South African cyclist Daryl Impey is celebrating his 35th birthday today. To celebrate the day of his birth we are sharing some fun facts about the man with you.
- In 1997 Daryl’s father asked him to join him and his brother on a mountain bike ride. Daryl was busy playing soccer at the time but decided to try out mountain biking. He found negotiating the tricky descents, single track riding and the sudden pain in his legs quite appealing. That was when he decided to prove to his dad that this is what he wanted to continue doing.
- Daryl Impey represented South Africa at the Junior World Champs in 2002.
- Daryl turned pro when he signed his first contract in 2003 for the South African-based Microsoft Cycling Team.
- In 2013, Daryl Impey became the first South African ever to lead the Tour de France – one of the biggest cycling events in the world. He also won stage 9 of the Tour de France in 2019.
- Impey won the 2014 Tour of Alberta by a second thanks to his victory in the last stage of the race which gave him enough bonus seconds to overtake Tom Dumoulin. Just a few days later, Daryl took 4th place at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Quebec.
- In 2018, Daryl won the overall title in the 2018 Santos Tour Down, a World Tour race.
- He won the 2019 Tour Down Under (another World Tour race) held in and around Adelaide in Australia.
- Daryl Impey has had an impressive 2019. He also won the Czech Cycling Tour in August 2019.
Happy Birthday, Daryl! Here’s to a great 2020 for you!