Women's cycling, like the majority of women's sports, is overshadowed by the male equivalent. The Tour de France is the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to media, even in the post-Lance era. Road geeks may delve deeper, into the Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta a Espana, and many other races.
But I don't think there's anyone in men's professional cycling who's like Marianne Vos. Look at her achievements. She rides on the road, she rides on the track, and she does cyclocross, which for Jalops is Rallycross on two wheels and one person-power engines. And she is in the top rank of EACH of these disciplines. She's been the Dutch Sportswoman of the Year 3 times, and has a four-year streak going as Cycling News's female rider of the year.
She's simply utterly dominant. Imagine if a driver won an Indycar, F1, and sprint-car championship in the same year. That kind of dominance. A cynic might argue that there's not enough depth in women's cycling, making Vos's performance less remarkable. But I don't buy that. And I don't think there's been a male cyclist since Eddy Merckx who occupies the position she does.
For a teensy taste of her ability to dominate her opponents, watch these excerpts from a December 26 cyclocross race in Belgium:
If you're looking for a new sport to follow in 2015, you might think about cyclocross. And those women are damned impressive.