Meet Mari Holden here! On a bicycle, Mari Holden, who is Barry Bonds’ well-known girlfriend, is a force to be reckoned with. A prominent fixture at the major US tours, she is an Olympic cycling medalist and also was formerly the world time trial champion.
Due to Barry Bonds’ new love for cycling, the couple finally came to meet and Mari Holden has been exceptionally connected to the former MLB player ever since. As the couple met at first, she could crush Barr Bonds on an incline and he grew fond of that in the long run. In an interview with sportsonearth.com, CEO and Specialized Bikes Components founder Mike Sinyard, who is also good friends with Barry Bonds said, “He’s very animated about it, and very funny.” Sinyard also added, “He couldn’t believe it: ‘How is this little, beautiful woman passing me going up this hill?’”
Barry Bonds ex Wives Liz Watson (m. 1998–2010, right) and Susann Margreth Branco (m. 1988–1994, left)
But Barry was infact only indulging in cycling due to the fact that he wanted to stay in shape, and definitely not for the cause of winning. After a huge number of knees, hip and back surgeries, the MBL former player turned to cycling for his own good. Mari Holden’s case is entirely different since she is totally cycling to win and has been doing an amazingly good job at it since quite a while now. The native of Ventura California impressed everyone by winning the world time trial championship as well as the silver medal in the trail of Olympics games in Sydney, Australia, back in 2000. Moreover, she is also the winner of six US championships. She is also the first American woman to win three US time trial championships consecutively between 1998 till 2000. She also scored an exclusive double by also winning the road championships in 1999 alongside the US time trial.
Mari Holden, the 42-year-old, also began to cycle with her high school fitness club and in 1992; she began to train the US cycling team after moving to Colorado Springs. In March 2008, she was labeled as ‘one of the greatest ambassadors in the sport of cycling’ by Ride Magazine. She is a coach and also holds cycling camps and also serves as a consultant on women cycling products and problems. Holden was also present on the board of directors of USA cycling, previously served on the athletic advisory committee to the US Olympic committee and also was the athlete ambassador to the US Anti-Doping agency. After Barry Bonds was convicted with Obstruction of justice, the couple stopped dating in 2011. Maybe she should have given him some guidance.