On Tuesday, Olympic silver medalist Emma Pooley announced her retirement from cycling. Sunday’s road race at the Commonwealth games in Glasgow will be the final race of her career.
The 32-year-old Briton has raced as a professional since 2006. Along the way, she’s collected many victories, including three time trial national championships (2009, 2010, 2014).
Pooley saw some of her greatest successes in 2010, winning road race national championships, La Flèche Wallone, Tour de l’Aude, and time trial world championships.
“I’ve decided to retire from cycling after the Commonwealth Games,” Pooley said. “That’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I want to stop at a time that’s right for me. Now I have the time and opportunity to do triathlon in the second part of this year, in 2015, and maybe the two years after that as well. I want to stop at the right moment. Even if I hadn’t won three stages at the Giro Rosa I would have stopped and have been satisfied with the season, because I did my best, and I’ve been very happy in the Lotto-Belisol ladies team. I’m very lucky to be able to choose when to stop and not to be forced because of an injury, for example. And I’m grateful to have the backing 100 percent of the Lotto-Belisol team in my decision.
“The first UCI race I won, a stage in Thüringen-Rundfahrt in 2007, was definitely one of the highlights in my career. Obviously the World Championships were that as well just as the silver medal in the 2008 Olympics. The sixth stage at the Giro this year was the most emotional win I’ve ever had. Partly because I didn’t believe I could do it, and partly because it was so hard to win. It had been a long time since I had won a race on that level. I knew that it’s so nice to finish on a high, and it was one of the last chances to win a stage there.
“What I will miss most when I’ll have quit cycling are the people,” she said. “Certainly my teammates, but also the people from other teams. I’m privileged to know so many amazing people, who I’ve met over the years in the sport. The Commonwealth Games are still a big personal target. I’m focusing on the time trial. After the Giro Rosa I did many trainings on my time trial bike. I’m really looking forward to the race. All my family is coming to watch. That will be really special.”