Australia are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Queensland
cyclist Carly Hibberd.
in the cycling community is feeling the loss and our thoughts and sympathy
are with her family and her fiance," said Cycling Australia CEO
Graham Fredericks. "Carly was following her cycling dream in
Italy, doing what she loved to do and enjoying life. Sadly that dream has
was a former runner who came into cycling through a talent identification
scheme. She was a scholarship holder at the Queensland Academy of Sport for
two years and raced domestically with the MB Cycles team from 2006 to 2008.
won the women's Cycling Australia National Road Series in 2008 after earning
points in all six rounds. She moved to Italy in 2009 to pursue a cycling
career racing with the Michela Fanini-Record-Rox team up until this season
when she joined Cassina Rizzardi A Style Fionucci.
team mate Liz Young rode with Carly for two years in the MBCycles team.
was a bright, friendly, energetic young person," said Ms Young.
"She had a great passion for her sport and for life in general.
she was around 19 she decided she wanted to become a professional cyclist
and she pursued that dream with a great deal of passion," she said.
"She dedicated her life to her sport and to her friends and family and
was a very positive person to be around."
thoughts are also with the members of the Ipswich Cycling Club where Carly
was a member," said Mr Fredericks.
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