One of the most decorated cyclists in American history, Inga Thompson has joined the Cynisca Cycling board of directors to help advance more women in the sport, both on and off the bike.
“Inga will be a great mentor for team members and advisor for the board,” said Cynisca Cycling founder Jeff Jones. “Like our namesake, she raced when women weren’t always accepted, not just in bike racing, but in other areas. She is a modern day Cynisca, and her influence and advocacy in women’s cycling continues today.”
Inga has a great perspective on what it takes for US women to race on the world stage and show how exciting women’s cycling can be. A few of her achievements include:
- 3 X Olympian, road cycling, 1984, 1988, 1992
- 10 X US National Champion on the road, ITT, TTT
- 2 X 3rd at the Tour de France Feminine Overall General Classification, 2 stage wins
- Winner of the Ore-Ida Women’s Stage Race, 1990, Longest women’s stage race in the World, to date. UCI considered it too challenging for women and refused to ratify it.
- Winner Coors Classic Stage Race, 1988
Inga was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2014. She continues to be on many advocacy boards for Women in Sports. She started The Inga Thompson Foundation to help young women in cycling attain their goals.
Also, like Cynisca, Inga knows a thing or two about horses. She has owned and operated a horse-powered cattle ranch for the past 30 years. She has two sons, Tyler and Chaeden, and her partner is Tod Manning.
Other Cynisca Cycling board members include Jeff Jones, Chris Gutowsky, Adam Giles, Margaret Jones and Jim Watson. Link to team and management page.