The Best Olympic Games Cyclists

With the London Olympic Games around the corner it seems fit to celebrate some of the greatest athletes of all time. The Olympic Games is the longest was first recorded in 776 BC in Olympia, Greece and later became known as evolved into the modern Olympic Games in the 19th century. Over the years there has been a lot of athletes breaking records and shocking the world with their achievements from injured sprinters finishing the race and swimmers competing with a concussion there has been a lot of amazing and inspiring stories throughout the years.

Cycling became a part of the Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens and cyclists usually competed on wooden tracks. These events drew large amounts of crowds so they started charging an entrance fee.  Since 1924 there have been a few general games in the cycling category including sprints, time trials, and tandem as well as team races. In 1964 the individual races were added to the Games and the tandem race was removed from the list at the Olympic Games in Munich.

Women were allowed to compete in the Olympic Games from 1988 at the Seoul Games in Korea. As the times changed some extra events were added and others fell away. There are now numerous cycling events with a lot of competitors competing. Let us take a look at some of the legendary Olympic Cyclists.

Paul Mason

Paul Mason was one of the star competitors in the 1896 Summer Olympic Games held in Athens. The Frenchman competed as a cyclist in three different categories and ended up being the winner of each of them.

Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy or rather Sir Christopher Andrew ‘Chris’ Hoy was born in Scotland in the1976. As a track cyclist Chris is a world champion and at the 2008 Beijing did Scotland proud by winning three gold medals. Chris Hoy goes down in history for being Scotland’s most successful Olympic athlete.

Monique Knol

Monique Knol was born in Friesland in the earlier 1960’s and become known as a legendary racing cyclist. She started to compete in one of the first Olympic Games were women were allowed to qualify. Monique won a gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and a bronze medal in the same event at the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Jens Fiedler

Jens Fiedler is definitely a cyclist to take note of. The German Olympic champion is a track cyclist that won 5 Olympic medals. His started his Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and retired in 2005. The last year he competed at the Olympic Games in 2004 where he was disqualified in the semi-finals ending his dreams to receive four medals for cycling alone.

Sarah Ulmer

Sarah Ulmer made history as the first New Zealander to win a gold medal for cycling at the Olympic Games. Apart from winning gold at the 2004 Summer Olympics held in Athens, she also set new world records. At the end of the 2004 Games Sarah Ulmer had numerous titles to her name including Olympic and Commonwealth titles and world records. In 2011 Sarah started her campaign as New Zealand’s official Cycle Trail ambassador.

Leontine van Moorsel

Born on the 22nd of March 1970 Leontine Martha Henrica Petronella van Moorsel became one of the best cyclists of all time. She started her career in the late 1980’s and competed on track as well as road cycling surfaces. Leontine is one of the most successful Dutch athletes ever after winning four gold, one silver and a bronze medal at the Olympic Games on both road races, time trials and track.

These are just a few of the legendary athletes who competed at the Olympic Games over the years. We are very excited to see what this year has to offer an we are sure that London will be a spectacular host to the world’s best athletes, coaching teams and fans from all over the world. The 2012 Olympic Games will kick off on the 27th of July and continue until the 12th of August. Be sure to support your favorites and best of luck to all the competitors.

The Best Olympic Games Cyclists – by Sonia Meehan. The best Olyimpic cyclists are collected in this article, written by Sonia Meehan. Check out her other posts at Cruiser Bikes, home of the cheap beach cruiser bikes online.