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Olympic champion Rowsell joins 100-mile bike ride

Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell will take part in a 100-mile bike ride from London to Surrey - the furthest the track cyclist has ever ridden.

Rowsell, a world record holder who secured a London 2012 gold in the team pursuit, is cycling in the first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in aid of Action Medical Research, the children's charity of which she is an ambassador.

Joanna Rowsell after receiving her Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The 24-year-old said: "I think the event is a fantastic way to celebrate one year on from winning gold at the Olympic Games and with a large section of the route being held on my home training roads I hope I will be able to assist the other Action riders with some local knowledge.

"I have never actually cycled 100 miles so it will be a great challenge for me too. I have been working with Action Medical Research for two years now and am honoured to be part of Team Action for what is sure to be a memorable event."

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