Storey to go for mile record


Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Sarah Storey has announced she will aim to break the women’s UCI hour world record when she competes in London early next year.

Britain’s most decorated Paralympian, who swapped swimming for cycling in 2005 and added six Games golds on two wheels to her five from in the pool, will return to the London 2012 velodrome to tackle her latest mission.

The 37-year-old is relishing the task she will take on in the Revolution meeting on February 28, at the venue now known as the Lee Valley VeloPark.

The UCI – cycling’s world governing body – this year modernised its rules governing the hour record, allowing competitors to ride any legitimate endurance bike rather than be constrained by age-old seating positioning requirements.

Storey’s target will be the 46.065 kilometres covered by Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-Van Moorsel in 2003.

Storey said: “I’m excited and nervous at the prospect of being the first women to take on the record in over a decade.

“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.”

She added on British Cycling’s website: “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 men’s record has fallen twice since the regulations were refreshed, first by Germany’s Jens Voigt and most recently by Austrian Matthias Brandle, who clocked up 51.852km at an event in Switzerland.

UCI president Brian Cookson said: “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.”

Published: Tuesday 16th December 2014 by The News Editor

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