Date of Birth – 8th February 1981 Nationality – Swedish Team – Health Mate-Cyclelive Team Former Teams – Experza-Footlogix, Team Virtu Cycling Women, Team Liv-Plantuur, Team Giant-Shimano, Faren-Let’s Go Finland, Team Hitec Products, Team Cmax Dila Career Achievements – 1st GC Women’s Tour of Poland (2008) 3rd Tour of Guangxi Women’s WorldTour (2018), GC Tour of Uppsala (2018), 8th Cholet (2011), Trofee Maarten Wynants (2015), Omloop van Het Hageland (2015), Keuken Van Lommel Ladies Classic (2016)
Who taught you how to ride a bike & how old were you?
My dad. Or well…I guess I taught myself. I was four and he took off the stabilizer wheels and sent me off. Came back with two bloody knees but after that I knew how to ride.
What was your first ‘proper’ road bike & what colour was it?
Started cycling late after a career as a boxer so I was 25 when I started racing. It was a mint green Cannondale and too big for me but I was in love and had to have it.
What’s the most important piece of kit/advice that has helped boost your performance?
Can’t really single one out… But I’ve learnt that “tough times don’t last. Tough people do” So never give up on your dreams.
What’s your favourite routes/places to ride?
My favourite place to ride, especially during winter time, is Gran Canaria. That’s why I spend as much time here as possible. Good weather and mountains make for perfect training conditions.
What tips do you have to keep the love of cycling going amidst all the training?
Attitude of gratitude… I always try to remind myself that I’m lucky to be doing this. Not many people get the experience of being a professional cyclist.
What experiences are still to do on your cycling ‘bucket list’?
Easy. Getting the Swedish champion jersey. Been on the podium so many times but never managed to win the road race so it’s about time.