Lyne Bessette has only been riding for four seasons but had a breakthrough
campaign in 1999 with four major victories including the prestigious Tour
de l'Aude. Before cycling she was a middle distance runner for 11 years
but felt she had no chance to make the Olympics in track and field and quit
in 1995. Her ex-boyfriend suggested she switch to cycling.
"There's a sport in every person," said Bessette who jumped from 132 to 38
in the world rankings in 1999. "I just never knew it. I never rode my
bike back then."
This season her success hasn't been quite as spectacular but that's because
she is looking to peak for the Olympic Games. However just prior to the
Olympic trials she won the Fitchburg Classic in the U.S., and was in the
top-three in three other U.S., stage races. At the 2000 Tour de l'Aude she
was a solid 10th overall.
At the professional level she is in her second season with Team Saturn
which has several Canadians on its squad including Olympic teammates Clara
Hughes and Brian Walton. Bessette is considered an all-around cyclist with
excellent climbing skills.
Women's road race: Lyne Bessette, Lac Brome, Que., was 22nd in final.
Canada's Lyne Bessette and Genevieve Jeanson
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