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Vico Merklein

Vico Merklein

Handcycling

Their Journey

"I don´t train every day for second place. My only goal is winning a gold medal."

Vico Merklein
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Born in Berlin, Germany in 1977, Vico Merklein suffered a life-changing motorcycle accident in 1997 that left him a paraplegic. Three years after his accident, Vico discovered his passion - handcycling. "It just gave me a feeling of self-confidence, the motivation to work for the goals in my life". After joining Team QUICKIE/SOPUR in 2007, Vico's competitive success began. 

Part of the German national para-cycling team, Vico won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London 2012 and also set a world record in handcycling, achieving a marathon distance of 00:58:56. Since 2013, Vico has won a gold medal in the discipline time trail and road race at the German Championships and also a silver medal at the World Championships. In 2015, after intensive winter training, Vico was always under the first three at the World Cup races.

Because of his outstanding achievements, Vico is one of the most successful German athlete in handcycling - "This sport is my life. It's never easy, but that's the biggest challenge. I don´t train every day for second place. My only goal is winning a gold medal".

Vico Merklein, Handcycling
QUICKIE Helium Active Wheelchair
Vico Merklein

Vico Merklein Uses...

QUICKIE Helium Active Wheelchair

"My QUICKIE Helium Pro wheelchair is ideal for me purely because of its easy handling."
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When training or competing, Vico Merklein uses the QUICKIE Shark-RS Hand Bike

"I love my QUICKIE Shark RS simply for its many possibilities in terms of adjustments."
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Vico Merklein
Vico Merklein

Road to Glory

2016

Paralympic Games (Rio)

Time Trial - Bronze Medal
Road Cycling - Gold Medal

2015

World Championships

2nd Position

2014

World Championships

2nd Position

2013

World Championships

2nd Position

2012

Paralympic Games (London)

2nd Position

2011

World Championships

2nd Position

2010

World Championships

3rd Position