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Jessica Douglas
BornGeelong, Victoria
NationalityAustralia
Alma materMatthew Flinders Girls Secondary College
Years active  1990
Known forWorld 24 Hour Mountain Bike Champion
TitleCycling Coach, MTB Skills coach, blogger, women’s cycling ambassador
Partner(s)Norm Douglas
ChildrenSaskia Douglas-dekker


Jessica Douglas is an Australian professional cyclist. Jessica was born in Geelong Victoria on 02 February 1973. She is married to Norm Douglas. She is the mother to daughter Saskia.[1] She is mostly known for being a 3-time winner of the World 24 hour elite mountain bike championships in, 2010, 2012 & 2013.[2][3]Other notable titles include winning the Australian 24-hour elite mountain bike championship in, 2009, 2010 & 2015. Having retired from elite competition in 24-hour events in 2016, she is now a qualified cycling coach[4].

Cycling Career Life[edit | edit source]

Jessica started cycling by the age of 4. At the age of 19, she participated in the first bicycle race in her life.

In 2006, she completed 26 games in 52 weeks, won 13 games or boarded the podium. By 2007, she decided to ride with elite women now, no longer a sports entry level.

In 2007, she began to enjoy the endurance of the car and conducted a six-hour individual competition. After attending a six-person team in October 2006, she saw James Williamson win the Scott in Canberra 24 hours later and decided to target it in 2007.

In 2008, as a woman, Forrest won Kona with a 24-hour advantage. That year, she realized that maybe she can participate in the Australian Australia Championship and plans to hold it in 2009. Later that year, she won the Scott 24-hr Solo women's group in Canberra.

In July 2009, Jessica won the Australian 24-hour solo championship on Easter. He won the World Solo 24 Hours Championship in Canmore, Canada. The end result is the fourth in the world in 2009.

In 2010, she completed her fourth Otway Odyssey, once again won the Australian solo 24 hour championship on Easter and tried to become the world solo 24 hour champion in October this year. After the game, she "closed any training" in October, November and December but still riding, just for fun. She no longer wants to do another 24 hours, but withdraws from this part of the sport.

2011 is another year of turning points. She won my second 24-hour DNF in the Australian Australian Championship and retired in the 24-hour race. She finished fifth in Otway Odyssey, won first place in the Alice Springs multi-day MTB competition, won the Croc trophy in October, and conducted a series of road races in the winter. She also won the inauguration of the Forrest Festival.

Due to age and experience. In 2012, when she was 39, she won the 24-hour solo champion of Italy's Finale Ligure and is preparing to participate in the 2013 Canberra World Championship. She participated in the Buller Mountain National Competition, a new three-day schedule.

She finished second in the Jenni King, and she ended up having a good time and trained some physically and mentally, then participated in what is now known as Kona Odyssey. Peta Mullens was ranked first, Jessica was second, and she was 16 seconds behind.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

In 1987, she was 14 and diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.

After her treatment was over and she was in the clear she convinced her family to join the local leisure center. It was not much longer after this in 1988 that with the help of a few keen teachers they managed to organize a school trip on the Great Victorian Bike Ride. As a 16-year-old, she kept 2 casual after-school jobs to save up to go and also buy a new bike.

She got married at 18 years of age. Married life took me to Sydney from December 1991 to November 1992. her husband was in the Navy. They both bought new road bikes and got rid of the car. Cycling was the best form of commuting in Sydney. She did also do a few longer trips north and south of Sydney. November 1992, after her husband Norm left the Navy, they moved to the Gold Coast. they got involved in the cycling scene and used to compete in club criteriums on Saturday and Sunday mornings. She was also unemployed at that time. because she would like to spend all her time on the ride. 'If there were jobs to go for, then I would not ride.'[5]

As winter approached of 1993, they were introduced to the mountain biking scene by her husband's brother, Rick Douglas. This is her first ever ride was in Nerang State Forest on a fully rigid frame. After that, she entered her first race and had her first Mountain bike. So Mid 1993, she had done a few races and a 3-hour enduro. At the same time, she was now 3 months pregnant. She continued to ride until about October at 6 months of her pregnancy.

January 1994, the birth of her daughter, Saskia. By the end of February, she had a new road bike and did a few crits again as well as some local Mountain Bike races.

In June 1995, Jessica and her family moved back to Geelong. They lost contact with the bicycle community and spent some time as parents. Until December 2005, I went to You Yangs with a few friends.

In 2006, she completed and participated in 24 competitions in Australia. She upgraded my bike from Scott Reflex 20 to Scott Genius RC. She spent almost all her money on her bicycle. She also spent some time and money to improve the health and skills of the bike, including various coaches such as Donna Rae-Szalinski, Rob Faul and Rob Eva.

After her continuous efforts, she has progressed from the level of sports women to expert women. She also completed many solo endurance races ranging from 6 hours and 12 hours to 24 hours. And completed 13 podiums in 24 games.

In 2007, she realized that she was more suitable for the endurance race than the XC racing car in the Olympic format. December 1 and 2, 2009, the year she won the women's category in SOLO Forrest's Kona 24. This made her eligible to participate in the WORLD SOLO CHAMPIONSHIPS competition held in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, at the end of July 2008.

Major results[edit | edit source]

  • 2008 1st Elite Kona 24 Hour - Forrest Victoria
  • 2008 1st Elite Scott 24 Hour - Canberra ACT Australia
  • 2009 1st Elite Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships - Canberra ACT Australia
  • 2009 4th World 24 Hour Championships - Canmore BC Canada
  • 2010 1st Elite Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships - Canberra ACT Australia[6]
  • 2012 1st Elite World 24 Hour Championships - Finale Ligure Savona Italy[7]
  • 2012 2nd Elite Otway Odyssey - Forrest Victoria Australia
  • 2013 1st Elite World 24 Hour Championships - Canberra ACT Australia[8]
  • 2013 1st Elite Delirium 24 Hour road race (703km - course record) - Cowaramup WA Australia
  • 2014 5th Elite Otway Odyssey - Forrest Victoria Australia[9]
  • 2015 1st Elite Australian 24 Hour Mountain Bike Championships - Canberra ACT Australia
  • 2017 3rd Elite Otway Odyssey - Forrest Victoria Australia

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Douglas, Jessica. "Jessica Douglas Facebook". Facebook.
  2. George, Sue (October 11, 2010). "24 hours of Adrenalin World Championships 2010: 24-hour race". Cyclingnews.com.
  3. "PREVIOUS WEMBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS". wembo.
  4. "Jessica Douglas-1% Club". trainingpeaks.
  5. douglas, Jessica. "About me". jessicadouglas.
  6. George, Sue (October 11, 2010). "English defends men's 24-hour world title Douglas grabs women's Championship". Cycling News. line feed character in |title= at position 42 (help)
  7. "AUSTRALIANS, JASON ENGLISH AND JESSICA DOUGLAS VICTORIOUS AT 2012 WEMBO 24 HOUR SOLO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS". Mountain Bike Australia. May 21, 2012.
  8. Cowlishaw, Lachlan (October 18, 2013). "Cyclist wins third world title". Colac herald.
  9. Hardwick, John (3 March 2016). "A Decade of Odysseys". Mountain Biking Australia Magazine.



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