Alison Sydor, Cycling - Mountain Bike

Long before North Vancouver’s Alison Sydor became the best in the world on two wheels she was the best in Alberta in three events – winning the Alberta junior triathlon championship. But at age 21, she began concentrating her energy on cycling, becoming a member of the national road team and a 1992 Olympian even as she began dabbling in mountain biking. Sydor quickly became a world force in the burgeoning cycling discipline on trails, winning the 1994 and 1995 World Championship. The year 1996 confirmed her status as the top female athlete in Canada and a world star. Sydor, 30, won her third consecutive World Mountain Bike Championship in Cairns, Australia and the World Cup cross-country title by winning six of 10 events on the circuit. She also earned a Silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Velonews Magazine honoured her as its International Cyclist of 1996.

Wendy Long

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