Top 12 Women Cyclists
It's great to find a woman who is into cycling. It shows she has a sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors, and cares about being in shape. Then there are some ladies who take that love to the next level in being a rider for a living. Right now the women cycling circuit is perhaps at its peak, thanks to an eclectic mix of riders young and old, all active on social media to give an inside look at not only their cycling prowess, but their personalities as well. Here are the women we like to call, the Buzzin' Dozen.
1. Peta Mullens (@Petamullens)
Peta is a 27-year old road/mountain bike rider for the Wiggle-Honda team. She has a decorated history of first place finishes dating back to the 2002 U18 Mountain Running championships and posts her training online for social media friends to follow along with.
2. Becky James (@BecksJames)
James won the 2013 world sprint and keirin championships at the ripe age of 21. She is a road and track rider who specializes in sprinting. You'll likely hear from her next summer as she prepares to ride in the 2016 Olympic games in Rio for the British Cycling Team.
3. Chloe Dygert (@chloedygert30)
Chloe is a bright young face on the cycling circuit, representing the future of USA Cycling at just 18 years of age. Hailing from Indiana it's no surprise her career aspirations involved being a basketball player in the WNBA but after winning eight consecutive races in early 2015 it's looking like cycling was the better choice.
4. Emma White (@emmabeancx)
Emma is a cyclo-cross and time trial rider graduating high school in the 2015 class at Duanesburg Central School in New York. Her impressive resume already includes 7 USA Cycling National Championships and a silver medal in the junior worlds. Her motto: “control your controllables, everything else is out of your hands.” http://www.cxmagazine.com/2015-nationals-u18-15-16-junior-races-hecht-white-turner-funston
5. Laura Trott (@lauratrott31)
Trott is the inaugural Olympic champion in both the team pursuit and omnium races in the London 2012 games. Her impressive resume includes four world championships in team pursuit, a world championship in the omnium, and 10 titles overall making her the most successful rider (male or female) in the history of European Track Championships. It should be mentioned she's still only 23 and will be a force in Rio for the Great Britain Olympic team.
6. Elinor Barker (@elinorbarker)
Elinor is another of the young faces of cycling, a member of Welsh Cycling team on track and the Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling team on the road. The 21 year old took up cycling at age 10 as a way to get out of swimming classes and became the junior time trial world champion in 2012 and the team pursuit senior world champion in 2013. According to her Twitter account she also loves peanut butter.
7. Jolanda Neff (@jolandaneff)
Neff is currently the #1 ranked MTB cross country cyclist in the world and that is her specialty as evidenced by the winning of the 2014 and 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Famous for her long flowing blonde locks, Neff also won the first gold medal ever for Switzerland in women's cross country at the 2015 European games.
8. Evelyn Stevens (@evelyn_stevens)
Stevens is a decorated American cyclist who competed in the 2012 Olympic games in London. She was the US National Time Trial Champion in 2010 and 2011 and she interestingly had her bike stolen from a Richmond hotel before the 2015 road world championships only to have it recovered shortly before the race.
9. Marianne Vos (@marianne_vos)
Although her 2015 season has mostly been marred by injuries it doesn't change the fact that Marianne has been hailed as perhaps the 'finest cyclist of her generation'. The 3-time road world champion has also won a gold medal in the points race at the '08 Olympics and another in the road race at the '12 games. She has won numerous events in cyclo-cross, road racing, and track cycling proving her overall versatility. http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/sep/20/marianne-vos-uci-world-road-race-championships
10. Lizzie Armitstead (@L_armiTstead)
Armitstead is an accomplished road and track cyclist who has won the Women's Road World Cup in 2014 and 2015 as well as the World Road Race Championship in 2015 and the English National Road Race Championship in 2011, 2013, and 2015. Despite being on top of her game in the 2015 season the 26-year-old is reportedly mulling retirement at the end of the 2016 season. Like Seinfeld or Barry Sanders, sometimes it is best to go out on top.
11. Manon Carpenter (@ManonCarpenter)
Twenty-two-year-old Carpenter is an up and coming star in the downhill mountain bike racing and offroad MTB disciplines for the Madison Saracen Downhill team. She got into the sport because her father is a BMX track builder and the inside info is paying huge dividends for her career.
12. Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (@FERRANDPREVOT)
PFP is a diverse cyclist who competes in road, cyclo-cross, and cross-country mountain biking. In fact, she completed the clean sweep of all three in the 2014 Worlds becoming the first person ever in the history of cycling to do so making her the triple-rainbow phenom.
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