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A cyclist who is the first to reach the top of a climb or hill

Example usage: 'I was the queen-of-the-mountain on the last hill!'

Most used in: Mountainous areas with steep climbs.

Most used by: Cyclists who enjoy and compete in hill climbs.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 6/10

Also see: KOM, King/Queen of the Mountain, Mountain Classification, Mountain Jersey,


What is the 'Queen of the Mountain' in Cycling?

The 'Queen of the Mountain' (QoM) is a cycling term used to describe the best female cyclist on a given stage of a multi-stage race. The title is awarded to the female cyclist who accumulates the most points on a given stage, usually awarded for reaching the top of a climb first. The QoM is a prestigious title that is highly sought after by female cyclists.

The QoM title was first used in the 1997 Giro Donne, which was the first major stage race for women. The QoM title has been used in many major stage races since then, such as the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, and Vuelta a España. In the 2019 Giro d'Italia, the QoM title was won by Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten, who won the title for the third time.

The QoM title is very important for female cyclists, as it gives them recognition for their achievements and encourages them to push themselves and reach their full potential. This title is also an important recognition for female cyclists in the cycling world, as it shows that they can compete with the best male riders in the world.


The Rise of the Queen of the Mountains in Cycling

The term ‘Queen of the Mountains’, or ‘Reine de la Montagne’, was first used in the context of cycling in the Tour de France in 1933. The term was first used to describe the fastest female cyclist to climb a mountain during the race.

The Tour de France had been running since 1903 but it wasn’t until 1933 that the first female cyclist was allowed to enter the race. At the time, the race was split into two categories – men and women – and the fastest female cyclist to climb a mountain was awarded the title of ‘Queen of the Mountains’.

The term has since become an important part of cycling culture and is used to describe the fastest female cyclist to climb a mountain during any cycling event. The title is now seen as a mark of respect and is often given to the cyclist who puts in the most effort and shows the greatest determination on the mountain.

Today, the ‘Queen of the Mountains’ is a much-coveted title in the cycling world and is seen as a symbol of strength and resilience. It is a testament to the determination of female cyclists and their commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

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