Jacquie Phelan

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Jacquie Phelan (born December 10, 1955 in San Francisco, California) is an American former road and cyclocross racer, and was the NORBA champion three consecutive years—1983, 1984, and 1985. Her nickname of "Alice B. Toeclips" is a homage to Alice B. Toklas. Phelan is known through the US mountain bike racing community for being outspoken on behalf of women riders and noncompetitive riders, riding drop bars off road, and her polka-dotted tights.

Phelan is married to Wilderness Trail Bikes cofounder and inventor Charlie Cunningham, the bicycle frame builder whose aluminum bike, "Otto," Phelan raced unbeaten for six years. This bike was the first modern lightweight mountain bike, and its heat-treated sloping top tube aluminum frame held up for over nine consecutive seasons. The roller cam brakes, two chainrings (44-34), and custom-fabricated eleven-tooth rear cog gave a boost in technical riding. The bike also drew criticism from traditional framebuilders, who believed durable frames had to be made of steel.

She was a charter inductee into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1988,[1] and in 2000 was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame.[1] Along with a dozen others, Phelan cofounded NORBA in 1982, and was a charter member of IMBA. Phelan founded the Women's Mountain Bike & Tea Society (WOMBATS) in 1987 to encourage women's and girls' participation,[1] and produced the sport's first off-road skills camps, dubbed "Fat Tire Finishing School".

Phelan was the first US mountain bike racer, male or female, to race abroad (Man v. Horse, Wales). In 2004 she placed 8th overall in the Transportugal, a 1300 km offroad adventure race, where she was the only woman. Phelan is still invited to participate in offroad races both stateside and abroad. In summer 2009 she took part in a two-month vodka commercial called the 42 Below ride, a 4,200-mile crossing of the USA by road bike.

Phelan appears in three documentary films: Full Cycle: A World Odyssey (1994), How to Cook Your Life (Doris Doerrie's film about Zen baker Edward Espe Brown, 2007), and Billy Savage's Klunkerz.[2]

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