Select Page

In his own words: Katusha founder Igor Makarov

In his own words: Katusha founder Igor Makarov

From growing up in the USSR to owning his own WorldTour team, Makarov has spent his life cycling through the turbulence of geopolitics Photo (above):…

Wednesday, Sep 16

News

From growing up in the USSR to owning his own WorldTour team, Makarov has spent his life cycling through the turbulence of geopolitics

Photo (above): USSR Championship, 1979, City of Simferopol

Igor Makarov will be known to modern cycling fans as the founder of Swiss cycling team Katusha, which raced in the WorldTour until the end of the 2019 season.

He was born in 1962 and raised in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – then part of the Soviet Union. He graduated from Turkmen State University in 1983 and competed as a world class cyclist from 1979 to 1986, during which time he was a member of the USSR National Cycling Team and winner of many national and international championships.

Here he reflects on his life in cycling – from the USSR to owning a WorldTour team – cycling his way through the turbulence of geopolitics.

With international cycling on pause for much of the past few months due to the Covid-19 pandemic , watching the cycling community working overtime to get our athletes safely back on their bikes has given us all time to reflect on where the sport has been and where it’s going.

Even in the face of this unprecedented global pandemic, the cycling community has displayed strength, teamwork and resilience, and pandemic aside, cycling has never been more accessible.As we make progress toward a Covid-19 vaccine and improved treatments for the disease, now is an ideal time to consider ways to help young people – even those […]

Share This