Sarah Storey creates Velo Espresso a coffee blend for the cycling community
Dame Sarah Joanne Storey is a British road and track racing cyclist and former swimmer. She is a multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games in both sports, and six times British (able-bodied) national track champion (2 × Pursuit, 1 × Points, 3 × Team Pursuit). Her total of fourteen gold medals makes her the most successful female British Paralympian of all time.
Sarah's major achievements also include being a 29-time World champion (6 in swimming and 23 in cycling), a 21-time European champion (18 in swimming and 3 in cycling) and holding 75 world records.
Storey was born Sarah Bailey in Manchester without a functioning left hand after her arm became entangled in the umbilical cord in the womb and the hand did not develop as normal.
In 2007, she married tandem pilot and coach Barney Storey. Storey gave birth to her daughter, Louisa Marie, on 30 June 2013. In April 2017, it was announced that Storey was expecting her second child, who was named Charlie John.
She and her husband live in Disley, Cheshire.
Swimming at the Paralympic Games
Sarah began her Paralympic career as a swimmer, winning two golds, three silvers and a bronze in Barcelona in 1992. She continued swimming in the next three Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005, reputedly because of a persisting ear infection.
At the 2008 Paralympic Games, her fifth, Sarah won the individual pursuit – in a time that would have been in the top eight at the Olympic final – and the road time trial.
Sarah also competes against non-disabled athletes and won the 3 km national track pursuit championship in 2008, eight days after taking the Paralympic title, and defended her title in 2009. In 2014, she added a third national track title with a win in the points race.
Sarah qualified to join the England team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where she was "the first disabled cyclist to compete for England at the Commonwealth Games", against non-disabled cyclists. She was also the second Paralympic athlete overall competing for England at the Games, following archer Danielle Brown earlier in Delhi.
In 2011, Sarah competed for one of the three places in the GB squad for the women's team pursuit at the 2012 Olympic Games. Although she was in the winning team for the World Cup event in Cali, Colombia in December 2011,she was informed afterwards that she was being dropped from the team pursuit squad.
London's 2012 Paralympics Games saw Sarah win Britain's first gold medal, in the women's individual C5 pursuit. She went on to win three more gold medals, one in the Time Trial C4–5 500m, one in the Individual Road Time Trial C5 and finally one in the Individual Road Race C4–5.
In 2014, Storey and her husband Barney Storey founded the Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International women's amateur cycling team, supporting the charity Boot Out Breast Cancer. The team fielded squads in the 2014 and 2015 British road race seasons.
Sarah Storey attempted to break the world hour record at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on 28 February 2015. She set a distance of 45.502 km, which was 563m short of Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel's 2003 overall world record – however Sarah's distance did set a new world record in the C5 Paralympic cycling class as well as a new British record.
In the Rio 2016 Paralympics Sarah Storey became Britain's most successful female paralympian when she won the C5 3000m individual pursuit final.
Sarah Storey was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1998 New Year Honours. Following the Beijing Games, she was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Manchester. Following the 2012 London Games, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours.
Sarah Storey was a nominee for the 2008 Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability and the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
In 2018 Sarah and Team Storey teamed up with Black Circle Coffee , a specialist coffee brand to help support their cycling team with races and general coffee requirements as well as support them on race day and at events including the teams official launch in 2019.
In March of 2020 Sarah Storey created her own blend of coffee designed for the cycling community called Velo Espresso and launched it to the world on April 11th 2020. Available exclusively online Velo Espresso is a triple certified Brazilian blend dark roast bean. Certificated by the Rain Forest Alliance and classified as organic this blend is a premium offering that is a world exclusive from the cycling legend ahead of the 2021 Olympics.