News 02-09.03.2015

Matrix at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad — Matrix Launch — eliteVelo-Kalas Launch — Surrey League Road Race report — Last Week’s Results — Riders’ Blogs — Interesting Links — Photos of the Week — More to come…

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Matrix Pro Cycling take on the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad


Molly Weaver, riding in her Matrix team’s first professional race, took an excellent 30th place

Just days after their official team launch at Stoke-on-Trent (photos here!), Britain’s newest professional squad Matrix Pro Cycling were in Belgium to compete at the legendary Omloop Het Nieuwsblad – one of the biggest and toughest events on the international women’s calendar. Seven team members took part; Molly Weaver, newly signed to the team for this season, was the best performer and the second-fastest British rider taking 30th place overall.

Weaver’s team mates were less fortunate. Following a sedate start, as is traditionally the case in this race, the action began to pick up after the first couple of hills and, on the crowded roads, Sara Olsson and Lucy Martin were unable to avoid colliding with a traffic island – at the same time that the team cars had been diverted from the route. The time they lost in waiting ended their chances. Both of them, along with Harriet Owen, Penny Rowson and Mel Lowther were classified DNF – Mel, however, was highly positive about the experience: “It was good to do my first proper classics race with this team and the girls. We had a lot of support for each other in the bunch which was really good and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year,” she said.

Read Matrix Pro Cycling’s race report here


Mel Lowther enjoyed the experience

British star Lizzie Armitstead, riding for her Boels-Dolmans team, took third place after finishing 14″ behind winner Anna Van Der Breggen (Rabobank-Liv/Giant) and Ellen Van Dijk (Boels-Dolmans). Claire Thomas, with Belgian squad Isorex, was the next best Brit in 68th place, finishing +8’40”; Eileen Roe of Wiggle-Honda was 87th at +12’41”; Dani Christmas (Isorex; races in the UK with Project 51) was 105th at +14’04”. Anna Christian (Wiggle-Honda) did not finish.

“OHN was a great start for the team,” manager Stef Wyman told Neutral Service. “We’re really pleased with the way everything came today, and I think with the approach to the race being fairly hectic with the team launch, our performance exceeded expectations. Now we’re really looking forward to the Samyn, knowing we can start to progress race by race.”



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eliteVelo-Kalas team launch

eliteVELO Kalas officially launched this weekend following a successful training camp based at Newton Abbott’s Finlake Lodges where the team got to know each other whilst enjoying various activities at the holiday park and some long training rides on Dartmoor.

Brought together by Plymouth-based coaching company eliteVELO, the team aims to support aspiring athletes and provide them with a common platform to raise their performance; this includes coaching support and world class products.

The team will be competing at regional and national events including the Women’s Team Series and the aim is to become recognised as a leading regional women’s road team before progressing to a national level. Read the full press release here.


Press release image © Richard Fox Photography


Surrey League Road Race

Report by Steve Rush


Isla Rush showing the men how to put the power down at the Surrey League RR while coaching riders from the Royal Bank of Canada following the women’s race (© Steve Rush)

Ten riders began the race with one rider abandoning after being dropped a few laps in. Seven of the remaining riders soon gained an advantage, escaping to contest a bunch sprint down the finish straight with one lap to go and lapping eighth and ninth-placed Florence Collins and Gemma Hayes as they did so.

Holly McMahon (WXC) proved strongest in the final dash to the line, keeping ahead of Aoife Doherty (London Phoenix) and Jennifer Allum (Dulwich Paragon).

Due to the poor weather, the British Cycling commissaire elected to reduce the length of the race from just under 29 miles to just over 20, a move that was unpopular with some riders as a longer race would have been better preparation for the events taking place this coming weekend.

1 Holly MacMahon (WXC World Racing) 10pts
2 Aoife Doherty (London Phoenix) 8pts
3 Jennifer Alum (Dulwich Paragon CC) 7pts
4 Petra Dolejsova (London Phoenix) 6pts
5 Jane Dennyson (London Phoenix) 5pts
6 Isla Rush (Wyndymilla) 4pts
7 Helen Gravatt (Twickenham CC) 3pts


Women’s Cat. 2/3, Surrey League Road Race (© Steve Rush)


Last Week’s Results

CafeVelo Spring Sprint
E/1/2/3/4 01.03.15
1 Emily Haycox (Cardiff Ajax CC) 0pts
2 Alexandra Willey (Onit Cycles WRT; Cat. 2) 8pts
3 Janet Rees (Cardiff JIF; Cat. 2) 7pts
4 Sydnie Price (M and D Cycles-Fusion-Worx; Cat. 2) 6pts
5 Alicia Thorbjorn (Cardiff JIF; Cat. 4) 5pts
6 Gaynor Hughes (County Cycles; Cat. 3) 4pts
7 Helen Morris (Onit Cycles WRT; Cat. 4) 3pts
8 Charlotte Jennings (Onit Cycles WRT; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Laura Pittard 0pts
10 Nia Richards (West Wales CRT; Cat. 4) 1pt
U16: 1 Georgia Bailey (Newport Olympic CC; Cat. A) 3pts, 2 Francesca Storey (Newport Olympic CC; Cat. A) 2pts, 3 Niamh Jones (Newport Olympic CC; Cat. A) 1pt. U14: 1 Elena Shaw (Maindy Flyers Youth: Cat. B) 3pts, 2 Elynor Backstedt (Maindy Flyers Youth; Cat. B) 2pts, 3 Emma Finucane (Towy Riders; Cat. B) 1pt. U12: 1 Zoe Backstedt (Newport Olympic CC; Cat. C) 3pts, 2 Ella MacLean-Howell (Newport Olympic CC; Cat. A) 2pts, 3 Rosie Finucane (Towy Riders; Cat. C) 1pt. U10: 1 Awen Roberts (Towy Roberts; Cat. D) 3pts, 2 Bethany Bennett (Towy Riders; Cat. D) 2pts, 3 Elen Price (Maindy Flyers Youth; Cat. D) 1pt. U8: Hawys Richards (West Wales CRT; Cat. E) 3pts.
San Fairy Ann CC Spring Criteriums #1
E/1/2/3/4 28.02.15

Another superb result for PMR's star signing Ruth Summerford, who is proving to be one of the most promising new riders on the circuit this year.

1 Ruth Summerford (PMR@Toachim House; Cat. 3) 10pts
2 Suzetta Guerrini (London Dynamo; Cat. 2) 8pts
3 Susan Freeburn (PMR@Toachim House; Cat. 2) 7pts
4 Louise Mahe (IKON-Mazda; Cat. 1) 6pts
5 Bella Leach (London Phoenix; Cat. 1) 5pts
6 Laura Cameron (London Phoenix; Cat. 2) 4pts
7 Charlotte Heywood (Cat. 4) 3pts
8 Amy Smith (Project 51; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Victoria Long (Army Cycling Union; Cat. 2) 1pt
10 Lesley Pinder (Elitecycling; Cat. 2) 1pt
11 Claire Goodman (Kinoko Cycles; Cat. 4), 12 April Galda Joyce (London Phoenix; Cat. 4), Antonia Hawker (CC London; Cat. 4), 14 Rachael Cottier (London Phoenix; Cat. 3), 15 Amy Good (Cat. 2), 16 Katerina Byrtusova (Glade CC)

Jo Tindley takes a win for WNT

Ludgershall Winter Series #9
E/1/2/3/4 28.02.15

Jo Tindley scores a fine result for her new WNT team. Zappi's riders may have been Cat. 4s, but three of them still equals strong opposition.

1 Jo Tindley (WNT; Cat. 1) 10pts
2 Tamara Davenne (Zappi's; Cat. 4) 8pts
3 Mandy Hibberd (North Hampshire RC; Cat. 4) 7
4 Anne Huibers (Zappi's; Cat. 4) 6pts
5 Tracy Best (Zappi's; Cat. 2) 5pts
6 Sophie Herbert (Southampton University RC; Cat. 4) 4pts
7 Imogen Hutchings (University of Exeter CC; Cat. 4) 3pts
8 Elizabeth Campbell (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Alice Dobbs (Cat. 4) 1pt
10 Fiona Hares (Southampton University RC; Cat. 4) 1pt
Winter Warrior Series #1/LUCC+ Total Cycle Coach
E/1/2/3/4 28.02.15
1 Frances White (Jadan; Cat. 3) 10pts
2 Joanne Blakeley (Team 22; Cat. 2) 8pts
3 Madeleine Scott (VCUK-PH Mas; Cat. 2) 7pts
4 Gabrielle Duckworth (Lune RCC; Cat. 2) 6pts
5 Hannah Righini-Brand (Cat. 3) 5pts
6 Gemma Sargent (Racing Chance Foundation; Cat. 2) 4pts
7 Melanie Bailey (Vision Racing; Cat. 4) 3pts
8 Gemma Webster (Harry Middleton CC: Cat. 4) 2pts
9 Deborah John (Lune RCC; Cat. 3) 1pt
10 Claire Rutherford (Wheelguru; Cat. 2) 1pt
11 Catherine Waters (Cat. 3)
Surrey League RR
Cats. 3/4 28.02.15

Race report above.

1 Holly MacMahon (WXC World Racing) 10pts
2 Aoife Doherty (London Phoenix) 8pts
3 Jennifer Alum (Dulwich Paragon CC) 7pts
4 Petra Dolejsova (London Phoenix) 6pts
5 Jane Dennyson (London Phoenix) 5pts
6 Isla Rush (Wyndymilla) 4pts
7 Helen Gravatt (Twickenham CC) 3pts
Redbridge Spring Warm-Up #1
E/1/2/3/4 28.02.15
1 Sophia Chastell (M and D Cycles/Fusion/Worx; Cat. 3) 3pts
2 Elizabeth Stedman (University of Sheffield CC; Cat. 4) 2pts
3 Tamala McGee (London Phoenix CC; Cat. 2) 1pt
4 Rebecca Maynard (Welwyn Wheelers CC; Cat. 3) 0pts
DNF Alison Wood (Redbridge CC; Cat. 4)
Velo29 Winter Series #7
Cats. 2/3/4 28.02.15
1 Seonaid Thompson (Albarosa CC: Cat. 2) 10pts
2 Angela Hibbs (WattCycle; Cat. 3) 8pts
3 Louise Scupham (Scarborough Paragon CC; Cat. 3) 7pts
4 Michelle Bergstrand (PSUK Cycle RT; Cat. 3) 6pts
5 Anna Weaver (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 5pts
6 Ellen McDermott (WattCycle; Cat. 3) 4pts
7 Nicola Moore (Squadra RT; Cat. 3) 3pts
8 Christine Marshall (WattCycle; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Louise Burnie (GB; Cat. 3) 1pts
10 Jennifer Batey (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 1pts
11 Fiona Clacherty, 12 Nikki Metcalfe (WattCycle; Cat. 4), 13 Natalie Batey (Tyne&Wear Fire&Rescue), 14 Joanne Allan (; Cat. 4), 15 Christine Amos-Adams (North Tyneside Riders), 16 Pamela Challen (WattCycle; Cat. 4), 17 Sarah Bradford (Johnstone Wheelers; Cat. 3), 18 Kinga Kaminska (WattCycle; Cat. 4)
Odd Down Winter Series #8
Cats. 2/3/4 28.02.15



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Interesting Links


BBC Sport pays homage to the amazing Beryl Burton (CC-BY-SA 3.0, Dutch National Archive)

Welsh Cycling announces women’s cycling programme (Cycling Weekly)

Women’s sport pioneers: Beryl Burton (BBC Sport)

Cyclevox launches women’s cycling channel (Bicycle Retailer)

Sarah Storey fails in women’s hour record bid at London velodrome (BBC Sport)

Etiquette for riding in a pack (Total Women’s Cycling)


Photos of the Week

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WNT training camp (on the moon…?) – © Jo Tindley





Cardiff Ajax and Maindy Flyers at Newport Velodrome – © Goldsport Photo





Probably the strangest Matrix Pro Cycling photo you’ll see today, and for several more days – © Huw Williams