Wednesday 3 May 2017 08.00 BST
Sarah Storey has already achieved astonishing things: beginning as a teenage swimmer in 1992 before moving to the bike, she has amassed 14 Paralympic gold medals and is set on extending that record at an eighth Games in 2020.
But now Storey has taken on an arguably even greater challenge: persuading government ministers and councillors to take everyday cycling seriously.
As part of British Cycling’s ever-increasing role in promoting cycling as a means of ordinary transport for everyone, as well as seeking medals for a speedy elite, Storey has taken on a role of policy advocate alongside Chris Boardman, another gold medal racer-turned-campaigner.
I ask Storey why she decided to take the role, and her answer is simple: she wants her children to be able to cycle on the roads in safety as they grow up:
I’ve got a little girl who’s going to be starting school, and another one on the way, and I’m trying to make sure we have the opportunity so when my kids are older that’s it’s not as much of a battle as it currently is.
Ministers and officials need to provide much more in the way of cycling infrastructure, to better protect “a group of people who are currently very vulnerable, and not thought of enough”, Storey argues.
Storey says that even as a skilled and hugely experienced rider she is wary of sharing the roads with heavy traffic.
This is in part, she adds, why she and her family – she is married to Barney Storey, who has won three Paralympic golds as a tandem pilot for partially sighted athletes – live in a Cheshire village, from where she commutes to the Manchester velodrome.