Grand Prix

2013 Pro Women's Biographies

Elinor Barker

Team Wiggle Honda
Barker won the prestigious Junior World Time Trial Championships on the road last September and followed this by joining Olympic heroines Laura Trott and Dani King in the Team Pursuit line-up for the UCI Track World Cup round in Glasgow last autumn, helping the trio to the gold medal. In February of this year she clinched her first senior World title, again alongside King and Trott, in the Team Pursuit.

Hannah Barnes

Team MG Maxifuel  
The dominant rider on the British domestic scene in 2013, Barnes took three wins and the overall in the Johnson Health Tech GP Series during May and June, plus the IG London Nocturne victory. She has been in fine form in road races too, winning the Curlew Cup round of the National Road Race Series and taking podium positions in a number of other races.

Emma Grant

Team Matrix Fitness Racing Academy
Grant sprung to prominence with a fifth place on a stage of the Tour du Limousin UCI race in 2011. She recently took eighth in the British National Road Race Championships, finishing on the podium in the Under-23 category, and the leading rider from a non-UCI level team.

Loes Gunnewijk

Team Orica-AIS
Winner of last year’s Het Nieusblad one-day race, Gunnewijk is a regular in the Dutch national squad, helping Marianne Vos to her victory in the 2012 Olympic Games Road Race in London. A strong time-trialist, Gunnewijk has been a Dutch National Champion in both the road race and against the clock and is often used as Orica-AIS’ captain on the road.

Charline Joiner

Team MG Maxifuel
Joiner’s sights are firmly set on the 2014 Commonwealth Games on home soil in Glasgow, especially having taken a silver medal in Delhi three years ago in the team sprint. Supported by the Braveheart Fund, Joiner has switched her aims to the endurance side of cycling, combining racing on the road with the team pursuit and omnium on the track.

Dani King MBE

Team Wiggle Honda
One of Great Britain’s most successful female cyclists, despite being just 23-years-old, King started out swimming and running before being spotted by British Cycling. A World, European and British Champion on the track, all since 2011, a year ago King was a member of the gold medal winning Team Pursuit squad at the London Olympics, alongside Wiggle Honda teammates Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott. In February, King defended her Team Pursuit world title alongside Trott and Elinor Barker.

Jessie Maclean

Team Orica-AIS
Junior World Individual Pursuit Champion in 2003, the rider from Victoria is often used as a leadout rider for her Orica-AIS team, but with that experience and wins in major Australian criteriums, such as the NSW GP Series, Maclean could be one to watch in the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix.

Joanna Rowsell MBE

Team Wiggle Honda
Inspired by the Athens Olympics, Rowsell won her first Junior National title on the track at her first attempt, and has barely stopped winning since. The 2008 World Track Championships in Manchester saw her claim her first senior World title, with a further two coming in 2009 and 2012, all in the Team Pursuit. It was in that event that she took Olympic Gold at London 2012, with the trio twice breaking the world record during competition. Having raced for British trade teams, 2013 has seen Rowsell stepping up to world level with Wiggle Honda to race on the road around the globe, winning the British Time Trial Championships in June.

Amanda Spratt

Team Orica-AIS
Spratt got the team’s debut season off to a good start last year, soloing to victory in the Australian National Road Race Championships. The New South Wales native went on to race for Australia at the London Olympics. A former Oceania Champion on the track in the Points Race, Spratt also raced in the World BMX Championships as a child.

Laura Trott OBE

Team Wiggle Honda
Already a British and European Champion on the track, Laura Trott made her senior World Championship debut in 2011 before going on to enjoy an unforgettable 2012. She won gold medals in the Team Pursuit and Omnium at the World Championships in Melbourne before repeating that at London 2012 in her first appearance in the Olympic Games. Having been a guest rider for a pair of Dutch teams, 2013 saw Trott join Wiggle Honda as well as defending her Team Pursuit world title on the track. A fast sprinter on the road, she took second in the British National Road Race and was narrowly beaten in the IG London Nocturne, so will be among the favourites for victory here.

Jessie Walker

Team Matrix Fitness Racing Academy
Daughter of former Milk Race winner Chris Walker, Jessie is a fine cyclist in her own right having already successfully represented Great Britain on the international stage at the 2012 World Road Race Championships. The youngest rider on the Matrix Fitness Racing Academy team, Walker is in her second season with the team and seems destined for great things in the sport.

Helen Wyman

Team Kona Factory Racing
One of the most experienced riders in the British peloton, Wyman has ridden in four World Road Race Championships and eight World Cyclo Cross Championships and has won British Champions on and off the road.