The 2020 Paracycling Track World Championships were held in Milton Canada from January 30th and in attending the 20th World Championships of her career, Sarah also achieved a milestone even she hadn’t expected to be possible – securing her 60th world championship medal.
Competing in 4 events across the course of the Championships and returning home with 4 medals, 3 gold and a bronze, the competition marked the start of what everyone hopes will be another dominating year for Great Britain’s most successful female Paralympian.
Her gold medals came in the 3,000m Individual Pursuit, where she convincingly beat her opposition in just 6 of the 12 laps available, riding below the world record pace in the process. Just hours later Sarah was back on the track for an imperious performance in the Scratch race, where she took a solo lap before marshalling the field to ensure that the only other rider to attack could be her own team mate, who claimed silver. In also securing victory in the Flying 200m, alongside bronze in the 500m Time Trial, Sarah had amassed enough points in the omnium competition to be crowned the first World Champion for the C5 category.
“I am delighted to have been able to get 2020 off to such a great start,” commented Sarah as she headed for home, “it’s never easy preparing for 4 events, but I enjoy the challenge of back to back racing and winning 3 gold medals in one day is very special!”
Although now the planned season of racing is on hold, Sarah continues to train at home and locally to where she is based in the UK, in preparation for when racing is able to restart. She is as determined as ever to reach her 8th Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which are of course re-scheduled to August 2021.