‘Bring on opening weekend, I am so ready’- Zoe Bäckstedt full of confidence as the 2023 Spring Classics draw near

18-year-old Bӓckstedt looking to round off cyclocross season with British national title, as she prepares for the cobbled classics

Zoe Backstedt
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After a long winter of cyclocross, Zoe Bӓckstedt is full of confidence as she awaits the opening weekend of the cobbled classics in Belgium.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly at the British national cyclocross championships, Bäckstedt said that the full details of her road programme are yet to be decided. However, her season is likely to begin with the women’s edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in late February. 

“I’ll be doing Het Nieuwsblad and that’s about it for now. We’ll have to see how I am after this cyclocross season,” she said. “I don’t want to do too much too soon and end up tiring myself out.” 

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Tom joined Cycling Weekly in early 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

He has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the recent Glasgow World Championships. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world and interviewed some of the sport's top riders. 

When not writing news scoops from the WorldTour, or covering stories from elsewhere in the domestic professional scene, he reports on goings on at bike shops up and down the UK, where he is based when not out on the road at races. He has also appeared on the Radio Cycling podcast.