Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey to return to Northumberland for Cyclone event

Gold-medal-winning paralympian Dame Sarah Storey will be hoping for a win in the 2014 Curlew Cup, part of the Virgin Money Cyclone in Northumberland

Christian Palma/PA Wire Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey
Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey

Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey will head to Northumberland this summer to take part in one of the region’s most presigious cycling races.

The athlete, who secured four gold medals at London’s Paralympic Games two years ago, is confirmed to race the 2014 Curlew Cup next month as part of the Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling.

Storey won the inaugural Curlew Cup in 2012 before going on to dominate in London that year, notching up a world record for her performance in the C5 Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit.

According to Team Storey Sport, Storey’s win in the event’s first year cemented her lead in the series, with the rest of the team touted to follow in the footsteps of the inspirational Dame.

Storey will be joined in Northumberland by her Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International team-mates, Charline Joiner, Gabriella Shaw and Katie Archibald.


Storey, who is set to compete in support of UK charity Boot Out Breast Cancer, said: “Women’s cycling is riding high on the agenda this summer and I’m excited to be returning to the North East this summer to compete in the Curlew Cup.

“The routes take in some of the UK’s loveliest scenery and the locals are always incredibly friendly and supportive to all the professionals taking part – hopefully the crowds will be out in full force to spur me on to another victory in the race.”

One of the UK’s most respected cycling events, the Virgin Money Cyclone festival plays host to the Curlew Cup as part of the Women’s National Road Race Series on Sunday June 22.

The elite women’s event takes place ahead of the UCI Beaumont Trophy and shares much of the same route as the international men’s event.

Now in its eighth year, the Virgin Money Cyclone attracts over 4,000 riders, from Elite level professionals and serious cycling enthusiasts to those looking to undertake their first-ever cycling challenge, or just enjoy a leisure ride.

Virgin Money Cyclone takes place from Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, June 22, with a range of events for all abilities and entries are open now.

For more information or to register visit


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer