| Event type

Cross-Country, Women

Date23 September 2000 — 15:00
LocationFairfield City Farm, Abbotsbury, New South Wales
Participants30 from 20 countries
Format35.7 km. (22.2 miles).

No strong favorite existed as the women’s international events had been spread among several different riders since 1996, although Spain’s Margarita Fullana had been World Champion in 1999 and earlier in 2000. The race was conducted over five laps of 7.1 km. each. The early leader was Switzerland’s Barbara Blatter but Fullana took the lead on the third lap. On the fourth lap, defending champion Paola Pezzo (ITA) passed Blatter and challenged Fullana for the lead. On a tight downhill section Pezzo and Fullana collided, and Fullana crashed. Pezzo managed to stay upright and powered away to her second gold medal. Fullana accused Pezzo of intentionally colliding, as this had happened before at the 1999 Europeans. Pezzo had declared this to be her last mountainbike race, but also competed in Athens. Her preparation for the Olympics had been remarkable, training alone on a track similar to the Olympic course, purposely built near her home.

1Paola PezzoITA1-49:24.38Gold
2Barbara BlatterSUIat 27.04Silver
3Marga FullanaESPat 33.01Bronze
4Alla YepifanovaRUSat 1:21.05
5Alison SydorCANat 2:54.94
6Mary GrigsonAUSat 3:58.19
7Alison DunlapUSAat 4:28.67
8Chrissy ReddenCANat 4:43.00
9Sabine SpitzGERat 5:22.11
10Ruthie MatthesUSAat 5:51.70
11Chantal DaucourtSUIat 7:25.15
12Caroline AlexanderGBRat 7:26.24
13Hedda zu PutlitzGERat 8:55.27
14Silvia RoviraESPat 9:34.99
15Louise RobinsonGBRat 9:58.89
16Ann TrombleyUSAat 10:18.74
17Corine DorlandNEDat 10:34.98
18Laurence LeboucherFRAat 11:14.51
19Lesley TomlinsonCANat 11:19.70
20Jimena FloritARGat 11:24.67
21Anna BaylisAUSat 11:28.82
22Ragnhild KostølNORat 12:26.68
23Sophie VilleneuveFRAat 13:07.33
24Flor Marina DelgadilloCOLat 13:52.72
25Erica GreenRSAat 14:07.99
26Hiroko NambuJPNat 16:49.50
27Alexandra YeungHKGat 22:05.41
28Ma YanpingCHNat 1 lap
29Tarja OwensIRLat 1 lap
DNFSusy PrydeNZL