28 Jun 2018

Switzerland's fearless champion - Jolanda Neff

Switzerland has a habit of producing fantastic cyclists such as Fabian Cancellara, Hugo Koblet and Ferdy Kubler, but there is one more notable addition, Jolanda Neff, and her weapon of choice is the mountain bike.

The country’s stunning landscapes, rocky descents and hidden single tracks make for a prime location for mountain biking and it seems to have bred a blonde pony-tailed phenomenon.

Neff has been cycling up and down the Swiss mountains since she was a child, competing in her first mountain bike race aged just six years old.

Her father, Markus, was also a mountain biker and a World Championship silver medal winner, he got Jolanda on the bike from a young age and since then she has kept on winning.

Today, she is a cycling sensation winning European and World titles for fun.

Here is everything you need to know about Switzerland’s fearless champion:

DOB – 05/01/1993

HOME CITY – Thal, Switzerland

She was the overall winner of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in 2014 and 2015 as well as triple U23 Mountain Bike World Champion (2012, 2013 and 2014)

At the 2017 UCI World Championship in Cairns she became the elite world champion.

In June 2015, she won the first gold medal for Switzerland in the women’s cross-country event at the 2015 European Games in Baku.

Neff also competes on the road for Servetto Footon and, later the same month, she went on to win the Swiss National Road Race Championships.

She also won the Mountain Bike Marathon World Championship in 2016 and Mountain Bike XCO World Championship in 2017.

Biggest World success – Gold in cross-country at the 2017 World Championships Val di Sole, Italy

Biggest European success – Gold at the European Championships 2015 and 2016

Professional team – Kroos Racing Team

Number of career golds - 14

Interesting fact – Jolanda’s parents are her main coaches, her father for mountain biking and her mother for core stability and strength.

We hope to see Jolanda thrashing down the spectacular Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails in August and no doubt create more history in her flourishing career.

You can watch the un-ticketed event on the 7th August.