Georgia Bullard wins Berko CC RR

The ever-popular Cheddington circuit squeezes a fine selection of terrains into only a few kilometres and offers something for everyone, whick once again proved a big draw: with entries on the line, organisers were proud to find themselves with very nearly a full field – bot bad at all considering only a couple of weeks earlier they’d been asking on social media for more riders to sign up!

It’s not clear who was most delighted with such a spectacular win after a hard season – Georgia or super domestique (and dad) Michael!

2Nobody could really be bothered making a break stick and so once the peloton had fractured into a few loose groups that were never out of sight of each other the race settled into a rhythm: climbers made up time on the (short, but in some cases quite steep) hills, rouleurs made up time on the descents, sprinters hung on and waited while various faces took their turn at the front. One which was never far away was that of Jadan-Vive le Velo’s 2nd Category Junior Georgia Bullard – and while her dad was the most delighted to see her do so well, anyone who has followed her (mis)fortunes this season will have shared a sense of his joy…

One thing that has been very notable in Georgia’s racing over the last season or two is that she has phenomenal bike-handling skills, which she put to good use on the tight and frequently technical corners of the Cheddington circuit

Neutral Service: Georgia, congratulations on the win today!
Georgia Bullard: Thank you, I’m really happy actually – had a bit of a rocky season, a lot of crashes and things, so its nice to finally get a win!
NS: Talk us through the race, it looked pretty much like a bunch race all the way through?
GB: It was – there were a few attacks, there was quite a fast descent that split things up a bit and there were a few attacks that went, but they all got pulled back together for a bunch sprint at the finish.
NS: When did you finally decide to attack on that last lap.
GB: I knew Helen Ralston (SigmaSport x Threo) had been a previous winner on this course, so I knew perhaps she would go quite early up the climb, because she has won here before… I was marking her, then when I saw the junction coming andfinal corner with a hundred metres to finish I decided to go and just managed to hold them off. Pleased with that!
NS: You’ve had an interesting season with a few crashes.
GB: Yes.
NS: Quite a nasty one at the CiCLE Classic and this puts everything in to perspective and turns the season around with some positives.
GB: I’m really pleased actually, it’s kinda got rid of all those bad things, it’s nice to just have something that’s good finally. I’ve worked hard and finally some good luck has come my way.
NS: Congratulations again.
GB: Thank you so much, and thank you to everyone who helped put on the race!

Result
1 Georgia Bullard (Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Velo; Cat. 2) 15pts
2 Charlotte Redden (OnForm; Cat. 2) 12pts
3 Francesca Cutts (CC London; Cat. 2) 10pts
4 Helen Ralston (Sigma Sports x Threo; Cat. 2) 8pts
5 Jasmine Jones (Veloflow CC; Cat. 3) 6pts
6 Katrina Murphy (Dulwich Paragon; Cat. 3) 5pts
7 Kerry Middleton (Sigma Sports x Threo; Cat. 2) 4pts
8 Angela Radden-Rutt (The Cycle Room; Cat. 2) 3pts
9 Isabel Darvill (VeloSchils-Interbike; Cat. 2) 2pts
10 Michelle Arthurs-Brennan (Norwood Paragon; Cat. 2) 1pt
11 Maxine Filby (Shutt-Ridley RT; Cat. 2), 12 Katharine Broadbent (Norwood Paragon CC; Cat. 3), 13 Charlotte Colclough (Bianchi Dama; Cat. 2), 14 Emma Jane Hornsby (Scarpa Racing; Cat. 2), 15 Kitty Pemberton-Platt (Scarpa Racing; Cat. 2), 16 Emma Bentley (CC London; Cat. 2), 17 Rosina Digne-Malcolm (Velociposse; Cat. 3), 18 Rachel Dunn (Verulam-ReallyMoving.com; Cat. 2), 19 Sophie Edmondson (5th Floor CC; Cat. 2), 20 Cyndi Goh (Cowley Road Condors; Cat. 3), 21 Bexy Dew (Army Cycling Union; Cat. 3), 22 Karen Tostee (Hub Velo; Cat. 3), 23 Lyndsay Fitzgerald (Spokes BPC; Cat. 3), 24 Elspeth Grace (Welwyn Wheelers; Cat. 2), 25 Jennifer Andrews (CC Ashwell; Cat. 2), 26 Karine Jones (Verulam-ReallyMoving.com; Cat. 3), 27 Rebecca Richards (Newark Castle CC; Cat. 3), 28 Jo Edwards (Abingdon RT; Cat. 3), 29 Annie Mcbain (Spokes BPC; Cat. 3), 30 Danielle Forshaw (Twickenham CC; Cat. 3), 31 Haddi Conant (Kings Cliffe Flyers; Cat. 3), 32 Janice Bell (Berkhamsted CC; Cat. 4), 33 Charlotte Beechey (Shutt-Ridley RT; Cat. 4), 34 Leah Moorman (Shutt-Ridley RT; Cat. 4)

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