Alison Dunlap

Inducted in 2015 for Off-Road


Alison Dunlap is a champion of both road and off-road racing. Growing up in Aurora, CO Alison discovered a cycling club in college when she was cut from the soccer team.  She went on to represent the United States in many world championship events in the disciplines of Mountain Biking and Cyclo-Cross. She won national titles in mountain biking, road cycling and was a 6-time National Champion in Cyclo-Cross. Alison also won the world cross-country mountain bike championship in 2001 and two Mountain Bike World Cup races. She won the 1999 Pan American Games in Mountain Bike Cross Country and also won the Redlands Bicycle Classic on the road in 1996. Dunlap represented the United States in the road race competition at the 1996 Summer Olympics as well as the cross-country mountain bike event at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She started Alison Dunlap Adventure Camps in 2003 and began coaching full-time since 2005 and also runs mountain bike skills camps. Her son Emmett was born in 2010.

Alison Dunlap Career Highlights

1996 Olympic Team Member – Road Race

2000 Olympic Games – Mountain Bike Cross Country, 7th

1999 Pan American Games – Mountain Bike Cross Country, 1st

2001 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (Vail, CO) - Cross Country, 1st

1994 Mountain Bike World Championships, US Team Member

1994 World Championships - Team Time Trial, 3rd

1997, 1998 & 1999 Mountain Bike World Championships, US Team Member

2000 Cyclocross World Championships, 7th in 2000, 4th in 2002, 5th in 2004

1999, 2002 & 2004 National Championships – Mountain Bike Cross Country, 1st Overall

1999, 2002 & 2004 National Championships – Mountain Bike Short Track, 1st Overall

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2003 National Cyclocross Championships, 1st Overall

2000 & 2002 UCI Tissot Mountain Bike World Cup - 1st Overall

1999, 2002, 2003, 2004 Sea Otter Classic - 1st Overall

1993 Olympic Festival – Road Race, 1st

1996 & 2000 Redlands Cycling Classic – Overall, 1st (and 1 stage win)

1993, 1996, 1997 & 2001 International Women's Challenge, Stage Winner

2001 Tour of Willamette – Overall, 1st (and 2 stage wins)

Inductee Colorado Springs Hall of Fame 2003

Velo News North America Female Cyclist of Year 1999 & 2002

Moab, Utah for a 5-day skills camp (both Novice and Advanced)

Alison has always had a fascination with the Moab area. She started coming to the desert with her dad in 1974, hauling her on a five-day backpacking trip through Grand Gulch.

From a kid with a training wheel-equipped, royal blue, banana seat bicycle, to the 2001 World Mountain Bike Championship, Alison Dunlap has never ignored her dad’s advice when he told her "don’t stop pedaling!" It was advice that has taken her beyond an early initial interest in soccer and gymnastics to become one of the elite among female cyclists.

Alison Dunlap has always maintained an intense interest in sports. Her early involvement with soccer in her freshman year at Colorado College left her looking into other options when she became the last team player cut from the Division 1 powerhouse. A life-long interest in cycling resulted in her becoming the only female member of the school cycling club. It was a perfect fit and the die was forever cast when she became the woman’s national road racing collegiate champion her senior year. She was hooked.

Five years later found her at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games in the women’s road race where she finished 37th. While contemplating retirement she began to realize that despite being burned out on road racing she still loved the sport. It was when she began dating professional mountain biker, Greg Frozley (now her husband), that she realized her untapped potential as a mountain biker. Their personal relationship, combined with his involvement in the mountain bike scene, further nurtured her interest. A new love was born. Soon followed a sponsorship with GT Bicycles, helping launch her ascent into the world of the mountain bike elite.

In 1997, in only her 4th World Cup, she stunned everyone by winning the race in Budapest, Hungary. Then in 1999, Alison won her second World Cup, a gold medal at the Pan-Am Games and became the U.S. National Champion. She was the number one ranked US rider and finished the season ranked second in the world. Since then she has won twelve more national titles, a World Cup Overall, a World Championship, and raced in her second Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

After a short four year retirement, Alison came back in 2009 and raced cyclocross for LUNA. “I realized I missed the excitement of racing, but I also knew that I didn’t want to come back full-time. Cyclocross was a good choice; the season is short and I had spent seven years previously racing cross and knew I loved it.” After getting 4th at the National Championships, it was back to retirement, thanks to a very exciting new development; the birth of her son Emmett Dunlap Frozley!

Alison also worked as a USA Cycling certified Level I coach with her coaching company  In 2014, she recieved her Professional Mountain Bike Instructor certification out of Whistler, BC.  This year marks her tenth year on the USA Cycling Olympic Selection Committee, her tenth year as a certified Wilderness First Responder, and most importantly, a proud mom to her very energetic 4yr old son Emmett.  Alison is a graduate of the Colorado College with a BA in Biology, and currently lives in Colorado Springs with her family.

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