In 2007 Rachel Neylan, who was working as a leading physiotherapist for elite athletes in Australia, decided to put her career on hold and move from Sydney to Adelaide to chase her lifelong dream of becoming an Olympian. Almost a decade later that dream will come true as Neylan competes in the road race at her maiden Games at Rio 2016.
A member of the Orica/AIS Team, Neylan had her first taste of international glory when she won a silver medal at the 2012 World Road Cycling Championships, just five years after picking up the sport.
The 2015 season saw Neylan claim gold at the Trophée d'Or Féminin in France, win the inaugural Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, and take home silver from the National Championships.
Her strong form continued into 2016 and Neylan won gold at the Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan, the 109km one-day road race in France in May.
The Sydney-sider competed in over five sports before she discovered her knack for cycling as a 25-year-old. Prior to becoming a professional cyclist she completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy at Sydney University and was the physiotherapist for the Australian rowing team.
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Cycling - Road
Road Race Women
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.
- 3rd (road race) – 2016 Australian Championships (Buninyong, Australia)
- 2nd (road race) – 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Geelong, Australia)
- 1st (road race) – 2016 Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan (Plumelec, France)
- 11th (road race) – 2016 Auensteiner-Radsporttage (Germany)
- 1st (road race) – 2015 Trophée d'Or Féminin (France)
- Silver Medal - 2012 World Road Cycling Championships
- Overall Victory & Stage 2 Win Trophee D'Or Feminin 2015
- Silver - National Championships 2015 Winner - Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race 2015
- St Kevin's Eastwood
- St Patricks Marist College Dundas
- Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy - Sydney University (2000-2003)
Bradley McGee (2013 - Current)
Orica AIS Professional Womens Cycling Team
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
Sydney / Southern Highlands NSW
- The universe has a way of working itself out you just need to look, listen and believe
- Favourite food
- Local & organic produce!
- Favourite holiday destination
- South Coast, NSW or wherever friends and family are!
- Favourite music
- 90's grunge, punk & rock
- Dream car
- Range Rover Sport
- Personal Motto
- Gutta cavat lapidem - The drop hollows out the stone by frequent dropping, not by force; constant persistence gains the end.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- The perfect mango
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- 400m hurdles
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Sarah Carrigan's Gold in Athens 2004
- First Olympic Memory?
- Getting up to watch the marathon at 4am Barcelona 1992 - I was 10!
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My mother and father
- Why this sport?
- Physiological match, challenging, requires mental toughness, reward for effort, welcoming community, freedom.