Meet the cyclist who logged a six-hour training ride - without telling his coach - before winning World Championships

Daniel Abraham Gebru refuses to miss training days, even when he has a race

Daniel Abraham celebrating on the track with a clipping from Strava embossed on the picture
(Image credit: SWPix/Strava)

Dutch para-cyclist Daniel Abraham Gebru went on a secret six-hour training ride, before winning his first world title on track. 

The 38-year-old, a two-time Paralympic gold medallist, logged a 167km ride through the hills of South Lanarkshire on Strava, and then went on to triumph in the men’s C5 Scratch race last Thursday evening. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.