5 Stunning Cyclists You Have To See
Today’s focus falls on 5 beautiful women from the incredible sport of cycling! As far as their nationalities and disciplines within the sport go, these ladies represent a pretty wide variety, but something they all have in common is their determination and devotion to cycling, and of course, their good looks! We will start alphabetically by who they represent at their discipline’s World Championships, with Emily Batty of Canada!
Emily Batty started racing cross country mountain bikes all the way back in 1999, at the young age of 11, and was racing in the competitive Canada Cup Series by the time she reached 13. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Batty took the start line with a bruised shoulder and broken collarbone, but the courageous Canadian soldiered on and finished a very respectable 24th! Due to her tenacity and strength of will she was picked up by the Trek Factory Racing squad in 2013 and has enjoyed 2 successful seasons with the program! And just recently the 26 year old scored a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!
Next on our list is the supremely multi-talented French youngster, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. The now 22-year-old hit the international scene at 17 when she won the European Junior Time Trial Championship and French National TT Championship in the same year! But a continental title wasn’t enough for Pauline as she took both the UCI World Championship and her National Championship Road Races the following year. But supremacy on the road’s highest level wasn’t enough either, so the fast Frenchwoman took to the cross and cross country mountain bikes as well, with incredible success! A multitude of cyclocross and mountain bike podiums seemed to follow the young woman wherever she started! Jump forward to London 2012 and the, then, 20-year-old was the youngest competitor in the Olympic road race, where she rode to an impressive 8th place despite the monsoon-like conditions!
Another well-established veteran in the sport of competitive cycling would have to be Emma Johansson! The Norwegian started accruing bullet points for her race resume the same year as van Vleuten, in fact she actually beat van Vleuten in the 2008 World Champions Road Race by a single position (silver to Annemiek’s bronze)! Solid results followed the Norwegian wherever she seemed to go, including 7 National Titles since 2010! The 2012 Olympic Road Race was kind to Johansson as well, netting her a respectable 6th place after missing the 4 woman break. And, again like van Vleuten, the 30-year-old Johansson shows not a single sign of stopping as she claimed 14 podium results, including 6 wins plus two Norwegian National Championships just this past season!
Next we have the incredible Lizzie Armistead! The 25-year-old has seen an unbelievable amount of success since she was picked up by the British Cycling Olympic Podium Program all the way back in 2004. This program focused primarily on track racing, a discipline well suited to the Brit’s science based training regimens, but after sweeping up on the boards internationally (including 3 National Championships, 3 European Championships, and a World Championship) Lizzie moved her talents to the world’s roads full time! In the years following that decision, Armistead has scored a silver medal at her home Olympics in 2012, won 6 British National Championships, and just this year snagged the win at the Commonwealth Games Road Race. To go more in depth on her “palmarès” would take a full length biography, but suffice it to say, she is arguably one of the most accomplished riders of the generation, if not the history of the sport. After the London games, Armistead moved over to the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team from her previous AA Drink-leontien.nl squad.
This Czech Republic bombshell is a pro mountain biker, and while you can find countless photos of her on the web, it is nearly impossible to find any information about her success in the sport. We normally like to dedicate articles like this to women that have a proven success record, and are at the same time incredibly gorgeous, but this time we’ll have to settle on the latter. We do know that Martina bikes for Team Sazovice and that we really like her jersey of choice.
These 5 women represent some of the best athletes the sport has to offer and getting to watch them compete against one another is truly a gift to spectators worldwide! And luckily, thanks to the longer careers enjoyed by professional women, we will be offered many more opportunities to watch these ladies duke it out!
UPDATE: After a few reader email requests, we’ve decided to add Liz Hatch to our list. She’s as good of a biker as she is a looker. Check out her Maxim photo shoot here.