2 July 2012
First Curlew Cup is a great Storey
Storey on her way to Curlew Cup victory
Paralympian and Escentual For VioRed rider Sarah Storey the first winner of the Curlew Cup elite women’s road cycling race after spinting to victory over Catherine Williamson of Bizhub FCF in Northumberland today.
In the race, which is part of the Virgin Money Cyclone weekend and is sponsored by Northumberland National Park Authority, third place was taken by Helen Wyman of Kona Factory Racing. Fourth place went to Eileen Rowe of Team Ibis Cycles and fifth to Rebecca Heath of VC St. Raphael, who also took the under 23 competition sponsored by Padon Contracts.
Sarah Storey also took the points race, sponsored by cycling travel company Saddle Skedaddle.
Immediately following the race Sarah Storey said that the result gave her “huge confidence” ahead of the Paralympic Games. She added: “I created the break on the second lap to plan and... batted it.”
Organiser Peter Harrison said: “Sarah Storey put in a fantastic ride to take the first ever Curlew Cup. I hope to bring the race back year after year as women’s bike racing grows more and more.”
On Saturday more than 3,000 riders from pros to club cyclists to young families took to the road for the 33, 63 and gruelling 104 mile Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge rides around Northumberland’s beautiful countryside.
On Friday night the weekend started with the Leazes Criteriums after the Tyne 6 Bridges leisure ride, which had been planned for Thursday, was cancelled due to heavy rain.
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