Zoe Bäckstedt Wales

Zoe Bäckstedt signed a three-year deal with CANYON//SRAM Racing, joining the World Tour team already at the start of the 2023/2024 cyclo-cross season.

Even at 19 years old, Zoe boasts a golden palmares. In 2022, she started the year by winning the 2021-2022 Junior Cyclo-cross World Champion title. She then added to this by holding the Junior World Champion titles in Road, ITT, and Madison, all in the same year. This came on the back of the Junior Road World Champion title a year prior and a host of European and national titles. Moving to the U23 ranks in cyclo-cross two winters ago, Zoe took a silver medal at the World Championships in Hoogerheide.

This winter, Zoe quickly showed her step to CANYON//SRAM Racing was a successful one, with a phenomenal season, capped by winning the rainbow jersey at the U23 World Cyclo-cross championhips in Tabor, Czechia. Zoe’s victory in Tábor capped off an outstanding cyclo-cross season, which included three elite World Cup podium finishes, second place overall in the U23 World Cup and a U23 European title.

Zoe says, “I was excited about the opportunities at CANYON//SRAM Racing. I get to race with a strong squad and have the freedom to race in any discipline I want to, as well. The team made a lot of developments last year and I really like that. Plus, the bikes and kit are pretty cool!”

An electric crowd in Tábor witnessed Zoe’s victory. “The crowd was incredible. I didn’t expect that many people. I had people out on the course trying to shout things to me, and I really couldn’t hear much over the cheering, chainsaws, and noise from the crowd. That type of atmosphere pushes you on a little bit more.”

A multi-disciplinary racer by heart, Zoe plans to continue to split her time between road, cyclo-cross and track throughout her contract.

Palmares

2024

  • U23 Cyclo-cross World Champion
  • 2nd place general classification, UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup series
  • European U23 ITT Champion, Netherlands
  • European U23 Cyclo-cross champion, Pont-Chateau
  • Silver medal UCI U23 Cyclo-Cross World Championships
  • British Elite Women Cyclo-Cross National Champion
  • 2nd place, Nommay cyclo-cross
  • 4th place, Gavere cyclo-cross 
  • 4th place, Besançon cyclo-cross 
  • Winner youth classification, Simac Ladies Tour, WWT
  • 5th general classification, Simac Ladies Tour, WWT
  • 3rd place stage, Simac Ladies Tour, WWT
  • 9th place stage, Simac Ladies Tour, WWT
  • Winner Major Taylor Cross Cup #1, Indianapolis, USA
  • Winner Major Taylor Cross Cup #2, Indianapolis, USA
  • 2nd place, Trek CX Cup, USA
  • 5th place, 1st U23, UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup #1 Waterloo, USA
  • 3rd place, Kiremko Nacht Van Woerden cyclo-cross
  • 3rd place, Dendermonde Cyclo-Cross World Cup
  • 8th place, Troyes Cyclo-cross World Cup
  • Leader four races, U23 Cyclo-cross World Cup general classification
  • 3rd place, Dublin Cyclo-Cross World Cup
  • UCI Junior Road World Champion, Wollongong
  • UCI Junior ITT World Champion, Wollongong
  • UCI Junior Madison World Champion, Tel Aviv
  • UCI Junior Cyclo-cross World Champion, Hoogerheide
  • Winner general classification, Watersley Challenge Juniors
  • Winner mountain classification, Watersley Challenge Juniors
  • 3 x stage winner, Watersley Challenge Juniors
  • Winner Ronde van Vlaanderen Juniors 
  • British Junior ITT National Champion 
  • British Junior Road National Champion 
  • Winner Puivelde
  • Winner general classification, Omloop Borsele Juniors
  • Winner points classification, Omloop Borsele Juniors
  • Winner sprint classification, Omloop Borsele Juniors
  • 2 x stage winner, Omloop Borsele Juniors
  • 3rd place Gullegem cyclo-cross
  • UEC cyclo-cross junior champion 
  • Winner general classification, U6 Cycle Tour
  • Winner points classification, U6 Cycle Tour
  • Winner youth classification, U6 Cycle Tour
  • 6 x stage winner, U6 Cycle Tour
  • UCI Junior Road World Champion, Leuven
  • Silver medal, UCI Junior ITT World Championships, Leuven
  • UEC Individual Pursuit champion
  • UEC Madison champion
  • British Junior Individual Pursuit champion
  • British Junior Madison champion
  • Winner youth classification, Watersley Challenge Juniors
  • Stage winner, Watersley Challenge Juniors
  • British Junior ITT National Champion 
  • Winner general classification, Junior Women Tour of Yorkshire
  • Stage winner, Junior Women Tour of Yorkshire
  • 2nd stage, Junior Women Tour of Yorkshire
  • Winner Essen cyclo-cross
  • Winner Stockholm cyclo-cross
  • Winner Täby Park cyclo-cross
  • 2nd overall, UCI Cyclo-Cross Junior World Cup
  • Winner UCI Cyclo-Cross Junior World Cup

2024

UCI Women's Worldteam

With fifteen riders from nine different countries, Women’s World Tour team CANYON//SRAM Racing is the home of a diverse group of highly ambitious women who are willing to invest in their future and the future of cycling by breaking new grounds and constantly challenging themselves and their competitors. 

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