Alison Sydor is Canada's most successful female cyclist and one of its
Her road racing career hit a high point in 1991 when she won the
prestigious Tour de l'Aude and was third in the women's road race the world
championships. It was also in 1991, that Sydor branched out into the more
lucrative world of mountain biking which was gaining popularity in North
America and Europe. Her transition to the sport, which focuses more on the
individual rather than team play, was suprisingly smooth. She won her
first mountain bike cross country World Cup event in Switzerland that year
and was fifth at the world championships.
She is now a three-time mountain bike world champion and last season
notched her third career World Cup title with two victories, two silver
and three bronze medals in eight races.
Sydor, 34, earns every penny of her six figure income as a professional
rider for her Volvo Cannondale racing team. Last season at a World Cup in
Canmore, Alta., she collapsed at the finish line with her foot still in the
pedal stirrup from exhaustion and hypothermia. She still placed third.
Earlier in the year she crossed the finish line on a flat tire for a silver
medal. In 1998, in one race she carried her broken bike to the finish.
Despite all her success in mountain biking, Sydor has not abandoned road
racing. She'll vie for an Olympic spot in that event as well this year at
Women's mountain bike: Alison Sydor, Vancouver, finished fifth in final.
Canada's Alison Sydor in action
Sydor in the pack at the start
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