MOOLMAN PASIO Ashleigh < Back  
Sport Cycling - Road, Mountain Bike
CGA South Africa   
Gender Women
Born 09 Dec 1985 in Pretoria, SAF
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Carl Pasio
Residence Banyoles, ESP
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Languages English
Higher education Chemical Engineering - Stellenbosch University: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began cycling in 2008 while studying at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Why this sport? She began cycling after she met her future husband, Carl Pasio, while studying at Stellenbosch University. He was a triathlete and introduced her to the world of endurance sports. She tried triathlon and duathlon but after discovering her talent in cycling, she decided to focus on becoming a professional cyclist.
Club / Team CCC - Liv: Netherlands
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Finishing on the podium at the 2018 Giro Rosa in Italy. (liv-cycling.com, 20 Oct 2019)
Hero / Idol Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos. (liv-cycling.com, 09 Feb 2019)
Injuries In 2020 she sustained a pelvis injury that kept her off her bike for two weeks. (velonews.com, 17 Sep 2020)

She suffered an illness in 2016 that affected her performances that season. She also sustained a hip injury at the end of the year. (liv-cycling.com, 09 Feb 2019)

She broke her collarbone three times in the space of 12 months in 2013 and 2014 [October 2013, February 2014 and September 2014]. (bpct.ch, 08 Feb 2016)

She fractured her skull in a horse riding accident in 2003. (liv-cycling.com, 20 Oct 2019; ashleighcycling.com, 10 Apr 2016; podiumcafe.com, 17 Jun 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The best advice I was ever given was to find my passion and pursue it. I really believe if you have a passion for what you're doing and you really love it, you'll always be able to work through the obstacles and find your best potential. My advice would be to love what you are doing. Try to hold onto that enjoyment." (liv-cycling.com, 09 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours She was named Sportswoman of the Year at the 2015 South African Sport Awards. (cyclingsa.com, 25 Nov 2015)

She was named Africa's Most Influential Woman in Sport in 2013. (supersport.com, 05 Aug 2013)
Famous relatives Her husband Carl Pasio represented South Africa in triathlon at the 2005 World Junior Championships in Gamagori, Japan. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Feb 2020; ft.com, 13 Sep 2019)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (ft.com, 13 Sep 2019)
Other information BIKE TOUR BUSINESS
She and her husband run a company called Rocacorba Cycling in Banyoles, Spain. The business offers accommodation, cycling tours and triathlon services. "This area is super-special and incredible for training. Where else in Europe can you cycle for five hours and not see another person." (Instagram profile, 30 Sep 2020; rocacorbacycling.cc, 07 Feb 2020; ft.com, 13 Sep 2019)

HORSE RIDING ACCIDENT
In her final year of school in 2003 she was involved in a near-fatal horse riding accident. She fractured her skull in the fall, and was in a coma for 10 days. "The prognosis was really bad. They said I wasn't going to finish school, and I'd never be the same person, and all those kind of things which I think neurosurgeons have to say, and I think I was really determined to prove everybody wrong. This happened in June, and by the end of the year, October, I had managed to make a miraculous recovery, and I wrote my final year exams. I passed all seven subjects with distinction. So it was really quite an incredible life-changing event." (liv-cycling.com, 20 Oct 2019; ashleighcycling.com, 10 Apr 2016; podiumcafe.com, 17 Jun 2014)