The end of a long adventure

I would like to thank some of those who made it possible. Thanks SweCycling and particularly great Lena. Thanks POC for helmet and racing apparel. Thanks SKF for fast bearings. Thanks Sportson for mechanical assistance. Thanks dad, Eva, Per and Inger who travelled around half the globe to cheer in Rio. Thanks to Michael and my wonderful colleagues in the national team. Thank Swedish Paralympic Committee. Thank you mom. Thanks to the world’s best Klara.

…and thanks to all of you who cheered from home!

Rio2016 Handcyclist Anders Bäckman

Paralympics Rio – Road race

Second and last race in Rio – road race 45 km. Felt great and was in the bronze position with 200 meters left. In the moment after that, the dream of a medal vanished.

Too close.

4th in the Rio2016 TT

Time trial in Rio finished. Felt awesome but had a mechanical problem and had to stop after the start and then ride the whole race in the heaviest gear without being able to switch.

Pushed hard and felt like a strongman. Ended up 4th! FOURTH PLACE! Despite riding single speed heaviest gear!

Paralympics Rio Time Trial Anders Bäckman

TV Sportnytt – Focus on Rio

Swedish Television with a coverage in preparation for the upcoming Paralympics.

Preparation for Rio in Finland

Germany and Belgium

The international season started with a Euro Cup in Cologne, Germany where I placed no 1 in both the time trial and road race. Very happy about that! Then we went to Ostend, Belgium for the road race. Placed 5th in both time trial and the road race. Decent result considering the time of season. Next up will be the swedish internationals and then the World Cup in the Basque Country.

Belgium-1 Belgium-2 Belgium-3 Belgium-4 Belgium-5

Awarded by Swedish Radio

I recently got nominated to a fine award from Swedish Radio called “Årets Stjärnskott”. Each year the nominate the fastest rising stars in swedish parasport. Today it got official that I did win this award! This has gotten coverage in all SR:s radio stations so a lot of traction and cheers from a lot of people. Thank you all!

SR - Radiosportens pris Anders Bäckman Årets Stjärnskott 2015

Cykla

The magazine Cykla went out today with a new issue including this article.

Cykla

Radio SR

Interview about cycling and my path to Rio. Spread through channel SR P4.

Radiosporten

TV – MTB training & Paralympics

Swedish national television SVT Sportnytt about MTB training and Rio.

Qualified for Rio 2016

Now it’s finally official. I’m going to Rio for the Paralympics next year! I’ve been chosen by the Swedish Paralympic Commitee in the first selection round as 1 of only 4 individual athletes (all sports included) to compete in Rio.

I feel very honored and excited. This is as big as it gets and the world will be watching. Today it’s almost exactly one year until the games begins. I can’t wait!

Qualified for Rio

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