On Friday, Canyon/SRAM racing announced that Zoe Bäckstedt signed a three-year deal with the team. The contract is effective Septmeber 1, so she will race in Canyon colours for the 2023/2024 cyclo-cross season.
Bäckstedt is a multi-disciplinary racer, so she will split her time between road, cyclo-cross and track throughout her contract with the team.
Team manager Ronny Lauke was excited to sign one of the most talked about riders in the women’s peloton.
Linda Jackson helped facilitate quick agreement
“We are pleased to have secured the talent of Zoe as part of our future planning to guide young talents to the sport’s top level. Our strategy has always been to see and accompany the growth of young, ambitious riders. Quickly and smoothly, we reached an agreement with Zoe’s former team owner, Linda Jackson, that enabled Zoe to begin the next CX season already with our team, which we agreed was to her benefit,” he said. “Zoe will fit well into the group of riders we already have united within the team and our high ambitions to grow further. We are looking forward to the journey.”
Previously on EF Education-TIBCO-SVB team
Bäckstedt was part of the EF Education-TIBCO-SVB team which is ceasing operations after 2023, following news that the title sponsor would instead support a new outfit run by Jonathan Vaughters. That squad will act as the women’s version of the current EF Education-Cannondale team.
“I’m excited about the opportunities at Canyon//SRAM Racing. I will get to race with a strong squad and have the freedom to race in any discipline I want to, as well. The team has made a lot of developments in the last year, and you can see that on and off the bike,” Bäckstedt said. “I really like this; it helped my decision as I like to have a good structure around me. Plus, the bikes and kit are pretty cool.I believe I will bring to Canyon//SRAM Racing some more good tunes to the pre-race playlist, my love for the sport and just the fact I’m happy to be at a bike race with my teammates.”
Home base is Belgium
In 2022, the 18-year-old relocated from Wales to Belgium and prefers the location for racing and training.
“There are so many benefits that I’ve found for living here. For example, there is a lot less travelling over the winter for the…