The Guardian has a nice article on Marianne Martin, the first women’s winner of the Tour de France. It was interesting to me because I had never heard a lot of what was in the article. Of course I was following it as it was happening. I was hanging in Boulder and the Daily Camera had daily articles on the race.
I’m not exactly sure when I first met Marianne. It must have been when she first started racing. She was on the US National Team and thus we did a few training camps together, plus all the other various stuff. We sort of shared an alley apartment in Boulder, which we had a little squabble about, but it was nothing. She moved out to Santa Monica California for a bit and I used to ride from La Jolla up to her apartment one day, then back to La Jolla the next when I was training early season.
Anyway, It was a big deal when Marianne won the inaugural women’s TDF. It really put women’s cycling, in Europe, on the big stage.
Marianne mentions me in the article. I remember loaning her some money because it was such a last minute deal. I think it might have been $400. But even after she won, it wasn’t all that lucrative to race bicycles. My brother Kris travelled a bit with her around Europe. I don’t remember if that was right after this race or another time.
Anyway, click on the link above. It is great cycling history and a good story about a super person.
Both of these photos were taken by Grahm Watson, a great cycling photgrapher. He has an awesome website that has current Tour photos, plus music to accompany them.