A round-up of the recent women’s cycling news
Payton wins Round 3, National Trophy
Hannah Payton (Kinesis UK) won Round 3 of the National Cyclocross Trophy at Houghton-le-Spring after a muddy and technical race in which she had to chase down Beth Crumpton (Boot Out Breast Cancer), finally taking the lead with a sprint to the line. Maddi Smith (Bolsover & District) was the winning Veteran, Harriet Harndon (T-Mo) won the U16s and Millie Couzens (Zappi’s) won the U14s – report and photos by Andy Whitehouse at British Cycling
Round 4 is at Trinity Park Showground, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8UH on the 27th of November.
Powell wins Eastern ‘Cross Round 12
Chelmer CC’s Shell Powell was the victorious rider at the twelfth round of the Eastern Cyclocross League, beating second-placed Joanne Newstead (Elmy Cycles) by 13″. Cambridge CC’s Louise Foley was third, finishing a minute after Newstead.
Newstead was also the top-placed Veteran, followed by Jackie Field (CC Ashwell) in sixth overall and Amy Cole (Iceni Velo) in eighth. The only Junior in the race Connie Hayes (Hub Velo) was 11th overall. Harley Pell (CC Ashwell) was the fastest female in the Youth race, followed by Anoushka Minale (CC Hackney) and Sapphire Curtis (St Ives CC); Carys Lloyd (LVYCC), Florence Barnett (Kings Lynn CC) and Abigail Miller (Cambridge Youth) were first, second and third girls in the U12s and Anna Lloyd (LVYCC), Orla Kenna (St Ives CC) and Edie Palfreyman (Cambridge Juniors) were top in the U10s – full results
Maximum distances increased
The UCI has noticed just how capable the women’s peloton is and as a result has decided to increase the maximum length of races: one-day World Tour events (and maximum stage length for multi-day events) can be 160km, while the maximum average stage length for multi-day events can be 140km – an increase of 20km in both cases. Meanwhile, non-World Tour races will have a maximum length of 140km (an increase of 10km) and an average of 120km (also 20km extra). More from Cycling Weekly
ASO defends La Course changes
The Amaury Sport Organisation recently announced changes to its La Course, the women’s race that coincides with the final day of the Tour de France, which it also owns and organises. It had been hoped that, after proving popular, La Course would be extended to two or more days; instead the ASO elected to switch to a 67km course starting at Briançon and finishing on the Col d’Izoard – a fine and challenging route by any estimation, but as far as many people are concerned falling far short of what La Course ought to be by now. In a Cycling Weekly article, the ASO defends the changes
New race for China?
Nothing is confirmed yet (apparently), but it looks as though China could be hosting a new World Tour event in 2017, including a one-day women’s race. Though unconfirmed, the UCI’s enthusiasm for promoting cycling in nations beyond the sport’s European heartlands is well known: “China offers tremendous potential for the development of our sport, but at this stage there isn’t any agreement with [organiser] Wanda Sports.”
However, Wanda Sports is definitely keen to increase its involvement in cycling, having attempted to purchase the Giro d’Italia in 2015 and it’s also well known that money talks and the UCI listens when it does (see this year’s World Champs)- Wanda Sports is a subsidiary of the Dalian Wanda Group – chaired by Wang Jianlin, who with a fortune of around £23.1 billion was termed “Asia’s richest man” by Forbes. Maybe he’ll bung a few quid to the women’s teams, which exist on far smaller budgets than men’s teams, to help them meet the expense of getting their riders and equipment to China and back, a common complaint regarding races in China and other nations far from the team’s bases? More from VeloNews
Elinor Barker wins World Champs Points gold – BBC Sport
Olympic Champion surprised by World Cup Points Race win – BBC Sport Wales
Marchant misses out on podium place at Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Apeldoorn – British Cycling
British cyclists recognised after ‘exceptional’ year with nominations for The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year – British Cycling
Katie Archibald claims Oriam Sportswoman of the Year – British Cycling
Maddie Gammons and Tilly Gurney: Raising the gears to reach excellence at the National Juniors RR – Bourne Local
Honorary degree for Lizzie Deignan – Bradford Telegraph & Argus
“There have been times in the past where I’ve thought, God, when will they listen? When will companies realise that this is where the options are for sponsorship, this is where the value is? But actually, I think it is starting to happen. You could, as a 14-year-old girl, now say, ‘I want to be a professional sportswoman’ and actually get paid for doing it”… Claire Balding says women’s sports have come a long way since London 2012 – Daily Telegraph
“Professional women’s racing, is in fact considered non-professional, or put another way, professional women’s road racing doesn’t exist. That’s a shock to a lot of people”… but Stef Wyman, owner of Matrix Pro Cycling, says there’s still a long way to go – Womanthology