Dani Rowe announces retirement from professional cycling

Dani Rowe announces retirement from professional cycling

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Great Britain Cycling Team Performance Director, Stephen Park OBE, has paid tribute to Dani Rowe, who has today announced her retirement from professional cycling.

Rowe’s talent was initially spotted by British Cycling when she was just 14, and she progressed through the talent pathway to establish herself as one of the world’s best track riders, winning Olympic, world and European team pursuit gold medals.

Later on in her career her focus switched to the road, where she again excelled, winning Commonwealth Games road race bronze on the Gold Coast earlier this year to complete her set of major competition medals.

After Rowe announced her retirement this morning, saying that she was going out “on a high after the satisfaction of achieving everything and more” that she set out to in the sport, Park said:

“On behalf of everyone within the Great Britain Cycling Team, I’d like to congratulate Dani on what has been a truly exceptional career.

“Dani’s achievements and medal record are there for all to see, but for those who have worked closely with her, she has been not only a wonderfully talented bike rider, but also a true team player who has possessed all the qualities a coach could ask for in a rider.

Dani Rowe wins bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.

“Her fighting spirit and resilience have been evident at various points during her career and, throughout her impressive list of achievements, her attitude has been exemplary. That has become increasingly important in recent years, as she’s acted as a senior member of our women’s road squad – she’s been a true role model for the younger members of the squad and, I’m sure, for many, many other riders who have watched from afar.

“This natural talent for mentoring and developing young riders has shone through, and will continue to stand Dani – and those she works with – in good stead going forward. Dani is keen to stay involved with British Cycling and the sport as a whole, which will be valuable to all parties. I look forward to having further discussions with Dani once she’s enjoyed a seasonal break.

“Everyone at British Cycling wishes her the very best for the future.”

Rowe’s first global title came at the 2011 UCI Track World Championships when she won the team pursuit alongside Wendy Houvenhagel and Laura Kenny. The following year saw her replicate this achievement and then go on to claim an historic Olympic gold medal in London, while she then went on to complete a hat-trick of team pursuit world titles in 2013.

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