Disciplines: DHI, GE, XCO
Lisa Mathison is a dynamic mountain biker from Brisbane, who started her career as a cross-country cyclist at the age of 13. Pushing herself to achieve her dreams; this shy city girl demonstrated how her extensive range of technical skills could be combined with her focus and determination to deliver remarkable results. In 2002, Lisa realised one of these dreams becoming Australia’s first cross-country Junior World Champion. Reinforcing, her strength and capability, she defended her title in 2003, becoming a dual World Champion.
In 2003, she was offered a scholarship at the UCI International Cycling Centre, the first Australian to be offered this prestigious opportunity, training under the guidance of legendry Swiss, Chantal Daucourt, in Switzerland. Her development as an all round cyclist throughout this year saw her competing on the international stage on dirt as well as on the road. Lisa’s racing and focus developed even further in this unique environment and her results throughout the next few years are testimony to this.
Some of Lisa’s major achievements include, her 10th place in the Athens Olympics, 2004 Australian Female MTB Cyclist of the Year; 2003 Sport Industry Australia Young Female Athlete of the Year and Queensland Cyclist of the Year for 2003.
In 2006, Lisa took a break from cycling and turned her hand to another passion. However, this is one girl who has mountain biking in her heart and those who know her well know that there is nothing that will stop her getting on a bike. So, 2011 brought Lisa back to racing; itching to get back into the community she loved. However, her curiosity with the downhill discipline was at the forefront of this comeback.
With the support of the Specialized Australia, Planet Cycles and PCS, Lisa took the plunge into the gravity racing. Lisa showed her racing experience would be easily transferred to her new found discipline, with her first podium finish only six weeks after riding her first downhill bike. She won the final national round in 2012 and took third in the overall series.
Lisa has the experience, now she’s finding new ways of applying her skills and loving it. To this girl who packs up and travels to the far ends of the world to match it with the best, the future is so exciting. She is now coaching Mountain bike skills as a Cycle Skills instructor and is eager to share her years of experience.
2nd Round 3 Australian Gravity Cup ACT
1st Round 4 Australian Gravity Cup NSW
3rd Overall Australian Gravity Cup AUS
UCI – XCO World Cup Ranking - 14th
10th 2004 Olympic Games GRE
1st XCO Oceania Championship NZL
Australian Champion – Elite Women VIC
1st Wildside Challenge TAS
1st Karapoti Classic NZL
World Champion - U19 XCO SUI
Australian Champion - Elite Women VIC
2nd Elite XC Oceania Titles AUS
World Champion – U19 XCO AUT
Australian Champion – Junior Women NSW
1st Elite XC NZ National Championships NZL
Awards & Honours:
2004 Australian Female MTB Cyclist of the Year
2003 Sport Industry Australia Young Female Athlete
2003 Queensland Cyclist of the Year
2002 & 2003 Australia Female Junior MTB Cyclist of the year
2004 Olympic Games GRE
2004 World MTB Championships FRA
2003 World MTB Championships SUI (World Champion)
2002 World MTB Championships AUT (World Champion)