Date of birth: 6th December 2001
Lives & trains: Pontyclun/ Cardiff
Team: Trek Segafredo & GB Junior Academy
Elynor Backstedt was born to be a cyclist inheriting some serious cycle racing genes. Her father, Magnus, won the Paris-Roubaix classic in 2004, in addition to stage wins in the both the Tour de France and Giro D’Italia, whilst her mother, Megan, competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Games – so it’s no surprise she was brought up riding a bike.
Elynor is an impressive up and coming cyclist on the track as well as on the road, winning bronze in the Junior World Time Trial Championships in 2018. Building on from this success, Elynor won both the GC at EPZ Omloop van Borsele and U19 Gent-Wevelgem before taking home gold at the National Junior Track Champs in both the Madison and Individual Pursuit, and most recently a silver medal in the World Junior Track Champs in the Madison this summer, along with a silver in the Individual Pursuit and bronze in the Team Pursuit. She has continued her stellar season winning a bronze medal in the Junior Time Trial at the World Road Champs in Yorkshire, and a 5th place in the Road race.
Having been a key member of the GB Junior Academy and Storey Racing, Elynor is very excited to be a part of the Trek Segafredo team in 2020.
Off the bike Elynor is a rider known for both her mental and physical strength, not only through gaining priceless insights from her father, but also completing school while riding and training full time. Her motivation is second to none and she certainly has an exciting future in the world of women’s cycling, moving ahead to the dream of becoming professional.