Track, Road and Cyclocross Cyclist -
GB Cycling Team / EF Education-Tibco-SVB
Multiple Junior World Champion, 2022 National Junior Time Trial and Road Race Champion, 2019 National Youth and Junior Champion in 5 disciplines, European Youth Olympics - Gold TT and Road Race
DOB: 24th September 2004
Lives & Trains: Pontyclun/Cardiff
Born into a family with cycling pedigree, Zoe is sister to rising star Elynor Backstedt and her father, Magnus won the Paris-Roubaix classic in 2004, in addition to stage wins in both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, whilst her mother, Megan, competed for Wales at the Commonwealth Games – so it’s not surprise she has taken to the pedals!
Zoe is a force to be reckoned with, and a young star who is leading the ranks in competition, spreading her skills by cycling across various disciplines of track, road and cyclocross. At just 15 years old, Zoe achieved some impressive results over the 2019/2020 season, and followed up with an extremely successful 2021 season – topping it in Flanders and becoming Junior World Champion in the road race – awarded the coveted rainbow colours. To add to this, Zoe also won silver in the Junior Time Trial.
Zoe has been riding for the Tormas-Acrog CX team since 2021, and is enjoying racing across multiple disciplines. Cyclocross is her focus over the winter months, with some outstanding results being achieved throughout the 2021/2022 season. With multiple World Cup victories in the bag, Zoe was the firm favourite on the start line at the Cyclocross World Championships in Fayetteville, and rose to the occasion with a dominant victory and awarded another World title in the Junior race.
On the track, Zoe is a three time European Junior Champion, and holds a Junior World Record for the Individual Pursuit. At the 2022 Road World Championships, Zoe dominated the Junior category winning both the Road Race and ITT in dominant fashion.
As a multiple Junior World Champion, Zoe is a real star of the future and is extremely excited about joining EF Education-Tibco-SVB for the second half of the season as a stagiaire. She loves her training and uses her natural cycling genes to gain more successful results and, alongside Elynor, continue to take the family’s success to the next level.