Words by Colette Carr
Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian, Sarah Storey is set to make her return to cycling at the scene of her last Paralympic triumph as she heads back to Rio for next month’s Para-cycling Track World Championships.
The 14-time Paralympic champion returns to Brazil almost two years after her golden hat trick to appear in the 500 metre time trial, individual pursuit and scratch race in a bid to add to her whopping 23 cycling world titles.
Storey joins the 22-strong team only four months after giving birth to her second child and is chasing success after missing the 2017 season.
Storey told British Cycling: “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.
“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.”
Elsewhere in Team GB, there’s no less than ten more Rio gold medalists in the form of Jody Cundy, Sophie Thornhill, Helen Scott, Lora Fachie, Corrine Hall, Megan Giglia, Steve Bate, Adam Duggleby, Louis Rolfe and Jon-Allan Butterworth, while Katie Toft and Blaine Hunt make their debut.
Kadeena Cox will not return to the Rio velodrome, instead opting to represent England in the athletics at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.
Women: Lora Fachie and Corrine Hall, Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott, Katie Toft, Megan Giglia, Crystal Lane-Wright, Sarah Storey.
Men: Steve Bate and Adam Duggleby, James Ball and Peter Mitchell, Neil Fachie and Matt Rotheram, Louis Rolfe, Ben Watson, Jody Cundy, Jaco Van Gass, Jon-Allan Butterworth, Blaine Hunt, Jon Gildea, William Bjergfelt