Welcome to
Karen Darke MBE


Thank you for being interested to visit my website. I’m Karen Darke. I became Paralympic Champion in hand-cycling at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, which may box me up as a focused, adrenaline-addicted athlete. I of course love sport, especially riding my bike – training more than racing – but primarily I love to be active outdoors, to learn, to figure out ways around challenges, and to share special experiences and journeys with friends and people from all warps of life. Life has taught me the importance of holding tight to belief, and never, ever giving up.

“Someone once said to me, ‘Disability is a state of mind not a state of body.’ That’s a notion that relates to us all, regardless of whether we have a physical disability or not. Our own mind is our biggest obstacle to living and achieving our wildest aspirations. What is life if it isn’t an adventure? I’m constantly amazed by what can be achieved if we set our heart and mind to it. It’s all about finding belief, confidence, motivation and commitment. And of course, friends. Then there are no limits.”



My Videos

Hot and sticky, a tough but fun race in Iseo this weekend. Thanks Jack Peasgood Sports Massage for all your support with transition and to British Triathlon for welcoming me to take part. And to all the volunteers who enable these events to happen. Legends! ...

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A momentous day sat in the Scottish summer rain of Fort William planning the next #Quest79 ride, The Express Way from Canada to Mexico. Exciting to bring it alive...3000km, some big hills and 3 months to go. Raising awareness with the Spinal Injuries Association ...

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