Rebecca Romero leaves GB cycling team

 

Rebecca Romero, who won gold at the Beijing Olympic games in the individual pursuit, has announced that she is leaving the British Cycling Olympic Programme.

 

Rebecca Romero (center) in her first competitive track cycling race after the Bejing Olympics, the British National Championships in 2010, with Janet Birkmyre (left) and Emilie Wix (right)

Rebecca Romero riding for Orbea

 

Rebecca is one of only two women in history to have ever won Olympic medals in two different disciplines – she took a silver medal in the quad sculls in Athens 2004 before she moved over to cycling – but with the individual pursuit taken out of the Olympic programme for 2012, she struggled to reinvent herself for a third time. 

 

Aspiring to an individual medal Rebecca looked first to the road time trial, a much longer event than the 3K pursuit and requiring very different physical and technical skills.  Perhaps the more obvious choice was to train for the Team Pursuit, which she had dedicated herself to more recently, but in truth the discipline requires a very different physiology to the individual pursuit.  In fact she rode as part of the World Championship winning team back in 2008 but since then it has been a difficult path for her to follow.

 

Rebecca was conspicuous by her absence and the British National Championships at the end of October.  She told us “Having suffered several setbacks at crucial points, I believe I’m no longer on a pathway which will see me fulfil my Olympic ambition to win a second Olympic gold medal. I’m proud to have contributed to the cycling team’s great Olympic triumph in Beijing and I thank all the amazing people within British Cycling who were central to my success. I wish my current team mates every success in London next year.”

 

Performance Manager Shane Sutton said: “Rebecca’s decision to leave is a great loss to the team and it’s a shame to lose an Olympic Champion going into the Olympic year. Looking ahead, we have some great young talent in addition to experienced riders in the Team Pursuit squad and I’m confident we can remain on track to hit our performance targets in the lead up to and during the London Olympic Games.”

 

Certainly we wish her well.

 

 

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