Bobby & Jens: Magnus Sheffield

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As a junior cyclist, Magnus Sheffield wasn’t exactly on the international radar. That all changed at the 2019 World Road Championships, where the 17-year-old American left an indelible mark by finishing third in the junior road race. Since then his career has been on an upward trajectory and the 19-year-old is set to start the WorldTour next season with the Ineos Grenadiers.

But before signing with one of the perennial powerhouses of professional cycling, he first had to find his way on the bike. Magnus takes us through his early sports career, which involved a lot less cycling than you might think. “My mother is from Norway, so it was only natural that I was born with skis, practically,” he said.

Having started skiing at the age of two, Magnus quickly turned to ski racing, which became a major concern in his early teens. He explained how he started cycling and how cycling eventually overtook skiing. It’s a story comparable to the start of co-host Bobby Julich’s athletic career.

The discussion later turned to his resounding success at the world championships and the challenges he faced soon after as a young athlete during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, he stayed motivated by focusing on the junior individual pursuit world record, a feat that ultimately took months to pull off. “The logistics of organizing such an event were far superior to what I expected,” he says.

And the big news in Magnus’ life recently is his three-year contract with the Ineos Grenadiers, one of the best, if not the best, teams on the WorldTour. “This is the team I’ve always wanted to be a part of,” he said. He explained how this deal came about and how the team is a good candidate to support their goals.

Listen to the latest episode of Bobby & Jens for the full conversation.

Bobby & Jens is a weekly VeloNews podcast offered by Zwift. It features former pros Bobby Julich and Jens Voigt and features conversations with top athletes, coaches, emerging stars and other journalists from the wider world of cycling. A new episode comes out every Friday. Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts.

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