|Jeannie Longo with her Gold Medal|
When she won her first world title in 1985, Ronald Reagan was just starting his second term, and Gorby has just taken over in what was still the USSR. Andy Schleck and Mark Cavendish were both few-months-old infants. Bernard Hinault had won his 5th Tour de France over Greg LeMond and Stephen Roche. Sean Kelly was the world's number 1 ranked rider. The best road bikes had 7 speeds, if you were lucky. Shifters were on the downtube, and probably friction unless you had the brand new Shimano SIS. There was no internet. No power meters. And the language of world cycling was still French.