Alicia Dana


Name: Alicia Dana
Sport: Paracycling
Event: Handcycling, Road
Classification: WH3
Height: 5’6”
Current Residence: Putney, Vt.
College: Marlboro College

Paralympic Experience:
  • 2012 Paralympic Games - 5th (time trial)
Career Highlights:
  • 2015: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 2nd (time trial), 2nd (road race)
  • 2014: UCI Paracycling World Champion (time trial), silver medalist (road race); UCI Paracycling Road World Cup - two-time gold medalist, bronze medalist; USA Cycling Paracyling Road National Champion (time trial and road race)

  • 2013: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, 3rd (road race), 3rd (time trial); UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup - Matane, 3rd (road race), 3rd (time trial); 2013 U.S. Paralympic Road Nationals, 2nd (time trial), 2nd (road race)
  • 2012: UCI Para-cycling World Cup - Baie Comeau, 2nd (time trial); National Criterium Championships, 1st; USA Cycling Juniors U23 Elite Road Nationals, 2nd (time trial), 2nd (road race); 2012 National Road Championship, 2nd

  • 2011: National Road Championship, 2nd
  • 2002: World Championships, 4th (road race); National Criterium Championship, 1st

By age 16, Alicia Dana was competing as a junior at the national level in both cycling and cross-country skiing as an able-bodied athlete. But at 17, Dana had to adjust her athletic goals after she fell from a tree and was paralyzed from the waist down. She  began handcycling in her late 20s, and in 2000 she rode from Washington state to Vermont to raise money for disability-related causes. Shortly thereafter, Dana tried her first competitive race after the encouragement of a friend. 

Dana made her first U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team in 2001 and competed at the 2002 world championships, but then stepped away from the sport for several years to raise her daughter, Willa. Dana didn’t return to handcycling until 2011. Though she had to adjust to a much more competitive field than she had experienced earlier in her career, Dana was ultimately one of seven female cyclists named to Team USA for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. In 2013 and 2014, Dana established her rank on Team USA with medals at World Cup events, and in 2014 she became World Time Trial Champion. Dana lives in Putney, Vermont with her 11 year old daughter, Willa.

Learn more: 
U.S. Para Cycling

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