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Tour of the Reservoir

Mel Lowther at last year’s 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 the weather wasn’t that much better this year either.

Team Breeze’s Melissa Lowther won the first stage. In second place was Team WNT Pro Cycling‘s Hayley Simmonds – a reminder that although the Cambridge rider is primarily known for her time trial successes, she’s a very talented road racer too. Third place was taken by another rider from Cambridge, DropsLaura Massey at the head of a bunch of five riders.
British Cycling report: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/20170701-Womens-Road-Se…

Stage 2 saw a fantastic break by Ellen McDermott (EDCO Continental Racing) and Rebecca Johnson (Aprire Bicycles / HSS Hire) – this being only Rebecca’s second road race since she returned from injury. Lowther was clearly out for another stage win and took her place in a strong lead group that also included Simmonds, Massey, Natalie Grinczer (WNT), Joscelin Lowden (Aprire-HSS), Hannah Payton (Drops) and Storey Racing‘s Chanel Mason and Elizabeth Banks. As the finish line approached, Lowther and Massey were a few seconds ahead; ultimately, Massey was strongest and took the win, but with only the tiniest advantage – Lowther recorded the same time and thus held onto the overall GC lead. Banks was third, just four seconds later. Emma Lewis (Aprire-HSS) is Queen of the Mountains.

British Cycling report: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/…/20170702-road-Massey-tr…
As ever, Huw Williams’ Flickr is the place to go for the best photos.

Oakley Road Races

01.07.17

The latest round of the Women’s Team Series. Mathilde Pauls (Sigma Sport) won, followed by Jessica Finney (Portsmouth North End CC) and Tamara Davenne (Vision Innovative Leisure) second and third.

If anyone who was at this race would like to type out a quick result, we’d love to hear more! Full results.

Other Races

Dagmar Pfeifer at the Tour of Hertfordshire

01.02.17

Omega Portsmouth Circuits #1 – first place Nicola Wheeler (I-Team Cyclists’ Club)

CC London Hog With the Occasional Hill #5/ERRL Circuit Champs – Dagmar Pfeifer (a rider who, based on her performances at the Tour of Hertfordshire last year, has enormous potential) won. Elisabeth Anderson (CC London) and Karen Wykurz (Velociposse) were second and third.

02.07.17

John Gordon Memorial Road Race – While McDermott was impressing in Northumberland, her team mate Sarah Walker was keeping busy with a win at the fourth round of the Scottish National Women’s Series in Lanark, beating Miriam Jessett (Tyneside Vagabonds) and Ellie Park (Team 22). Full results are here.

Pedal Heaven Farnham Town Centre Races – Jessica Finney (Portsmouth North End CC) stepped up onto a podium for the second time this weekend following her second place at Oakley yesterday, but this time she was on the top step, with Sophie Edmondson (5th Floor CC) and Lydia Brookes (Les Filles-Queen of the Mountains) on the lower steps. Full results.

More race results on British Cycling

Bianchi UK in it for the long haul

In a sport where teams rarely know if they’ll still have backing from one season to the next, it’s great to see a big-name sponsor like Bianchi UK signing up to keep supporting women’s cycling for at least another two years from the end of 2017.

With more and more sponsors reporting a better return on investment from women’s cycling compared to men’s and other companies making similar commitments, it seems the business world is finally realising just what exceptional value for money women’s cycling can be. There’s an excellent article on the subject here.

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Elinor Barker won the Points race at the Dublin Track International, and team mate Laurine van Riessen won the Keirin

Matrix Pro Cycling had a great weekend on the track and on the road: Laurine van Riessen won the Keirin and Elinor Barker won the Points at the Dublin Track International – Elinor also took a bronze medal for the Scratch at the Dublin Track International. Meanwhile, Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall got into a break at the Paracycling Road World Cup in Emmen, Netherlands, and finished up in fourth place. Update on the last four weeks for the team here.

Alice Lethbridge (Drag2Zero), who recently set a new 100-mile record, won the Blazing Saddles 50-mile TT with 1hr48’38″in bad weather. “Delighted with a 4 minute PB today in conditions that nearly made me stop in the first 10 miles due to heavy rain on the A3 and a fogged up visor. Glad I persisted 🙂“, she said on Facebook. Ruth Summerford (Eastbourne Rovers) was more than eight minutes behind for second, and Laura Bartlett (a3crg) was third.

Finsbury Park CC’s 50-mile TT took place in Bedfordshire and was won by Lovelo Cinelli Racing Team‘s Kristin Stolpe with 2h08’02”. Leanne Cutler (Hitchin Nomads) was second, Cheryl Smith (Finsbury Park CC) was third.

Let us know any news from around the country!

Recommended this weekend

Want to show support for the younger riders? Plenty of opportunity this weekend

Women’s cycling doesn’t get the attention it deserves, but the girls get even less. Fortunately, this weekend, it’s easy to get out and show support for the stars of tomorrow with a selection of big Junior/Youth events going on.

Spring in the Park 2017 Youth Championships
Cyclopark, Kent, 07.07.17
U8/10/12/14/16 girls’ races (plus boys in the same age groups) at the excellent, purpose-built Cyclopark near Gravesend (which also has the best coffee of any UK closed-circuit venue). No start list available, but there ought to be a decent turn-out. More

Wales Open Criterium – Support Races
Abergavenny Festival of Cycling, 07.07.17
Around 20 girls signed up for the U8/10/12/14/16 races, more riders likely to enter on the line. There’s also an E/1/2/3/4 women’s race, but at only 30 minutes long many non-local riders may be reluctant to make the journey. More

ZipVit/Lichfield CCC Youth Races at Curborough #5
Curborough Sprint Course, Lichfield, Staffs 08.07.2017
Not many girls signed up for the U8/10/12/14/16 races, but these events do tend to get a decent nuber of EOLs. More

Bourne Wheelers Weekend
Lincs, 07-08.07.17
Many cycling clubs do great work in supporting competitive cycling, and several actively promote cycling for women, youth/juniors and paracyclists; but Bourne Wheelers are a shining example – they have a whole load of events coming up this weekend.

On Saturday they have a women-only TT over 15km (more), forming part of the Women’s Team Series, and a 19km para TT forming part of the National Paracycling Circuit Race & TT Series (more).

Then on Sunday, they have the 74km Junior Women’s RR – which, according to many junior women, is the best race they have in the UK – and a result has attracted 70 riders this year. Make no mistake: this is not, as is so often the case with junior races, something that’s been cobbled together and tacked on to “the main event” – this is the main event. More

British Cycling National Youth Circuit Championship 2017
Milton Keynes, 08.07.17
Can’t get to Lincolnshire? Never fear – there’s plenty more on offer in Milton Keynes where the best youth crit riders will be battling to be named National Champion. 40 girls have signed up for the U8/10/12 support races, 33 for the U14 Championship and 56 for the U16 Championship. More