Dame Sarah Storey collected her 14th Paralympic gold with a tremendous defence of her C4/5 road race title last week.
Just nine days after becoming Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, Storey timed her charge to perfection with gold medal success in an incredible time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 42 seconds. Her victory was Paralympic GB’s 60th of the Rio Games.
“I just had to keep being patient and wait, stay out of trouble in the bunch.” Storey said.
“Once I hit that first rise I put in a bit of an attack to see what would happen and the elastic broke straight away.
“(I) kept pushing up that first steeper climb, took the descent pretty hard and then kept time-trialling.”
Storey’s achievements are even more remarkable given that she returned to elite sport after giving birth, just three years ago. She has managed to combine those draining training sessions with motherhood.
“London was our greatest Games because it was at home,” she said. “Four gold medals at home was beyond my wildest dreams, but to come back after pregnancy, there was a point where I was sat at home having gained four stone and I never thought I was coming back to anything, let alone to win three more. I was sat there thinking: ‘How do you get rid of this weight’. But nature is amazing.
Dame Sarah Storey, who switched from a career in the pool to the cycling track prior to Beijing 2008, secured her place in the history books after only 1,375m of a 3,000m race as she clocked in at 1:36.893 minutes.
She now surpasses the record medal haul set by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson who won 11 gold medals throughout her career.
The Club is the UK’s first ‘national’ Cycling Club established to partner a professional team and raise funds to save men and women from breast cancer.