Contributing to the ‘constant stream’ of talented young female riders emerging into British road racing is a key goal of the Storey Racing team, says Paralympic and world road champion Dame Sarah Storey.
Dame Sarah founded the eponymous team alongside husband Barney in 2017, and the Storey Racing kit has since become one of the most recognisable in the peloton.
The 14-time Paralympic champion lined up for the opening two rounds of the HSBC UK | National Road Series, and Storey Racing will feature heavily across the remainder of the eight-round series, including at this weekend’s CiCle Classic – round 3 of the series.
“We’ll have differing numbers of riders at rounds across the series according to the other programmes that the girls have, but we’re just looking to do some hard racing and see where that takes us.
“It’s amazing to have Storey Racing representation across this and so many other different types of pelotons. There are so many people keen to pull this kit on, so we’ve been able to get it in the para peloton, the junior peloton, the youth peloton and obviously the senior peloton as well, so that’s great to see.”
There are 12 female riders representing Storey Racing this year, across a variety of categories, and the continued development of these riders and the entire women’s racing environment is one of Storey’s main priorities.
“When we sat down at the end of last season and looked at where we wanted to take the team, developing young riders was something that we were really interested in doing.
“Generally, there are British riders who have this season gone off to ride in the professional peloton, who perhaps won’t be racing as much this year, so there’s a great opportunity to see how the younger crop of riders get on.
“We’ve got a constant stream of riders coming into women’s racing, which is fantastic, and the fields are just getting bigger and bigger.”