Deborah Herold

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Deborah Herold
UCI Track World Championships 2018 107.jpg
Deborah and her team sprint
partner Alena Reji (2018)
Years active2011–present
Home townCar Nicobar, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India

Deborah Herold (born 18 February 1995 in Aberdeen, Andaman and Nicobar Islands) is an Indian cyclist.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Herold is an ethnic Nicobari. She grew up in Car Nicobar, where her father served as an Air Force officer. She was at her village in Car Nicobar island when the 2004 tsunami hit and spent around a week stuck in a tree surviving on leaves and tree bark. She received support from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre supports in Andaman. Since 2011, she lives in New Delhi, and trains at the Velodrome in the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.


In 2014, Herold won two gold medals at the Herald Track Asia Cup in the 500-meter time trial and the team sprint. In October 2015, she won five medals at the Taiwan Cup Track International Classic, then three medals at the Track India Cup.[2] She is the first Indian cyclist in the UCI rankings of a discipline - the 500m time trial - and is ranked fourth.[3] Herold is working towards a start at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.[4]


  1. ^ "Nicobar's bicycle diaries".
  2. ^ Alter, Jamie (12 December 2015). "Tsunami survivor Deborah Herold is world No. 4 cyclist". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. ^ Alter, Jamie (11 December 2015). "Indian cyclist Deborah Herold makes history with 4th place ranking". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Cyclist Deborah Herold sets sights on 2020 Tokyo Olympics". Mail Today. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.