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Stories of Commitment: Linda Indergand
When Linda Indergand says her whole life has been leading to this moment, she means it literally. According to her father, Linda’s professional mountain bike career began in Selden, Switzerland the moment she stepped onto her first podium. She was six years old and she has been laser-focused on racing ever since.
Over the past 22 years, Linda has had her fair share of ups and downs–as any athlete who has had such an enduring career would. As a young cyclist growing up in Switzerland, she had the opportunity to pursue and achieve success across disciplines. Early in her career, Linda earned multiple Swiss National Championship titles, won junior XC and elite XC eliminator World Championships, and scored several international podiums. In 2016, at just 22 years old, Linda broke onto the scene with a second-place finish in her first elite World Cup in Cairns, Australia. The result set her on a path to represent Switzerland in the Rio Olympics later that year, where she finished 8th among the best XC MTB athletes in the world.
After another XC eliminator World Championship title and finishing fifth overall in the 2017 World Cup season, Linda’s results were a bit more modest. A tenth-place finish at the 2019 World Championship race sparked hope for a return to the top, which was swiftly swept away when the COVID-19 pandemic canceled nearly all of the race season in 2020.
But Linda’s passion for mountain biking doesn’t hinge on results–her roots run deeper than that. Her commitment to the sport isn’t fueled by podiums, but by the feeling of moving in nature. She’s motivated by the support of her family and community. And that motivation and dedication to her craft didn’t stop when the races did in 2020; in fact, it grew stronger.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say. When the 2021 World Cup season began in Albstadt, Linda Indergand sprinted away from the world’s top-ranked women on what was nearly a solo victory. With that second-place finish, it was obvious that a fire was lit and it continues to burn as Linda prepares to compete–once again– on the world’s biggest stage.