'I really miss my life in Australia' – Grace Brown to retire from professional cycling at end of 2024

STIRLING SCOTLAND AUGUST 10 Silver medalist Grace Brown of Australia celebrates winning during the medal ceremony after the Women Elite Individual Time Trial a 362km race from Stirling to Stirling at the 96th UCI Cycling World Championships Glasgow 2023 Day 8 UCIWT on August 10 2023 in Stirling Scotland Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
Grace Brown on the podium after taking silver in the time trial at the UCI Cycling World Championships in Glasgow (Image credit: Getty Images)

Australia's top female road cyclist, Grace Brown, has decided to call an end to her professional cycling career at the end of 2024, with the 31-year-old FDJ-Suez rider leaving while at the top of her game and hoping to add even more lustre to her impressive palmares before her final sign off.

The rider from Melbourne was a late convert to cycling, shifting over from running, and she has 23 UCI wins, adding Liège-Bastogne-Liège to the list in May. She has also twice come second in the time trial at the World Championships and is expected to represent Australia in the discipline and in the road race at the Paris Olympic Games.

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Simone Giuliani
Australia Editor

Simone is a degree-qualified journalist that has accumulated decades of wide-ranging experience while working across a variety of leading media organisations. She joined Cyclingnews as a Production Editor at the start of the 2021 season and has now moved into the role of Australia Editor. Previously she worked as a freelance writer, Australian Editor at Ella CyclingTips and as a correspondent for Reuters and Bloomberg. Cycling was initially purely a leisure pursuit for Simone, who started out as a business journalist, but in 2015 her career focus also shifted to the sport.