Karen Darke

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Karen Darke

Revised: September 2016

Current Team
Time-trial, Road Race
DOB
25/06/1971
From
Hebden Bridge, Halifax
Social Links
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Karen's Profile

Disability

Paralysed from T3 (chest down)

Classification

H3

Karen has been a keen athlete from a young age. She climbed Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn in 1981 and won the KIMM Swiss Marathon in 1992. Then in 1993, aged just 21, she fell 10 metres whilst climbing and was paralysed from the chest down.

Karen has not allowed her disability to stop her from doing what she loves and she has continued to embrace her adventurous gene by hand-biking across the length of Japan in 2000, skiing across Greenland in 2006 and climbing El Capitan in 2007.

Prior to becoming a full time athlete, she was self employed as a coach and completed a geology PHD in 1996.

Karen started racing on the hand-bike in 2009 and was soon spotted by Great Britain coaches and invited to join the Great Britain Para-Cycling Team in December 2010.

At the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Karen crossed the line hand-in-hand with teammate Rachel Morris in the road race and was awarded fourth place.

Karen went on to win the silver medal in the time-trial event. At the first round of the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup series in Italy, Karen won the time trial gold medal and in the second round in Spain she won bronze in both the road race and time-trial events.

At the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina Karen won the silver medal in the time trial and the bronze medal in the road race.

Darke just missed out on the medals at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland, finishing fourth in both the time trial and road race.

She had more success in the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup in 2015, winning four medals over the three rounds: silver in the time trial in Switzerland, bronze in the road race in Italy and two silver medals in the road race and time trial in South Africa.

Karen returned to international competition at the 2016 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup in Ostend, Belgium, winning two medals, a silver in the time-trial and a bronze in the road race.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2016

UCI para-cycling Road World Cup, Ostend (Belgium)
Silver, Time trial
Bronze, Road race

Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Gold, Time trial

2015

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Maniago (Italy)
Bronze, Road race

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Yverdon-les-Bains (Switzerland)
Silver, Time trial

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Pietermaritzburg (South Africa)
Silver, Road race
Silver, Time trial

2014

UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Greenville (USA)
Silver, Time trial
Bronze - Road race

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain)
Bronze, Road race
Bronze, Time trial

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Castiglione Della Pescaia (Italy)
Gold, Time trial

2012

Paralympic Games, London (UK)
Silver, Time trial

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain)
Silver, Road race
Silver, Time trial

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Rome (Italy)
Bronze, Road race
Silver, Time trial

2011

UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Roskilde (Denmark)
Bronze, Time trial
Bronze, Road race

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Segovia (Spain)
Silver, Time trial
Silver, Road race

UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup, Sydney (Australia)

Silver, Time trial


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