Storey and Rowsell headline Tour de Yorkshire women's race

Dame Sarah Storey and Joanna Rowsell will take part in the women's race at the Tour de Yorkshire on May 2 in York

Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey
(Image credit: Larry Hickmott)

Dame Sarah Storey and Joanna Rowsell are just two of over 100 of the UK's best female riders to be taking part in the Tour de Yorkshire's women's race on May 2 in York.

The pair, who both race for Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International, are joined by fellow Great Britain track rider Katie Archibald.

With the race open to Elite down to Cat. 3 riders, the mix of participants will give some younger riders the chance to race alongside Olympians and Paralympians like Storey and Rowsell.

Riders will complete four laps of a 20km circuit around the city of York starting at 11am, just hours before the men’s race finishes in the same location. The race will start at 10.30 am, instead of the original 11am start.

Matrix Fitness feature two riders from Yorkshire in their lineup, with Jessie Walker and Penny Rowson set to race, while Grace Garner and Nicola Juniper will ride for the Giordana Triton Team.

Cycling Weekly will also be represented at the race, with Louise Mahe riding for Ikon-Mazda.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.