Joanna Rowsell Shand

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Joanna Katie Rowsell Shand MBE (née Rowsell; born 5 December 1988[3]) is a retired English cyclist on the Great Britain Cycling Team who competed on track and road.

Joanna Rowsell Shand
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Rowsell in 2011
Personal information
Full nameJoanna Rowsell Shand[1]
Born (1988-12-05) 5 December 1988 (age 32)
Carshalton, Greater London, England
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Amateur team
2005–2006VC Londres
Professional teams
2007-2017Global Racing[2]
2008Team Halfords Bikehut
2009100% ME
2011–2012Horizon Fitness RT[2]
2015–2017Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

Her greatest successes were the gold medals won in the women's team pursuit at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as five World Championship titles, four in the team pursuit (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014) plus one in the individual pursuit at the 2014 World Championships.[4]

She is a reigning Olympic and European champion in the team pursuit, and reigning Commonwealth Games champion in the individual pursuit.

She currently holds the World Records in the 3 km and 4 km team pursuit.

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

Early lifeEdit

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.


Rowsell was picked up by British Cycling's Talent Team programme in 2004, after being tested at her school.[5] 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 senior, 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.[6] She also continued to compete on the track, winning her first World Title at the 2008 World Championships in Manchester as part of the women's pursuit team.[7]

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 2011–12 UCI Track Cycling World Cup 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.[8] 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.[9]

Winning gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics

In 2013, Rowsell broke her collarbone at the London cycling festival but, five weeks later, after an operation and training on the Wattbike with a pillow on the bars, she won the Women's Pursuit on the track at the International Belgian Open in Ghent.[10]

In September 2014 Rowsell announced that she would be leaving the Wiggle-Honda team and joining the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International squad on a two-year deal from 2015.[11] In 2016, Rowsell Shand won a gold medal in the Team Pursuit at the Rio Olympics.

On 14 March 2017, Rowsell announced that she was retiring from the sport. "The decision to step away has been the hardest I've ever had to make," she said. "I believe I have more to offer the world." [12][13]

Personal lifeEdit

Rowsell has alopecia areata, a condition resulting in hair loss.[14][15]

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.[16]

Her younger brother Erick Rowsell is a road racing cyclist.[17]

Rowsell married Daniel Shand in July 2015[18] and has since competed as Joanna Rowsell Shand.

After retirement, she studied human biology at Manchester Metropolitan University,[19] before becoming a medical student at St. George's Hospital Medical School in 2020.[20][21]

Major resultsEdit

1st   Individual pursuit, National Junior Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit, National Junior Track Championships
1st National Women's Road Race Series
3rd National Road Race Championships
2nd National Criterium Championships
National Track Championships
3rd   Individual pursuit
3rd   Points race
1st   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
UCI Track Cycling World Cup
1st   Team pursuit – Manchester
1st   Team pursuit – Melbourne
1st   Individual pursuit – Melbourne
3rd   Individual pursuit – Manchester
1st   National Criterium Championships
National Road Championships
1st   Under–23
3rd Senior
UEC European U23 Track Championships
1st   Team Pursuit (with Lizzie Armistead and Katie Colclough)
3rd Individual Pursuit
1st   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
08–09 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
1st   Team pursuit – Copenhagen
3rd   Individual pursuit – Copenhagen
09–10 UCI Track World Cup
1st   Team pursuitManchester
2nd   Team pursuitMelbourne
3rd National Criterium Championships
1st   Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
1st   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Cup
National Track Championships
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit
3rd   Points race
1st   Team pursuit, Olympic Games
1st   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
UCI Track World Cup
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
1st Individual Pursuit, International Belgian Open
1st   National Time Trial Championships
UCI Track World Championships
1st   Team pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit
1st   Individual pursuit, Commonwealth Games
1st   Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
National Track Championships
1st   Team pursuit
3rd   Individual pursuit
1st   Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
1st Individual Pursuit, Revolution – Round 1, Derby
1st   Team pursuit, National Track Championships
1st Stage 2 Tour of the Reservoir
2nd   Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st   Team pursuit, Olympic Games

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Joanna Rowsell Shand". British Cycling. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b March, Imelda (7 February 2012). "Interview: Getting to know British rider Joanna Rowsell". Daily Peloton. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  3. ^ GRO reference: December 1988, Vol. 15, Page 461
  4. ^ "Joanna Rowsell Shand". Joanna Rowsell Shand. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  5. ^ "About". Archived from the original on 21 August 2011. Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  6. ^ Archived 2 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine Team halfords bikehut website
  7. ^ Davis, Justin (29 March 2008). "Britain's women's pursuit team takes gold". Future Publishing. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  8. ^ Bevan, Chris (4 August 2012). "Olympics cycling: British women win team pursuit track gold". BBC.
  9. ^ McGeehan, Matt; Dollard, Rory (4 August 2012). "am GB win gold medal in women's team pursuit with world record time". The Independent.
  10. ^ Rowsell rouses from injury: Cycling Weekly, Thursday 12 September 2013
  11. ^ McDaid, David (9 September 2014). "Joanna Rowsell: Pearl Izumi move helps Olympic cycling bid". Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Joanna Rowsell Shand: Double Olympic gold medallist retires". BBC. 14 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  13. ^ Rowsell, Joanna (14 March 2017). "Announcement". Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 25.
  17. ^ Agence France-Presse (5 October 2010). "Rowsell backs Aussies, Kiwis". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Olympic Medallist Joanna Rowsell Hosts Wedding at Heaton House Farm". Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Olympic athlete settles into student life at Manchester Met". Manchester Metropolitan University. 1 November 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Joanna Rowsell: Double Olympic gold to medicine" (Podcast). Inside Tri Show. 19 August 2020. Event occurs at 07:30. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  21. ^ @JoRowsellMBE (8 August 2020). "So yesterday, after meeting all of my offer conditions, my place at medical school was confirmed! As of 2 weeks on Monday I will officially be a medical student #maturestudent #lifeaftersport" (Tweet). Retrieved 12 September 2020 – via Twitter.

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