Learn more about Jolanda’s path to the top
Born in Altstätten, St.Gallen, Switzerland on January 5th
First mountain bike race (and first win). Happy family times!
Racing the skills parcours at Swiss Bike Cups and lap races at regional races
6 years of xco racing at Swiss Bike Cups (winning the overall 5 times, accumulating 50 wins), many local races. Training group at home with the coolest kids group under the guidance of my parents
First international racing experience in the U19 (juniors) category. The 2010 European Championships in Haifa, Israel (my first trip in an airplane!) and World Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada, were an unforgettable experience! We got to race Junior World Cups where I could win in Champéry, Switzerland, and Val di Sole, Italy.
In 2011, the European Championships took place in Dohnany, Slovakia (my first championships win!) and World Championships in Champéry, Switzerland. I could collect three World Cup wins in Offenburg, Germany; Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic; Val di Sole, Italy.
In summer 2011, I finished my school education with the “Matura” diploma at the Kantonsschule am Burggraben St.Gallen. My main subject was Latin.
I became U23 World Champion - in my first year! The 4-year-span of the category usually favors older, stronger riders, but I managed to win it all in my first year. Swiss Champion, European Champion in Moscow, Russia, as well as World Champion in Saalfelden, Austria. In the World Cup series, I won 3 rounds: Nove Mesto Na Morave, Czech Republic; Windham, USA (photo); and Val d’Isère, France. My dad was with me on all trips as my mechanic, training partner and coach. My mum was often with us too, keeping all things in check and making sure the show is running smoothly.
Leading up to the season 2012, I spent three months in New Zealand. It was my first year without school and I couldn’t wait to discover the world and travel! I even got to do some racing and met lots of fun people who love to ride bikes.
Stepping up to elite level at the world cup circuit was an opportunity I was longing for for years. I took it with both hands and finished 6th overall in the elite ranking. At the championships I raced in the U23 class. I could claim the gold medal and world champion title for the second year running in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (photo).
During the winter 2012-2013 I did the Swiss Sports Army, 18 weeks of education (formation, shooting, first aid, etc.) and training in Magglingen with courses in media training, mental training, nutrition, recovery, massage and an education for military sports teacher. It was an intense and entertaining time.
My second year aboard the Liv Racing Team meant all pieces fell into place. I could learn a lot from all my team mates: Maja (photo), Fabi, Michiel, Emil. As the youngest rider in the history of the sport, I won the Overall World Cup title in the elite ranks. In the U23 class, I won my third straight world champion title.
In 2014 Edi Telser became our national coach at the Swiss Cycling federation. It was the first time we had a women’s specific national coach and therefore a big step for us. Until today, Edi is working in this position.
For the second year in a row I could win the overall world cup! This title brought my total world cup win count up to 6. I still belonged to the U23 class in championships, but thanks to my 3 previous wins at world championships, the UCI gave me a very special permission to race in the Elite class, something they have never done before. I won the European Championships! In the elite class. At world championships in Andorra, I suffered from a bronchitis but still finished the race in 9th place.
I won the European Games in Baku, Aserbaidschan (photo). It was the first (and last) time we got to do this event. We had a great time with the Swiss team.
That year, I did some road racing and won the Swiss championships (what a race!) which earned me a spot on the national team for world championships. So once the MTB season was done, I flew to the United States where I raced the road world championships in Richmond, Virginia. I finished in the leading group in 9th place.
At the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I brought home a 8th place in the road race and a 6th place in the mountainbike race.
I won two MTB World Cup rounds that year in La Bresse, France (photo; starting from 3rd row, had a crash, flat tyre and still won solo…) and Vallnord, Andorra, as well as the European Championships in Jöngköping, Sweden.
I’ve never done a marathon race before until that year in Riva del Garda, Italy, where I won, and then at the marathon world championships in Laissac, France, where I won the gold medal.
On the road, I won the GC of the Tour of Poland and finished on 3rd place at the world tour race Trofeo Alfredo Binda in Cittiglio, Italy. It was a packed year filled with many wins at international XCO races as well.
World Champion! In Cairns, Australia, I won the rainbow stripes and the gold medal in the Elite XCO race. Two weeks before that, I already won the final round of the world cup series in Val di Sole, Italy.
My build up to this year was way different than anything before because after the Games in 2016 I started studying at the university in Zurich (history, English literature and French literature).
Racing a full year in the world champion stripes was fantastic. I made the most of it and won the overall world cup for the third time! The Kross Racing Team was home to me this year and therefore my friend Maja was by my side. It was a good year!!
At the European championships in Glasgow, Scotland, I won my third title. At world championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, I wasn’t at my best anymore after a knee injury and finished on 4th place.
This year I decided to do some road racing again, which brought me another Swiss champion title and a participation at the road world championships in Innsbruck, Austria.
2nd place in the overall world cup, 2nd place at world championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada. 1st place at Swiss championships and 1st place at European championships in Brun, Czech Republic.
My first year aboard the Trek Factory Racing Team was a big change for me.
For the second year running I did some cyclocross racing during winter before the MTB season. I finished the world championships in Bogense, Denmark, on 5th place.
Swiss Champion for the 6th time after coming back from a life-threatening injury in December 2019. 6th place at World Championships in Leogang, Austria. It was a very short season due to Covid-19.
OLYMPIC CHAMPION! Trust the timing of your life.
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, I raced one of the best races of my life including technical perfection, fantastic shape and an amazing mindset. Only 6 weeks before the event I broke two bones in my left hand during the world cup race in Leogang, Austria. I still finished that race in 4th place and knew exactly what I wanted to do the next 6 weeks - and did it! It rained the day of our race and the whole universe came together to make it happen.
All of this was only possible thanks to the amazing people who are with me every day and have been working with me for years, most of all my family, my team and the Swiss Cycling federation. Thank you to every single one! Thanks to my amazing fans for all your support full of energy, your cheering, and your love for mountainbiking. Let’s gooooo!
Here we go!