Road Cyclist: A Triple National Champion, double-Olympian and Grand Tour GC podium winner
Born: Penrith, NSW, Australia
Date of birth: 17th September 1987
Lives & trains: Varese, Italy
Team: Team BikeExchange & Team Australia
Amanda Spratt (“Spratty”) is a road cyclist who began competitive cycling aged 9 as a BMX racer before moving across to road and track when she was twelve years old. She became World Junior Champion on the track in 2004 in the Points Race, and then began racing in Europe from the age of 18 with the Australian National Team until she unfortunately sustained a bad injury and had 1.5 years away from the sport to have surgery and rehab (in 2008/2009). Amanda became a professional road cyclist in 2012, her first contract with Orica-GreenEDGE, and became National Champion in the same year.
Amanda continued her form of good results, becoming National Champion again in 2016 and won the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race. This success continued in seasons to come, being on the podium regularly in other prominent races such as The Women’s Tour Down Under (1st in 2019), the Liege-Bastongne-Liege (2nd in 2018), Amstel Gold Race (3rd in 2018) and Cadel Evan Great Ocean Road Race (3rd in 2019 and 2020). In 2020, Amanda was back on the podium at the National Champs, retaining her road race crown.
In 2018 she established herself as one of the best climbers in the world with a number of world class results, including two medals at the World Championships – 2nd in 2018 in Innsbruck, and 3rd in 2019 in Harrogate. She also has two third place finishes at the women’s only Grand Tour of the season, the Giro-Rosa, in 2018 and 2019. In addition to being on the podium in the General Classification, Amanda took away the Mountains Classification crown each year too.
Amidst the busy schedule of racing and training, off the bike Amanda impressively graduated with a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) degree from Griffith University in 2018.
In 2020, Amanda continued in her team leadership role at Michelton Scott alongside World Champion Annemiek van Vleuten.
Hard work has paid off, and Amanda has been selected to represent Australia in Tokyo, which will be her third Olympic Games. With a strong Australian line up, they are hoping for podium success.