Battles on and off the bike are the focus of our podcast series Defying The Odds, in which we meet individuals who’ve encountered challenges and pedalled through. From elite level competitors to everyday enthusiasts, our guests are united by their spirit in taking a route less travelled – and, of course, their love for all things cycling.

Hailing from Roscommon, Richael Timothy was a decorated athlete – an Irish underage soccer international and inter-county Gaelic Footballer – until an acquired brain injury left her with severely impacted motor function on the right side of her body. Sidelined from her previous passions and searching for a release, she found cycling and began a journey that would lead all the way to a bronze medal at the 2020 World Track Championships and the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

In conversation with Declan Quigley, Richael takes us through how her life was turned upside down at 21 years old, the learning curve that came with getting in the saddle, the pride of representing the nation on the biggest stage of all – and why the best is yet to come.

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