Legendary British cyclist Beryl Burton dominated the British women’s racing scene from the 1950s to the 1980s. Apart from being a 5-time world champion, she set a new women’s record for the 25-mile time trial, which surpassed the men’s record for 2 years. Her achievements inspired a radio play.
Born to Children of God cult followers in Greece, Juliana Buhring was abandoned at age 4 and grew up with several foster parents, thus traveling the world. The world-renowned endurance cyclist lost her lover to a crocodile attack but still became the fastest solo female cyclist to tour across the world.
With six Olympic gold medals in her kitty, Laura Trott has become the most decorated female athlete from Britain in the Olympics. She is married to cyclist Jason Kenny, who is also an Olympic gold medalist. Surprisingly, born with asthma, she was advised by doctors not to take up sports.
English world champion cyclist Lizzie Deignan, née Armitstead, was discovered at school by the Olympic Talent Team. She also has an Olympic silver in her kitty and has been a popular commentator and a writer for various national broadcasters. She is married to Irish cyclist and Olympian Philip Deignan.
Rebecca Romero scripted history by winning two Olympic medals in two different sports, rowing and cycling, thus becoming the second woman to achieve the feat, after swimmer and handball player Roswitha Krause. Initially a rower, she was later deviated toward cycling after suffering a severe back injury.