CANYON//SRAM Racing is a professional women’s cycling team racing the UCI Women’s World Tour across the globe with thirteen riders from eight different countries.
The team aims to animate races with its tactics and to achieve success through shared goals. Furthermore, the team aims to push the boundaries with modern thinking in a traditional sport and inspire more women worldwide to enjoy the benefits of riding bikes.
After an injury-plagued 2017 that forced Alena to stop racing already by June, the 28 year-old Belarusian has her sights firmly set on her racing goals in 2018.
This year I want to win one of my favourite races, La Flèche Wallonne in Belgium. It's something I'm dreaming of, to win this classic that is so hard and challenging.
Off the bike, I would like to continue to work on a project that I helped in 2017 in Belarus. It's a small project that makes small presents at birthday time or christmas for children who are without families. I would like to continue to help this project and to see it become more global.
Alice Barnes brings youth and versatility to the team. Already boasting a stage win and second overall at this year's BeNe Ladies Tour, the 22 year-old also shows promise in spring classic style races with a fighting spirit and never give up attitude.
I am really excited to join the team. The staff and riders are very experienced and they can teach me a lot. I have always admired the way that they work as a unit and are always working towards one goal.
For me 2018 is a learning curve. I am looking forward to having different roles and experimenting with my racing. I still have a lot of developing and CANYON//SRAM Racing is the perfect place for me to do this.
The former British road champion had one of her most successful season’s in 2017, winning a stage at the Giro Rosa and dominating the OVO Energy Women’s Tour placing on the podium in the general classification and points classification, and winning best British rider.
In 2018 I want to improve on my third on GC at the OVO Energy Women's Tour. I loved racing that last year and it's one of my big goals for this season.
The only woman to win three consecutive Italian national road champion titles, Elena Cecchini was knocking on the door of all of the major spring classics in 2017. The 25 year-old is one of the most professional and hard-working riders on the team.
My goal in 2018 is a big win in the spring classics. I was really close in spring last year and it makes me even more motivated for this season. I feel like we have a great group of riders, and with the support our staff and sponsors we have every opportunity to perform.
Now becoming a veteran of the women's peloton the 29 year-old Australian rider has been racing in Europe for over 11 years. Tiffany seems to thrive when the conditions are tough and has had some of her biggest wins in the Belgian spring races, such as Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
Looking forward to the season ahead Tiffany has her eyes on big prizes.
My first big goal of 2018 will start at the spring classics. And then continue to build from there. I'd love to come out of the year with a big win in a world tour race.
Tanja is the second winner of our CANYON//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy, an innovative talent identification path using the online Zwift cycling platform.
Tanja, a former triathlete for 15 years, made the transition to focus solely on cycling just twelve months ago. After collecting several international triathlon podiums including at the European age group championships in 2014, Erath quickly demonstrated her capabilities were transferable to cycling, adding podiums in fixed gear criterium racing to her palmares within her first year.
For 2018 she decided to focus more on road racing. And now, after winning the 2017 CANYON//SRAM Racing Zwift Academy Tanja earned herself a professional contract with our team in 2018. Tanja will now prepare with the team, starting at national level races before leading to international UCI races.
Pauline, former simultaneous three-time world champion in road, cyclocross and MTB rose again to the top of the international podium after joining the team in 2017.
In all the races I do I just want to fight as hard as possible.
And fighting as hard as possible has its rewards. With her return to racing in 2017 she notched podiums at MTB World Cup and Road Women’s World Tour, and took home a bronze medal at the MTB World Championships in Cairns
Now the 25 year-old Frenchwoman once again adds cyclocross to her race program for the 2017/2018 winter and success has come quickly in one of her favourite disciplines.
Her goal for 2018? "I want to win a big road classic."
The 21 year-old current German road champion comes to the team with already a robust palmares, and big goals on her mind.
The team is a big opportunity for me as a rider to develop. I am really excited and motivated for a new adventure, to race with experienced riders and to learn from them. I can't wait to race with Trixi (Worrack) who is one of the most successful German riders.
My first goal of the season is to race well in the spring classics. Races like Ronde van Vlaanderen are a target. I also want to develop my individual and team time trial skills and CANYON//SRAM is a great team for that.
Being in CANYON//SRAM Racing gives me a lot of motivation. I'm going to be surrounded by inspiring people so I feel like together we can accomplish all of our goals.
One person can drive the other and that's the way to success in my eyes. I would love to maintain this great atmosphere through the entire season. Looking back on my cycling career, all of my great results were made when I was at my happiest, and that's exactly how I feel at CANYON//SRAM Racing.
Christa initially signed in a stagiaire role with the team in August 2017 before signing on for a full year contract with the team for 2018. The 19 year-old German said she’s felt part of the team right from the beginning.
I really like to race with the team and it’s been great to see how they've achieved their goals by working hard together. That's been inspiring and I want to experience that more. Not only the staff and riders are great, the equipment we use is fantastic!
I really want to learn more from my teammates, and improve myself to the top level so that I can contribute more to the team's efforts as well.
Christa has shown already she can hold her own in the highest company, placing third in the UCI 1.1 Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge in South Africa last year.
After signing for her third year with CANYON//SRAM Racing, the 23 year-old American talent said her goal for the 2018 season is simple: "To win a bike race."
The team has believed in me, my talents and my potential from the beginning. I believe that they can provide the best support for my future goals and the rider that I want to become. I want to continue the relationship so that's why I have re-signed with the team.
Leah Thorvilson, winner of the 2016 CANYON//SRAM Zwift Academy, an innovative talent identification path using the online Zwift cycling platform, re-signed with the team for the 2018 season.
It’s been an incredible journey and a totally surreal experience,” said Leah after her first season with the CANYON//SRAM Racing team. “Prior to Zwift Academy, I’d never have guessed this was possible. Fast forward 12 months and I feel I’m only just getting to grips with life in the peloton.
There’s still a lot for me to learn and I’ll be dedicating this winter to improving my technical skills, before returning to Europe in the springtime. I’m so grateful for the opportunity and I can’t wait to begin this next chapter with the team.
The most experienced rider Trixi Worrack is considered the key to many of the team’s successes. The current German individual time trial champion says she is looking to regain her form of two years ago, when her 2016 season was interrupted after a crash in Trofeo Binda Cittiglio race in Italy forced her to undergo emergency surgery to remove a kidney.
I made some good progress towards being back to that form in 2017. But I feel that I still have some room to improve and my goal is to achieve and go beyond that for this upcoming season. We have a nice group of riders and I like to be able to pass on my experience both on and off the bike, but especially in the team time trial discipline.