Exciting new chapter in Dame Sarah’s Storey ahead
ELEVENTIME Paralympic gold medalist Dame Sarah Storey insists competing against the world’s best cyclists at the Prudential RideLondon Women’s Grand Prix will rank among the highest moments of her career.
The 36-year-old was part of a 100-strong field for the Women’s Grand Prix on Saturday – a 1.3-mile circuit around St James’ Park and up The Mall.
While Storey was not in the capital to challenge for victory, she admits the chance to ride past some of London’s most iconic landmarks against the globe’s best was too good to pass up.
Storey is currently gearing up for the Para-cycling Road World Championships later this month but placed 46th as Giorgia Bronzini took victory ahead of Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead.
“It was quite hard really and I’m in the middle of a really hard training block for the World Championships so in terms of speed and acceleration I had one big effort and then found myself clinging onto the coat-tails,” she said. “The average was incredible and the riders in the field were just immense so to have the chance to get off the front and test the legs is all you can really ask for.
“It was amazing, I’ve never raced on those roads before. It’s not my ideal route I’d prefer something like Box Hill with a bit of gradient.”
PRUDENTIAL RideLondon took place on 9 & 10 August. To find out more, visit www. prudentialridelondon. co.uk