Meet the displaced Ukrainian racing against Olympic champions

The 20-year-old is living out her dream, but not without the trauma of her home conflict in mind

Alla Biletska sat cross-armed at the UCI Track Champions League in Berlin in 2023
(Image credit: Alex Whitehead/

Last autumn, Alla Biletska sat in the stands at the UCI Track Champions League and cheered on the riders as a fan.

The year had been tough for her. A promising junior track sprinter, the then teenager had been uprooted from her homeland of Ukraine, and was living in Lithuania, hundreds of miles from her family. 

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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.