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Mikkel's Story

Words: Chad Childers Stripes Date: 10 March 2019

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It’s one thing to win a World Championship anytime in one’s career, it’s almost unheard of to win a second, back-to-back, World Championship. All before you’re 21 years old. Which is precisely what Mikkel Bjerg did last year at the 2018 U23 Time Trial World Championships in Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria. He is the first rider in history to repeat in the event.

Bjerg described the feeling as “unbelievable.” His entire season had been dedicated to preparing to defend his World title. His arrival ten days before the race so that he could ride the course over and over again proved his determination. It paid off.

If winning a second World Championship was not enough, the 20-year-old Dane set a new Danish record while attempting the hour record. He finished 796 meters short of Sir Bradley Wiggins’ World Record. And thus, a new goal emerged for 2019: beat the hour record.

  • Language spoken: Danish, English, a bit of German, and a tiny bit of Spanish
  • Favorite app: Training Peaks
  • Favorite movie: The Big Short
  • Favorite actor or actress: Ryan Gosling
  • Favorite musical group: Ukendt Kunster
  • Race he someday like to win: Olympic Time Trial
  • After cycling, he would like to: Eat loads of good food and be able to wear a suit everyday
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2nd Chrono des Nations
2nd Chrono Champenois Masculin International
15th Gylne Gutuer GP
15th Gylne Gutuer
12th Lillehammer GP
2nd Hafjell GP
21st National Championships Denmark - Road Race
2nd National Championships Denmark - ITT
40th Giro Ciclistico d'Italia
18th Prologue
104th Stage 1
68th Stage 2
89th Stage 3
52nd Stage 4
32nd Stage 5
98th Stage 6
60th Stage 7
92nd Stage 8
3rd Stage 9b (ITT)
134th Stage 9a
33rd Grand Prix Priessnitz spa
48th Prologue
105th Stage 1
36th Stage 2
51st Stage 3
60th Amgen Tour of California
103rd Stage 1
71st Stage 2
91st Stage 3
6th Stage 4 (ITT)
82nd Stage 5
44th Stage 6
90th Stage 7
134th Le Tour de Bretagne Cycliste - Stage 1
128th Stage 2
41st Stage 3
75th Stage 4
68th Stage 5
0th Stage 6
110th Arno Wallaard Memorial
0th Danilith Nokere Koerse
1st Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen

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