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Ipswich Spring Scramble 2017

Just before 1.30pm 42 riders set off under grey skies from Gosbeck Village Hall into the blustery winds that would help shape the days racing. Once on to the course proper there was little action on the first half of the lap – the occasional attack was soon closed down and the peloton was soon…

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ICYMI – Women’s Cycling News

Jo Rowsell-Shand retires The enormously popular London-born Jo Rowsell-Shand MBE announced her retirement on the 14th of March, bringing an end to a decade-long career that has seen her win two gold medals at the Olympics, one gold at the Commonwealth Games, eight at the Track World Cup, six at the Track World Championships and…

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Women’s Team Series 2017 – Round 1 (Redbridge)

There are many ways to know Spring has arrived, and three of the best-known ways are ages old: countryfolk have for centuries watched for the appearance of bluebells, townfolk since ancient times have known as soon as more than 50% of all space in the supermarkets is full of Easter eggs and, since time (almost) immemorial, women’s…

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Ten Minutes With… Nikki Juniper

If there’s one rider racing in the UK today who really doesn’t need an intoduction, it’s Nikki Juniper. She’s won the National Women’s Road Series three times in a row, been National Circuit Race Champion and National Masters Champion for her age group and has won most of the biggest races in the country including…

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Team Ford Ecoboost 2017

At the beginning of 2016, the announcement of a new team called Ford Ecoboost made quite a splash – the team had, after all, been set up by Nikki Juniper, one of the most highly-respected riders on the British circuit with a palmares to match, and she’d managed to bring a brand well-known around the…

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Ten Minutes With… Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson joined the Fast Test Racing Team soon after graduating in veterinary science from Edinburgh University and started clocking up good results immediately, including three podium finishes in 2014, then five – including two wins – in 2015. Last year brought eight podiums and four wins, andshe also proved her ability to hold her own…

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ThunderCross North London Thunder Cats Black Metal Bicycle Club has the best name of any club in the UK as well as a very, very nice kit, and those who have been to the various events they’ve put on know that they’re really rather good at race organisation too. So, ThunderCross – 25th February, Canada Heights, Swanley – looks…

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Eastern League 2016/17 Gallery

As usual, I didn’t get to go to half as many rounds of the Eastern Cyclocross League as I’d have liked – but the rounds I did go to reminded me why it’s my favourite bike race series (in any discipline): hotly contested racing on varied courses, and also the friendliness displayed by the riders, organisers…

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Ten Minutes With… Joanne Newstead

Over the last few years the number of women who cycle for fitness and recreation has increased enormously, but although the number of women who race has also increased it hasn’t done by anything like as much. So, why aren’t more of those women who cycle also racing? Some of them just don’t want to,…

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Photo of the Week

Nikki Brammeier at Cyclocross Rucphen, where she was second behind Laura Verdonschot. More photos from Hans at Hoogerheide in the coming days! (Neutral Service would really like to have more Photos of the Week so that we could have one, y’know, every week. If you’ve got a photo of a British rider or a British…