Born in the Ukraine on 28 April 1969, she won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games on the track, and bronze in the road race. She was also national track and road champion and a multi-time title holder at World and European championships on the track, in addition to winning stages at the Giro d’Italia Donna. In 2009 she retired from sports and subsequently became active in regional committees for sports and youth policy. Two years ago she was elected mayor of the city of Tula, 200km south of Moscow.
On 30 April 2017, the ultra-cyclist from North Carolina smashed a previously held record by British rider Steve Abraham in riding 12,894km in a single month, the longest distance ever completed in that time period on a bike. After having sustained a brain injury when hit by a car while she was out on her bike, the young American had only started training again the previous year before she was able to break the record. She is also the holder of 5 Guinness World Records in cycling and is currently riding for the US Team TWENTY20 as well as coaching talented young riders.
GP Elsy Jacobs
To mark the 50th anniversary of the highly successful rider’s world title and hour record, the inaugural GP Elsy Jacobs was held on 26 April 2008. From then on, the race has become an annual celebration around her hometown of Garnish in Luxembourg. Between 2008 and 2011, the event was run as a single day race, but from 2012 onwards it has become a stage race.