Catherine Marsal

Catherine Marsal ( born January 20, 1971 in Metz) is a former French cyclist, world champion and current trainer. She was in the 90s in addition to the dominant racer Jeannie Longo of France.


Catherine Marsal began at the age of eight years with the cycling. She was born as the first girl after five older brothers and wanted to prove this, what a girl can be capable of. Your first national title she won at age 13, and at age 16 she became Junior World Champion in the road race at the UCI Road World Championships 1987 in Bergamo.

1990 was the year of Catherine Marsal: It was road world champion in Japanese Utsunomiya, won the Tour of Texas, the Tour de l' Aude, the Giro d' Italia Femminile, the Norway - tour, the EEC- tour and the French championship.

Marsal was four times world champion, 15 times French Champion on rail and road, and took part in four Olympic Games. Throughout her career she won 150 wins and was at the World Championships on rail and road eleven times on the podium.

On April 19, 1995 Catherine Marsal presented at the velodrome of Bordeaux on a new hour world record ( 47.112 km ) and thus improved the record of Jeannie Longo to 800 m.

Catherine Marsal drove as road professional racing until 2004, including Saturn Cycling Team in collaboration with Petra Rossner.

Because of a bone disease had to end the active cycling Marsal. She now works as a trainer and lives in Copenhagen, where she studied nutritional sciences at the university there.