Aussie Commonwealth Games gold medallist Dale Parker retires from cycling at age of 19
Teen training for London 2012 and who raced with RadioShack last season 'no longer feels passion for the sport'...

An Australian track cyclist who won gold in the team pursuit at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last year and who was in training with his country’s track squad for next year’s Olympic Games in London next year has announced his retirement from the sport at the age of just 19.

Dale Parker revealed his decision to his friends on Facebook and told Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser that he no longer felt passion for the sport.

The paper reported that Parker had also said he did not want to disappoint people by carrying on with the sport when he no longer felt fully committed, and that he was looking forward to moving on with his life.

Parker made the headlines last November just a few weeks after winning that gold medal in Delhi when he was suspended by Cycling South Australia following a drink drive incident that left a friend of his seriously injured. He was subsequently banned from driving for five months.

He returned to racing this year with Lance Armstrong’s Trek-Livestrong Under-23 team, and won the time trial in this year’s Tour of the Gila, a performance that helped him earn a ride for RadioShack in August’s Tour of Utah alongside Levi Leipheimer and Janez Brajkovic.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


cat1commuter [1418 posts] 3 years ago

Sad. Must be a huge talent to have achieved some big wins so young.

alotronic [427 posts] 3 years ago

Good on him! Takes guts to know yourself and take a big decision like that. Like every one of us who has given up racing, even at an amateur level, we know when we haven't got the drive anymore. When you stop enjoying it what's the point? It's just a job then...

Hope he can channel his obvious drive into something he loves, and also that he will find that he still loves riding his bike - I am sure he will!

notfastenough [3655 posts] 3 years ago

Fair play for having the balls to stand up and say it. It is a shame though, a glittering career awaited.

MercuryOne [1234 posts] 3 years ago

Seems to have had a bit of a confused time what with drink driving. Giving up because you don't have the passion anymore is one thing - giving up because you've lost passion at that point in time is another.