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I've been meaning to start this thread for a while. Juliana Furtado is arguably the greatest mountain bike racer ever, and is definitely deserving of her own thread. When I started mountain biking in the early 90s, she was so dominant you had to take notice. I think she was the first female athlete that I really paid attention to. I've got some photos from catalogs and magazines to start the thread. Please share whatever Juli photos you have!

Here's her racing record- as listed in the September 2003 copy of Mountain Bike.

1990 XC World Champion
1991 NORBA XC Champion
1992 NORBA XC Champion, DH World Champion
1993 NORBA XC Champion, World Cup XC Champion (perfect season- Juli won every NORBA and World Cup XC event she entered), inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
1994 NORBA XC Champion, World Cup XC Champion
1995 NORBA XC Champion, World Cup XC Champion
1996 Olympian
OVERALL: Winningest XC World Cup rider with 28 wins

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the ad in the saloon.. awesome.
Tomac, Furtado, Ned, Missy and ..?
Great idea, great picture. Tomac seems to be enjoying it: perfect analogy for that period of mountain biking
 

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That interview is awesome FB! Much thanks for sharing.

I'm ganking the videos from it- they definitely belong in here.

And I'm hoping some people out there have some more photos of Juli, especially from her Yeti days.


 

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The picture in front of the dam is right by my house. Lake Hodges San Diego. Must have been taken before all the good singletrack got wasted. Thanks for the thread, always enjoy seeing a pretty girl kickin ass on a bike.
 

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thing I remember most about JF, never met her msyelf obviously, but I distinctly remember her as being happy.
all pics I can remember she was riding hard and smiling... that makes an impression on those who are looking into the sport, and it doesn't portray mtb racing as some serious TdF type "angry-man's race" where everyone's bonkers intense and can't have more than 0.7% body fat or they lose their sponsorship... which road racing has looked like since the 70's
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I may've been a tad too young to race when she was on the tracks, but I miss the fact that mtb racing just seemed like fun back then, and she was always grinning more than most.
 

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I watched Juli race in Big Bear and Scottsdale, and met her twice out at the '93 Cactus Cup when she stopped to chat with us on the trail the night before when we were all pre-running the course, then later when she approached my GF to congratulate her for winning her class. We took a shot of the two champions together and it's pretty cool. Juli was/is very friendly, cool and funny.

That's a cool interview linked to, above.
 

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Does anyone know for sure the year these pictures were taken?




I have a 9/96 GT ad from mba showing her in the blue,yellow helment,and her and the rest of the team have similar helments in the 97 catalog.
If I remember right,she retired in 97 and did one farewell lap wearing the helment in the first picture.
 

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Those were the days. The story I read is, she called John Parker on the phone to ask for sponsorship, and he hooked her up partly based on the storm she cursed up. How can you not love a woman like that?
 
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