This week on wheels: a decade of triumph

Lynn Gallagher

This week, the Great British Cycling Team said good luck and goodbye to one of their golden girls, as Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement from international cycling. The double Olympic gold medallist has enjoyed a hugely successful career with British Cycling spanning 10 years which saw her become a five-time world and four-time European champion.  

Commended for her achievements both on and off the bike, Joanna is celebrated for her efforts in raising the profile of cycling, particularly in encouraging women and children to get into the sport.

Taking to her website to announce her retirement, Joanna said: 

“I have achieved everything I’ve ever wanted to in cycling, including five World Titles, four European Titles, Commonwealth Gold and two Olympic Golds as well as countless World Cup and National Championship medals across both team and individual events. But more valuable than any of these are the special friends for life, amazing memories made, and the transformation from shy school girl to confident woman. ”

Joanna is not stepping away from her bike just yet though, she aims to complete l’Etape du Tour in July, as well as focussing on her new coaching company, details of which will be on her website soon.

Good luck Joanna!

In brief

  • This week, it was time for Bike Dem Crew to share their ride in the battle of ‘Best Ride Social’. Catch-up on BDC’s video and cast your vote now
  • Great Britain Cycling Team’s Emily Kay and Quillan Isidore were announced as the new HSBC UK Go-Ride ambassadors, inspiring the next generation of elite cyclists
  • Chris Boardman launched the next stage of Turning the Corner campaign after thousands signed the British Cycling petition calling for changes to the Highway Code.

Video of the week

Total blow out! Extreme winds put a halt to Cape Town Cycle Tour…

Best of the web

The cycling world took to social media this week to wish Joanna Rowsell Shand good luck: