U.S. Olympic Athletes

Alejandro Albor

Alejandro Albor was invited to join the USA Cycling Elite Team in April 2003 and since then has raced in numerous international competitions. After four years of dedication and training, Albor won a silver and bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China.

 

Albor was born in Tzintzimeo, a little town in the state of Michocan, Mexico. He grew up living with various relatives, as his father labored in America and his mother worked cleaning houses for wealthy families. At the age of 15, he and his family relocated to the United States.

 

His family wanted him to continue working the fields, but Albor decided to hitch a ride and enroll himself in high school and play on the soccer team. At the age of 18, though, disillusioned by his struggles in the U.S., Albor took his father’s car and headed towards Mexico. In a split second decision, he decided to take his own life, slamming the car into a moving train. Luckily, Albor only lost his legs, and went back to school to graduate with his high school class.

 

Albor continued to see himself as an athlete and went on to pursue athletics despite the loss of both of his legs. He learned to play basketball, spent time kayaking and he designed and built his own handcycle. He earned a college degree in airframe and power plants and worked for the Army Corporation of Engineers.

 

Albor currently runs his own business, A-WON HandCycles, building low-cost handcycles for people who do not have the financial means to pay for the costly ones on the market. He is happily married and has three children. He always strives to help out others, telling them not to take anything for granted.

Major Achievements

  • 2009: Fifth place, Individual Time Trial (HCC); sixth place, Individual Road Race (HCC) – UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Bogogno, Italy
  • 2008:  Silver medal, Individual Road Race HC C; bronze medal, Individual Time Trial HC C – Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2008:  First place, Time Trial; second place, Road Race – U.S. Paralympic Team Trials - Cycling, Morrison, Colo.
  • 2008:  First place, Road Race – Los Angeles Marathon, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2008:  First place, Road Race – ING Miami Marathon, Miami, Calif.
  • 2008:  First place, Road Race – New York City Marathon, New York, N.Y.
  • 2007:  Second place, Time Trial; third place, Road Race – UCI Para-Cycling World Championships, Bordeaux, France
  • 2007:  First place, Time Trial; second place, Road Race – USA Cycling National Championships, Denver, Colo.
  • 2007:  First place, Road Race – Los Angeles Marathon, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2006:  First place, Time Trial – U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Championships, Seven Springs, Pa.
  • 2006:  First place, 46.4 km – IPC World Championships, Aigle, Switzerland
  • 2005:  First place, Time Trial – Open European Cycling Championships, Alkmaar, The Netherlands
  • 2005:  First place, Time Trial – U.S. Cycling Championships, Antelope Island, Utah
  • 2004:  Silver medal, Road Race; fifth place, Time Trial – Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
  • 2003:  Third place, Open European Cycling Championships – Prag-Teplice, Czech Republic
  • 2002:  Third place, Time Trial; sixth place, Road Race – IPC Cycling World Championships, Aldenstadt, Germany
  • 2002:  First place, Road Race – Los Angeles Marathon, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2001:  First place, Road Race – Los Angeles Marathon, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 2000:  First place, Road Race – Boston Marathon, Boston, Mass.
  • 2000: First place, Road Race – Los Angeles Marathon, Los Angeles, Calif.