Dan Craven

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Dan Craven
Quaregnon - Le Samyn, 4 mars 2015, départ (D196).JPG
Craven at the 2015 Le Samyn wearing his Namibian national champions jersey.
Personal information
Full name Dan Craven
Born (1983-02-01) 1 February 1983 (age 34)
Otjiwarongo, Namibia
Team information
Current team Cycling Academy Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
2005–2008 Team Fidibc.com
Professional team(s)
2009–2011 Rapha Condor
2012 Team IG–Sigma Sport
2013 Synergy Baku Cycling Project
2014[N 1] Bike Aid-Ride for Help
2014–2015[N 2] Team Europcar
2016– Cycling Academy Team
Major wins
National Road Race champion (2015, 2016)

Dan Craven (born 1 February 1983) is a racing cyclist from Namibia, riding for Cycling Academy Team. He is the grandson of Danie Craven, the South African rugby union icon.

Craven started cycling seriously whilst studying at the University of Stellenbosch. After graduating with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics he moved to Switzerland in 2005 in order to pursue a cycling career.[1]

A strong time trialist, Craven was a runner up in the 2006 African Championships, and boasts a 7th place in the time trial at the 2007 B World Championships in Cape Town.

Craven joined the Rapha Condor team for the 2009 season.[2] Craven was the 2008 African Road Race champion, having taken the crown in Casablanca in November just two days after he had picked up a Bronze in the African Time Trial Championships.[3] He joined Team IG–Sigma Sport for the 2012 season.[4] He spent 2013 riding for Synergy Baku Cycling Project before joining the German-based Bike Aid-Ride for Help squad for 2014.[5] In May 2014 it was announced that Dan had been signed to Pro Tour Squad, Europcar, with effect from July. His first major goal was the last grand tour of 2014, the Vuelta a Espana.[6]

In 2015 he became the Namibian Road Race Champion.[7]

Major results[edit]

2nd African Continental Time Trial Championships
2nd GP Demy-Cars
2nd National Time Trial Championships Namibia
3rd GP Folignano
2nd Giro Valli Aretine – GP Citta di Arezzo
1st African Cycling Road Race Championships
1st GP Cristal Energie
3rd African Cycling Time Trial Championships
2nd Trofeo Salvatore Morucci
3rd Giro del Cigno
3rd GP Inda – Trofeo Aras Frattini
1st UCI Africa Tour
1st Chas Messenger Road Race
1st Shay Elliott Memorial Race
1st Stage 4 Tour of Rwanda
1st Clayton Velo Spring Classic[8]
2nd Shay Elliott Memorial Race[9]
1st Clayton Velo Spring Classic[10]
2nd East Midlands Classic
3rd Overall FBD Insurance Rás
1st Stage 1
4th Jock Wadley Memorial[11]
5th Overall Vuelta a Leon[12]
1st Stage 3
5th East Yorkshire Classic[13]
7th Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo[5]
1st Mountains classification[5]
8th Ronde de l'Oise[14]
8th Ryedale Grand Prix[15]
7th Lincoln Grand Prix[16]
2nd African Road Race Championships
1st Overall Tour du Cameroun
1st Mountains classification
5th Overall Tour du Maroc
9th Commonwealth Games road race[17]
1st MaillotNamibiaChampion.png Namibian Road Race Championships
4th Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo[18]
1st MaillotNamibiaChampion.png Namibian Road Race Championships[19]


  1. ^ Jan 2014–May 2014
  2. ^ Jun 2014–2015


  1. ^ Fraser, Graham (30 January 2014). "Glasgow 2014: Namibian Dan Craven relishes 'home' Games". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Dan Craven Rapha Condor profile
  3. ^ Dan Craven
  4. ^ Stokes, Shane (2 December 2011). "Craven relieved to secure Sigma Sport Specialized deal after missing out on Europcar ride". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Schutz, Helge (8 January 2014). "Namibian Cyclists Leave for Tour De Gabon". allAfrica.com. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Fletcher, Laura (24 May 2014). "Q&A with Dan Craven". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Dan Craven is the new Namibia's road national champ". colnago. Retrieved 4 March 2015. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Clayton Velo Spring Classic:Road, Clitheroe – Sunday, 28 Feb 2010". British Cycling. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Shay Elliott Memorial Road Race". British Cycling. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Craven wins Clayton Velo Classic". Cycling Weekly. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Bull, Nick (17 March 2016). "Bialoblocki wins 'fastest ever' Jock Wadley Memorial". Cycling News. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Goos wins Vuelta Ciclista a Leon". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Hunt, Andy (1 August 2011). "Hunt triumphs at East Yorkshire Classic". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Joeaar wins final stage in bunch sprint". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Ryedale Grand Prix". British Cycling. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Road: Downing wins Lincoln Grand Prix". British Cycling. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Impressive ride by Craven at Commonwealth Games". The Namibian. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "GENERAL RANKING 2015 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo". www.tropicaleamissabongo.com. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "National Championships Namibia - Road Race". ProCycling Stats. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 

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