Luke Rowe is one of the rising stars of British professional cycling. Born in Cardiff in March 1990, his father is a Paralympic cycling coach and his brother is a fellow competitive cyclist. Rowe started cycling at the age of ten; he soon joined the famous Maindy Flyers club and then the amateur team Glendene. He took a gold medal in the Team Pursuit at the 2007 National Championships and went on to win the European Junior Team Pursuit. Rowe was also invited to join the Olympic Development Program in that year.
During 2008 Rowe won a European Under 23 title in the Madison, as well as coming second in the European Junior road race championships. This was a perfect prelude to moving up to the British Cycling Olympic Academy in 2009. He also began to compete in major Under 23 races, gaining a significant victory in Holland’s ZLM Tour. 2010 saw more success on the track, Rowe winning another National Championship in the Madison. 2011 brought another ZLM Tour, making Rowe the only competitor to have won the competition twice. He also added an impressive third title in the Madison at the National Championship.
This remarkable run of success saw Rowe offered a contract to ride for Team Sky from 2012. He went on to wear the Young Riders jersey at the Criterium Internationale and The Tour of Denmark, and took his first professional stage win during the opening stage of the Tour of Britain.