GB Cycling Team Rider Biography
Revised January 2015
 

Karen Darke

Current Team: Time-trial, Road Race
DOB: 25.06.1971 | From: Hebden Bridge, Halifax

Disability: Paralysed from T3 (chest down)
Classification:
H3

About Karen

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 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 ttrial and the bronze medal in the road race.

 

 

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Karen Darke: Selected Career Highlights to Date

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

London Paralympics, 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