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Throughout December we will be revealing Cycling Weekly‘s top 50 British riders of the year.

The top ten will appear in the December 25 issue of Cycling Weekly.

As we reach the upper half of our festive 50, here are two more worthy riders…


NO. 24: JOANNA ROWSELL

It?s been a huge year for Jo Rowsell, who only turned 20 at the start of this month. With the women?s team pursuit added to the World Championship schedule, British Cycling opted not to unveil its trio until Manchester in March. Although there were opportunities at the World Cup rounds last winter to get some competitive rides under their belts, they chose to train and hone behind closed doors.

It was fairly clear that Rebecca Romero and Wendy Houvenaghel would be two of the three riders, but by early spring the coaches were so excited by the performances of Jo Rowsell, they knew they had their third rider.

In her first two rides at the World Championships, Rowsell was part of a world record-breaking, gold medal-winning team. By any standards that was a superb result.

On the road she won three kermesse races in Belgium and was third in the National Championships, which gave her the under-23 title. She also won the National Circuit Race Championships in Horwich, breaking away early and lapping the main field in an extremely impressive ride.

Victory in the under-23 team pursuit with Lizzie Armitstead and Katie Colclough at the European Track Championships in Poland was a sign of things to come. They teamed up again to win the World Cup titles at both Manchester and Melbourne this autumn.

By the end of the season, she had established herself as a consistently world-class individual pursuit rider too, knocking out times between 3-37 and 3-41.

She won bronze behind Wendy Houvenaghel and Tara Whitten in Manchester, then traded up to gold in Melbourne last month.


NO. 23: SIMON RICHARDSON


Simon Richardson got Great Britain?s Paralympics off to a fantastic start with what even he admitted was an unexpected gold in the LC3-4 kilometre time trial.

He said the 3,000-metre individual pursuit was the big target and the kilometre was just a warm-up, but his time was a new world record in his class.

That meant confidence was sky high for his main event, the pursuit a couple of days later.

He met Japan?s Masaki Fujita in the final and going into final kilometre he knew the gold medal was his. In the end he won by six seconds and broke another world record.

Out on the road, Richardson grabbed another medal, this time a silver in the time trial. A lot of riders won multiple medals in Beijing, but Richardson?s versatility and ability on the track and the road stood out.


RIDERS REVEALED SO FAR

December 13: No. 26 Rachel Atherton and 25 Ben Swift

December 12: No. 28 Lizzie Armitstead and 27 Steven Burke

December 11: No. 30 Andrew Fenn and 29 Sharon Laws

December 10: No. 32 Peter Kennaugh and 31 Josh Bryceland

December 9: No. 34 Jody Cundy and 33 Liam Killeen

December 8: No. 36 David Millar and 35 Ian Stannard

December 7: No. 38 Daniel Fleeman and 37 Matt Crampton

December 6: No. 40 Jessica Allen and 39 Daniel Lloyd

December 5: No. 42 David Daniell and 41 Dean Downing

December 4: No. 44 Steve Peat and 43 Anna Blyth

December 3: No. 46 Jonny Bellis and 45 Jess Varnish

December 2: No. 48 Luke Rowe and 47 Michael Hutchinson

December 1: No. 50 Katie Colclough and 49 Chris Froome

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