With 5 golds in World Championship, 1 Olympic gold, 1 gold in Commonwealth & 3 golds in European Championship at a mere age of twenty-six- Joanna Rowsell can surely cherish of creating a difference in the world of women’s cycling, especially in Britain.
Yes, she is still to exceed Britain’s cycling queen Victoria Pendleton’s career haul yet the charismatic Olympian has got time to prove her mettle further.
When a great cyclist of her stature comes to Derby, it’s no surprise that she would be greeted by numerous budding cyclists from all across UK to listen to her speech.
“I was kind of talent-spotted back in 2004”, stated the Olympian.
“They felt that I had this raw potential of an Olympic rider. I cannot say that I actually believed them that moment. I was curious, interested but I was not into riding- albeit I had been into other sports. We went through some sort of testing during my school days, mostly with mountain bikes around some cones over the school’s playing field. After that, I was invited for more testing on static output that tested my very power output. That came out good & signified that I do carry the needed raw talent.”, she continued.
“It is one thing to have but that’s not everything. The path wasn’t easy & I had to go through immense hard work. There were several pitfalls & successes all through. I have seen many stop the game who’re actually highly talented.”
“Post 2012, many people said that they’re hugely motivated by my performance at the Olympics. And I thought like ’wow’- I have been able to make some difference here. Now, I feel like getting out & meeting people. I love to catch up with young folks & know what they feel about this sport.”