Linda McCartney

Probably more famous for her photography and for marrying a Beatle, the late Linda McCartney also enjoyed a brief dalliance with professional cycling.

Formed in 1998 as a vehicle to promote her vegetarian food company her cycling team, Linda McCartney Foods, set its sights high from the outset, recruiting some top names in British Cycling, including Charlie Wegelius, Max Sciandri and a couple of up and coming youngsters, Yanto Barker and  Bradley Wiggins! Sean Yates, recently retired from professional cycling, was hired to manage the team.

Sadly, Linda McCartnery died in the Spring of 1998 so was never to witness the teams brief success, including being the the first ever British team to compete in the Giro d'Italia in 2000. Linda McCartney Foods withdrew its sponsorship in 2001 amid spiralling costs and mounting debts and the team was disbanded.

 

March 1998 and Linda McCartney presents members of her Professional Cycling Team to the Worlds Press.(Photograph by Mary McCartney)

              

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