Number 18: Sarah Storey
Last year’s position: 22
Sarah Storey again dominated her category in the UCI Paracycling World Championships, winning both the road race and time trial, although she was pushed hard by Poland’s Anna Harkowska.
The level of competition in paralympic cycling continues to rise and Harkowska was a tricky customer in the road race, held at Baie-Comeau in Canada. In the end Storey managed to shake her off and won by five seconds.
With the London Paralympics on the horizon, Storey has competed more frequently in able-bodied events In order to stay ahead of the rest in the Paralympic field.
She rode the Tour Feminin en Limousin in France in July, mixing it with a big bunch in international competition for the first time. She held her own and has grown stronger as a result.
Ninth place in the National Championship road race and fifth in the time trial were also fine results.
On the track, she continued to impress, taking the silver medal behind Wendy Houvenaghel in the pursuit at the national track championships and joining up with Alex Greenfield and Danielle King to clinch team pursuit victory for Horizon Fitness.
But one of the most remarkable achievements were her call-up to represent England in the Commonwealth Games. Storey became the first Paralympic cyclist to represent one of the home countries in an able-bodied competition. An outsider in the hunt for a medal, Storey was sixth in the individual pursuit.
Cycling Weekly’s Top British Riders of 2010 advent calendar: We will reveal one rider per day behind the virtual doors of our sparkly advent calendar from Wednesday December 1 to Christmas Eve, Friday December 24. The top eight will then be revealed in Cycling Weekly magazine’s final issue of the year, which will be in the shops on December 30 2010.