Dani Rowe

Danielle Rowe
Dani Rowe - 2018 UEC European Road Cycling Championships (Women's road race).jpg
Personal information
Full name Danielle Rowe
Nickname Dani
Born Danielle King
(1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 30)
Hamble, Hampshire, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Track and road
Role Rider
Rider type Endurance
Amateur team
2010–2012 Horizon Fitness
Professional teams
2009 Vision 1 Racing[1]
2013–2016 Wiggle–Honda
2017 Cylance Pro Cycling
2018 WaowDeals Pro Cycling

Danielle 'Dani' Rowe MBE (née King; born 21 November 1990) is a British former road and track cyclist. She retired from cycling in December 2018.[2]

Rowe is three times a world champion and Olympic Gold Medalist in the women's team pursuit. Competing for the winning Great Britain team at the 2011 World Championships,[3] alongside Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel, 2012 alongside Trott and Joanna Rowsell, and 2013 with Trott and Elinor Barker.


She won the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Cup in London in preparation for the Olympics in February 2012. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Rowe won a gold medal for the team pursuit alongside Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell.[4] The team also set a new world record time of 3:14:051 in this event.[5]

In November 2014, Rowe was involved a serious crash after hitting a pothole while training on roads near Merthyr Tydfil. She suffered a snapped rib cage and a collapsed lung and spent 10 days in hospital.[6]

Rowe was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling.[7][8]

She was given the Freedom of the Borough of Eastleigh in 2013.[9]

In September 2016, Rowe signed for Cylance Pro Cycling for the 2017 season.[10] After one year, in October 2017 she announced that she would join WaowDeals Pro Cycling for 2018.[11]

Personal life

Rowe went to school at Hamble Community Sports College before attending Barton Peveril Sixth Form College. Her father, Trevor King, is a former biathlete who competed in two Winter Olympics.[12] She has a younger sister. Initially a keen competitive swimmer for her school and triathlete, with Chapel Tri-Stars junior triathlon club, in 2005 she was tested by the British Cycling at her School and was then selected to join the Talent Team, which was at that time part of British Cycling's Rider Route. Later that year she joined i-Team.cc cycling club where she trained and raced regularly at The Mountbatten Centre Velodrome in Portsmouth. In 2009, she came down with glandular fever whilst training to become an elite cyclist, leading to worries about her career being over. She recovered, however, and was later chosen to compete at world champion level in late 2011 and after setting world record with her pursuit team-mates she was chosen for Team GB.[13]

Rowe is married to fellow cyclist Matthew Rowe.[14] They married on Saturday 30 September 2017 at Llandaff Cathedral and their reception overlooked the Severn Estuary at a country house in Chepstow. The couple live in Cardiff, Wales.

Major results

UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Scratch race
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
UEC European U23 Track Championships
1st UEC Champion Jersey.svg Team Pursuit (with Katie Colclough and Laura Trott)
2nd Omnium
1st Gold medal olympic.svg Team pursuit, Olympic Games
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st Jersey rainbow.svg Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st Points Race, Revolution – Round 1, Manchester
1st Milk Race
National Track Championships
1st MaillotReinoUnido.PNG Team pursuit
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Scratch race
2nd Scratch Race – Round 4, Manchester
3rd Points Race – Round 4, Manchester
3rd Scratch Race – Round 3, Manchester
3rd Surf & Turf 2-Day Women's Stage Race [15]
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of the Reservoir
1st Stage 1
1st Round 5 – Bath, Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series [16]
1st Red Hook Crit
3rd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
4th Overall Santos Women's Tour
4th National Road Race Championships
5th Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women's WorldTour (TTT)
7th Philadelphia Cycling Classic
9th Overall La Route de France
3rd Points Race, Revolution Series – Champions League
9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad for Women
10th Women's Tour de Yorkshire
3rd Overall The Women's Tour
1st Jersey light blue.svg British rider classification
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg Road race, Commonwealth Games

See also


  1. ^ Brown, Gregor (2 January 2009). "Vision 1 Racing adds Dani King". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Dani Rowe: Olympic team pursuit gold medallist retires from cycling". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ Gallagher, Brendan (24 March 2011). "UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2011: rising stars power women to team pursuit gold". The Telegraph. London.
  4. ^ Bevan, Chris (4 August 2012). "BBC Sport – Olympics cycling: British women win team pursuit track gold". Bbc.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  5. ^ Morton, Douglas (4 August 2012). "Team GB win gold medal in women's team pursuit with world record time – Cycling – Olympics". The Independent. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  6. ^ Majendie, Matt (16 June 2015). "Dani King: 'It was just a freak accident but I thought I was going to die'". The Independent. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  7. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 25.
  8. ^ http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/NY2013-honours-London-2012.pdf
  9. ^ https://www.eastleigh.gov.uk/the-council/mayor-of-eastleigh/freedom-of-the-borough.aspx
  10. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dani-king-signs-for-cylance-pro-cycling/
  11. ^ "Dani Rowe signs for WaowDeals Pro Cycling – Women's news shorts". cyclingnews.com. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  12. ^ Beard, Matthew (30 July 2013). "Success stopped me being seen as a weirdo, says star Dani King". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  13. ^ "biography".
  14. ^ Churchward, Sally (26 February 2013). "Hampshire Olympic cyclist Dani King talks about life after winning gold". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Surf & Turf 2-Day Women's Stage Race". British Cycling. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  16. ^ Wynn, Nigel; Jones, Andy (12 June 2015). "Madison Genesis wins 2015 Tour Series after Bath finale (photos)". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 12 June 2015.

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