On April 26th, a tweet from Sarah Storey announced to the world the family are expecting their second child this autumn.
The family spoke of their excitement in announcing the news and being able to confirm that their daughter, Louisa, will soon be a big sister.
Sarah re-commenced training around six weeks after returning from the Rio Paralympic Games having decided to continue with her international sporting career. Racing Revolution in Manchester in November and then Track Nationals at the end of January, Sarah began racing the road season but drew the line at bunch start events once she knew she was pregnant.
“I discovered I was pregnant in early February”, said Sarah, “and whilst I knew it was too early to make the announcement to everyone, I also knew I needed to adapt my racing plans to ensure I didn’t put myself at undue risk of crashing.”
Sarah competed in the National Series Time Trial events in Dorset and Buxton, before taking on the recce of the Tour de Yorkshire route just a week prior to making the pregnancy announcement.
“I am well past the 12 week mark now, so the bump is starting to show a lot if I am not careful!” laughed Sarah, “but as I started this pregnancy fitter than I did my first, I am able to race – albeit at a lower intensity level.”
Sarah has local evening time trials planned around the continuation of her training and as ever has the full support of Barney who spoke of his excitement at the news their family is growing. “We have always wanted Louisa to have a sibling so are delighted our family is growing. As with our approach to Sarah’s career in her first pregnancy we will continue to monitor everything to ensure she has a healthy pregnancy and every chance of returning to racing after the baby is born.”
Sarah and Barney work closely with Dr Gary Brickley, who has been Sarah’s cycling coach since she switched sports in 2005. “Gary has two children and understands everything from both sides. He is aware of the balance needed in maintaining a healthy pregnancy and healthy athlete, as well as the emotional side of becoming parents again. We are a great team and we are putting in to practice everything we learned from the first pregnancy,” said Sarah.