Alessia Polita, born in 1985, is a paracyclist from Jesi in the Marche region of Italy. The passion for speed and racing on two wheels has always been in her and her family’s DNA. Despite some initial resistance, especially from her mother, Alessia followed in the footsteps of her brother Alessandro (a year older) and began competing in motorcycling categories. She first jumped on a motorbike at 16 and never got off. She was good, had great talent, and started to make a name for herself amassing various successes. In 2005 was her first great triumph when she became European women’s STK 600 champion. Then she won two consecutive Italian titles, again in the STK 600 category, in 2008 and 2009.
The day that changed her life was 13 June 2013. It was a Saturday morning, the last qualifier before the Sunday race. At the Misano Adriatico circuit, Alessia was approaching turn 16 when she lost control of the bike and was thrown to the ground. She sustained a spinal cord injury that paralysed her lower limbs. Rehabilitation was very long; for Alessia the shock was terrible and it was difficult to adjust to the fact that she had to take a new path. Gradually, however, she decided to get going again, not least through sport. After a few years, she got on a monoski and once again felt the thrill of speed, albeit on snow. A thrill that, after some initial hesitation, she found again on the handbike. In 2022, she got in touch with Pierino Dainese, team manager of Obiettivo3, who convinced her to try paracycling. She accepted, beginning a new adventure that has seen her take the Obiettivo Tricolore baton to her city. The first step in a career yet to be written.