Bolton cyclist Kiera Byland clinches gold at Special Olympics

2019 Special Olympics Opening Ceremony
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Bolton cyclist Kiera Byland has celebrated her 21st birthday by collecting her second gold meal of the 2019 Special Olympics.

The Manchester Wheelers member, who has learning difficulties, had already enjoyed success in the 15K Road Race on Saturday morning.

Joined by her parents in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the competition, they watched on as she finished four minutes ahead of all other contestants in the 25K Road Race this morning in a time of 41:54.

Byland spent much of her childhood facing difficulties in school and suffered from bullying, but has bounced back thanks to her talents in both swimming and cycling.

“She lives and breathes [the] Special Olympics [and] joining this movement changed her life forever,” her mum, Jacqui Byland, said on social media.

Byland scooped three gold medals at the 2015 Games in Los Angeles, United States, and has continued to impress on the world’s largest stage for athletes with physical and intellectual disabilities.

She will attempt to complete a back-to-back treble in her 10K Time Trial tomorrow morning.