'Back then I was on the edge of life – but now I'm a multi world champion': Para-cyclist Lizzi Jordan's golden comeback from near-fatal food poisoning

Keen equestrian Lizzi Jordan was riding high until a freak illness changed her life forever. Now, having swapped reins for handlebars, she is not only back in the saddle but winning on the world stage

2024 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships - Rio Olympic Velodrome, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Gold for Elizabeth Jordan and Pilot Dannielle Khan of Great Britain
Elizabeth Jordan and pilot Dannielle Khan with their gold medals at the Para-cycling Track World Champs in Rio
(Image credit: SWpix)

Lizzi Jordan and her pilot Danni Khan have just won a hat-trick of gold medals at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Brazil. Cycling Weekly spoke to Jordan in November for our 'My Fitness Challenge' series – first published in the print magazine and reproduced here

Riding has always been a passion for Lizzi Jordan, but it was horses rather than bikes through her younger years. “I spent all my weekends at the stables with my friends,” the 26-year-old tells me over Zoom, speaking from her home in Guildford, Surrey. “It was a great social way of meeting new people and a great hobby.” Jordan was living life to the full as a bright, horse-crazy youngster, doing well at school during the week and galloping around the countryside at weekends. “Often on the craziest of horses,” she adds, “and often getting thrown off – but I loved it, and you’re pretty robust when you’re young.” 

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David Bradford
Fitness editor

David Bradford is fitness editor of Cycling Weekly (print edition). He has been writing and editing professionally for more than 15 years, and has published work in national newspapers and magazines including the Independent, the Guardian, the Times, the Irish Times, Vice.com and Runner’s World. Alongside his love of cycling, David is a long-distance runner with a marathon PB of two hours 28 minutes. Having been diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 2006, he also writes about sight loss and hosts the podcast Ways of Not Seeing.