Sarah Storey Unveils Hour Record Bike
Britain’s most decorated Paralympian, Dame Sarah Storey today unveiled details of the bike and equipment that she will ride when aiming to beat the current women’s UCI Hour Record at the Lee Valley VeloPark on Saturday 28th February 2015 during Round 5 of the Revolution Series.
Storey will take seat on a Ridley Arena Carbon Track frame, which features several of Ridley’s patented FAST technologies including the F-Split fork, which helps increase aerodynamic performance and reduce drag. To propel her around the velodrome, Storey has opted for Verve Cycling’s range of Infocrank Classic cranks and Carbon Composite chainrings, Pyramid Composite Design (PCD) PEEK rings, and Shimano Pedals. The ergonomic set up of the bike will help to ensure a reduced shifting effort, allowing for full concentration and effort on the Hour Record.
Award winning UK distributors Madison and Sportline have provided Storey with her elite-level kit, and have finished off the cockpit with components from PROs Missile Evo range, including extensions, a UD Carbon race stem and a PRO Missile Evo bar, which has been specially adapted for Storey. The Ridley frame will ride on a PRO 5 spoke front track wheel and PRO disc track rear wheel, which have been designed to be aerodynamic and rigid, optimising and improving air flow. The high performance and lightweight professional carbon track racing disc wheels have a combined price of just under £3,000.
Storey’s skinsuit will be a slightly altered version of Pearl Izumi’s PRO Speed Skinsuit used by Rohan Dennis of BMC racing team, when he recently broke the male Hour Record. There are many similarities to his skinsuit, all aimed at reducing turbulence and improving aerodynamics; including patented Speed Sleeve construction for best fit and shaping across the critically important shoulder and back regions, combined with strategic seam placement, hidden zipper and v-neck construction for improved air flow and comfort in the time trial position. Pearl Izumi’s unique AeroCool® fabric is also used which reduces drag by up to 15% over traditional flat face performance fabrics and is used on the shoulders, flank and thighs, which also feature a longer inseam to traditional cycling shorts for reduced drag.
Shoes & Helmet
Ergonomically designed to provide a more efficient up stroke, Storey will be racing in her shoe of choice: Shimano’s RW83 SPD-SL shoes, which weigh only 486 grams. After extensive wind tunnel testing and athlete feedback, Storey has opted for the Lazer Wasp helmet, which is the fastest commercially available TT helmet due to its ability to reduce the laminar effect of air. Lazer has recently been announced as the official helmet partner to British Cycling in the lead up to Rio 2016.
Speaking at the National cycling centre in Manchester ahead of the attempt, Storey said “Unveiling my bike seems like the final piece in the jigsaw, it makes it feel more real now. With every day that passes, I’m getting more excited and focussed, I can’t wait to saddle up on the 28th”.
“Madison has been superb in providing me with the products and spec which are going to give me the very best chance to beat the record, so all that’s left now is to go out there and do it!”