Tanja Žakelj is one of the fastest females mountain bikers on the planet. She had great career till 2013, after that her results went through the roof. After podium finish in Albstadt she won World Cup races in Czech Republic and Italy, grabbed the white jersey of the World Cup leader and never took it off. Her 2014 season was equally impressive with 3rd place overall in the World Cup and her second consecutive European XCO title. 2015 and 2016 seasons were full of top-10 results in the World Cup and two new national titles. A lot of great results couldn’t hide disappointment on some races, but she qualified for Rio, came back from Brasil with 13th place, and finished the 2016 campaign with 7th and 8th place in MSA and Vallnord.

Hometown: Ledine, Slovenia
Racing: Cross-Country
Date of birth: 15th September 1988

Personal website: www.tanjazakelj.com

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Racing carrer highlights:


  • Olympic Games Rio 2016 - 13th
  • World Championships Nove Mesto (Czech Republic) – 22nd
  • UCI MTB World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne - 7th
  • UCI MTB World Cup Andorra/Vallnord - 8th
  • UCI MTB World Cup Lenzerheide - 16th
  • National XCO Championships (Slovenia) – 1st
  • European XCO Championships (Sweden) – 7th
  • Kamenjak Rocky Trails, UCI C1 (Croatia) - 1st
  • XC Kamnik, UCI C1 (Slovenia) – 1st
  • MTB Parenzana (Croatia) - 1st
  • Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race 2016 - 3rd


  • UCI MTB World Cup Windham - 6th
  • UCI MTB World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne - 9th
  • UCI MTB World Cup Val di Sole - 13th
  • UCI MTB World Cup Nove Mesto na Morave - 15th
  • European XCO Championships Alpago - 4th
  • Slovenian XCO Championships - 1st
  • Jelenia Gora Trophy (Poland) - 3rd
  • XCO Samobor (Croatia) - 2nd
  • XCO Premantura Rocky Trail (Croatia) - 1st
  • Grazer Bike-Opening Stattegg (Austria) - 1st
  • Kamptal-Kasssik-Trophy (Austria) - 6th
  • Andalucia Bike Race (Spain) - 2nd overall, 1st in stage 4 & 5
  • European XCO Champion (St. Wendel)
  • 4th on the UCI MTB World Championships in Hafjell
  • 3rd overall in the UCI MTB World Cup XCO
  • Best UCI World Cup results – 2nd at Windham, 4th at Albstadt, 5th at Cairns, 6th at Mont-Sainte-Anne


  • Overall UCI MTB World Cup winner XCO women elite
  • 5th place on UCI MTB World Championships in Pietermaritzburg
  • European XCO Champion (Bern)
  • 1st place at the World Cup XCO events in Nove Mesto and Val di Sole


  • 10th on Olympic Games


  • 3rd on European XCO Championships


  • 4th on World XCO Championships
  • 3rd on European XCO Championship
  • U23 World Cup – 1st at Val di Sole & Windham, 2nd at Houffalize, Offenburg & Champery


  • XCO U23 World Champion, U23 European Vice-Champion


  • XCO World and European Junior Champion


  • 3rd Junior on World XCO Championships

Gallery (photos by Grega Stopar, Klemen Humar & Keith Valentine)