Racing

Zoe Bäckstedt joins team as a trainee

‘I can't wait to start racing for them later this year’

May 13, 2022

We are proud to announce that current road and cyclocross junior women’s world champion, Zoe Bäckstedt, will race for EF Education-TIBCO-SVB as a trainee beginning August 1, 2022. The 17-year-old currently races for Acrog-Tormans, a cyclocross development team based in Belgium.

Bäckstedt has amassed considerable race results despite her youth and is an incredibly versatile rider. In the 2021-2022 cyclocross season, she won an outstanding 10 races, including the junior women’s world championship and the cyclocross European women’s junior championships. On the road in 2021, she won the junior women’s world championship as well as the individual time trial stage in the Watersley Ladies Challenge. This season she won two of the three stages, the overall classification, and the points jersey at the EPZ Omloop van Borsele. The young rider has also raced track, having claimed gold medals in the individual pursuit, team pursuit, and Madison at the 2021 European junior track championships.

“Our goal is to support her overall development and nurture her growing talent."

-Linda Jackson, EF Education-TIBCO-SVB founder and owner

The world of high-level bike racing is a familiar one to Bäckstedt, who was raised in a family of accomplished cyclists. Her mother, Megan Hughes, raced both on the track and road beginning in the mid-1990s and is a former British national road champion. Father Magnus Bäckstedt hails from Sweden and has a long list of impressive results, including a 1998 Tour de France stage win and winning the 2004 Paris-Roubaix. Her older sister, Elynor, is currently racing in the Women’s WorldTour.

Linda Jackson, founder and owner of EF Education-TIBCO-SVB, believes that Bäckstedt and the team are a perfect fit. “As the current Junior World Champion in both road and cyclocross, Zoe is clearly very talented,” Jackson says. “Our goal is to support her overall development and nurture her growing talent. I am so excited at the prospect of what we are going to achieve together.”

With EF Education-TIBCO-SVB racing a full road calendar while encouraging its riders to race on dirt and gravel, including the Life Time Grand Prix series, the team’s joyful embrace of multi-disciplined riders appeals to Bäckstedt. "I'm so excited to be joining Women's WorldTour team EF Education-TIBCO-SVB as a trainee and I can't wait to start racing for them later this year. I love their multi-discipline approach to cycling,” she says.

“Plus I'm looking forward to wearing the best kit in the peloton,” Bäckstedt continues. In a nod to the 2004 comedy film Mean Girls, she adds, “On Wednesdays—and everyday—we wear pink!"

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