Para-cyclist aiming to represent Greece in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
How did you get involved in cycling?
I started cycling immediately after having my left leg amputated in 2015! Since then cycling has been my greatest love and the one that motivates me to wake up every morning!
Growing up, who is your all-time inspirational athlete and why?
I do not have a specific athlete who inspires me - I am inspired by every athlete who surpasses himself and his limits!
What has been your greatest achievement in cycling?
My greatest success is the 3rd place in the 2017 UCI Para cycling World Cup Holland.
“I believe every athlete who wants to perform better must use Beet It Sport to feel the difference”
- Nikos Papangelis
What is your biggest motivation to keep pushing your limits of performance?
What motivates me to push myself daily to my limits is to achieve my dream - the jersey of the world champion and the gold Paralympic medal.
Can you explain what a typical training week entails to compete at the highest level in cycling?
It takes daily training and lots of sacrifices, I train 6 times a week on the bike for 15-18 hours weekly along with 3 times in the gym. To compete at the highest level, the right diet helps my energy and my recovery so that I can push myself at every workout. And finally rest! My rule is that when I'm not training I have to rest my body - it is as important as training!
What advice do you have for someone who is considering taking up cycling seriously?
Have patience and perseverance! It's a sport that needs both.
What are your aspirations for cycling in 2019?
My goals for 2019 are to win a medal at the World Road Championship in Holland and to be at the top 6 in all the UCI world cups where I will participate in Canada, Italy and Belgium.
What are your top three nutrition tips?
Firstly, is to carb up for the next day’s hard work out; secondly, is to consume high carbohydrate foods to fuel energy in high-intensity and long-rides workouts, and thirdly, good hydration, which means taking in a lot of water during and before and after the workout.