Storey returns for Para-Cycling Track World Championships
Dame Sarah Storey is back on the bike – but not even Britain’s most successful Paralympian of all time expected this day to come so quickly.
The 14-time Paralympic champion across two sports is back just a few months after giving birth to her son, Charlie, set to lead the British team for March’s Para-Cycling Track World Championships.
And with 17 medals already on the world track – 13 of them gold – Storey is heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with more than just a gentle pedal on her mind.
Instead this marks the latest step on what has already been an exceptional Paralympics journey, first competing on the biggest stage as a swimmer at Barcelona 1992, aged just 14.
“I’m delighted to be back in the hunt for rainbow jerseys although I never expected to be back so quickly after Charlie’s arrival four months ago.” Sarah Storey
“I’m delighted to be back in the hunt for rainbow jerseys although I never expected to be back so quickly after Charlie’s arrival four months ago” she said.
“We are going into the qualification period for Tokyo 2020 so I’m excited to start the build up for what will be my eighth Paralympic Games. I’m looking forward to seeing what the trip will bring.”
Storey, set to compete in the 500-metre time trial, individual pursuit and scratch race next month, is not the only British rider taking to the track, with a plethora of those who won Paralympic gold in Rio looking for a repeat of the trick.
Among them is Jody Cundy, a double Paralympic champion two years ago in the mixed team sprint and the kilo.
Also selected is Jon-Allan Butterworth who joined Cundy atop the podium, following up the three silver medals he won at London 2012.
Louis Rolfe, who secured both gold and bronze in Rio, is also selected as is double Paralympic champion Stephen Bate, piloted by Adam Duggleby.
Sophie Thornhill, Helen Scott, Lora Fachie, Corinne Hall and Megan Giglia will also make the trip while there are Great Britain Cycling Team debuts for Blaine Hunt and Katie Toft.
“The track world championships in Rio are the first major step on the team’s journey to Tokyo 2020 and all the riders and staff are looking forward to the competition,” said Great Britain Cycling Team programmes manager Jon Pett.
“With qualification points up for grabs for the first time in this cycle, it’s vital that we hit the ground running and I’m very confident that we have a squad of riders that are capable of challenging for rainbow jerseys.
“It’s great to welcome Sarah back into the team for the first time since Rio, while it’s also excellent to add some new faces to the squad to freshen things up and provide some internal competition.
“Overall the team is in a great place and we’ll be working hard to ensure we have a very successful competition.”
These World Championships will provide riders with the first chance to score Paralympic qualification points, with this marking the opening step on the path to Tokyo 2020.