Retirement is a scary word for many pro cyclists, and it seems for Emma Pooley it wasn’t exactly the final word when she announced the end of her cycling career in 2014.
Former World Time Trial Champion Emma Pooley planned to retire from the sport after taking second in both the Road Race and Time Trial at the Commonwealth Games. She returned to her initial love of triathlon, and this year won both the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon Long course race and Powerman Duathlon World Championships.
However, the lure of the hilly time trial course at the Rio Olympics has pulled her back in. The 29.8km course will feature a 1.2km climb and if Pooley does race the time trial, she would compete and support Lizzie Armitstead in the the road race also.
The road race is also hilly and well suited to her strengths. Over 130km there will be a 1.2km climb which maxes out at 13 per cent and a 2.1km climb with an average of 4.5 per cent as well as a 2km cobbled section.