Dani Rowe

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Dani Rowe
Personal information
Full nameDanielle Rowe
BornDanielle King
(1990-11-21) 21 November 1990 (age 33)
Hamble, Hampshire, England
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
  • Track
  • Road
Rider typeEndurance
Amateur team
2010–2012Horizon Fitness
Professional teams
2009Vision1 Racing[1]
2017Cylance Pro Cycling
2018WaowDeals Pro Cycling
Medal record
Women's track cycling
Representing  Great Britain
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team pursuit
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Apeldoorn Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2012 Melbourne Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2013 Minsk Team pursuit
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Apeldoorn Scratch race
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Apeldoorn Team pursuit
Gold medal – first place 2013 Apeldoorn Team pursuit
Silver medal – second place 2013 Apeldoorn Points race
Women's road bicycle racing
Representing  Wales
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Gold Coast Road race

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]

A team pursuit gold medallist from the London Olympics in 2012, Rowe also won three consecutive world titles in the women's team pursuit, winning in 2011,[3] (with Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel), 2012 (with 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 a 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] where a cycle route in Hamble is also named after her.[10]

In September 2016, Rowe signed for Cylance Pro Cycling for the 2017 season.[11] After one year, in October 2017 she announced that she would join WaowDeals Pro Cycling for 2018.[12]

Personal life[edit]

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.[13] 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.[14]

Rowe is married to fellow cyclist Matthew Rowe.[15] 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. In 2020, Rowe gave birth to a son.[16]

Major results[edit]


National Youth Track Championships
2nd Individual pursuit
3rd Scratch
2nd Scratch, National Junior Track Championships
National Track Championships
1st Derny
1st Madison (with Alex Greenfield)
3rd Individual pursuit
3rd Points race
3rd Scratch
National Track Championships
1st Team pursuit
2nd Derny
2nd Madison
2nd Points race
3rd Scratch
UCI Track World Championships
1st Team pursuit
3rd Scratch
1st Team pursuit, UEC European Track Championships
UEC European Under-23 Track Championships
1st Team pursuit (with Katie Colclough and Laura Trott)
2nd Omnium
National Track Championships
1st Team pursuit
3rd Scratch
2nd Omnium, 2011–12 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Astana
1st Team pursuit, Olympic Games
1st Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
1st Team pursuit, 2011–12 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London
1st Team pursuit, 2012–13 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Glasgow
1st Team pursuit, UCI Track World Championships
Team pursuit, 2013–14 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
1st Manchester
1st Aguascalientes
UEC European Track Championships
1st Team pursuit
2nd Points race
National Track Championships
1st Madison (with Laura Trott)
1st Team pursuit
2nd Individual pursuit
2nd Points race
3rd Scratch
1st Points race, Revolution – Round 1, Manchester
National Track Championships
1st Team pursuit
3rd Scratch
2nd Scratch – Round 4, Manchester
3rd Points race – Round 4, Manchester
3rd Scratch – Round 3, Manchester
3rd Points race, Revolution Series – Champions League


1st Criterium, National Road Championships
2nd Criterium, National Road Championships
1st Milk Race
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Surf & Turf 2-Day Women's Stage Race[17]
1st Overall Tour of the Reservoir
1st Stage 1
1st Bath, Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series[18]
10th Gooik–Geraardsbergen–Gooik
1st Red Hook Crit
3rd Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
4th Road race, National Road Championships
4th Overall Women's Tour Down Under
1st Mountains classification
5th Crescent Vårgårda UCI Women's WorldTour TTT
7th Philadelphia Cycling Classic
9th Overall La Route de France
9th Overall The Women's Tour
9th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
9th GP de Plouay – Bretagne
10th Women's Tour de Yorkshire
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Overall Women's Tour de Yorkshire
3rd Road race, Commonwealth Games
3rd Overall The Women's Tour
1st British rider classification
10th Road race, UEC European Road Championships

See also[edit]


  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. ^ "NY13 - London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Civic honours | Eastleigh Borough Council". www.eastleigh.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Olympian Dani King honoured with cycling route". BBC News. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  11. ^ "Dani King signs for Cylance Pro Cycling". 21 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Dani Rowe signs for WaowDeals Pro Cycling – Women's news shorts". cyclingnews.com. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  13. ^ Beard, Matthew (30 July 2013). "Success stopped me being seen as a weirdo, says star Dani King". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Biography". Dani King. Retrieved 12 May 2023.
  15. ^ Churchward, Sally (26 February 2013). "Hampshire Olympic cyclist Dani King talks about life after winning gold". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Back in the saddle". Action Medical Research. P&Co. Ltd. 14 June 2021. Retrieved 5 May 2022.
  17. ^ "Surf & Turf 2-Day Women's Stage Race". British Cycling. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  18. ^ 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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