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Friday 9th October 2015

Olympic cyclist Elinor Barker becomes a woman of steel

Elinor-Barker Image: The Stoke Sentinel

Great Britain and Wales track cyclist Elinor Barker has become a ‘woman of steel’ after taking delivery of a custom-made bike from Brian Rourke Cycles.

The double Commonwealth Games medal winner has opted for a Reynolds 953 stainless steel frame to replace her previous carbon version.

Brian Rourke Cycles owner said:

“It’s really light, very strong and ultra responsive, so we hope it’ll serve her well. Most track racers have grown up with a stock carbon bike and have never realised how fantastic a steel frame can be. As far as I’m concerned steel is still the best and I can’t wait to see her reaction as she races on it for the first time. We’ve made bikes for Reg Harris, the five-time world champion and he, like my dad (Brian Rourke), can’t understand how people can race on carbon frames.”



Elinor celebrates winning bronze at the Commonwealth Games 2014. Image: BBC Sport.


Barker competes for Wales, Great Britain and Stoke-on-Trent-based Team Matrix, where club-mate Laura Trott already races using a Rourke bike.

This year she has helped Britain win World Championship silver in the team pursuit, only losing out to an Australia team who set a new world record.

Rourke added: “We were thrilled to make a bike for Laura earlier this year and it’s brilliant to link up with Team Matrix again.

“They are doing a fantastic job for cycling in the Potteries; and we hope we can help them as much as we can.

“We have been doing a bit for the Great Britain track squad. When a stock bike doesn’t feel quite comfortable we can come in and make a difference.

“It’s a proud moment to see a Rourke bike, but it’s always about the cyclist. We just try to help them fulfil their potential.”

(Quotations taken from an article first published in The Sentinel newspaper on 18th September 2015).

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