Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Speaking of Women Cyclists ...

Nicole Cooke's victory in the Olympic Women's Road Race, put me in mind of two other great women riders.

Beryl Burton has to be considered one of the UK's greatest ever athletes, let alone women athletes, let alone cyclists. Her wiki will tell you far more than I ever could, but in a nutshell, for a number of years some of her British achievements exceeded the men's records.

Some of her records have yet to be surpassed by modern women.

Jeannie Longo of France has just competed in her seventh Olympic Games at the age of 49. Only lack of support from her team saw her placed down the field in the Olympic Women's Road Race, but she was only just out of the medals for the Women's Time Trial.

Read more here.