What made you want to launch your team?
RG: Purely to offer the athletes the things that were missing in my career. I wanted to create something for women that was as professional as they were, where they weren’t let down at the last minute by logistics, by staff that didn’t share the same passion or have right motives. Nicole Cooke and I shared teams for a long time and thought we could do it better, so why whinge about it and not do anything?
About five years ago, I started thinking to myself, “I am going to do this, when I’m ready, when I’ve learnt enough, been around enough teams and know all the dos and don’ts.” Then Shane Sutton [British Cycling head coach] offered me these athletes [Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker] who were phenomenal. He wanted a good place to put them, and in my opinion it didn’t exist, so I had to create it. To this day, I’m not sure if Shane realises how much of a motivation it was, having somebody like him ask where the girls should be placed and that he would put them in a team with me. I’m honoured that his faith was put in me and that I could achieve that."