Athletes

Mark Colbourne MBE

Mark made his Paralympic debut at London 2012, winning a gold and two silver medals.

  • Events:
    Cycling
  • Home Town:
    Tredegar
  • Lives:
    Tredegar, Monmouthshire
  • Trains:
    Para T, Abergavenny
  • Date Of Birth:
    08/11/1969
  • Games Attended:
    London 12

A keen athlete from a young age, Mark represented Wales in Volleyball at an international level between 1990 and 1993, competing in three British Championships. He also has a background in the Triathlon.

In May 2009, Mark had to do an emergency landing when his paragliding wing collapsed, breaking his back in the fall.

With his passion for sport, Mark continued training and competed in the Welsh indoor Adaptive Rowing Championships, while still working part time as a consultant in sales and management. In May 2010, Mark set himself a target of competing in his first Para-Cycling event and went on to win two gold medals at the Wales GP in Newport. After becoming a guest rider for the GB Para-Cycling Team he went on to join the squad in June 2011. At the 2012 UCI Para-cycling World Track Championships in Los Angeles, he won gold in the pursuit.

At London 2012, Mark won ParalympicsGB's first Cycling medal in the Velodrome when he took to the track in the C1-3 1km Time Trial. The next day, he set two world records in the C1 Individual Pursuit and became the first athlete in his classification to break the four minute mark during qualification. He set his second world record of the day in the final, securing gold with a time of 3:53.881. He also competed in the Road events at Brands Hatch, where he took silver in the C1 Time Trial.

One of Mark’s sporting ambitions is to pass on his knowledge to younger cyclists, so that they can learn from his experience and enjoy the sport further. In his spare time Mark undertakes voluntary work for Cycle Challenge Wales.

In the 2013 New Year's Honours, Mark was awarded a MBE.

Major Results

  • 2012 London Paralympic Games
  • C1 Individual Pursuit: gold
    C1-3 1km Time Trial: silver
    C1 Time Trial (Road): silver
    C1-3 Road Race: 24th
  • 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup, Segovia, Spain
  • C1 Time Trial: silver
  • 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup, Rome, Italy
  • C1 Time Trial: silver  
    C1 Road Race: 4th
  • 2012 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles, USA
  • C1 3km Pursuit: gold
    C1 1km Time Trial: silver
  • 2011 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships, Roskilde, Denmark
  • C1 Time Trial: silver
  • 2011 UCI Para-Cycling World Cup, Baie-Comeau, Canada 
  • C1 Time Trial: silver
    C1 Road Race: 5th
  • 2011 UCI Para-Cycling World Cup Segovia, Spain
  • C1 Time Trial: bronze
    C1 Road Race: 5th

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