After competing in slalom kayaking at the 2012 London Summer Olympics during her final year of high school, Elise spent a year as a professional kayaker, before embarking on a six-year medical degree. Elise became a professional cyclist just two years ago and is rapidly rising to the top of her still new sport. Combining finishing her medical degree in 2019 with her first year as a professional cyclist, Elise showed her potential by winning the climbing classification at La Course by Le Tour de France. In her second year as a professional cyclist, Elise placed eleventh on the general classification at the Giro Rosa, thirteenth at the Ardennes classic Liége-Bastogne-Liége, and added Swiss road champion to her growing palmares.
“Since I started cycling, CANYON//SRAM Racing was one of the teams I always admired. It’s a team that has the same sponsors and a lot of the same staff and riders for a long time. That provides me with confidence about the future of this team,” said Elise.
“They race united and seem to be really a nice group with a good atmosphere. I signed for two years and I’m really happy about that because I know I’ll fit in this team and I’m happy that the team trusts me for the next two years. Also, the equipment is amazing and I can’t wait to ride with these bikes!”
Elise explained, “This season I improved a lot in terms of positioning and confidence in the bunch. After only two years, I proved that I can be among the best in every type of race, be in the final, and be really helpful for the team. I’m a lot more confident and now I can race in an aggressive way. I’m sure next season I can make another step and win some races.”
Asked what her goals will be for the 2021 season, Elise replied, “CANYON//SRAM have really strong riders and I’m sure I can bring something to help the leaders. I’m a type of rider that can be strong in almost every type of race and one of my big qualities is my mental strength. I always give 100% and the team can be dependent on me to go as deep as I can every race. My goals in 2021 are simple: keep developing myself as a rider, work on my confidence, ride in an aggressive way, and win some races with this team!”