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Top 5 tips to get started in road cycling from golden girl Annika Zeyen

Top 5 tips to get started in road cycling from golden girl Annika Zeyen

Germany’s multi-sport athlete Annika Zeyen has a total of five Paralympic medals, including two in cycling from Tokyo 2020. How do you go from a…

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Germany’s multi-sport athlete Annika Zeyen has a total of five Paralympic medals, including two in cycling from Tokyo 2020. How do you go from a casual weekend cyclist to a racing champion?

Paralympic gold medallist Annika Zeyen knows firsthand what it’s like to make that switch and is ready to share her secrets.

The German athlete began her Para sports journey as a wheelchair basketball player and has competed in the sport at four Paralympic Games from 2004 to 2016. The highlights along that journey included a gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympics and two silver medals, from Beijing and Rio.

After Rio 2016, where Zeyen was also a flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony, she decided to leave wheelchair basketball, but remained active, competing in wheelchair racing and going for recreational bike rides.

When a nerve injury made it difficult for Zeyen to move her arm backwards, handcycling became her primary sport. She started to compete in road races in 2019 – and has been unbeatable ever since.

The same year that Zeyen made her international debut, she won a world title in the women’s H3 road race. Even a major setback like breaking her foot leading up to the 2019 event did not ruin her result. At the 2021 edition of the World Championships, Zeyen defended her road race title and picked up a full set of medals.

At Tokyo 2020, she celebrated winning her first individual gold medal at a Paralympic Games, in the women’s H1-3 time trial, and also took a […]

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