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    16.12.14

    Dame Sarah Storey to attempt women's Hour Record

    Britain's most decorated Paralympian to tackle record set in 2003

    Words
    Timothy John
    Photographs
    Alex Broadway
Dame Sarah Storey to attempt women's Hour Record

Dame Sarah Storey will attempt to break the women’s hour record at the London Olympic Velodrome on Saturday February 28, 2015, at the final of this season’s Revolution Series.

Storey, Britain’s most decorated Paralympian, will tackle the record of 46.065km, set by Dutch rider, Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, more than 10 years ago.

The British rider, whose haul of four gold medals at the 2012 Games surpassed any British athlete, said she was “excited and nervous” by the attempt.

“I did a couple of days testing up at the Manchester Velodrome to try and work out the output that would be involved over an hour to have a realistic chance of challenging the record and we decided that if I can arrive in good shape I stood a fighting chance.”

Racing track cyclists, riding around banking in velodrome, in line, Sarah Storey in the leadDame Sarah Storey made a triumphant return to the track in September after the birth of her daughter, winning the national points race title pic: Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com

"Logistically it fits in just about perfectly with the plans I already had put in place for next year which centre around the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships at the end of March - when I will be entering the Individual pursuit, 500m time trial and scratch race.”

The Hour Record attempt will be Storey’s biggest challenge since returning to competition after the birth of her daughter last year. She has previously competed alongside able-bodied athletes in Great Britain’s all-conquering women’s team pursuit squad, and before switching her attentions to cycling, had won five Paralympic gold medals, eight silver and three bronze as a swimmer.

UCI President, Brian Cookson, welcomed news of Storey’s record attempt, saying that after successful attempts at the men’s record by Jens Voigt and Matthias Brandle, the prestitious title would attract the finest female riders.

Professional cyclists, Sarah Storey, black and purple jersey, waving, blue advertising boards behindStorey has set an astonishing 73 world records in a glittering athletic career that has seen her triumph as a swimmer and cyclist. The Hour Record is in her sights. pic: Alex Whitehead/SWPix.com

The Hour has been given new life by changes to technical regulations that stipulate the use of the type of machine used in pursuit events.

“In amending the regulations, the UCI hoped for exactly this kind of motivation from the world’s best athletes. Dame Sarah Storey’s attempt will be eagerly awaited and I am sure it will prompt other top women riders to try to claim this prestigious record,” Cookson said.

Storey’s record attempt will be the main event in the Saturday afternoon session of the penultimate round of the 2014/15 Revolution Series. Event promotoer, James Pope, said he had been keen to bring some of the excitement that had surrounded the attempts of Voigt and Brandle, both made in Aigle, Switzerland, to Britain.

"We are delighted therefore when Dame Sarah Storey accepted our invitation to make her attempt on the Women’s UCI Hour Record at Revolution on February 28th at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. It should be a great occasion."

Tickets are available for Revolution and the UCI Hour Record attempt on www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling See Tickets on 0844 412 4650.

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