At the age of two, Denise lost her right lower leg in an accident. At the age of 21, she discovered her passion for mountainbiking and since 2011, Denise is a professional Para-Cyclist and won several World Championships. Her biggest success so far was winning the silver medal at the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. In 2015 she won the gold medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championship in the individual pursuit. This year she won two silver medals and one bronze medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championship. Her next big goal are the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.