Holden celebrated her 50th birthday on 30 March. She is a former pro racer who won the world time trial championships in France in 2000 after taking a silver medal at the Sydney Olympics in the same year. The U.S. rider is also a six-time national champion, having also won the double by taking out the time trial and road championships in 1999. She was elected to the board of directors of USA Cycling and has served on the advisory committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Her initial interest in cycling was sparked when she borrowed a bike and went with her school cycling club on a 50-mile ride. She loved the feeling of riding and became hooked on racing. After her retirement from competition, she has remained in cycling and opened up a coaching clinic. Following from that, Holden became the team director of TWENTY20-Sho-Air UCI Women’s Pro Team for 6 years and was the National Team Road Coach for USA Cycling until very recently. She currently holds the role of Community Director for USA Cycling where she spearheads the “Let’s Ride“ initiative which is a nationwide effort to make bikes available to underserved communities and engage cycling coaches to mentor young riders.
Knol, who won gold and bronze medals in the Olympics, turned 57 on 31 March. She first won in 1988 in Seoul, where she took the road race title, and then four years later in Barcelona, where she took bronze in the same event. As a youngster she wanted to become a skater but despite all her training efforts, she did not succeed and was persuaded to try cycling, a sport in which she excelled, winning several one-day events and stage races during her career. After her retirement, she took on the role of trainer and team manager of a Dutch UCI mountain bike team and later turned to equestrian sports, riding dressage competitions.
Furtado had her 54th birthday on 4 March. The American was a successful slalom skier who after six knee injures switched to cycling, not willing to give up on a sporting career. Starting out as a road racer, she quickly discovered her passion for maintain biking, winning the inaugural championships in Colorado in 1991. This success was followed by five national titles, three world cups and another world championship title. After her retirement, she launched Juliana, the first ever women-specific mountain bike. From humble beginnings, the bike company has since evolved to become the manufacturer of the largest range of mountain bikes, and accessory lines for women.