Mari Holden

Inducted in 2016 for Modern Road & Track Competitor (Post-1975)


Mari began cycling in Ojai, CA with a club in high school as part of a fitness program centered on triathlon. She was later named the U.S. Junior Triathlete of the Year in 1991.  Mari made competitive cycling her focus in 1992 when she moved to Colorado Springs and began training with USA Cycling.

After finishing sixth in the national time trial championship in 1993, Holden sat out much of 1994 with a compression fracture in her back. She came back the following two years, winning the U.S. time trial championship in 1995 and 1996. After competing in the 1996 Olympic Trials she moved to Europe to train.  In 1999, she finished second in the Women's Challenge against an international field and in the top ten in the Grande Boucle women’s grand tour. The following year, she won a Time Trial silver medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics followed by a victory two weeks later in the World Time Trial Championship in Plouay, France. Mari eventually won six U.S. Championships, becoming the first American woman to win three consecutive U.S. Time Trial Championships (1998–2000) and scoring a rare double by winning both the U.S. Time Trial and Road Championships in 1999.

Since retiring in 2006, Mari has been a coach and served on the board of USA Cycling.  She is currently the Director of the TWENTY16 Ridebiker UCI professional Women's Cycling Team and is working with the Ride 4 Education scholarship program.

Mari Holden Career Highlights:

2000 Olympic Games - Time Trial, 2nd

2000 World Championships - Time Trial, 1st


1995 National Road Championships – Time Trial, 1st

1996 National Road Championships/Olympic Trials – Time Trial, 1st

1998 & 1999 National Road Championships – Time Trial, 1st

1999 National Road Championships – Road Race, 1st

2000 National Road Championships/Olympic Trials – Time Trial, 1st

2001 National Road Championships – Time Trial, 2nd



1995 US National Record 40k Time Trial (51:36)

1995 Women’s Challenge Stage Race – Overall, 3rd (and 1 stage win)

1995 Redlands Bicycle Classic – Overall, 3rd

1996 89er Stage Race (and 2 stage wins),  1st

1998 Women's Challenge Stage Race – Mountains Classification, 1st

1998 Redlands Bicycle Classic – Overall, 1st

1998 Vuelta International a Majorca Feminas, 2nd

1998 GP des Nations Time Trial, 3rd

1999 Street Skills Stage Race, New Zealand – Overall, 1st

1999 Women’s Challenge - Overall, 2nd (and 1 stage win) & Mountains Classification, 1st

1999 Tour De Snowy – Stage 1, 1st

2000 Thuringen Rundfahrt fur Frauen, Mountains Classification, 1st

2000 Tour of the Gila – Overall (and 2 stage wins), 1st

2000 Tour of Willamette, Overall (and 2 stage wins), 1st

2000 Sea Otter Classic, 2nd

2001 Giro d'Italia Femminile - Mountains Classification, 1st


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