Cycling Coach Erich Perner
The team was started by cycling coach Erich Perner. Erich originally worked in the local collective farms around Vändra, but after the breakup of collective farming in the early 90’s, he saw that it was crucial to create a cycling club which will help keep the young boys from the area out of trouble. "There's not enough time or energy to get into trouble if you are busy doing serious sport," was Erich’s philosophy. Thus Viko Cycling Club was born.
With a training ethos based more on dedication, training methods and team work rather than the latest scientific approaches. Erich has had a huge influence on the lives of the young riders, many of which are still connected with cycling to this day.
"The goal was not just to bring someone to the top of the cycling world. The most important thing is for the young lad to grow into a man that will think with his head, all my boys have managed to do that"
Over the years his best-known riders are Rein Taaramäe, Tanel Kangert, Silver Schultz, Enn Rohtla, Priit Tuisk, Mehis Mets, Lauri Lind, Siim Urm, Kristen Kivistik, Silver Lehemets, Gert Kivistik and Karl-Arnold Vendelin.