It was with great sadness that the Great Britain Cycling Team received the news that Liz Clarke-Saul passed away on Monday 20th July.
Liz had an incredibly rare form of bone cancer called adamantinoma, and she was first diagnosed with this at the age of 12. At the age of 14, the disease resulted in Liz having her leg amputated.
Liz joined the Great Britain team in June 2014, and in 2015 she won the bronze medal in the C4 road race at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Liz also represented her country at the 2015 UCI Para-Cycling Road and 2016 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships.
Liz credited her health and fitness as standing her in good stead and allowing her to live her life more fully. Unfortunately in 2018, the news came that the cancer had returned and was incurable preventing her from competing at the 2018 UCI Road World Championships for which she had been selected.
Liz married her partner Jack in July 2018 and set up the Liz Clarke-Saul fund to raise money to support pioneering research into adamantinoma. The webpage demonstrates Liz’s personality via the words she had written about her disease and her remarkable charity work.
Jon Pett, Head of Para-cycling, said: “Liz was a valued member of the para-cycling squad since she joined us in June 2014, and I know I speak for all of the para-cycling staff when I say she was a pleasure to work with.
She was a great person to have on the team – always happy, always upbeat and an amazing attitude towards life, despite everything she was facing.
“The Great Britain team riders and staff who worked with Liz have been saddened by the news, but I know it will make us more determined than ever to perform to the best of our ability, in Liz’s memory.
“Our thoughts at this time are with Liz’s husband Jack and her family.”