Cycligent is proud to announce Ryan Christensen who will be competing at CVR World Cup Paris.
Ryan is 21 years old, and has been a competitive cycler in New Zealand since he was 15.
Due to his strong results at the junior level of cycling, under 19 years old, he was selected for his first NZ national team in 2014, attending the Australian National Championships.
After his strong results in Australia in 2014, and his aggressive riding in the Tour of New Caledonia in October of the same season, he was approached by the Australian National Road Series (NRS) team named Oliver’s Real Food Racing.
Starting at the Tour de Perth in April, he raced seven consecutive rounds
of the NRS. Each with stronger results, culminating in a King of the Mountains classification win at the Tour of King Valley.
In March 2016, Ryan was in a major accident with a truck, causing multiple broken bones, and was side-lined from racing for 4 months. He needed surgery on both his hands.
When he returned to racing Ryan won King of The Mountain jerseys and podium
finishes in his first stint in Australia. In 2017, he turned his attention to racing in Italy
which has helped him get exposure on the European scene.
It was Ryan’s accident that lead him to Zwift because he couldn’t put any weight on his hands due to his recent injury.
Ryan used Zwift to get back to riding form in only 3 months. According to Ryan, he truly believed that he wouldn’t have been able to race so soon if it wasn’t for Zwift.
The whole experience was mentally challenging but Zwift made his recovery fun and he enjoyed racing from home.
To date, he’s been riding Zwift for about 1 year and competed in 30 races. We are proud of Ryan’s comeback and look forward to watching him compete at the CVR World Cup in Paris, France.