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Great Belgian Women Cyclists



For all cycling fans, July is synonymous with the famous Tour de France. Organised since 1903, this race has become an institution in the world of cycling. It's much more than just a race: it's a family event that brings together young and old alike. The men's race runs from 1 to 23 July, before the women's race from 23 to 30 July. At Treebike, we like to draw inspiration from the careers of great cyclists. To mark the occasion, we're sharing some of the great female figures from the world of cycling with you.

  • Yvonne Reynders


Yvonne Reynders was one of the greatest female cyclists of the 1960s. She won a total of twelve international medals, including four gold medals in the road race and three gold medals in the pursuit.


  • Marie Rose Gaillard


Marie Rose Gaillard, aged just 18, was world road champion in 1962. In 1966, she won the Belgian road championship.

Fun Fact: Philippe Gilbert is her nephew and together they co-founded the Vélo Club Ourthe-Amblève.


  • Nicole Vandenbroek


Nicole Vandenbroek has won several gold medals at the women's world road race championships.


  • Lotte Kopecky


Lotte Kopecky is Belgian road cycling champion in 2020 and 2021. She recently won the Tour of Flanders in 2022 and 2023. At 27, Lotte has not finished surprising us.


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