Quick Facts

How acquired
Accident
Disability
Physical Impairment – Traumatic upper limb muscle injury
Sport
Cycling
Date of Birth
March 3, 1995
Home
Clifton Hill, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2013
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Richie Porte and Cadel Evans

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA

Greatest Moment

Cadel Evans winning the 2011 Tour de France

Bio

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 in 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 that Alistair’s love of cycling evolved into what it is today.

Skilled in road and track cycling and mountain bike riding, his progress was hindered in 2009 when he injured his right arm jumping from a tree into a creek, severing 70 per cent of his bicep and 90 per cent of his tricep.

Alistair underwent months of rehabilitation to be able to move his hand and wrist, with the goal of returning to cycling always at the forefront.

After relocating to Melbourne, Alistair was training with the Victorian cycling team when he met Australian Para-cyclist Michael Gallagher, who encouraged him to pursue a career in Para-cycling.

Making his international debut at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Canada, Alistair won bronze medals in the time trial and road race, a result he bettered at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where he won silver in the time trial and 4000m individual pursuit.

The Clifton Hill local considers Australian Cadel Evans’ 2011 Tour de France win his greatest ever sporting moment, and like his hero hopes to follow suit and also compete in the world-famous race.

Although cycling occupies most of his time, Alistair is a foodie and particularly enjoys cooking Spanish food. He loves to drink coffee, and through travelling for his sport has learnt how to order it in both 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