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Co-Founder, Olympian, Lithuanian Cycling Champion, Cycling Tours Coordinator
Modesta is an Olympian represented Lithuanian in the road race at the 2008 Summer Olympics and she a professional cyclist competed professionally between 2000 and 2011. She participated from 2000-2010 in World Championships in Cycling and 2004 World Road Championships – 5th place, European Championships 2005 – Bronze Medal, in Cycling Giro d’Italia she won the White jersey to signify the best young rider in the race and won multiple international race.
Modesta graduated from LKKA University, Sports Biomedicine Faculty, where she specialized in Physical Activity and Public Health. In 2010 she successfully defended her thesis based on one year 8-10 years old children analysis in Switzerland and Lithuania on lifestyle, hygiene and health.
Modesta speaks: English, Russian, Italian, French, Lithuanian
My Dear Friends,
I wouldn’t want to bore you with any sad stories, but I would like to tell you a little bit about myself to help you to understand my determination to help children with disabilities.
I was born and raised in Lithuania within a very disadvantaged family and from a young age I knew that my parents wouldn’t be able to give me the good education that I craved. At the age of just 12 I was fortunate enough to receive a government grant to attend a sports boarding school. I left my family to set out to fulfil my dreams and started my independent life, I quickly learnt to take responsibility for myself and my future through intense study and training and a strict regime my hunger to achieve my dreams lead me in the right direction and I became one of the world’s strongest champions.
Without a doubt I consider myself extremely fortunate to have met the individuals who believed in me, coached me and supported me throughout my journey to become who I am today. I know that I couldn’t have achieved my success without them and that is why I really believe in team work, I have firsthand learnt that team work really does help dreams come true and I am truly happy with the person I have become.
But what is happiness?
For me happiness comes from helping others, just like I was helped at a young age. Happiness is when you see a smiling face and the gratitude, love and warmth you feel from making someone else happy. Happiness is also good health which I value every day – I consider myself very lucky to have realized my dreams and I couldn’t have done it without my good health.
I am extremely passionate about children’s health, I have a young child myself and as every mother does, you want every child to be healthy and happy, however, unfortunately that is not the case of every child. And for this reason, and from my experience in Florida witnessing the work of Caudwell Children firsthand I have decided to take on a project that will raise funds to help disabled children to achieve their dreams, just like I did.
Caudwell Children is an organisation who help disabled children to reach their full potential and in 2015 they supported more than 7000 children. There are a number of children who require support from the charity, but 3 of them that really stand out to me are Joshua, Jenifer and Noah.
Joshua was born premature and was later diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Joshua is in constant pain and requires a therapy trike form Caudwell Children to help with his daily physiotherapy and allow him to join in on family bike rides.
Jenifer was also born premature and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and suffers with global developmental delay and seizures. Caudwell Children have provided Jennifer with physiotherapy and with this she has made amazing progress and is now able to walk with a walker and sit up on her own. I would like to raise funds to continue Jenifer’s physiotherapy in the hope that one day she may take her first independent steps.
Noah was born with just 2% of his brain and he was not expected to live long so his parents began to make funeral arrangements for him. Noah has survived against the odds and at 3 years old although a very happy little boy he is completely immobile and currently has a small manual wheelchair with no safety harness. Noah requires a power chair to help him become truly mobile and independent, this would make a huge difference to Noah’s life.
These wonderful children live their lives to the fullest thanks to the help and support of Caudwell Children and I hope that you will join me from 23-25 September for the Milan to Monaco cycle to raise vital funds for the charity. We will spend two days in the saddle following the route of one of the five Monuments of cycling from Milan to San Remo before we head to our finish line in Monaco. This tough cycling challenge will cater to all abilities as we will split into three groups for experienced, advanced and beginner cyclists. We will take in the foothills of the Maritime Alps and the coast of the French Riviera, as we take on this stunning ride through the best that Italy has to offer and best of all we will help raise the vital funds needed so that Caudwell Children can help many more children like Noah, Jennifer and Joshua.
The cycle challenge will give you a truly wonderful experience to remember forever. Upon arrival in Milan you will be met and transferred to our hotel for the night, a 16th-17th century castle. On this first night we will meet our fellow team mates and enjoy a briefing about the challenge ahead. The second night we will rest after a tough first day of cycling in a unique and modern hotel where the voice of the sea will speak to your soul and where in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth. After our final day of cycling we will celebrate our achievements in both the money we have raised and the distance we have covered and the memories we have made with a wonderful celebration dinner.
Please join us and sign up today at: www.caudwellchildren.com/milantomonaco
If you are unable to attend the trip but would still like to support the team and the charity with a donation I would be most grateful. Donations can be made online at:
I hope to see you in Milan on September!
Former Professional Cyclist
Giada Borgato had an amazing career in cycling which she finished just 2014. Now, she will be sharing her experience with Freedom Training clients.
Giada started cycling career when she was 6 years old. From 2008 Giada competed as a procyclist. During her career Giada participated in all major cycling events as European, World Championships, Giro d’Italia and multiple classics. Her biggest accomplishments were winning Italian Championships (2002, 2012), 8th place in the European Championship and 12th place in the World Championship (2007).
Giada is also completed courses in sports, recovery and relaxation massages for legs and back. For multiple years she has been massaging professional athletes and amateurs.
Giada speaks: Italian, English, Spanish and German
Professional Cyclist, Australian champion
Baden is an Australian retired professional racing cyclist, who competed professionally between 2000 and 2013. Cooke began competitive cycling at 11 year old. He completed secondary school at Galen College in Wangaratta, Victoria, and was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. He also participated in the Tour de France in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2012. In 2003 he won the Green jersey which is the Points classification in the Tour de France.
Cooke represented Australia in the road race at the 2004 Summer Olympics
After retiring, Baden announced that he was moving into rider management. In January 2014 he became the agent of former team-mate and winner of the 2013 Vuelta a España Chris Horner. He subsequently also became agent for Michael Matthews, Gert Steegmans and Janez Brajkovič.
He recently purchased a stake in Factor bikes and Black Inc wheels.
Baden speaks: English, French