Dame Sarah Storey’s attempt on the women’s UCI Hour Record in London next Saturday will be streamed live on YouTube, world cycling’s governing body has confirmed.
Storey will attempt the record as part of next weekend’s round of the Revolution Series at Lee Valley VeloPark, on the same track where in 2012 she won two gold medals at the London Paralympic Games.
She will be the first woman to attempt the record since the UCI changed its rules last year to accommodate modern track bikes and equipment, with the existing record of 46.065km set 12 years ago by Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel of the Netherlands.
The UCI says the live broadcast, which will start next Saturday at 2.30pm GMT, will be available to watch worldwide, with no geoblocking.
UCI president Brian Cookson said: “We owe it to cycling fans worldwide to provide live coverage of Dame Sarah Storey’s attempt on the UCI Hour Record.
“She is an inspiring Paralympic athlete, a valued member of the UCI Para-cycling Commission, and the first woman to go after this record since we modernised the rules in May last year.
“Our YouTube broadcasts of the last four attempts on the men’s UCI Hour Record proved incredibly popular and we are delighted to enable fans to watch Dame Sarah’s attempt as well.
“The live coverage, available exclusively on the UCI YouTube channel, is part of the UCI’s promotion of women’s cycling, and we will also be investing in the television production of her attempt.
“It will be an incredible event and I will be at the Lee Valley VeloPark to witness her performance.
“I can’t wait to cheer her on,” he added.
Tickets are still available to watch Storey’s attempt on the record in person and can be obtained through the Revolution Series website or by calling See Tickets on 0844 854 2016.
Earlier this week, we took an in-depth look at the Ridley Arena bike on which she will be attempting the record.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.