Rachel Neylan

Born: 3 September, 1982

 

Current home town: Sydney, Australia & Lucca, Italy

 

Sport: Pro Road Cycling

 

Turned Pro: 2011

 

Team/club/representative: Professional rider for Team MOVISTAR, member Australian Cycling Team. Club Sydney Uni Velo

 

Major career achievements:

2012 World Championship Silver, 2016 Rio Olympian, 2016 GP Plumelec win, 2015 Trophee Dor winner, 2015 Cadel Evans Road Race winner, Bronze, Silver, Bronze National Championships 2012, 2015, 2016

 

Passions outside sport: Family and friends, good coffee, hiking, yoga, cooking km zero, satisfying my great curiosity about the world via podcasts & audiobooks!

 

Current brand partners: Movistar, Cook & Dowset, SEERTECH Solutions, USANA, AMR Renault, Chris Antico Fruit

 

Sporting hero: Roger Federer, Cathy Freeman

 

If I wasn’t an athlete, I would be…: A female version of Bruce McAvaney

After dabbling in rowing, triathlon and having been the physio for the Australian Rowing Team, it was a fateful google search led Rachel to a Women’s Cycling Talent ID program at the South Australian Sports Institute. In a bold leap of faith she relocated from Sydney to Adelaide and began training, effective immediately. It was certainly a case of jumping in the deep end, as Rachel had never even raced a bicycle!

Through tough rookie years, Rachel built her resilience. The words ‘Gutta Cavat Lapidem’ (‘Constant dripping wears away the stone’) echoed through every challenge became Rachel’s core philosophy. In September 2012, just five years after throwing herself into the world of elite cycling Rachel stood on the World Championships Podium with a Silver medal for Australia.

Rachel signed with Orica-Scott in March 2015 after winning the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and followed up with a win in the UCI tour Trophee D’or in August 2015, her first European win.

In August 2016 Rachel raced in the green and gold for Australia at the Rio Olympic Games and is looking forward to Tokyo 2020 where she hopes to once again stand on the podium as the anthem is played.