With UK national and international racing currently suspended until at least September 1st, Storey Racing have been working to create as many opportunities for the team to stay active and engaged.
Last month’s announcement that The Women’s Tour would be creating a virtual race to replace the event which should have been running from 8-13th June was met with great enthusiasm, especially from riders who had already been utilising some of the other online races to maintain their training during the initial phases of lockdown.
Corrine Hall and Lucy Gadd will join team captain, Dame Sarah Storey for the three stage event taking place at 7pm each evening from 17-19th June, on stages that reflect the type of routes used by the race since it’s inception in 2014.
For international viewers the event will be live streamed via the Women’s Tour Facebook page and YouTube Channel The Tour and in the UK it can be watched via the BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer.
Dame Sarah, who rode the event on the road in 2015 explained why the decision to create a lockdown format for the event was so important, “Across the globe sport has been affected by lockdowns in every country and social distancing continues to create challenges for events to be held as normal, so creating a new way to race is providing a vital platform whilst riders wait to find out when they can resume their usual race calendars.”
“The Women’s Tour was started to provide equal race opportunity for men and women in the UK and so it is very fitting that ŠKODA are the title sponsor of the event.”
“I have been working with ŠKODA on their women’s campaign for two years now and they have been a leading light in creating opportunity for women. I’m excited to be lining up alongside members of our ŠKODA DSI Cycling Academy and finally racing in 2020 with Storey Racing riders too.”
For current Paralympic Tandem Pursuit Champion and bronze medallist in the Rio 2016 Tandem Road Time Trial, Corrine Hall, the race marks her first chance to race for the team outside of training races online, “The race will give me a chance to test my legs in a year where I was hoping to be selected for the Tokyo Paralympic Games,” Hall said.
“It’s great to have a real focus when so much racing isn’t able to happen.”
Under 23 rider Lucy Gadd has been combining training and competing her first year studying psychology at Southampton University. 2020 is her second season in Storey Racing colours and her progression has been exciting to watch.
“My last race at this level was the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019, which I absolutely loved! To have this opportunity to race against the world’s best teams is something I’m really looking forward to!”