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 an homage to Alice B. Toklas. Phelan is known through the US mountain bike racing community for being outspoken on behalf of women riders and non-competitive 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 framebuilder whose aluminum bike, "Otto" Phelan raced unbeaten for six years. This bike was the first modern lightweight mountain bike, and held up for over nine consecutive seasons, using a heat-treated sloping top tube aluminum frame. 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?] who believed durable frames had to be made of steel.
She was a charter inductee into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 1988, and in 2000 was inducted into the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame. Along with a dozen others, Phelan co-founded 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, 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. 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 in summer 2009.