Joanne Kiesanowski

Kiesanowski is a talented 3-time Olympian, 2-time Commonwealth Games representative, and 8-time National Champion for New Zealand.  She is known for her speed and her skill in the one-day Classics.

She loves languages and has studied Italian, German and Japanese by correspondence at Massey University in NZ.

Nick-name: Jo, JoJo

Age: 34

D.O.B.: 05/24/79

Birthplace: Christchurch

Current Residence: Seattle, WA

Height: 169cm

Weight: 57kgs

Years Racing: 18

Years as a Pro: 14

Strengths on the bike: Sprinting, one day races, criteriums, track racing

Strengths off the bike: Pullups

What is your ultimate cycling goal: I always wanted to compete in both road and track at the Olympics so I’m grateful to have achieved that. To be part of a cohesive and successful professional team winning races all over the world!

What is your favorite cycling moment: Racing inside the electric and insanely loud London velodrome at the Olympics.

The aspect I like most about cycling/racing is: That you can push yourself further than you may have thought possible.

Weird Cycling Ritual: I like to do some yoga before racing to calm myself down and get my mind ready for racing. I also wear my favorite New Zealand Jade necklace aswell as my Christchurch Cathedral window necklace to remind me of my hometown in New Zealand.

Little Known Fact: After I started cycling when I was 15 not knowing anyone who did it, we found out in the coming year that my Grandad’s cousin was the first New Zealander to race in the Tour de France (Harry Watson – the ‘Mile Eater’, in 1928, finishing 28th). I’m married to Jeff Pierce who in 1987 won the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees for the US team 7-11. So I’m ready and waiting for my chance to race in the Tour de France too!!

Website/Blog/Twitter Links: Athlete page on Facebook – Jo Kiesanowski

Career Highlights:

3-time Olympian for New Zealand (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London)

2-time Commonwealth Games Rep (2006 Melbourne, 2010 Delhi)

7th London 2012 Olympics – Omnium.

Silver medal 2010 Commonwealth Games – Scratch Race.

8 time New Zealand National Champion in 4 disciplines – Road race, points race, scratch race and omnium

UCI Overall World Cup winning team 2006, 2007.

6th – World Track Championships Points Race 2006

8th – World Road Championships 2008

2011 New Zealand National Omnium Champion

Stage winner Thuringen Rundfahrt, Germany

Stage winner and sprint jersey winner Tour de L’Aude, France

Stage winner Ronde Van Drenthe, Holland

Stage winner Grand Boucle, France

Winner Team Time Trial World Cup, Denmark

Two-time winner team overall World Cup with Univega Pro Cycling Team, Switzerland

Stage winner and sprint jersey winner Nature Valley Stage Race, USA

Stage winner and sprint jersey winner Mt Hood Cycling Classic, USA

Other Major Results:


1st, Overall Air Force Classic

1st, Sprinter Jersey, Women’s Prestige Cycling Series


1st  Criterium Cascade Cycling Classic

1st  Grand Cycling Classic


9th  World Track Championships, Omnium, Holland

2nd Chris Thater Criterium

2nd Overall Gateway Cup, St Louis – 4 crits, 3×2nd places


2nd Liberty Classic, Philadelphia

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