Name: Gracie Elvin
D.O.B: 31 October 1988
Home Town/State/Country: Canberra ACT Australia
Occupation: Student – Studying for Bachelor of Science at the University of Canberra, Majoring in Nutrition and Physiology
Previous sports: Athletics, Horse Riding, Cross Country Mountain Biking(MTB)
Current Discipline: Road Cycling
Current Team: ORICA Bike Exchange
Home Club: Canberra Cycling Club
· 2009 DiscoverTasmania.com National MTB Team
· 2012 Jaco-AIS National Women’s Road Cycling Team
· 2012 Faren-Honda Professional Women’s Team
· 2002 – 2008, David Elvin
· 2008 – 2016, Personal Coach, Neil Ross
. 2012 – 2013 Team Coaches, Martin Barras and David McPartland
· 2014 – 2016 Team Coaches, Martin Barras and Gene Bates
· Riding bikes since: Forever!
Career Highlights (chronological order)
· U23 National MTB Champion
. First MTB World Cup podium – Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (3rd U23) 2009
· Selected for 2012 AIS Road Cycling Scholarship
. 5th Open Women National Road Cycling Championships, Ballarat, 2012
· 2nd Santos Women’s Cup Crit, Prospect, 2012
· 2nd Oceania ITT Championships, Queenstown, 2012
· 1st Oceania Road Race Championships, Queenstown, 2012
· 2nd Omloop van Borsele 2012
· 2nd Stage 5 Gracia Orlova Tour, Czech Republic, 2012
· Mid-season signing to Faren-Honda Professional Womens Team, 2012
· Completion of my first Giro d’Italia, 2012
· Signing to ORICA-AIS, 2013
· 1st Australian National Road Championships, Ballarat 2013
. 2nd Stage 2 Tour of Qatar, 2013
. Member of Australian Woman’s Road team, World Championships, Florence 2013
. 1st Australian National Road Championships, Ballarat 2014
. Participated in La Course, Paris 2014
. 6th Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014
To represent Australia at Olympic Games and World Championships. I also want to be a good role model to younger riders coming through the sport, and be able to help them with my own experiences in the future.
Hobbies and Interests
Mountain biking, walking, cooking, socialising, reading, movies, fashion and magazines, music, learning Italian.
Cycling of all kinds, sharing good food and coffee with family and friends.
Why road cycling
I love the challenges of the sport; you not only have to be super fit but also know how to predict the race and work as a team.
Definitely the crashes. The road is never kind to you when you hit it at 40km/h!
Worst career moment
Two major crashes: one in 2009 where I smashed my right hand when it got caught in my front wheel at over 40km/hr and required two operations and physio; and the other in 2010 where I managed a grade 5 dislocation of my AC joint in my right shoulder requiring an operation and lots of physio.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, Italian and Japanese, and of course I can’t deny chocolate…
A huge variety of old and new, it depends what mood I am in!
Most respected bike riders
Those who go out and do their best, and not make excuses if they have a bad day, and those who selflessly ride for their team mates day in day out.
Advice to beginners
Be confident in yourself and don’t worry about everyone else. Have your own routines and be self reliant, but most of all make sure you are loving every minute of it!
Typical training week
A mix of long road rides and short intense sessions, strength and flexibility work, with between 15-20 hrs devoted to training, dependent on the phase I am in.
Objectives for this season
Be a valuable rider for ORICA-AIS. Win some podiums in Europe and be selected for the World Championships.
Favourite saying: “You make your own luck.”