“It might turn a few heads that I’ve dropped down from a top-tier UCI team to a team that does most of its racing in the UK,” Rowsell wrote in a blog for Sky Sports. “But in my opinion, women’s cycling in the UK has grown massively in the past couple of years and I think it’s the place to be.
“It was never a problem with Wiggle-Honda, but joining a British-based team and having an extra say in my schedule in the run-up to Rio will give me a lot of peace of mind.”
It would seem it’s the track – or the lure of the Olympics – that appeals more to Rowsell than road cycling. But she explains it thus: “I enjoy training on the road more but racing on the track more,” she told me. “I really like being out in the hills, in the sun training on the road. Obviously that’s not so often in Manchester but we also go to Mallorca for training camps and that helps my enjoyment.