Natallia Tsylinskaya

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Natallia Tsylinskaya
Natallia Tsylinskaya on a 2004 Belarusian stamp
Personal information
Full nameNatallia Tsylinskaya
Born (1975-04-30) 30 April 1975 (age 48)
Minsk, Belarus
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)[1]
Team information
DisciplineTrack & Road
Professional team
2007–Safi – Pasta Zara – Manhattan

Natallia Tsylinskaya (Russian: Наталья Цилинская; born 30 August 1975) is an international cyclist who specialises in track sprinting. Tsylinskaya is an eight-time World Champion and an Olympic bronze medalist.[2]

Early life[edit]

Under the direction of her trainer, Alexander Beljatsky, who rode for Russia's road racing team Dynamo, Tsylinskaya won the Youth USSR Championship at the age of 14.[3] At age 16, in 1993, she traveled to Sydney, Australia, to participate in the Junior World Championships, where she won a bronze medal.[4]

Return to cycling[edit]

Tsylinskaya stepped away from professional cycling to start her family, but Belarusian authorities convinced Natallia to return to competitive cycling during the winter of 1998.[5] As Minsk did not have a track or adequate training facilities, Tsylinskaya moved to Moscow, where she trained.

At the 2000 World Championships in Manchester, England, she won gold in both the 500mTT and the Sprint,[6] but these results alone were insufficient to qualify for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. In 2001, she teamed up with Russian trainer, Stanislav Solovyev (Станислав Соловьев), who remained her coach throughout her career. She won gold for both the sprint and 500mTT events at three of the four world cups in that year but did not gain a medal at the 2001 World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.[7] She also suffered a severe crash during the sprint qualification rounds, in which she broke her collarbone.[8]

Championships from 2002 to 2004[edit]

Riding for the first time in international competition under her maiden name of Tsylinskaya, she began the 2002 season by winning both the sprint and 500mTT events at the World Cup races in Mexico City and Moscow. She followed this by winning gold in both the 500mTT and sprint events at the 2002 World Championships in Ballerup, Denmark.[9]

At the 2003 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, she won gold in the 500mTT event, posting a time of 34.078 seconds, her personal best time.[10] However, in the sprint event, Tsylinskaya competed against Russian track cyclist Svetlana Grankovskaya in the final, and lost in two straight heats, taking second place.

In 2004, the focus was on the Athens Olympics that took place in August. After victories in World Cup races earlier that year, at the World Championships in Melbourne, Australia in May 2004, she collided with British rider Victoria Pendleton's wheel in the sprint and bruised her right hip in the crash.[11] In the following 500mTT competition, she finished eighth, with Anna Meares winning the event.[6] On 20 August 2004, Tsylinskaya took the bronze medal, her only Olympic medal, in the 500m time trial.[12]

Season 2005 – season 2006[edit]

At beginning of the new season, Tsylinskaya expanded her training routine to incorporate Keirin racing. She began the season by appearing at the Los Angeles World Cup, winning gold in the 500mTT and the sprint and winning bronze in the Keirin (losing to Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares).[13] One month later, in January 2005, Natallia rode at the Manchester World Cup, where she won gold in the Keirin event[14] The World Championships were held in Los Angeles. She won gold in the 500mTT race over Anna Meares by .014 seconds[15] but was beaten in the sprint by Kerrie Meares, after being relegated and subsequently disqualified in the quarterfinals for performing a dangerous maneuver. In the second round of the Keirin event, Tsylinskaya fell whilst trying to muscle her way into the lead.[16] Tsylinskaya sustained mild, superficial injuries as well as a moderate concussion.

The 2006 season began at the Moscow World Cup where she won gold in both the 500mTT event and the sprint.[17] At the Manchester World Cup, she consolidated her season dominance in the 500mTT by taking gold on the first day.[18] A day later, she came second in the sprint, losing out to Victoria Pendleton after being relegated in the final.[19] In the Los Angeles World Cup, Tsylinskaya again won the 500mTT and the sprint events.[20]

At the 2006 World Championships, Tsylinskaya won gold in the 500mTT event, posting a time of 34.152 seconds.[18] At the later sprint event, Tsylinskaya also took the gold in the sprint event, beating Victoria Pendleton in the final.[21]

Season 2007 – season 2008[edit]

The 2007 track cycling season commenced with Round 1 of the World Cup series in Sydney, Australia, from 17th to 19th November 2006. In the Sprint competition final, Tsylinskaya competed against the British champion, Victoria Pendleton, resulting in a closely contested third ride, with Tsylinskaya eventually securing the gold medal.

The second round of the World Cup series was held in Moscow, Russia, on 15–17 December. As in Sydney, Tsylinskaya made it through to the final, where she met and bested 19-year-old Cuban Lizandra Guerra. Tsylinskaya had to settle for second place behind Cuban Lizandra Guerra with a time of 34.802 seconds in the 500m time trial.[22]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she qualified seventh fastest in the preliminary heats for the sprint event. Tsylinskaya was placed sixth overall at the end of the competition.

Union européenne de cyclisme[edit]

As of 2023, Tsylinskaya serves as part of the Management Board of the UEC, the European confederation of national cycling bodies. She also serves as the head of the women's commission of the UEC.[23]

Family life[edit]

Through cycling, Natallia met her first husband, Alexander Markovnichenko, a Ukrainian bicycle racer who, at the time, was a World Champion in the combined team of the USSR.[5] They married in the mid-1990s, moved to Donbas, Ukraine, and Natallia gave birth to their daughter, Masha, in May 1996.[4] She only returned to Minsk occasionally to attend the Academy of Physical Training and Sports, where she studied in absentia and which she completed in 1998.[3]

Tsylinskaya thereafter began a relationship with Russian bicycle racer Andrey Minashkin. The couple wed on 18 October 2002 in a ceremony in Minsk[4]


  1. ^ a b "Athlete Biography – TSYLINSKAYA Natallia". Beijing Olympics official website. Archived from the original on 3 September 2008.
  2. ^ Nataliya Tsilinskaya Archived 24 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b "Article on Tsylinskaya" (in Russian). Belarus Bank. 24 June 2006.[dead link]
  4. ^ a b c "Article on Tsylinskaya". Charter 97. 9 October 2002. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  5. ^ a b "Women's 500m time trial: Tsylinskaya lands second world title". Cycling News. 25 September 2002.
  6. ^ a b "Athlete Biographies: Natallia Tsylinskaya". Athens Olympics 2004. March 2004.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Article on Tsylinskaya at the 2001 World Championships". VeloNews. 29 September 2001. Archived from the original on 20 October 2006.
  8. ^ "Article on Tsylinskaya at the 2001 World Championships". VeloNews. 27 September 2001. Archived from the original on 8 May 2006.
  9. ^ CyclingNews: Article on Tsylinskaya at the 2002 World Championships from 28 September 2002 (in English)
  10. ^ CyclingNews: Article on Tsylinskaya from 3 August 2003 (in English)
  11. ^ CyclingNews: Article on Tsylinskaya from April 2006 (in English)
  12. ^ CyclingNews: Results table and article for 500mTT event at Athens Olympics from August 2004 (in English)
  13. ^ CyclingNews: Race Report from 11 December 2004 (in English)
  14. ^ "Race Report". Cycling News. 7 January 2005.
  15. ^ "Belarus' Tsylinskaya takes world cycling 500m time trial title". Sina News. 25 March 2005.
  16. ^ "2005 Track World Championships – Review of Day 1". Women's Cycling. 25 March 2005. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  17. ^ "Track World Cup 05-06 Round 1". Cycling News. 5 November 2005.
  18. ^ a b Mal Sawford (10 December 2005). "Women's 500m time trial: Tsylinskaya does it again". Cycling News.
  19. ^ "Track World Cup 05-06 Round 2". Cycling News. 11 December 2005.
  20. ^ Rob Jones (21 January 2006). "US trade teams and Commonwealth countries target LA track World Cup". CyclingNews.
  21. ^ Mal Sawford (16 April 2006). "Women's sprint: Tsylinskaya shapes up as favourite". Cycling News.
  22. ^ "2006 World Cup, Round 2, Moscow Results". Tissot Timing. 15 December 2006. Archived from the original on 1 January 2007.
  23. ^ Barry Ryan (3 March 2022). "British Cycling calls for UCI to suspend Russian and Belarusian federations, officials". Retrieved 30 January 2023.

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