Matrix Tour Series – Round 2, Peterborough

TheLineHad the rain forecast from 14:00 to 21:00 ever have come, the tight circuit next to Peterborough’s 12th Century cathedral would have been very different and the three corners might well have given the riders some serious problems. However, despite a few grey spells the rain never did fall and for much of the afternoon the sizable crowds that began gathering around the start some three hours before the races even began basked in hot sunshine; in the dry, the circuit proved to be far less technical than it had at first appeared and permitted a very fast race indeed.

Only the final corner leading into the finishing straight caused any issues, mostly due to a slightly narrowed section at the end of the fast lead-in along Bourges Boulevard – with 45 riders piling into the bend together during the early laps, any spectators who believe the women aren’t as aggressive as the men during a race could have heard some distinctly aggressive language shouted by riders who were forced uncomfortably close to the barriers going into the corner, but there were mercifully no crashes.

The race rounds the first corner and accelerates along Bridge Street, seconds after the start (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

The race rounds the first corner and accelerates along Bridge Street, seconds after the start (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

The first round of the 2014 Matrix Tour Series took place in Stoke-on-Trent last week and was dominated by Katie Archibald of Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International, who powered away from the peloton and then lapped many of her rivals before winning solo. Archibald wasn’t it Peterborough, so as second-placed rider Starley-Primal’s Eileen Roe started the race in the Series leader’s jersey and decided she’d rather like to keep it, riding an aggressive race with plenty of attacks to make sure it remained hers. She wasn’t allowed to keep it without a fight, though: Matrix-Vulpine’s Harriet Owen won on this circuit back in 2012 and showed once again that she’s a formidable rider on such a fast parcours, looking several times as though she might launch a challenge for victory before finally settling for third, while Archibald’s team mate Nikki Juniper made sure Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours were represented on the podium with second place.

Roe’s triumph gives her 39 points won so far, an 11-point advantage over Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours) and 15 points ahead of Hannah Walker (Epic-Scott). The next round of the Series takes place on the 29th of May in Edinburgh where, when she was 13 years old and the proud holder of a brand new racing licence, Roe began her career racing on the city’s velodrome – she will doubtless be looking to keep hold of the jersey in front of fans who’ve followed her ever since, but she’ll face stiff competition from super-strong Glaswegian Archibald.

SweetSpotImage_Roe-Wins

Starley-Primal’s Eileen Roe takes victory (image: thetour.co.uk/SweetSpot)

Louise Mahe, of Team Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport, won the Sprints jersey for the race and leads the classification overall with 12 points gained so far. Clemence Copie (Team Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport) was second and her team mate Louise Mahe was third. Katie Archibald picked up 10 sprint points in the first round and thus is in second place in the overall Sprints classification, while Katie Curtis (Starley-Primal) has 7 points and is third. With four riders – Juniper, 6th place Joiner, 8th place Lauren Creamer and 10th place Gabriella Shaw – in the top ten, Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours were the most successful team and also lead the overall Teams competition with 98 points in total compared to Matrix-Vulpine’s 79 and Starley-Primal’s 56.

PearlIzumi010

Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International line up in front of their sponsor’s stall (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Matrix Series Round 2 Top Ten
1 Eileen Roe (Starley-Primal Pro Cycling)
2 Nikki Juniper (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
3 Harriet Owen (Matrix-Vulpine)
4 Jasmine Diotti (Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa)
5 Hannah Walker (Epic-Scott)
6 Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
7 Clemence Copie (Team MuleBar Girl-Sigma Sport)
8 Lauren Creamer (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
9 Sigrid Jochems (Matrix-Vulpine)
10 Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)

Overall Standings after Round 2
1 Eileen Roe (Starley-Primal Pro Cycling) 39
2 Charline Joiner (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 28
3 Hannah Walker (Epic-Scott) 24
4 Natalie Creswick (Team Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport) 23
5 Harriet Owen (Matrix-Vulpine) 21
6 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 20
7 Gabriella Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 20
8 Nikki Juniper (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 19
9 Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 18
10 Corrine Hall (Matrix-Vulpine) 18
Full results

WyndyMilla004

WyndyMilla-Reynolds (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

The race in pictures

(all our photos from Peterborough are here)

PaigeMilward

Paige Milward (Bike Pure-LeMond-Aspire Velotech) (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

MV1

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

EpicScott002

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Montegrappa

Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa’s Jasmine Dotti just missed a podium finish in fourth place (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

PearlIzumi005

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

StarleyPrimal

Starley-Primal, with Eileen Roe in the centre wearing the leader’s jersey (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Wyndymilla

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

MatrixVulpine001

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

HarrietOwen003

Matrix-Vulpine’s Harriet Owen looking as though she can’t wait to get started (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

StarleyPrimal005

Starley on the start (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Startline002

Start line chat (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Startline001

Last moment wheel adjustments on the start line (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

105_1988

The Pink Train – an Epic-Scott rider gets boxed in by WyndyMilla-Reynolds (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

race004

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

articlepic

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race023

Into the second corner, which had been made far less technical than it looked on the map by careful positioning of the barriers (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Rebecca Womersley of WyndyMilla-Reynolds (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race031

Starley-Primal and Team GBcycles.co.uk aggressively tackle a tight section (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race032a

Giving drivers something far more interesting to look at than the car in front along the fast Bourges Boulevard straight (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race034

Matrix-Vulpine get into “team time trial” mode and accelerate too quickly for the camera! (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

race035

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race038

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race039

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race040

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race042

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

race045

High speed into the final corner (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Race046

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

SigmaSport

Team Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport beginning a new lap (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

WyndyMilla008

(image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

StarleyPrimal008

Starley-Primal celebrate Eileen Roe’s victory (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

SweetSpotImage_Roe-Podium

Eillen Roe on the stage having won the race (image: thetour.co.uk/SweetSpot)

NikkiJuniper

Nikki Juniper receives her trophy for second place (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

harrietOwen004

Harriet Owen receives her trophy for third place (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

HarrietOwen002

Harriet Owen again! (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

TanyaGriffiths002

Starley-Primal’s Tanya Griffiths, who drove Neutral Service to and from the race. Thanks Tanya! (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please note that the two images credited to SweetSpot are made available for use under a different license.