Name: Alicia Dana
Sport: Cycling
Discipline(s): Road Cycling
Event(s): Time Trial, Road Race
Classification: WH3
Height: 5-7
Weight: 105
DOB: 2/12/1969
Birthplace: Brattleboro, Vt.
Hometown: Putney, Vt.
High School: The Putney School (Putney, Vt.) '87
College: Marlboro College ’93, Visual Art; Rhode Island School of Design ’00, Illustration
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, 5th (time trial), DNF (road race)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2015 – Road – silver (time trial), silver (road race)
  • Years of Participation: Road – 2002, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Medals: 6 (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)
  • Gold – 2014 (time trial)
  • Silver – 2014 (road race), 2015 (time trial, road race)
  • Bronze – 2013 (road race, time trial)
Personal: By age 16, 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, she 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. She 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. She didn’t return to handcycling until 2011....Daughter of Edmund and Veronica Brelsford…Has one daughter, Willa…Has three older sisters, Allegra, Carlotta and Cecelia and one older brother, Oliver, who competed on the U.S. junior Nordic team in the 1980’s for Nordic combined…Hobbies include music and gardening.