The endurance and fitness needed for elite level cycling can be built on a vegan diet and there are
numerous world class competitive vegan cyclists. This includes track cyclists, BMX, cyclo-cross and
Ignacio Perez Batet is a multisport athlete from Spain who competes
internationally. He’s competed in the
European and World Duathlon Championships, taking the 30-34 age group World
title in 2016.
Johanna has made an impact in two major sports since turning vegan. Following a successful period in which she captained her rugby union club team FC St. Pauli twice, she has established herself as a world class fixedgear cyclist.
Antoine is a Canadian multisport athlete specialising in triathlon. His strongest distance is 70.3, half ironman, which is a 1.9 km (1.2 mile) swim, 90 km (56 mile) cycle and a 21.1km (13.1 mile) half marathon run.
David Smith is a successful para rower and cyclist who has won Gold medals at international level. David has overcome enormous setbacks and recovered to extremely high levels of fitness thanks to determination and high standards of nutrition.
Shea West is a BMX rider from Kansas USA. He started riding competitively in childhood and won several state championship titles and was placed fourth in the 1994 World championships. He was also part of the team which won a national team title in 1993. Read More... “Shea West, vegan BMX rider”
Zak Covalcik is a track cyclist competing at US national level.
He has won twenty six medals at Elite National level and is ten times Oregon state champion. He has been US National Champion five times. He’s also successfully raced in Trinidad & Tobago, Germany and Tasmania. Read More... “Zak Covalcik, vegan track cyclist”
Jack Linquist is a professional track-racing cyclist who won his first race in 2007 when the 26 year old cycle messenger won the 2007 Puma Velocity race in New York City. The win entitled him to a place in international competition, and he soon joined the U.S. Read More... “Jack Lindquist, vegan cyclist”
Ruth Heidrich is a prolific runner who has maintained an astonishing level of fitness into her senior years.
A survivor of an aggressive breast cancer, Ruth turned vegan in 1982 aged 47 in response to the diagnosis. She has won over 900 medals for running of all distances, some of her most prestigious include:
March 1988: 1st age group place in the New Zealand Ironman Triathlon, aged 53.
Christine ias a former US national team member with many successes including a win at the 2004 Santa Cruz Classic Criterium.
In 2001 she made the US national team and competed at the Cyclo-Cross World Championships, and later that year she took 9th in the Heerlen World Cup (Netherlands) and 8th in the Wetzikon World Cup in Switzerland, The following year saw her finishing 29th in the World Championships in 2004 she took the win at Santa Cruz Classic. Read More... “Christine Vardaros, vegan cyclist”
Rich Roll’s transition to world-recognised athlete started when at 40 he realised his health was being threatened by a poor lifestyle that involved use of alcohol and other drugs, poor diet and inactivity. Unable to climb his stairs, he adopted a whole food vegan diet and began to train. Read More... “Rich Roll, vegan ultraman”
Canadian triathlete and endurance runner Brendan Brazier has won triathlons at Olympic distance, Half Ironman and full Ironman. Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and marathon (26.2 mile) run. He has set the Bigfoot Half Ironman course record twice and was twice Canadian 50k champion, in 2003 and 2006. Read More... “Brendan Brazier, vegan triathlete”
The cyclocross champion has been vegan since 22 (1998) after several years of vegetarianism and on/off veganism.
“I did not want to cause suffering to animals. I knew that animals often lived under horrible conditions on factory farms, and that they do not have voices to scream and yell to their abusers, leaving them totally without the power to save themselves. Read More... “Catherine Johnson, vegan cyclist”