The Executive Director of Disability Sport Wales says Mark Colbourne has made an 'incredible impact' on the world of paracycling.
Colbourne announced his retirement from the sport today.
His record speaks for itself. He is a world class rider and will be a sad loss to British and Welsh sport.
Mark has also been the perfect role model, inspiring many young riders to further their own personal goals. In this sense Mark is an important part of our legacy and we hope that he will continue to act in an ambassadorial role for Disability Sport Wales and continue to help us to inspire a new generation of athletes.
Paracyclist Mark Colbourne says his decision to retire was 'prompted by my age and by being honest with myself'.
I don’t feel I have the physical capabilities to continue for the next three years to Rio. I’ve really enjoyed my paracycling career, the standout highlight being winning gold at the Paralympic Games in London 2012.
I’m looking forward to being more involved with my Paralympic Ambassador role for the London Velodrome – I’m very proud of that. I’m going to be setting up my own cycling training camp company which will help other people to learn and develop their cycling skills from grass-roots up to club level. I’m also going to continue with my professional speaking.
Paralympic gold-medallist Mark Colbourne has announced his retirement from the Great Britain Para-Cycling Team.
The 43-year-old, who joined the team in 2011, made his Paralympic debut at London 2012, winning gold in the individual pursuit, silver in the kilo on the track, and silver in the time-trial on the road.