditation helps me to find my inner peace,” she says. “I struggled this year with anxiety so I meditated a lot to find peace and calm to feel better in myself. It was a difficult year, but now when [things are] very stressful I meditate to help ease the pressure.”
Human Powered Health Cycling is delighted to have the sister Pikulik racing in 2024. Stay tuned for our final new addition for 2024 to be announced tomorrow.