Karen Dunne

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Karen Dunne
Personal information
Full nameKaren Dunne
BornDecember 12, 1967 (1967-12-12) (age 51)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad, Track
Rider typeField Sprinter, Points Racer
Major wins
1st, gold medalist(s) Pan American Games (1999)

Karen Dunne (born December 12, 1967 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a retired female professional cyclist from the United States. She is best known for winning the gold medal at the women's individual road race at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She also won 11 U.S. National Championships - 3 Elite (Points race, Criterium, Kilometer Time Trial), 3 Collegiate (Criterium, 500 Meter Time Trial, Track Omnium), and 5 Mixed Tandem (Pursuit, 2 x Kilometer Time Trial, 2 x Match Sprints). Her cycling career began while attending Indiana University Bloomington where she won the 1991 Women's Little 500.

Career highlights[edit]


  • GP Feminin International du Quebec: First, second, and third place stage finishes
  • GP Feminin International du Quebec: Most aggressive rider award
  • USA Cycling's (USAC) Olympic Long Team, Road
  • Wendy’s International Stage Race: Overall winner and two stage wins
  • Sea Otter Classic: Stage winner, road race
  • Redlands Bicycle Classic: Sprint jersey winner






  • PowerBar International Women's Challenge: 2nd place - sprint classification
  • U.S. Olympic Festival: Two Gold medals, two Silver medals


  • Goodwill Games: Bronze medal
  • U.S. National Criterium Championships: Silver medal
  • U.S. National Track Championships: Gold medal - Kilometer Time Trial; Bronze medal - Points race
  • PowerBar International Women's Challenge: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place stage finishes
  • U.S. Collegiate National Championships: Gold Medals - Criterium, 500 Meter Time Trial, and Track Omnium; Silver Medal - Match Sprints