News – Dame Sarah Storey Hour record attempt


Paralympic Champion Sarah Storey confirms world record attempt at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark on February 28

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News – Dame Sarah Storey Hour record attempt

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16th December 2014

Britain’s most decorated Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey, has confirmed she will bid to break the women’s UCI Hour Record at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Saturday 28th February 2015.

The UCI Hour Record, track cycling’s blue riband event, has enjoyed a renaissance over recent months following changes to the rules by the UCI. Jens Voigt and Matthias Brändle have already tackled and broken the men’s record and Storey will be the first female rider to take on the female equivalent.


The attempt will take place as part of Round 5 of the Revolution Series and will aim to beat the existing record of 46.065km by Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, which dates back to 2003. “I’m excited and nervous at the prospect of being the first women to take on the record in over a decade” commented Storey. “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.”

“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.”

Storey’s UCI Hour Record will be the culmination of a packed programme of racing as part of the Saturday afternoon session at the Revolution event. “There has been a lot of excitement about the ‘The Hour’ again just recently and as a UCI event we were keen to bring some of that to Britain“ said James Pope, of Face Partnership who promote the Revolution Series.

“When Jens Voigt and Mathias Brändle established their records the crowd involvement seemed really high and we felt a high energy Revolution meeting might be the ideal occasion to host such an attempt. Obviously these things have to be finessed because firstly the rider has to be in peak physical condition to even contemplate an attempt and with a fair deal of preparation time required it also has to fit in with team duties and requirements.”

“We are delighted therefore when Dame Sarah Storey accepted our invitation to make her attempt on the Women’s UCI Hour Record at Revolution on February 28th at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London. It should be a great occasion.”

Tickets are available for Revolution and the UCI Hour Record attempt on or by calling See Tickets on 0844 412 4650.

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