After two incredibly successful seasons in Storey Racing colours, where she has amassed in excess of 120 race victories, Zoe Bäckstedt moves on from the team to a contract with the Belgian Cyclocross team Tormans-Acrog.

Zoe in her new colours.

Thanking the team and staff on her social media accounts, Zoe said of her move away from the team, “It’s been a fantastic 2 years with everyone at Storey Racing, I’d like to say a big, big thank you to Sarah and Barney Storey for giving me so many opportunities and all their help and knowledge in everything I do!”

“I’ve loved every minute, being with such wonderful teammates who all support each other so much. It’s been an absolute dream team to spend my last years as a youth with.”

Zoe has been the youngest member of the Storey Racing team over the past two seasons and although many of her results have come within the Youth A category, she has also stepped up to some impressive rides in the Senior category too. Racing the National Team Time Trial and Closed Circuit Team Time Trial, Zoe was part of the line ups that won silver and gold respectively at the events. She also raced in Sweden and more recently the Watersley Ladies Challenge, and proved her ability is also a force against older riders and in longer races.

Zoe [right] with her sister, Elynor [middle] and Dame Sarah Storey, after winning silver in the National TTT Championships in 2019.

National titles on the track, road and in cyclo-cross have all been hard fought victories and underpinned by an unwavering desire to beat her own personal best performance. Living and breathing the teams #BestVersionOfYou mentality has been one Zoe’s incredible strengths, along with her innate ability to race with a cool and tactical brain.

Despite an enviable tally of race victories, Zoe never tires of the winning feeling and most importantly never assumes every race will go her way. Her approach epitomises the Storey Racing #BestVersionOfYou mentality and ethos.

Her first race in new colours will be this weekend in Lokeren, Belgium where she will be racing against some of the world’s best female cyclocross riders and testing her legs in the first ‘cross event of the winter season.

Speaking of Zoe’s time within the Storey Racing team, Dame Sarah said, “It has been truly fantastic to work with Zoe and be her team mate during the past two years. Her work ethic and dedication is incredibly inspiring and we have had some fantastic times racing and training together.”

“It is always a very proud moment to see a rider of her ability moving on to a bigger team and we are all excited to follow Zoe’s progress in Belgium.”

Dame Sarah Storey and Zoe Bäckstedt on their winter training camp in February 2020

Sports Director for Storey Racing, Barney Storey was also full of praise for Zoe and the whole Bäckstedt family for their roles within the team over the past two years, “It’s been a pleasure to work with such a driven rider and her support crew in Maggy and Meg [Mum and Dad], are the complete dream team!”

“We are so delighted to see Zoe step up to a Belgian team for her first year Junior in 2021. Belgium is the home of ‘cross and without doubt the best place to learn and grow. We couldn’t be more proud of the time she has spent with us, but her infectious giggle and drive will be sorely missed.”

Zoe was also victorious in the National Cyclocross Trophy in the winter of 2019/20

Zoe will be dividing her time between the race opportunities of Europe and the UK, navigating an ever changing coronavirus travel situation and alongside her final year of GCSE’s. If ever there was an example of what hard work, focus and relentless drive can achieve, then Zoe is the finest, a role model to athletes of all ages and if you don’t already follow her then it’s not too late. Visit @backstedt_zoe on Instagram and twitter and subscribe to her vlog on YouTube by searching Zoe Bäckstedt.