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An update from Paralympian cyclist Emily Petricola

Emily on bike
19 March 2020

On 13 January this year we introduced you to MS Australia Champion and paralympian cyclist Emily Petricola who talked to us about life with MS and training for Tokyo 2020.

We’ve been checking in with Emily from time-to-time and thought it was time for an update.  Like many athletes, Emily’s training has been a disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the postponement of a pre-Paralympic camp.

Results wise, Emily has been blitzing it! 

After crashing out of the cycling Road Nationals held in Ballarat in January this year, Emily managed to get herself on deck to travel to Canada for the 2020 UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada.

At this event Emily won gold in the individual pursuit, gold in the scratch race (a track cycling race in which all riders start together and the objective is simply to be first over the finish line after a certain number of laps) which secured her overall victory in the omnium (the multiple race event).

Great achievements Emily, our sincere congratulations!

To read all about this exciting event as reported by Cycling Australia and to see some great pics of Emily with her team mates, please visit: https://www.australiancyclingteam.com/news/para-petricolas-triple-rainbows-in-canada).

Emily and the rest of the Australian paracycling team are now preparing for the Road World Championships due to be held in Belgium in June, though understanding that this is an evolving situation and may not go ahead.

The Team are also continuing to prepare for Tokyo in the hope that it can go ahead. 

For our South Australian readers, you may have seen Emily and her teammates on Channel 7 Adelaide recently.  If you missed out, watch here: 

 

We love following Emily’s progress, sharing her successes and “crash outs” and especially love her way of speaking candidly and openly about her life with MS – a true MS Champion!

 

Read our first piece about Emily here: https://www.msaustralia.org.au/news-blogs/latest-news/paralympian-cyclist-emily-petricola-talks-ms-australia-about-life-ms-and