Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Erbs palsy
Date of Birth
March 3, 1995
Clifton Hill, VIC
Full time cyclist
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Richie Porte and Cadel Evans

Career Highlights

His 2014 Para-cycling Road World title and winning bronze in the U23 able-bodied team at the 2015 Australian Championships

Greatest Moment

Cadel Evans winning the Tour de France in 2011


For young gun Alistair Donohoe, sport has always played a big role in his life and nothing was going to stop him from pursuing his dreams – not even an accident at the age of 15 that almost cost him his right arm.

Growing up in the Northern Territory, Alistair followed the footsteps of his parents when he took up triathlon as a teen to keep active. While he always enjoyed the cycling element of the sport, it wasn’t until a local triathlete started a cycling club and encouraged him to join to keep his son company, that his love of cycling evolved.

In the following years, Alistair picked up all the skills he needed for road and track cycling and mountain biking. While his skills were developing at the same pace as his speeds, an accident in 2009 temporarily put his progress to a halt.

At the age of 15, Alistair was swimming with friends in a creek when he climbed up a tree nearby to jump in the water. While in the air, his arm got caught in a rope and severed 90 per cent of his tricep and 70 per cent of his bicep.

With severe nerve damage on top of his injured muscles, Alistair underwent months of rehabilitation to get his hand and wrist moving again and it was the goal of getting back on his bike that got him through the worst of it.

Back on track, with his star continuing to rise, his family relocated to Melbourne to give him more opportunities to compete and to finish his schooling. It was during a training session with the Victorian team that he met fellow Australian Para-cyclist Michael Gallagher who encouraged him to pursue a career in Para-cycling and to get classified.

In his first ever Para-cycling race, the 2013 Para-cycling Road World Championships in Canada, Alistair won bronze in the time trial and road race, and cemented his status as one of Australia’s top C5 cyclists.

Consumed by cycling, he lists Cadel Evans’ 2011 Tour de France win as his greatest sporting moment, and like his hero hopes to follow suit and compete in the world famous race.

While cycling takes up most of his time, Alistair is a foodie and in particular, enjoys cooking Spanish food. He loves to drink coffee and through travelling for his sport, has learnt how to order coffee in Spanish and Dutch.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: C5
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Team sprint (mixed) Classification: C5
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: C5
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road time trial Classification: C5