Amanda Ellen Jones
The British rider recently celebrated her 60th birthday. Jones won the bronze medal at the age of 18 at the World Championships in the French Alps in 1980, and two years later, she became World Champion, the first British woman in 15 years to take out the honours. She relied on her parents for support, as British Cycling did not have the money to provide significant assistance. After retiring from the sport, Jones ran a cycling shop until only a few years ago. These days, she manages a mail-order cycling business and organises events for the Dave Rayner Fund, which raises money for young riders to race abroad.
The German-born Austrian road rider turned 47 years old on 15 January. Soeder took the bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany in the ITT discipline and won silver at the 2008 World Championships in Varese, Italy. In addition, she won multiple titles at the Austrian National road and time trial championships. She has a medical degree, working in sports medicine, and has written a book providing women with tips on how to get into the sport, as well as training and nutrition.