Joanna Rowsell

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Joanna Rowsell MBE
Joanna Rowsell (cropped).jpg
Rowsell in 2011
Personal information
Full name Joanna Rowsell MBE
Born (1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 (age 25)
England
United Kingdom
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Team information
Current team Wiggle Honda
Discipline Road and track
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
2005–2006 VC Londres
Professional team(s)
2007
2008
2009
2011-2012
2013–
Global Racing[1]
Team Halfords Bikehut
100% ME
Horizon Fitness RT[1]
Wiggle-Honda
Infobox last updated on
28 February 2014

Joanna Katie Rowsell MBE (born 5 December 1988[2]) is an English cyclist on the Great Britain Cycling Team who competes on track and road.

Her greatest successes to date are the gold medals won in the women's team pursuit at the 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014 World Championships and the London 2012 Olympics and the 2014 World Championship in the individual pursuit. She is a reigning Olympic, World and European champion in the team event, and reigning world champion in the individual pursuit.

Rowsell first came to national prominence as a winner of junior national competitions in 2005/2006.

Early life[edit]

Rowsell was born in Carshalton, in the London Borough of Sutton. She competed for Sutton in the London Youth Games.

She attended Cuddington Croft Primary School from 1993 to 2000 and Nonsuch High School for Girls from 2000 to 2007.

Career[edit]

Rowsell was picked up by British Cycling's Talent Team programme in 2004, after being tested at her school.[3] Her first major wins came in 2005 and 2006. As a junior, she won the British National Track Championships pursuit in both these years, whilst in senior competition on the road she won the 2006 British National Women's Series competition. She represented the UK at the European and World Junior Track and Road Championships in these years.[4] In 2006 she also finished third in the British National Championship and subsequently signed for the professional team Global Racing for the 2007 season. In her first year as a professional, she finished third in the 3 km pursuit and the points race at the National Track Championships. On the road, she finished second in the British National Circuit Race Championships.

2008 saw Rowsell join the new Nicole Cooke-led Team Halfords Bikehut.[5] She also continued to compete on the track, winning a gold medal at the 2008 World Championships in Manchester as part of the women's pursuit team.[6]

In 2012, she won in preparation for the Olympics at the Track Cycling World Cup in London both the team pursuit and the individual pursuit in February. Rowsell was a member of the team pursuit squad alongside Dani King and Laura Trott, when they won the team pursuit event and set a new world record at the 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in London. They broke the record again at the 2012 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Rowsell won a gold medal for the team pursuit alongside King and Trott.[7] Having already set world record times in both the qualifying and semi-finals in this event, the team also went on to set a new world record time of 3:14.051 in the final.[8]

In 2013, Rowsell broke her collarbone at the London cycling festival but, five weeks later, after an operation and training on the Wattbike with pillow on the bars, she was winning the Women's Pursuit on the track at the International Belgian Open in Ghent.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Rowsell has alopecia areata, a condition resulting in hair loss.[10][11][12][13]

Rowsell was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.[14]

Rowsell's younger brother Erick Rowsell is a road racing cyclist.[15]

Palmarès[edit]

2005
1st 3km Pursuit Junior British National Track Championships
2006
1st 3km Pursuit Junior British National Track Championships
1st British National Women's Road Race Series
3rd British National Road Race Championship
2007
2nd British National Circuit Race Championships
3rd 3km Pursuit British National Track Championships
3rd 25km Points Race British National Track Championships
2008
3rd British National Road Race Championships
1st U23 British National Road Race Championships
1st British National Circuit Race Championships
1st Team Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester
3rd Individual Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester
1st Team Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Melbourne
1st Individual Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Melbourne
1st Team Pursuit, 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships
2009
1st Team Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Copenhagen
3rd Individual Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Copenhagen
1st Team pursuit, 2009–2010 Track World Cup, Manchester
2nd Team pursuit, 2009–2010 Track World Cup, Melbourne
1st Team Pursuit, UCI Track Cycling World Championships
2010
3rd British National Circuit Race Championships
2011
1st World Cup, Track, Team pursuit, Manchester
1st Individual Pursuit, British National Track Championships
1st Team Pursuit, British National Track Championships
3rd Points Race, British National Track Championships
2011 UEC European Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team Pursuit
2012
1st Team Pursuit, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London
1st Individual Pursuit, 2011–2012 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London
1st Team Pursuit 2012 Summer Olympics, London
1st Team Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London
1st Individual Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London
1st Team Pursuit UCI Track Cycling World Championships
London Youth Games Hall of Fame Class of 2012
2013
1st Woman Addiscombe CC Open 25 mile TT (9th on scratch)
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG British National Time Trial Championships
2013 UEC European Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team Pursuit
2014
UCI Track Cycling World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Individual pursuit

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b March, Imelda (7 February 2012). "Interview: Getting to know British rider Joanna Rowsell". Daily Peloton. Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  2. ^ GRO reference: December 1988, Vol. 15, Page 461
  3. ^ "About". joannarowsell.com. 
  4. ^ David Jack (8 September 2006). "Women's National Team RR". London Cycle Sport. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  5. ^ http://www.teamhalfordsbikehut.com Team halfords bikehut website
  6. ^ Justin Davis (29 March 2008). "Britain's women's pursuit team takes gold". Bikeradar.com. Future Publishing. Retrieved 29 March 2008. 
  7. ^ Chris Bevan (4 August 2012). "Olympics cycling: British women win team pursuit track gold". BBC. 
  8. ^ Matt McGeehan & Rory Dollard (4 August 2012). "am GB win gold medal in women's team pursuit with world record time". The Independent. 
  9. ^ Rowsell rouses from injury: Cycling Weekly, Thursday September 12, 2013
  10. ^ Sleigh, Sophia (24 February 2012). "Alopecia no barrier to Cheam cyclist Joanna Rowsell's quest for London 2012 gold". Sutton Guardian (Newsquest). Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  11. ^ Eccles, Louise (21 February 2012). "Courage of a golden girl: How cycling champion became an inspiration to alopecia suffers". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Halliwell, Rachel (2 March 2012). "On a bike all that matters is winning... my head being bald under my helmet is irrelevant". The Sun (London). Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: GB cycling champion Joanna Rowsell reveals how alopecia spurred her to gold success". The Daily Telegraph. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 25. 29 December 2012.
  15. ^ Agence France-Presse (5 October 2010). "Rowsell backs Aussies, Kiwis". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

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