Winning at 64: Jeannie Longo takes another World title, 38 years after her first

Longo won a record 11th amateur title while Alexandre Vinokourov also takes home gold

Jeannie Longo competing in the Medio Fondo road race at the 2023 Glasgow Super World Championship
(Image credit: Allan McKenzie / SWPix)

There can be few figures in cycling as enduring as Jeannie Longo. The French three-time Tour de France winner secured a record 11th amateur world road title at the weekend, competing in the 65-69 age group World Championship Gran Fondo time trial.

Longo completed the 22.8km course – a flat and fast out-and-back affair that the numerous British participants will have felt very much at home on – in 34 minutes 1 second. It was a 40kph (25mph) ride average that rolled away the years in the manner that Longo fans are accustomed to seeing, and placed her 1.18 ahead of British runner-up Linda Dewhurst. US rider Diane Schleicher was third, at 3.59.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.