The Cycle Sierra Nevada Scholarship Program was developed as a way to sponsor young cyclists that may not have opportunity or financial capacity to avail of a cycling training camp. In this section we take 5 minutes for a quick chat with one of the applicants selected for the 2016 program.

Eirik Kinserdal - NORWAY

Who are you?

I am a 16 years old, I will turn 17 on the 20th of December, cyclist from the small town Øvre Årdal in western Norway.

What team do you ride for?

I am riding for the Norwegian cycling club Sogn CK.

Why did you start cycling?

I started cycling because I like putting in the work and see that it actually makes a difference. Cycling is a sport where you really can use the phrase "hard work pays off".

Have you any other sporting backgrounds?

I have been running a bit, but that's about it. I have also played a bit of football and handball but those kinds of sport don't really suit me.

What types of cycling do you do and what do you enjoy about each?

I basically do road racing and participate in those races that I can, but the harder the better. I really like tough hilly circuits where you can see who really has the legs, not just the head with them.

How many bikes do you own?

I own three bikes, but I miss a time-trial bike.

Favourite piece of cycling equipment/kit?:

My favorite piece has to be the Garmin edge unit, because it views my heart rate and my power in real time, and thats good to know.

Your greatest achievements on a bicycle?

My greatest achievements have to be finishing consistently among the top 20 juniors in the peloton, but I really hope that there is a lot more to come.


Your cycling heroes?

I kind of like the best GC riders, but if I had to choose Id have to pick Alberto Contador.

Your favourite training route/coffee stop?

Where I live I don't have too much to choose from, but my favorite has to be riding in the mountains in summer, because time really flies by when you are climbing.

What music do you like?

I really don't have any favorite music. I listen to what finds me at the moment.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?

There is not very much more to say about me, actually, but I like long and steady climbs, if I am in great shape though ;-) .

Hopes and plans for the future?

I hope to continue my good work and keep developing and I will do my very best to perform as good as possible.