Joanna Rowsell: I do not define myself alopecia

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There are some upsides to being a professional cyclist with alopecia, recognizes Joanna Rowsell. While his companions of both sexes are slaves of the knife, which almost never to shave your legs. And while Laura Trott and Lizzie Armitstead are struggling to control your hair under their aerodynamic helmets that fit his bald head slightly, Rowsell ballot.

But above all, the 25-year-old says, cheerfully, wearing a wig Rachel from Friends-ish color maple syrup, she did not think much about their alopecia. "Everyone makes their hair in the morning. I a Wig. Thats what I do.'s Not something that comes everyday in my thoughts. More I about it, the more I think maybe it should be worried about her, maybe I look terrible. "

It does not, of course. She looks fit to fight, sitting in her tracksuit GB Coffee in Manchester Velodrome. She is back in top form after the opening of the Women's Tour of Britain is missing in May with the flu and is ready and waiting in the wings to the Commonwealth Games next month in Glasgow.

Rowsell followed the women's tour of Britain from her hospital bed and was cheered that so many people get to see Marianne Vos of the Netherlands fuel your way to victory. "Before the race, people say that the organizers:" You are not in large crowds, people to come just for men. "You have indeed shown that poor cycling is a very accessible sport,. .. You get past your house, if you're lucky you do not have to pay to go to a stadium"

When the Tour de France rolls through Yorkshire next month plans Rowsell be by observation of the road. You will likely have to stand Cragg Vale, longest continuous hill Britain, a five-mile slog from Mytholmroyd, in one of his regular training routes. Rowsell loves six days a week she spends training, especially riding in the hills near the house in Rochdale it with her boyfriend, fellow accountant Dan Shand shares. Once I dreamed of getting paid to ride a bike and has nothing to do with his actions. "Every time I complain about it raining outside or get up early, he always tells me," Well, I stand at 6.30 clock in the morning and I sit in an office all day while you are out on your bike. Do not know how easy you have it, '"she says.

Joanna Rowsell. Photo: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Dan is not worried about their alopecia and not, apparently it is. But she admits that it was very difficult, as his hair began to fall, when she was 10. "I've always had hair loss, but finally it all began to go in groups," he recalls. "People said I was brave to go on the podium at the Olympics with a bald head, but I just wanted my medal really brave learned to deal with it when I was young -. Go to my first field training when no one knew me or about my condition. That was brave. "

Alopecia is a general term used for hair loss; which can be anything from a small bald head loss of all hair on the entire body. After Alopecia UK, affecting approximately 1.7% of the population and 25% of patients have a family history of the disease. The exact cause is not known, but it is generally believed that it is affected by error engages a disease of the immune system, hair follicles. It has no effect on the physical health of the victim, even if it is certainly cause psychological scars.

Rowsell has lost, not having to shave your legs and to pencil in your eyebrows every morning most of his hair. The moment London won gold in 23 years old, she had stopped obsessed with it and was surprised by the reaction causes baldness. "People ask me:" What would you say young girl with him? And I was a little confused, because I've made peace with him. "

But they do not like people who treat their wigs as fashion accessories: she's still unhappy about a photo shoot with a national newspaper after the Games, it already put six different wigs with six different teams. "I like to look consistent, like me," she says.

Although he spoke softly and definitely more than an introvert Trott and some of his teammates, is a steel-hard to Rowsell. They did not respond when someone screams sexist comments when they, reasoning is of your bike, he says, "I think I have done everything in my life. Shoots me a little."

From his alopecia, she says: "I do not want to define myself, but some people never do say as with your Twitter profile, never set again:" I am an asthma sufferer. ".. Alopecia victims'" or "I currently have the flu." "Rowsell Twitter bio currently reads:" London 2012 Olympic champion cyclist current world champion in single and double team pursuit world record holder Chocoholic "….

"Since I met a number of girls games with the state and I was surprised how bad people have. Said she was hospitalized depressed surprised. I was very surprised by this kind of thing. Whatever I can do to things better for the people are great, even if they say when someone asks what's going on. "Oh, I did what Joanna Rowsell has" Of course it is very difficult, especially at first, but you can, you must define . "