Katrin Garfoot retires from professional cycling
Jul 12 2018 02:00 pm CET

Katrin Garfoot retires from professional cycling
Katrin Garfoot retires from professional cycling
Photo by ASO/A.Broadway

Australian rider Katrin Garfoot has decided to put an end to her career as a professional cyclist, ruling out a participation in the Olympic Games of 2020.

The 36-year-old was part of Orica-AIS until 2017 when she decided not to extend her contract to focus on her family life and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Garfoot took gold in the time trial of the games and the road race was her last appearance as a pro.

"After the Commonwealth Games I wanted to see if life swept me up and it sort of has. I did not feel like training anymore," said the rider through a statement. "My cycling career was an intense time for me and now I want to enjoy life with my friends and family."

"A lot of people asked me 'what comes next for you?' I am not certain of what that is, but I am taking my time to mull over some ideas and see what comes of it."

Garfoot started late as a professional rider at 29 after her husband encouraged her to pursue a career in cycling. The rider won three world championship medals in the road race and the time trial, and was three times Australian time trial champion and once the winner of the road race.



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