WATCH: Father Gets Emotional As 17 Year-Old Daughter Wins UCI Road World Championship Event

Published 09/26/2021, 2:12 PM EDT


Zoe Backstedt’s father glows with pride as his daughter claims the second position in the Junior Women’s Race at the UCI Road World Championship 2021.

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The 17-year-old British girl, who is a professional cyclist. Starting young, the Welsh cyclist has already made a name for herself in the field of cycling. Belonging to a family of cyclists, she’s indeed born a champion. Her parents,  Megan Hughes, and her father, Magnus, are both former professional cyclists. Not only her parents but her sister too has been riding professionally. Last year, the budding star came 1st in the overall UCI Junior CX World Cup. Zoe also swept the 1st position in the Cyklokros Tábor.

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Zoe Backstedt starts the year on a remarkable note

After having a successful year, the British teenager started taking long strides in her career thereafter. Beginning 2021 with a bag full of achievements, Zoe secured the first position in the junior women’s road race. Furthermore, she took second place in the junior women’s time trial which was held in June, earlier this year. Climbing up the ladder of success came first in the Time trial, in the National Junior Road Championships. The young lady also managed to achieve the 5th position in the Overall Watersley Ladies Challenge. Making her family proud, she’s indeed come a long way.

Father’s reaction to her daughter’s feat at UCI Road World Championship

Recently the young Backstedt participated in the Junior Women’s World Championship road race in Leuven. She emerged victorious while her father, Magnus watched her race with utmost concentration yet, nervousness. Post her stunning performance, Zoe said, “I’ve never cried so much after a race. I crossed the line and I realised I was world champion. It just means so much to me that I can wear this jersey next year“.

As emotional and touched as she was about her victory, she told that “I saw my sister and my mum but I haven’t seen my dad because he was back home commentating on the race for Eurosport. Apparently, he was crying when I crossed the line. My sister and mum were both crying at the finish as well, they were so happy for me and I’m so glad I could see them beyond the line“.

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Her father’s reaction to her incredible win was also one of the most heart-warming things. Indeed, the pride and affection toward her daughter’s success were reflected very well via his expression of emotions.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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