Sunday, 1 December 2013

Daily Cycling Facts 01.12.2013

Alex Rhodes, born today in 1984
(image: GSL CC BY-SA 2.5
Alex Rhodes was born on this day in 1984 in Alice Springs. After a very promising early track career, Alex was seriously injured in a road accident in 2005 that led to the death of team-mate Amy Gillett, but she returned the following year to win one stage of the Bay Classic and two bronze medals at the Australian National Track Championships. Since then, she has won three more stages at the Bay Classic and a bronze at the National Time Trial Championships. In 2011, she came 5th overall in the Ladies' Tour of Qatar and became Australian Elite Road Race Champion, then in 2012, she became National Criterium Champion, was seventh overall at the Tour of Qatar and ninth at the Chrono de Gatineau. She rode that year for GreenEDGE, and was a part of the squad that came second at the Open de Suede Vargarda, the Holland Ladies' Tour and the World Championships.

David Nicholas, born in Rockampton, Australia on this day in 1991, won the gold medal for the Individual Time Trial and a bronze in the Individual Road Race at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Born with cerebral palsy, he also competes in karate competitions.

Other cyclists born on this day: Eduard Vorganov (Russia, 1982); Matthew J. Feiner (USA, 1963); Radim Kořínek (Czechoslovakia, 1973); John Bugeja (Malta, 1932); Uwe Nepp (Germany, 1966); David Dibben (Cayman Islands, 1959); Fons van Katwijk (Netherlands, 1951); Pietro Bestetti (Italy, 1898, died 1936); Eddie Testa (USA, 1910, died 1998).