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Famous Female Cyclists

List of famous female cyclists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female cyclists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being cyclists. There are thousand of females working as cyclists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic cyclists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a cyclist then the people below should give you inspiration.

People here include everyone from Sue Haywood to Nicole Cooke.

While this isn't a list of all female cyclists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female cyclists?" and "Who are the best female cyclists?"

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    Christine Diane "Chris" Witty is an American speed skater and racing cyclist and participated in the Olympic Games in both sports. She won medals at both 1000 and 1500 meters in the 1998 Winter Olympics. In 2002 she won the Olympic gold medal at the 1000 meters in Salt Lake City, setting a world record ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist, Speed Skater
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    Melissa "Missy" Giove is a former professional downhill mountain biker. Her nickname is The Missile. Giove was one of mountain-bike racing's first mainstream female superstars, did some ads for Reebok, is the all-time leader in NORBA downhill wins with 14, and is second on the World Cup list with 11. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Nicole Louise Reinhart was an American professional track and road racing cyclist who twice won gold medals in cycling at the Pan American Games. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 24 (1976-2000)
    • Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Kristin Armstrong is a professional road bicycle racer and two-time Olympic gold medalist, the winner of the women's individual time trial in 2008 and 2012. Before temporarily retiring to start a family in 2009, she rode for Cervélo TestTeam in women's elite professional events on the National Racing ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States of America
    • Profession: Coach, Athlete, Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Sheila Grace Young-Ochowicz is a retired American speed skater and track cyclist. She won three world titles in each of these sports, sometimes in the same year. In 1976, she also became the first American athlete to win three medals at one Winter Olympics. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist, Speed Skater
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    Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden Reid is an American athlete who excelled in speed skating, cross-country skiing and bicycle racing. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Her brother Eric was a five-time gold-medalist speedskater at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist, Speed Skater
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    Ramona d'Viola is an American cyclist. d'Viola was a member of the 1985 Women's US National Cycling Team and competed in the second Women's Tour de France known as the Tour Feminin. During 1984, 1985, and 1986, the women's TDF was held simultaneously with the men's race before being rescheduled, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Profession: Journalist, Professional Road Racing Cyclist, Photographer
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    Deirdre Demet Barry is an American female cycle racer, six times U.S. champion. She has won two World Cup races, two World Championship medals, and, in 2004, the silver medal in the time trial in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. She is married to fellow professionial cyclist Michael Barry. They ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Rebecca Twigg is an American former racing cyclist, who won six world track cycling championships in the individual pursuit. She also won 16 US championships and two Olympic medals, the Silver medal in the 1984 road race in Los Angeles, and a Bronze medal in the pursuit in Barcelona in 1992. Twigg won ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Connie Carpenter-Phinney in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She also won the gold medal in the cycling road race at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, as well as twelve U.S. national championships. She remains the youngest American woman to compete at the Winter Olympics. Before turning to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Katie Compton is an American bicycle racer. She specializes in cyclo-cross racing. Compton formerly piloted a tandem with a blind partner in Paralympic events. She has the won the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships Elite Women's title every year from 2004 to 2010, and 2012 to 2015. Since she ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Jeannie Longo is a French racing cyclist, 59-time French champion and 13-time world champion. Longo is still active in cycling as of 2011 and is widely considered one of the greatest female cyclists of all time. She is famous for her competitive nature and her longevity in a sport where some of her ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Annecy, France
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Annie “Londonderry” Cohen Kopchovsky was the first woman to bicycle around the world. She was a free-thinking young woman, who reinvented herself as the daring “Annie Londonderry” — entrepreneur, athlete, and globetrotter. She was born into a Jewish family in Riga in modern-day Latvia around 1870, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 77 (1870-1947)
    • Birthplace: Latvia
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Alise Rose Post is an American professional "Current School" Bicycle Motocross racer whose prime competitive years are from 2002–Present. Has the moniker of "The Beast". more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 24
    • Birthplace: St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Laurence Leboucher is a French professional cross-country mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer. She is a three-time Olympian and two-time world cyclo-cross champion. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Alençon, France
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Amber Neben is an American racing cyclist who won the UCI world time trial championship in 2008 and the U.S. national road race championship in 2003. She is the only active American female cyclist to win multiple UCI category 1 stage races, having won the Gracia Tour in 2002, the Tour du Montreal in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Athlete, Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Nicole Denise Cooke, MBE is a Welsh former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and World road race champion. Cooke announced her retirement from the sport on 14 January 2013 at the age of 29. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Ruthie Matthes is an American professional bicycle racer who won the World Cross-Country Mountain Bike Championship in 1991. She is also a road cyclist, having twice finished in 2nd place in the Women's Challenge bicycle stage race. Ruthie is one of a series of professional riders who got their start in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Sun Valley, Idaho, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Félicia Ballanger is a retired French racing cyclist. She won five world championships in the sprint and 500 m time trial. She was also a triple Olympic champion. She is 1.68 metres tall and weighs 70 kilograms. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: La Roche-sur-Yon, France
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Mari Kim Holden Paulsen is an American cycle racer. She won the world time trial championship in 2000 after winning a silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Sydney, Australia. She also won six U.S. championships, becoming the first American woman to win three consecutive U.S. time trial ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Ventura, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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