Britain’s most successful Paralympian was watching women’s cycle race at Gun Hill

THE Staffordshire Moorlands was graced with the presence of Britain’s most successful Paralympian of all-time today.

Fourteen times gold medal-holder Dame Sarah Storey, the British road and track racing cyclist, and former swimmer, was waiting at Gun Hill, near Leek, to give her support to riders on Stage Two of the OVO Women’s Tour professional cycle race.

The 144.5km stage, which started and ended in Hanley town centre, entered the Moorlands via Uttoxeter before passing through Rocester, Hollington and Cheadle, and then onto the sharp climb up into Ipstones before heading to Leek and then towards Longsdon, via the intensely demanding 25 per cent gradient of  Gun Hill, on the way back to the stage finish in the Potteries.

The stage winner was Amy Pieters (Boels Dolmans).