ESPN on Older Women Cyclists
"In women's cycling, the tactical savvy, mental toughness and cardio development that come with age can give older riders the advantage"...
Riding with the Pros -- In cycling, older can mean better - espnW
No mention of Jeannie Longo???
Just think what Evelyn Stevens could be doing in 20 years...
Arguably the greatest road racer ever - woman or man - is Jeannie Longo-Cirprelli.
Originally Posted by epic
She was the 2011 French time trial champion at age 52, and barely missed a 2012 Olympic berth.
She won some races before before that:
Olympic Games road race: Gold Medal/Champion (1996); Silver Medal (1992)
Olympic Games time trial: Silver Medal (1996); Bronze Medal (2000)
5x UCI Road Race World Championship: Gold Medal/Champion (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1995)
4x UCI Time Trial World Championship: Gold Medal/Champion (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001)
4x UCI Track World Championship: Points Race: Gold Medal/Champion (1989)
3 km Pursuit: Gold Medal/Champion (1986, 1988, 1989); Silver Medal (1984, 1985, 1987); Bronze Medal (1981, 1982, 1983)
UCI Mountain Bike Championship: Silver Medal (1993)
15x French Road Race Champion: 1979 to 1989, 1992, 1995, 2006, 2008
10x French Time Trial Champion: 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
3x Tour Cycliste Feminin / Grande Boucle: 1987, 1988, 1989
2x Women's Challenge: 1991, 1999
Set Hour Record (45.094 km/h) in 2000 in Mexico City (14 years after setting the best hour performance record)1
Tequila is a pallid flame that passes through walls and soars over tile roofs to allay despair. A. Mutis
That sort of dominance will disappear in the future. Women cyclists are starting at a younger age and there are more of them. 15 years down the road competition at 25-30 range is going to blow older riders out of the water.