by Eva Lechner

She is one of two CLIF Pro Team athletes based in Europe. She’s a multi-time Italian national champion in mountain bike, cyclocross and road. She is also one of the few athletes to have won world cups in both mountain bike and cyclo cross, and has won a world championship in the mountain bike team relay. She joined the CLIF (then LUNA) Pro Team in 2016.

I am now in my 3rdyear of riding for Clif Pro Team and I was really excited when I heard that I would be able to design my own Louis Garneau jersey. Every detail on my jersey is something important in my life and has played a significant role in my cycling career.


I have loved horses since I was a child and always dreamt to own my own horse. So, one day, I just decided to take the leap and buy it. This was 9 years ago. I always wanted an Arabian horse, and now, my 4thone is on its way (my mare is having a foal).



On the lower back of the jersey is one of my favorite proverbs:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God,the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the wearyand increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary,and young men stumble and fall; those who hope in the LORD will renewtheir strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run andnot grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.- Isaiah 40:28-31

I had some really hard times behind me the past few years, with many emotional and physical ups and downs, but I still managed to do at least one great result each year. In 2016, I came to a point where I was no longer moving forward, and one month before the Rio Olympics, I got diagnosed as being over-trained and having physical burn out. The way back was so much longer than I had ever imagined or expected and it wasn’t easy to be patient.

During that time, this proverb was really important for me, as I was trying to be patient and to trust God to bring me back to the highest level.

Step by step, I got closer and closer to my previous feeling and was beginning to see the improvement in my fitness level. Over the years, I had forgotten how this felt and what regular strength and confidence were about. During the past winter (2017/2018), I finally managed to race a consistent season again and even managed to finish on the overall podium of the Cyclocross World Cup. That made me so happy and gave me lots of motivation for the MTB season.

I had found my excitement and love for this amazing sport again! I felt like an eagle, spreading its wings to soar. That’s why there is a flying eagle on the back of my jersey


Bike stuff

I started racing with my bike when I was 16 years old. I always loved cycling in general and always watched the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France with my dad as a kid. At the time, I was a big fan of Marco Pantani. Since I always got my sister hand-me-down bikes, I wanted a new bike of my own. So I went to work during the summer and with the money I saved up, I went to the bike shop and bought a new bike. There, in the bike shop, is where I met my first coach ever, and he invited me for a training ride. After that, he told me that if I wanted, I could do also races – and that was exactly what I wanted! Then, I didn't even know that mountain bike racing existed! I was super excited about it and I loved it from the very first moment. That's how it all started. I quickly had some great results as a junior and got a place in a pro team in my first year of U23. That was 17 years ago. So riding and racing my bike has been part of my life for over my half my life now. That is why I wanted some bike-related signs on the jersey!

Lunch box in the pocket

When I joined the Clif Pro Team after being on a European team, I was not used to the fact that everybody had to organize their own food during the day. Breakfast and dinner were never a problem, but I was struggling with lunch. At home, I always went to my mom’s house for lunch.

 So, my favorite question for the team was, “What’s the plan for lunch?”, which always made everyone laugh. So that had to be my trademark question.