Diss CC Summer Road Race

  Road works often go on for much longer than those who plan them ever expected, and for that reason they’re the bane of race organisers’ lives – in any one week, it seems that at least a few road races and time trials have to be cancelled when the bright orange barriers are still…

Junior National Championships and Wallingford Festival of Cycling

The Championship Sunday the 16th July saw a group of young women get the parity of competition they had been previously denied when the first standalone British National Junior Women’s Road Race Championship formed the centrepiece of the Wallingford Festival of Cycling. The course was made up of two laps of a short circuit that took…

Bourne Wheelers Junior Women’s RR

Sunday the 9th of July saw many of the country’s leading junior women road racers gather in the sumptuous surroundings of Witham Hall Preparatory School in the picturesque Lincolnshire village of Witham-on-the-Hill for the Bourne Wheelers CC Road Race sponsored by JJ Mac Ltd. The rolling and rarely flat course would take them from the HQ…

Ten Minutes With… Hannah Larbalestier

23-year-old Hannah Larbalestier has been cycling for most of her life, having started when she was just three years old. Nine years ago she started riding a road bike. Hannah says she started racing seriously last year, but she’s been picking up decent results since her days with High Wycombe CC in 2014, getting her…

Different but equal: Gabriella Nordin on the growth of women’s cycling

On the 22 June 2015 US sportswriter Andy Benoit made a claim that women’s sport is ‘not worth watching’ following the USA-Colombia Women’s World Cup football match. Sports media is, to a large extent, a platform set up for men by men to celebrate the achievements of men. Women’s sport, on the other hand, experiences…

ICYMI

Things we shared in the last week… Tour of the Reservoir 01-02.07.17 The Women’s Road Series headed up to Northumberland for the Tour of the Reservoir, which in Neutral Service’s opinion is the best race of the Series and which has been moved to summer after the snow and ice of last year – though…

VC Norwich RR

Cycling is too hard a sport, with too much scope for the unexpected, for the outcome of any race to be predicted with anything like real accuracy. Some races, though, make it harder to name potential winners – this year’s VC Norwich was one such race. Firstly, the start list was remarkably well-matched with a…

Sue Thackray’s Curlew Cup album

British Cycling’s National Women’s Road Race Series has seriously upped the ante over the last few years with more and more tough races starting up and being added to the competition – precisely what women’s cycling needs, so all those of us who’ve already seen the light and know how good a sport it is…

Ten Minutes With… Felicity Gledhill

16-year-old Felicity Gledhill has been riding for eight years and winning races since 2010 – she’d already clocked up more than a hundred wins by the time she turned 16 and moved into the Category A classification in 2016, then added ten more that year. Born in Leeds and based in Shepley, Felicity joined Sunsport Velo team…

CiCLE Classic 2017

“Now that was a proper fucking bike race!”  – these were the first words to the Neutral Service writer and photographer from Bob Varney, manager of the Drops team after his rider Laura Massey had finished in third place at the CiCLE Women’s race, the fourth round of the HSBC UK British Cycling Women’s National Road Series…