Para cyclist Gordon Allan has had podium finishes at both the 2019 and 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championships and competed at his maiden Paralympics when he took to the track at Tokyo 2020.
Gordon’s journey to elite cycling began in 2011 when he attended a Paralympics Australia Talent day. Following the talent day he received a call from Paralympic cyclist Peter Brooks, who won two gold medals at the Athens Games, encouraging him to start cycling. From there Gordon joined Parramatta Cycling Club and then the Western Sydney Academy of Sport’s cycling program.
In 2016, the then 17-year old claimed his maiden national title in the men’s road race and the men’s C2 time trial at the national Para cycling championships. Since then he has won multiple national titles on both the track and the road.
Gordon was selected to the Australian team for the 2018 UCI Para cycling track world championships where he finished fifth in the C2 time trial. Returning to the world championships the following year, Gordan set a new world in the C2 1km time trial final but ultimately came away with the silver after the final competitor pipped the new mark by 0.005secs.
At the 2020 World Championships Gordon claimed the bronze medal in the C2 1km time trial.
Making his Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Gordon finished in a personal best fifth position in the men’s 1000m time trial C1-2 (C2), crossing the line in 1:10.331. In the mixed 750m team sprint C1-5 event, he teamed with Meg Lemon and fellow NSWIS teammate Amanda Reid to finish in ninth position.
Following on from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Gordon continued his strong form to win solo at the 2022 Federation University Road National Championships in Ballarat and in 2022, Gordon set a new world record* twice in the C2 Flying 200m time trial, breaking the record first at the 2022 AusCycling Track National Championships and then again four days later at the 2022 Oceania Track Cycling Championships.