Elynor
Bäckstedt

Elynor Bäckstedt, 18, is stepping into the elite ranks this year with Trek-Segafredo. She's a talented cyclist on the track as well as the road: in 2019 she won Gent-Wevelgem, collected two golds and a silver at the European Track Championships, and two silvers and a bronze at the Junior Track World Championships. She ended her season with a bronze medal in the time trial at the Yorkshire Road World Championships. With no specific U23 teams or races in women’s cycling, there is nothing to buffer Junior riders from jumping into elite racing, but Elynor certainly has the pedigree to handle the big step. Her father Magnus Bäckstedt is a former Tour de France stage winner and won the 2004 edition of Paris Roubaix, and her mother Megan Hughes is a former British national road champion.

Date of birth

06/12/2001

From
United Kingdom
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What was the biggest obstacle you have overcome?

The biggest obstacle that I’ve had to ever overcome was after getting hit by a car, I had a concussion for a long time. I also struggled with confidence when riding on the road, so it was both physical and mental.

What is your favorite family tradition?

Having Swedish meatballs for dinner on Christmas Eve.

Tell us about your greatest cycling achievement.

I would say my greatest cycling achievement would be getting on the podium at the Yorkshire World Championships time trial. It wasn’t the result that I had hoped for, however, the course was not suited to me at all, and I had so much pressure leading into it.

What is your favorite Bontrager or Trek equipment?

My Trek Madone.