The first team event of 2021, saw every member of Storey Racing line-up virtually for the Cure Parkinson’s Chase event on Zwift. With the UCI Continental team Drops Le Col riding as the scratch group A, chasing down 3 other teams of riders who had all signed up as part of a fundraising opportunity for Cure Parkinson’s.
Charity patron, Mike Tindall, along with Cure Parkinson’s CEO Will Cook led the C and D groups respectively with Storey Racing team captain, Sarah Storey, taking on the lead of group B.
Storey Racing riders were in support throughout the chased groups, with Kinga Ingram and Katie Toft providing excellent support in Group D, with Kinga singled out during the post ride interviews having led out Will Cook into the finish climb.
Beth Morrow, Cat Ferguson and Erin Avill were amongst the first riders to cross the virtual finish line whilst supporting Mike Tindall in Group C, whilst Corrine Hall, Lucy Gadd, Charlotte Parnham and Chanel Mason were part of the Group B contingent.
The team were linked via the discord app and supported the riders across all groups with messages about how the chase was progressing. Drops Le Col were firing with some big names in the chase group with GB team riders Joss Lowden and Dani Christmas amongst their selection.
Excitingly, the event was also broadcast on the Zwift YouTube channel which really added further competition to the event, thanks to the commentary of Amy Williams, Alex Payne and Matt Stephens. Although primarily a fundraiser, the event got very competitive and as a result was even more fun.
Supporting Mike Tindall in Group C and joining the fun were ex-international rugby players Austin Healey and Will Carling, as well as former pro-cyclist Taylor Phinney. Group D started first, with subsequent groups starting 4 minutes, 8 minutes and 12 minutes later and with a target advertised pace for each group, it was fascinating to see which groups set off a bit hard and where the catches started to happen.
The ride took place over 36.4km and the final 4.5km was up the Leith Hill climb in the virtual London world on Zwift. It wasn’t until this final climb that the action really started and the catches started to happen. Chanel Mason took on the race for the B group and almost caught the leading riders in group D, but Kinga had done an incredible job in supporting Will Cook, and he was the first of the lead riders to cross the line. Beth Morrow finished first for the Storey Riders, whilst the second beacon over the line was B group leader Sarah Storey.
Summing up the event afterwards, Sarah Storey said, “This was a brilliant opportunity for the team to come together and support an incredible cause. All the funds raised will go to clinical trials that are pursuing that all important cure for Parkinson’s, a disease that affects so many families every year.”
“The team has not just had a great hit out from a physical perspective, they have also made a significant contribution to the work of the charity and we all hope that we’ll be able to attend events like this in the future too.”
Donations to the event fundraising platform are still open and can be made via the Just Giving site at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/DropsUCI-vs-TindallCo-Chase