Cycling - Rowsell shuns fame game as she prepares for Glasgow World Cup

Jo Rowsell insists she will never get used to the fame that has come with winning Olympic gold at London 2012 as she prepares to return to the international stage this month.

Cycling - Rowsell shuns fame game as she prepares for Glasgow World Cup

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2011 CYCLING Great Britain Joanna Rowsell

The 23-year-old was part of the British women's team pursuit trio that so comfortably won gold in the capital, setting a new world record on each of the three occasions they took to the track.

And there's every chance that world record will fall again at the UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow this month with the same British team pursuit trio selected to ride in Scotland.

That will see Rowsell join forces with her fellow Olympic champions Dani King and Laura Trott, the latter also winning omnium gold in London, at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

After taking the rest of August off following the Olympics and easing herself back into cycling during September, Rowsell is more than ready to return to the international stage.

However she believes she will never be comfortable with her celebrity status, citing her appearance at the Conservative Party Conference last month as a prime example of why.

"I am still getting congratulated wherever I go, which is very odd and I do not think I will ever get used to that," said Rowsell. "Our coaches were always saying to us that the Olympics is just another race.

"They said not to get overwhelmed by the experience because you are still racing the same girls that you race all year round.

"I was over the moon to be on the podium and getting the medal, but I was never expecting the public response that followed.

"I was asked on behalf of the British Olympic Association to go to the Conservative Party Conference and speak about the Olympic legacy and getting more kids into sport.

"I would have done the same at any party conference. I am not a Conservative supporter, or any party supporter.

"But after my bit on stage, which went very well, I was directed to a spare seat in the audience and I had no idea the camera would be right in front of me and I'd have a camera in my face all the through David Cameron's speech.

"I was sat there thinking 'oh God, I hope this is not on TV' and obviously it was, and I think I've become more famous for that than anything else.

"I do not know sometimes what I am getting into. I haven't got a clue about politics. I am definitely much more used to riding round in circles than I am standing up and speaking in front of a room full of people."

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