Caroline Alexander

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Caroline Alexander
Caroline Alexander Budapest 1995 GWC.jpg
Personal information
Full nameCaroline Alexander
Born (1968-03-03) 3 March 1968 (age 50)
Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Team information
DisciplineRoad & MTB XC
RoleRider
Professional team(s)
1991Kona
1992Raleigh
1993Louis Garneau
1996BMW-Klein
1998Team Ritchey
1999American Eagle
2001Specialized MTB

Caroline Alexander (born 3 March 1968)[1] is a cross-country mountain biker and road cyclist born in Barrow-in-Furness. She was a swimmer as a child and did not cycle until she was 20. She first rode a bike in competition in a triathlon: she came second in the swimming and was fastest on the bike. She entered her first mountain bike race, which she won. Within a year she was one of the top three mountain-bike racers in the UK. She left her job as a draughtswoman in Barrow shipyards and became a full-time cyclist.[2]

She represented Britain at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.[1] She was a reserve for the British Cycling team at the 2001 UCI road world championships[3] Alexander also represented Britain at the UCI Women's Road World Cup events in 2002.[4] Alexander represented Scotland in the first mountain-bike event in the Commonwealth Games in 2002.[5]

Alexander retired from cycling in 2004. In 2009, she was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame.[6]

Palmarès[edit]

1993
1st British National Mountain Biking Championships XC
2nd European Cross Country Championships
1994
1st British National Mountain Biking Championships XC
2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
1995
1st British National Mountain Biking Championships XC
1st European Cross Country Championships
1996
1st Mountain Bike Tour of Britain & six stage wins
5th UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 1 - Lisbon, Portugal
4th UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 2 - Houffalize, Belgium
4th UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 3 - St. Wendel, Germany
3rd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 4 - Helen, GA
2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 5 - Bromont, Quebec
1997
1st British National Mountain Biking Championships XC
16th UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
1st UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 3 - St Wendel, Germany
2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 5 - Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic
1998
1st British National Cyclo-cross Championships
1999
10th UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
2000
1st Redlands Bicycle Classic - stage 3 (66 mile road race)
2nd British National Road Race Championships
2nd Sea Otter TT, Australia
5th UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 5 - Sarentino, Italy
2001
2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
3rd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 5 - Durango, Colorado, United States
2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 8 - Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
6th UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
1st Sea Otter Classic Overall
2002
1st British National Mountain Biking Championships XC
2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup
2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup round 2 - Houffalize, Belgium
5th MTB XC 2002 Commonwealth Games
7th La Flèche Wallonne Féminine


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Olympic Record: Caroline Alexander". British Olympic Association.
  2. ^ Turnbull, Simon (6 July 1997). "Golden visions out of the blue". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  3. ^ Rob Burgess (19 September 2001). "British Cycling names World Road team". UK Sport.
  4. ^ "GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM 2002 RESULTS". British Cycling. Archived from the original on 20 August 2004.
  5. ^ "Scotland's cyclists selected for Commonwealth Games". Sport Scotland. 19 June 2002.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "50 Cycling Heroes Named in British Cycling's Hall of Fame". British Cycling. 17 December 2009. Archived from the original on 20 December 2009.