(born 31 January 1985
) is a professional cyclist
, specialising in cross-country mountain bike racing
. She started competitive cycling at the age of 13 in 1998 and came to national and international attention in 2002 when she won the U19 cross-country World Championships in Austria. In 2003 she successfully defended her Under 19 world champion title in Switzerland. Her achievements in mountain biking won her a Union Cycliste Internationale
(UCI) scholarship under the tutelage of legendary Swiss ex-pro, Chantal Daucourt
, at the coaching facility in Aigle
Major awards already bestowed on Mathison include 2004 Australian Female MTB Cyclist of the Year; 2003 Sport Industry Australia Young Female Athlete of the Year; Australian Female Junior MTB of the Year for 2002 and 2003; and Queensland Cyclist of the Year for 2003.
In an interview in 2002 she said Cadel Evans, was a role model: "I've been following his progress and looking up to him since my early days. He's definitely a bit of an inspiration!" On whether she would make the transition to road racing she elaborated "I don't know if I could swap over like Cadel Evans has done, but it's something to think about."
In the 2004 Summer Olympics cross-country cycling event, Mathison finished a respectable 10th place. While still concentrating on cross-country mountain bicycle racing, Mathison is also a member of the Australian Institute of Sport Women’s Road Cycling team in 2005. The team included Amy Gillett, who was tragically killed by a car while on a training ride in Germany.
- 1st XC Oceania Titles NZL
- 1st XC Australian MTB Titles VIC
- 1st Women's Wildside TAS
- 3rd World Class MTB GER
- 10th 2004 Summer Olympics GRE2003
- 1st U19 XC World Championships SUI
- 1st Elite XC Australian Titles VIC
- 1st U19 XC Raid SFR Cassis FRA
- 2nd Elite XC Oceania Titles AUS2002
- 1st U19 XC World Championships AUT
- 1st U19 XC Swiss Cup SUI
- 1st U19 Swiss Cup Series Final SUI
- 1st Elite XC NZ National Championships NZL
- 1st Elite XC Victorian State Championships AUS
- 1st Elite XC NSW State Championships AUS