Sint-Gillis-Waas, Belgium - 2011
|Full name||Joanna Rowsell MBE|
5 December 1988 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Discipline||Road and track|
Team Halfords Bikehut
Horizon Fitness RT
|Infobox last updated on
4 August 2012
Rowsell first came to national prominence as a winner of junior national competitions in 2005/2006, while her biggest successes to date are the gold medals won in the women's team pursuit at the 2008, 2009 and 2012 World Championships and the London 2012 Olympics.
She attended Cuddington Croft Primary School from 1993 to 2000 and Nonsuch High School for Girls from 2000 to 2007.
Rowsell was picked up by British Cycling's Talent Team programme in 2004, after being tested at her school. 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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
- 1st 3km Pursuit Junior British National Track Championships
- 1st 3km Pursuit Junior British National Track Championships
- 1st British National Women's Road Race Series
- 3rd British National Road Race Championship
- 2nd British National Circuit Race Championships
- 3rd 3km Pursuit British National Track Championships
- 3rd 25km Points Race British National Track Championships
- 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
- 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
- 3rd British National Circuit Race Championships
- 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 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
- 1st Woman Addiscombe CC Open 25 mile TT (9th on scratch)
- 1st British National Time Trial Championships
- 2013 UEC European Track Championships
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- GRO reference: December 1988, Vol. 15, Page 461
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- http://www.teamhalfordsbikehut.com Team halfords bikehut website
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- Matt McGeehan & Rory Dollard (4 August 2012). "am GB win gold medal in women's team pursuit with world record time". The Independent.
- Rowsell rouses from injury: Cycling Weekly, Thursday September 12, 2013
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "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.
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- Agence France-Presse (5 October 2010). "Rowsell backs Aussies, Kiwis". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
- New Year Honours list: Stars of London 2012 given recognition
- BBC Wales - Raise Your Game - Joanna Rowsell
- BBC Sport: Generation 2012: Joanna Rowsell
- Cycling Weekly - Joanna Rowsell Rider Profile