Jan Christen is a Swiss athlete who was born on 26 June 2004 in Leuggern. Jan lives in Gippingen AG with his mother Jolanda, his father Sepp and his older brother Fabio. In his young career, it was almost a must for Jan as a young boy to take part in the Gippingen Cycling Days, which were always a highlight. He was very versatile and successful in his younger years, whether in cycling, football, athletics, floorball or triathlon. Since 2019, he has dedicated himself exclusively to his passion, “cycling”.
It seemed almost logical that Jan would choose cycling, because he comes from a cycling family. His grandfather Hans Schleuniger took part in the Tour de France in 1963. His mother Jolanda Christen – Schleuniger raced on the road and on the track. His father Josef Christen used to be a professional cyclist and was Swiss Elite Champion in 1994. His brother Fabio, who is two years older, is also a cyclist.
Jan had his international breakthrough at the 2022 World Cyclo-cross Championships in Arkansas, where he was crowned Junior World Champion after an incredible race. He then went on to win the European Championship on the road, the runner-up world title on the MTB and the four Swiss championship titles (cyclo-cross, track, time trial and MTB) in the same year.
In the meantime, Jan is known as one of the greatest young talents in cycling, especially because he is successful in several disciplines (road, cyclo-cross, MTB). He has already signed a long-term contract with UAE Team Emirates, which is considered one of the best teams in the world.
Discipline has always been one of Jan’s strengths, but to be successful also requires passion and an inner fire. This energy gives him the strength for every training session, every race and everything else that life has in store. No matter where Jan is at the start, his goal is to win, to be the best.
His life motto: “ATTACK YOUR DREAMS”, the same as that of his role model Andri Ragettli, ski freestyler and multiple overall World Cup winner.