Dame Sarah Storey has called for more road races in the UK to be held on closed roads.
The Paralympic legend told BBC Sport she is ‘not prepared to risk my life’ by racing on open roads with traffic.
Storey says racing on open roads is not an ideal preparation for a professional career.
The winner of three 2016 Paralympic Games gold medals said: “You have to keep your wits about you and be prepared to meet a car coming head on when you cross that white line. That’s not ideal,” she told BBC Sport. “You should be racing on closed roads all the time.
“That’s one of the big things I’d like to see change for women in the UK.”