Date of birth: 11/04/1992
Height: 174 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Hobbies: Listening to music, being with friends, art, cooking
Social media: www.facebook.com/helen.grobert/
Helen comes from an athletic family. Her love of animals was clear in her love for her pony, when her first MTB training was still far away. Horses were her first priority during the week, before a friend started to take her to MTB training on the weekends.
After just a year, she became German Champion in the U17 category and confirmed her talent. Her enthusiasm for her “new” sport has continued until now and is not only based on the successes she has been able to achieve: “Action, power and the entire outdoor realm”, she says. “I enjoy this sport so much: I’m constantly fascinated by the opportunity to test my limits and constantly improve”.
At the age of 16, Helen moved away from the small town of Remetschwiel in the Black Forest in order to complete her secondary school studies at an sports boarding school in Freiburg. She admits that “without the support of the teachers, graduating would have been a little hairy”, but it worked out in the end. Soon, training and competitions became more important to her. At the time, the Lexware Racing Team laid down the foundation for her subsequent success. Her athletic success continued to improve and in her first year as a junior, she narrowly missed a World Championship medal by finishing in fourth place, and was able to win the bronze in her second year.
The girl from Southern Black Forest still enjoys Freiburg and also values the proximity to her family, which has supported her from the very beginning. Her siblings still accompany her often to training camps. Helen has now switched to the Focus XC Team.
While she celebrated her biggest success last year, she also experienced perhaps the saddest moment of her young career. Two days before the World Cup final, her former team-mate Annefleur crashed during training. After this sad news, Helen celebrated her second U23 World Cup victory in tears and dedicated it to her deceased colleague. Today Helen is a soldier in the Todnau/Fahl sports promotion group. Part of this year's military training is non-commissioned officer training, which focuses on education. “I hope that I pass my course and can concentrate fully on the new challenges with my fantastic new team. GHOST is right up there among the big names of racing: whether it is world-class downhill athletes or the GHOST Factory Racing Team in cross-country. Not only because of its one-of-a-kind equipment, but especially because of its unique spirit, GHOST is one of the Top names in XC sports for all athletes and I have been following the success of the girls for many years. To be able to belong to the team itself is the next step in my career. The entire team has welcomed me with open arms and after our first get-together, I was immediately convinced that we’ll have a lot of fun together and that I made the right decision.”
First place German Championships
First place Bundesliga Overall
First place World Cup Cairns U23
First place World Cup Meribel U23
First place World Cup Overall U23
First place German Championships U23
Third place European Championships U23
Third place German Championships Sprint U23
Fourth place World Cup Overall U23
"My racing bike is also my all-time favourite bike. It's so fast, incredibly light, precise and also looks classy: it’s my number one choice, without doubt. The LECTOR is just the perfect racing bike for everything, and the UC version is ready for World Cup level racing from the outset!”