New Athlete Alert: World Championship Silver Medalist and fierce cyclist Rachel Neylan

Written by on 27/04/2017 in Team USANA with 0 Comments


Rachel was always a passionate and determined young athlete. She had started running since the age of 10, joining the Ryde’s Little Athletics Club in Sydney, and was always persistent although never managed to take home any wins. In order to better her performance in athletics she launched herself into a Bachelor or Applied Science in Physiotherapy and began a Sports Physio Career in Sydney four years later.

In her early twenties she had realised that this sport was not going to take her to the heights she dreamt of, which off course was the green and gold. With an apparent mismatch she wasn’t ready to quit and was determined to find a sport that complimented her strengths. Her journey began with 12 months of rowing, dabbling in triathlons, and trying to make a running comeback.

Fortunately, Rachel came across a Women’s Cycling Talent ID program at the South Australia Sports Institute. After five years of intensive training and understanding the world of cycling, Rachel Neylan made her first podium stand taking home a SILVER medal at the World championships in 2012. This significant win opened doors of opportunities for her, with a few of her career highlights below:

  • 2015 signed with Orica-Scott
  • 2015 Australian National Championships – Silver
  • 2015 Inaugural Cadel Evans Road Race – Gold
  • 2016 Australian National Championships – Bronze
  • 2016 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race – Silver
  • 2016 Rio Olympics – 22nd

When Rachel is not competing with the Orica Scott team she has a busy lifestyle of “six days per week training which includes cycling for 3-6 hours per day, an afternoon gym session, yoga, a massage, and recovery. In between all of this she enjoys cooking, shopping, eating, cleaning, and preparing for training.

Competing professionally as an elite athlete, Rachel believes “It is absolutely imperative that you start with a clean, functioning, energy-filled body. Supplements are valuable but must be of high quality otherwise it’s a waste of time, money, and energy.”

With great excitement Rachel said “It’s a great privilege to be part of the global USANA team. As a cyclist, I’m always pushing my body to limits of physical performance. It is paramount that I can rely on scientifically based supplements of the highest quality to compliment my work on the bike.”

We wish Rachel the best of luck for her future endeavours and once again want to give her a very warm welcome to Team USANA!

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