Just saw that 51-year-old Jeannie Longo won her 57th national title in the French time trial today. Just makes this 51 year old feel good about just being out there racing again.
She averaged 42.52 kph or 26.42mph over the 24.7 kilometer course in Chantonnay with a time of 34:51. This was 1:19 faster then second place Edwige Pitel, former two-time national TT champion of France, oh Pitel is 43.
She is a tough person who is very demanding on herself and those around her. I met her many years ago when she brought a team to race the Philadelphia Liberty Classic. I picked the team up at the airport and she started in with a list of things she wanted from the race organization. It’s how and why she’s still a champion and winning against much younger competition.