Welcome to the introduction of the sixth #Ride2Unite livestream that will take place on We Love Cycling Instagram on Wednesday 17th June at 6 PM (CET). We are bound to gather and present inspiring stories, advice and life paths for the cycling community and this time, we’ll give you one uplifting and admirable personality: Jenny Rissveds, a Swedish cross-country mountainbike rider and Olympic champion. The stream is once and again hosted by Spanish sports journalist Laura Meseguer.

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Jenny won the under-23 world title and gold at the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro in 2016. At just 22 years old, she was at the height of her powers as the fastest-rising talent of mountain biking and nothing seemed to stand in her way. Then 2017 came and Rissveds broke her contract with former team Scott-SRAM and practically disappeared from the sport. She then made an impressive comeback on the cycling scene with a victory at the 2019 MTB World Cup in Lenzerheide after a two-year absence from the sport she took to focus on her mental health. She cited an eating disorder, competitive stress and bouts of a deep depression following a disagreement with the Swedish Cycling Federation combined with the loss of her two grandfathers. The Olympic champion returned to competition in spring 2019 with her very own outfit Team 31, supported by Specialized, Shimano and Thule, named after the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights article 31 that promotes child rights.

Jenny Rissveds of Sweden reacts after winning the UCI Cross Country Mountain Bike World Cup race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, 11 August 2019. © Profimedia

She’s been very open about her mental health struggles and the battle with one’s greatest critic: oneself. Jenny’s an inspiration to all with her unwavering belief in a simple claim: “Never give up. Never.”

You can expect an interview livestream full of honesty, hard work, inspirational quotes and encouragement, training and motivation advice and much more. As mentioned above, tune in on Wednesday 17th June at 6 PM (CET), you wouldn’t want to miss this one.

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