Lovelo-Cinelli Road Race 2018

Damp conditions didn’t put the dampener on anyone’s spirit at the Lovelo-Cinelli Road Race on the 8th of April: following the cancellation of several early-season events due to the snow in March, the smiles on the start line proved that many riders were just happy to race, even in the rain – and even when…

ICYMI – Women’s Cycling News

Neutral Service’s monthly (well, or thereabouts) round-up of what’s happening in UK Women’s Cycling. This month: New teams, new signings, new sponsors; Dave Rayner Fund backs more women than ever before; Team Series dates; ‘Cross Nationals and new projects for Wyman and Brammeier; ‘Cross Nationals to head south in 2019; Wyman Review and Wyman 100;…

Ten Minutes With… Jenny Rutter

30-year-old Jenny Rutter (née Powell) was born and still lives in Cheltenham. Following two very successful years with a string of good results first for EliteVelo-Kalas in 2016 and then with Nikki Juniper in 2017, Jenny is moving to Nikki’s new team NJC-Biemme-Echelon. In addition to scoring numerous wins for herself, she’s known to be…

Ten Minutes With… Laura Owler

23-year-old Laura Owler is from St Albans in Hertfordshire, but now lives in Nottingham where she’s studying medicine. She’s a member of Beeston CC and rides for the club’s women’s team, popularly know as the Queen Bees. She says the best rider ever is Mark Beaumont, the adventure cyclist who holds the current record for…

Neutral Service exclusive! Nikki Juniper’s new team NJC-Biemme-Echelon

Nikki Juniper doesn’t really need an introduction: she’s one of the best-known and most highly respected riders on the UK women’s cycling scene and has been for a few years now. Following a successful career in long distance running and triathlon (which took her as far as the World Championships, she decided to concentrate on…

Helen Wyman’s new team: Xypex-Verge Sport

Following a huge build-up in which she’s been dropping typically humorous hints and teasers on social media, nine-time National Cyclocross Champion, twice European Cyclocross Champion (and, Neutral Service still insists, future World Cyclocross Champion) Helen Wyman has announced her new team, following the end of her long sponsorship deal with Kona. Since she’s one of…

TW1 – all-new women’s team, and the way forward

124-year-old Twickenham CC has just announced the launch of TW1, an all-new women’s “club team” which will compete in 2018’s Women’s Team Series, the National Road Series and other races in the UK, as well as at the Tour of Malta overseas. The team currently consists of Gabriella Nordin (previously Sunsport Velo and Starley Racing), Victoria…

Ten Minutes With… Lucy Sturgess

Right back in the early summer, we asked Leicestershire born-and-bred Lucy Sturgess to be the subject of a Ten Minutes With… and sent her some questions. Six months later, she sent back her answers. Fortunately, she’s much faster at riding bikes* than answering interviews and in 2017 she finished top ten eight times; the year…

Moose.eu Hillingdon RR

16.09.17 40mins + 3 laps Hillingdon Circuit Cats. 2, 3, 4 Nine riders signed up for this race, including Sunsport Velo’s Gabriella Nordin who had entered prior to an accident and was for that reason unable to start, but the hope was that at least a few more would show up at the west London…

Coalville Wheelers RR – Women’s Team Series

03.09.17 101km Leicestershire E/1/2/3 It’s virtually impossible to predict with any real degree of certainty who’s going to win a bike race because, in cycling, there are just to many things than could happen: Rider A might be a Elite with hundreds of wins on her palmares, but it only takes a tiny sharp flint…