When Emma Pooley won the women’s time trial at the 2010 World Championships in Melbourne on Wednesday she joined a host of British women who have won World titles this season.
British women have a current world champion in every major cycling discipline: road, mountain bike, BMX and track. It’s an unprecedented show of strength unseen in British cycling history.
British downhill mountain biker Tracy Moseley struck gold at the 2010 MTB Worlds in Canada earlier in September, adding to a career results sheet stuffed with World Cup and national wins.
Shanaze Reade reclaimed the BMX world title this year – her third world championship win in four years.
Victoria Pendleton continued to dominate the track sprint discpline, taking gold at the track Worlds in Copenhagen in March to add to her Olympic title.
Britain’s women cyclists have a rainbow-tinged future too – Laura Trott recently scooped gold at the junior track Worlds when she won the Omnium.
In addition, Britain can boast current Olympic and Paralympic champions: Nicole Cooke won gold in the women’s road race in Beijing, and Sarah Storey in the para cycling time trial and individual pursuit in addition to two world para cycling world titles. Cooke held the women’s road race world title in 2008.
British women also have a string of major race wins during the 2010 season, including Lizzie Armitstead‘s stage wins at the prestigious Tour de l’Ardeche and Tour de l’Aude. Britain’s Sharon Laws lead the Tour de l’Ardeche for a spell before finishing second overall.
Britain’s women world champions 2010
Emma Pooley: Road, time trial
Tracy Moseley: Mountain bike, downhill
Shanaze Reade: BMX
Victoria Pendleton: Track, sprint
Laura Trott: Track, junior Omnium
Emma Pooley wins Worlds time trial
10 golds for GB at para cycling track Worlds
Tracy Moseley crowns strong week for Brits at MTB Worlds
Pendleton: Rider Profile
Emma Pooley: Rider Profile
Laura Trott: The Big Interview
Shanaze Reade: Rider Profile
Nicole Cooke: Rider Profile