Known more for her mountain bike exploits, Jenny Rissveds will be joining the Team Coop-Hitec Products line-up from June 1st 2023. The Swede recently won the Gracia Orlová race in the Czech Republic, a race which she narrowly missed out on in 2022 and finished 2nd overall. Her victory there has spurred her on to see how much she can achieve at the highest level of road cycling with a possible inclusion in the Team Coop-Hitec Products Tour de France Femmes team now lined up. After missing out last season, 2023 sees the first participation in that race by the Norwegian team.
Jenny Rissveds catapulted to global recognition through her accomplishments in mountain biking. Her major introduction to the wider world stage came at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she clinched the gold medal in the women’s cross-country event. This victory, achieved at just 22 years old, served as a testament to her impressive skills and competitive spirit.
Prior to her Olympic success, Rissveds had made waves in the Under-23 category, earning the title of U23 World Champion in 2016 at Nové Město. Her accomplishments in the world of mountain biking are numerous, which also include winning the 2012 Junior European Championship and multiple UCI Mountain Bike World Cup events.
Road Cycling Career
Rissveds also dabbled in road cycling, showcasing her versatility as an athlete. Her only road racing this season has been at Gracia Orlová where Rissveds won the TT stage and was consistent over all of the stage to win the GC battle. She finished no lower than 6th in the 5 stages and that was the only time she didn’t finish on the podium. Last year she was 2nd in the same race, also winning a stage then too before becoming the Swedish champion on the road by going in a solo break that won by 6 minutes.
Before then, you have to go back to 2011 and Rissveds’ junior career to find a road result. She was the junior Swedish time trial champion that year and 32nd in the junior Worlds TT as well. She also raced the junior Worlds that year, won by Lucy van der Haar (née Garner) but unfortunately was a DNF in the race in Copenhagen.