Para-cycling: Search on for British female Paralympic champions

British Cycling have started a targeted search for new champions like Dame Sarah Storey for the 2016 and 2020 Paralympic Games.

Team GB finished with 120 cycling medals at the 2012 London Paralympics, including four golds for Dame Storey.

But this search - backed by 2012 silver medallist Karen Darke - aims to fill potential medal gaps among the current female para-cycling squad.

"I'd advise all sporty women and girls out there to dream big," said Darke.

The team's success in London eclipsed the UK Sport target by 17 medals, but Darke feels there is an excellent opportunity to become the sport's next British female star at Rio 2016 and Tokyo four years later.

Darke said: "There is no better feeling than being on a podium at the Paralympics and feeling an immense sense of pride and achievement at being crowned the world's best.

"With a commitment and drive to succeed at the highest level, a structured programme and a great team behind you, there really is no limit to what can be done."

For women who qualify, no prior experience of riding on a velodrome track is necessary and talent assessment events will take place in October.

"There is nothing to lose in applying to British Cycling and so, so much to be gained," Darke added.

For more information visit the British Cycling website.