"And perhaps the coolest thing I learned about Marianne: she was studying biomedical sciences in preparation for medical school applications when she won her first World Championships and was offered a pro contract. She decided to pursue cycling instead of medical school and, having recently made exactly the same decision myself, I asked her if she ever regretted her choice. Her answer: No. At first she felt like she had changed her life path from being a doctor helping people and giving back to the community to a selfish, athletic endeavour. Since then she has found a way to give back through sport. She inspires and mentors people around the world, is a driving force in the movement for equality in womens cycling, and an amazing role model for young women everywhere."
Sunshine Spin with the World’s Greatest Cyclist | ANIKA (the beast) TODD
Canadian cyclist Anika Todd, who’s over for her first Spring season in Europe, on spending the day with Marianne Vos - including Vos’ tips for races!
Representing six countries and three continents, commission members have been in frequent contact since the commission was established, and had plenty of ground to cover in the one-and-a-half days of meetings this month.
Tracey Gaudry heads the UCI Women’s Commission that is made up of eminent figures in the world of cycling who represent organisers, teams, riders, media and the industry:
— Union Cycliste Internationale
Are you optimistic?
EP: I think a lot of people in the world of bike manufacturers are dying for more women’s coverage because it’s a huge growth market. I’m fed up of being labelled as some sort of whinger, just because I’ve asked for improvements. There’s a really good vibe in women’s cycling, [but] there’s that single step to being seen. I’m being really positive about it; it just needs a bit of time.
In 2013 Marianne Vos was again the top rider, and by some margin. Is her dominance potentially a bad thing for women’s cycling?
EP: I don’t think so; she is probably the best female cyclist there has ever been. I can see what you mean, the danger is that women’s cycling becomes a bit one-dimensional, but she is just quite exceptional.
I’m happy that anyone is reporting on our races, and about tactics rather than what so and so was wearing. How to beat Marianne is all about the sport and the tactics and the excitement of it, and I think that’s a good thing.
— Emma Pooley speaks about her return to full time cycling - Cycling Weekly
""It’s great that we get a big new stage race on our calendar with The Women’s Tour,” the reigning world champion said on the race’s website. “The times that I’ve raced in Great Britain - with of course the London Olympic Games fresh in my mind - I have been amazed by the huge crowds and the enthusiastic people. I’m sure it will be a fantastic event and I’m looking forward to competing here with the best riders from all over the World.""
— Vos To Ride Women’s Tour | Cyclingnews.com
"Perhaps the most interesting part of Vos’ bike are her chainrings. The Dutch World Champ has been a long-time Rotor athlete, enjoying a relationship that started when she first began racing. “It started off really grassroots,” Rotor explained to Cyclocross Magazine. “That was just over eight years ago. Marianne was a young girl, she was still a junior in the Netherlands, and one of our friends knew Marianne, she was racing for Van Tuyl, which was a small custom bike manufacturer in the Netherlands, and we threw on the ’cross rings, and she won that race. And after that, she just kept on winning and winning.”"
Pro Bike Profile: Marianne Vos’ Worlds-Winning Giant TCX Advanced Disc Cyclocross Bike | Cyclocross Magazine
Profile, with photos, of Marianne Vos’ 2014 Cyclocross World Champs-winning CX bike