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A Gold and Two Bronze, plus a World Record for the Storey clan at Track Nationals!

by Sarah Storey
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on Oct 03 in Race Blog

Barney and Sarah Storey completed their 14th and 7th British Track Nationals respectively with more gold and more great performances after a superb week of racing in which the UK had been basking in some incredible temperatures for the start of autumn.

Barney had been piloting the tandem for the first part of the week, collecting two bronze medals in the Paracycling competition where the results were decided based on the rider who got closest to the world record in their particular class. With strong competition across all classes, the margins of victory were at their smallest seen, and although riding a personal best time in the Flying 200m Time Trial and not far off the world record in the kilometre time trial, there were world records broken in other classes, so just getting onto the podium was a great performance.

With a day to get used to his solo bike, Barney then switched to his solo bike to assist his club mates in their defence of the National title in the Men’s 4000m Team Pursuit. Entries to the event were impressive and it was always going to be a big ask to make a medal ride and so when they finished in 5th place, equal on time to where they had been last year it seemed as though the V C St Raphael Club had once again proved they could compete with the best in the country despite not having the same budgets.

For Sarah Storey the rides in the 500m and C5 world record in the 3000m showed her form was further ahead than anyone had expected and it was a positive step forward that would stand her in good stead to produce a strong team pursuit performance alongside her Great Britain and Horizon Fitness Prendas team mates in the Women’s Team Pursuit on the final day of the competition. As defending champions the trio were keen to put in a solid performance and their 3.25.235 in qualifying would not have looked out of place in an international event. With an opening kilometre of 1.08 in the ride off for Gold, the Horizon Fitness Prendas train retained the title and it closed a successful week for the Storey family.

Barney can now look forward to a week off the bike to recuperate after a solid block on the track and some great racing, whilst Sarah will be straight back to the road miles and some strength and power work so she can keep moving her speed work along.

Whilst the Storey family were putting in a week of strong performances, their Communications Manager, Helen Scott was also having a successful week on the tandem. Having taken up piloting the Great Britain sprint tandem 12 months ago, Helen tackled three events piloting Aileen McGlynn, and were fighting it out for the same medals as Barney, up against the World Records in their women’s visually impaired class. After a silver to Barney’s bronze in the Kilometre, just a shade outside of their world record, Helen and Aileen broken the Flying 200m world record, but not by quite enough to claim the Gold Medal! They did however turn silver into Gold in an unexpected event for the pairing, when they blew away the competition to clock an impressive 8 second personal best time in the Tandem Pursuit over 3000m.

With the Paracycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles in February 2012, it is hoped all of Team Storey Sport and their staff will be in attendance!

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