There are not many cyclist who can say they rode for a team more than half of the years the team excists. At least, not when the team already excists for a longer periode. Thea Thorsen can. Team Hitec Products is now on its twelfth year and she rode seven seasons for the team. But how is it now with the 28 years old former cyclist from Norway? We asked her six questions.
In this corona period, we have some time to reflect and look back. With that, Team Hitec Products can look back on quite some history, as it is the oldest still existing UCI team in the peloton. A lot of riders raced for the team since 2019, both from Norway and a lot of other countries. How are they doing now? Every two weeks we look back with a former rider of the team. This time with Isabelle Söderberg.
Already on the road since 2009, Team Hitec Products is the oldest still existing UCI team in the peloton. A lot of riders rode for the team in those twelve years. To us, this corona period seems to be a good time to look back a bit. Therefor we start a new interview series in which we talk to former riders of the team. Starting with Norwegian Johanne Bergseth, who raced for the team in 2011 and 2012.
Together with Natalie Midtsveen, Silje Mathisen is one of the two young Norwegian riders that joined Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport for the 2020 season. Ending her junior years with an ninth place at the world championships, she now waiting to start racing again. “I haven’t raced yet, as I had some struggles with injuries this year. The team is patient with their riders and I am glad they are.”
One of the biggest goals of Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport is to help Norwegian talents to become better cyclists. This season there are six Norwegian riders in the team who are 21 years or younger. The youngest of them is Natalie Midtsveen. She is 18 years young and just started her first year is a senior rider. “Joining the team is a bit scary, but at the same time a fun opportunity to develop as a rider.”
The new season has started and with that, a lot of riders have made their debut for their new teams. At Team Hitec Products – Birk Sport there is no difference. We have four new riders compared to the team of 2019. In the upcoming weeks we will introduce them to you through some interview. Starting with Greta Richioud. “I immidiately had the idea I was entering a big family, where everyone is nice to each other.”