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Podium Cafe Exclusive! Horizon sign another track World Champion!

You possibly already have spotted that I am a huge fan of Horizon Fitness, the UK-based women's cycling team...  well, I'm pleased to announce that adding to their tally of track World Champions, they've just signed another...

Two-Time world team pursuit champion Jo Rowsell has signed with Horizon Fitness Racing Team for 2011.  Jo, 22 next month, is one of the most complete road and track riders from the UK and already possesses a glittering palmares.

"This is an exciting addition to our team.  In fact, it’s about as exciting as it gets.  Jo sums up exactly what our team is all about.  Young, talented and determined to be the best in the world, while being one of the nicest people you could wish to meet" said team manager Stefan Wyman about the signing.

"I previously worked with Jo in 2007.  She had a great year, winning 4 national titles that year on the road and track.  She was great in the UCI road races we took part in as well, but we are focused on helping Jo achieve her goal of being the Olympic Team Pursuit Champion in 2012.  We’ll put everything we can behind her."

"Her ride in the Tour of Ardèche in 2007 is still a performance that I talk about to other riders every year.  She was amazing there, and I’m looking really looking forward to working with Jo again during 2011."

2011 is going to be a very busy year for Jo.  "My main goals for 2011 begin on the track with the Manchester World Cup in February and then the World Track Championships in March. On the road I would like to target the National Road Race, Crit Champs and National 10, as well as gain more experience in road racing and maybe some stage racing." commented Jo on her plans for 2011.

Jo continued, "I am really looking forward to riding with Horizon Fitness in 2011 and I’m looking forward to competing as part of a team and gaining further experience in a wider variety of races."

Jo is also a Bike Pure Role Model which is another very important part of the Horizon Fitness Racing Team philosophy. 

More info below the jump!

Jo Rowsell is a rider that would add lustre to any team.  She rode for David Brailsford's pre Team Sky women's team, Halfords Bikehut in 2008, when she won the u23 British Road Race Championships.  She's not had many opportunities to shine on the roads, as she hasn't had teams - but when she's had the chance, she's had some great success in crits  Ah, Horizon, they make me happy!