Romero to target road Time Trial

 

The long expected announcement that Rebecca Romero will focus on the road Time Trial came today.  This follows the removal from the Olympic programme of the Individual Pursuit, the discipline in which she took gold in Beijing.

 

She will target the World Time Trial Championships to be held in Melbourne, Australia at the end of September this year and also the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October.  These events will give her a chance to assess the reality of her dream to compete in this event at the London Olympics in 2012.   

 

Talking about how different the road Time Trial, an event that is c25km on open roads with hills and descents, is to the 3k pursuit on an indoor velodrome, she has said ‘I wonder whether physiologically I can adapt to this new event’.

 

In preparation for these events, she has announced that she will ride London-Paris this summer. 

 

Whilst the Team Pursuit still potentially offers the opportunity for Olympic participation for Romero, she has always been clear that it was another individual medal that she coveted.  To that end, it was reported that she looked at changing sports completely and had considered canoeing, long-distance speed skating and cross country skiing. 

 

Of course, changing sports is not new for Romero, who was a medalist at the Athens Olympics in rowing (quad sculls) before taking up cycling.  When she won gold in cycling in Beijing, she made history by becoming the only British woman and one of only two women in the world to win summer Olympic medals in two different sports.

 

Read about the changes to the Olympic Programme

 

 

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