Annika Langvad announced today that she is retiring from elite racing. She was going to finish her decade-long career with the World Championships, but a stomach bug has her sitting out the event and announcing her immediate retirement.
The 36-year-old Danish woman competed in her first XC World Cup ten years ago in England, where she finished 22nd. The following year, at the same venue, she finished second. From then, she's been a force on the international scene. Among her many accolades, Langvad is the 2016 XC World Champion, five-time Marathon XC World Champion, five-time winner of the Absa Cape Epic, 2015 Leadville 100 winner, and an Olympian. She finished second overall in the UCI World Rankings in 2016 and has over a dozen World Cup XC and Short Track podiums, including several wins. She's also seen success on the road with the Boels-Dolmans team and tried her hand at cyclocross, all while studying to become a dentist.
Despite being a fierce competitor and always a threat for the podium, her teammates and competitors are sad to see her go.
We'll miss seeing Langvad amongst the action in cross-country races, but we wish her the best of luck with the next chapter.