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Sarah Storey is Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian in history having won 14 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze medals across an impressive 7 Paralympic Games. She is also one of the World’s most versatile athletes having won World and Paralympic Gold medals for her country across two sports (swimming and cycling) and across 12 very different events (6 in the pool and 6 on a bike). Having broken 75 world records in an international career that has spanned 25 years [and counting!], Sarah Storey (nee Bailey) has a unique and inspiring story, not least because she has also won some of her gold as an able-bodied athlete. Sarah became the first woman in 13 years to attempt the Women’s Hour Record, when in February 2015, she fell just 500m short recording 45.502km. Now aiming for her 8th Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Sarah devotes a huge amount of time to developing other athletes, supporting charitable causes and is in high demand as a motivational speaker.
Here is her story about cycling around Goostrey – hopefully an inspiration to all cyclists
Whether it’s for training or racing, Goostrey is almost certainly on the route and one of the pleasures of Goostrey is the quiet lanes and beautiful rolling countryside that surrounds it. I’ve been riding my bike in this part of Cheshire for around 15 years now and regardless of the time of year, the landscape is always a pleasure to ride through. In fact I love this area so much that when I was pregnant with each of my two children, I would drive from the edge of the Peaks where I live, to the Goostrey side of Macclesfield to ride on less hilly terrain. My route would always take me through the village and as I was travelling a lot slower with a baby on board, I was able to fully enjoy the surroundings. Goostrey Home and Leisure was a place we would often head for when the children were small too, as the cafe and small playground provided the ideal entertainment while I was out training. My husband and I would draw straws, one of us riding the downhill route to the cafe and the other taking the uphill route home!
I’ve been racing on the bigger roads near Goostrey for a little over 10 years and am always pleased to see a Headquarters located in the Village, with the myriad of lanes to ride on for warm up, or the pleasant surroundings to come back to after a hard race, one of the pleasures of Goostrey as a race location is that it has just about everything you would want for a bike race. The rubber stamp of approval is always when the kids shout, “yay, we love going to Goostrey while you are racing!”.
Whenever I am away and people ask what it’s like where I live and what it’s like to race locally, I usually start by describing Goostrey. The Village is synonymous with the local time trial racing scene and always a hive of activity for cyclists of all ages and abilities at the weekends. If anyone ever asks me for a route to get them going in road cycling, then I will usually suggest they take in the loop that Goostrey is at the heart of, there’s no denying the country lanes around the village are a mecca for everyone on motorised wheels and long may this continue!