Cycling:Joanna Rowsell travelling an unfamiliar road in latest cycling challenge
Joanna Rowsell is turning her hand to road racing
Joanna Rowsell is getting stuck into her new challenge of becoming a road-race champion after winning Olympic gold on the track in the women’s team pursuit.
She is riding for the new Wiggle-Honda team backed by the Sir Bradley Wiggins Foundation and is busy learning her new trade after setting her sights on more glory.
But the 24-year-old knows she has to go back to basics on the roads, where her London 2012 success in the team pursuit counts for little.
‘You can’t expect to turn up and be the leading rider on the team because you are an Olympic gold medallist,’ Rowsell said.
‘You have to go through the process and gain the necessary experience to become team leader. But it’s an exciting challenge.’
Rowsell admits she has found the going tough at times, especially after a few scary moments during a race in Belgium.
‘It was 25 degrees and I was cycling uphill with my head down when I powered past a food station,’ she added.
‘It meant I had to race for three hours on just one bottle of drink when you usually go through four.
‘It wasn’t good and I ran out of steam with 15k to go. It was hard work.’
Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell is backing tomorrow’s Wig Wednesday campaign to raise awareness for children battling cancer.
The cyclist wears a wig as she has alopecia and passed on words of encouragement to children who must do the same after chemotherapy.
‘I always wear a wig when I’m not racing,’ said Rowsell. ‘The advice I’d pass on to children fighting cancer is to get a few different styles, try to be as trendy as possible and have fun. It’s tough but people will rally around and be supportive.’