The greatest ever female cyclist paid a visit to Rutland Water to meet local bike enthusiasts and answer questions.
Dutch superstar, Marianne Vos, who has racked up a staggering six UCI Cyclo-cross world champion jerseys, been the UCI world champion road cyclist twice, and won two UCI track champion titles, was at Rutland Cycling’s Giant Concept store at the Normanton shore just hours after racing in Oundle.
Managing director of Rutland Water Cycling David Middlemiss said it was an “incredible opportunity to see true sporting royalty”.
Marianne’s appearance also launched a new women’s department called Liv at the bike store.
David said: “It was an excellent event. We were really pleased with the huge turnout and everyone had a great time.
“Marianne gave some really helpful advice and it was a really nice way to launch the new women’s department.”
Following her visit, riding for Rabo-Liv, Marianne wrapped up victory in the inaugural women’s Tour of Britain by winning the final stage in Bury St Edmonds on Sunday.
She outsprinted Italian Giorgia Bronzini to claim her third stage win of the tour.
Rutland Cycling is now offering free women-only bike rides around Rutland Water on Sundays from 9.15pm. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome.
For more information about rides and store, visit the website at www.rutlandcycling.com.