Podium Ambition reveal full line-up


Kenyan-born British rider Sharon Laws is the biggest name among the new riders at Podium Ambition (image: André Karwath CC BY-SA 2.5)

Podium Ambition, which raced in the UK as Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International in 2015 and will move up to become a professional UCI squad in 2016, has announced it full 14-rider line-up with the addition of three women from the British domestic circuit and three from the international scene.

Sharon Laws is the biggest name among the new signings – she’s been British National Champion in both time trial and road racing (and came second in the Australian National Road Race Championships in 2008). The team is also taking Nicole Moerig, the Australian rider who was seventh in the road race at the Oceania Championships and raced and worked hard for the team at the Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany in 2015, and American Sara Headley from Tibco-SVB, who has been picking up top 30 results all season.

The three new riders from the domestic circuit are Grace Garner, previously with Giordana-Triton, Elizabeth-Jane Harris from the Army Cycling Union, and Amy Gornall. Garner, widely considered to be one of the most promising young riders in the UK today, was seventh in the Junior Road Race at this year’s World Championships. Harris won eight races in 2015 and attained podium finishes in several others.

They join Katie Archibald, Lauren Creamer, Katie Curtis, Bethany Hayward, Claire Rose (Galloway), Jo Rowsell-Shand, Gabriella Shaw and Sarah Storey, who will all remain with the team, while Ciara Horne is departing to join Brotherton Cycles.

Further Team News


Isla Rush moves to Matrix

Matrix Fitness has signed Isla Rush. Isla, from Norfolk, recently turned 16 but is already a recognised face on the UK scene – in addition to having raced for a couple of years, she’s become something of a spokesperson for women’s cycling on Facebook, Twitter and through her blog, where you can read her own thoughts on joining the UK’s most popular women’s cycling team. Neutral Service is firmly convinced that through her combination of natural talent, intelligence, sheer love for the sport and supportive family and team, Isla can go as far in cycling as she chooses – remember her name, because you’re going to see it a lot in the future.


Hetty Niblett joins Footon-Velosport full time

Velosport, home in 2015 to National Time Trial Champion over numerous distances Hayley Simmonds, is to link up with UCI professional team Servetto-Footon in 2016 and thus will become Footon-Velosport. By doing so, the team will provide British riders with further opportunities to experience European racing and form links with the other pro teams. The team has announced new signings Verena Eberhardt (from Des Sprinters Malderen), Virginia Cancellieri and Hetty Niblett, who rode in the orange Velosport jersey at this year’s Tickhill GP.

RP Racing Team (who don’t get anything like as much exposure as they deserve) have taken on Neutral Service favourite Sophie Black (from eliteVelo-Kalas), National Trophy Series winner Maddie Gammons (from Sherwood Pines Cycles-SRAM RT), Natasha Reddy and Emma Clarke.
Meanwhile, confirmed news on British professionals and their 2016 plans is beginning to emerge from the UCI world – for more on UK and UCI transfers, see our…

Latest Transfer News


Last Week’s Races


Samantha Segger receives her trophy after winning the CC Sudbury Hill Climb – and beating Victoria Pendleton’s 2003 record

Rides of the Week: Segger sets Semer record

Racing at the CC Sudbury hill climb, which took place on Watson’s Hill near Semer in Suffolk on the 18th October, Samantha Segger of Boxford Bike Club set a new course record at 54.7″ – beating the previous record, set by none other than Victoria Pendleton in 2003. Chapeau, Samantha!

Rides of the Week: Crumpton’s Cauberg

Bethany Crumpton, riding in her first ever Cyclocross World Cup, managed 17th place at Cauberg Cyclocross in Valkenburg on the 18th. Full result

Cyclopark Women’s Twilight Racing #3
Cats. 3/4, Gravesend
1 Kelly Enticott (Bognor Regis CC; Cat. 4) 10pts
2 Carolyn Swan (Kent Velo Girls; Cat. 4) 8pts
3 Ali Peate (Panagua CC; Cat. 3) 7pts
4 Hannah Nicklin (Cat. 4) 6pts
5 Claire Hammond (London Dynamo; Cat. 3) 5pts
6 Connie Hayes (CC Hackney; Cat. A) 4pts
7 Joanna Sloman (Dulwich Paragon; Cat. 4) 3pts
8 Florence Collins (4T+ VC; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Siobhan Carroll 0pts

Lancaster University Autumn Points Grabber #2
E/1/2/3/4, Lancaster
1 Lindsey Styler (Racing Chance Foundation; Cat. 3) 3pts
2 Gabrielle Duckworth (Lune RCC; Cat. 2) 2pts


Clover Murray won Cycle 4 All LVCA Legacy Supporters League Twilight Series #21

Cycle 4 All LVCA Legacy Supporters League Twilight Series #21
E/1/2/3/4, London
1 Clover Murray (Corley Cycles-Drops RT; Cat. 2) 10pts
2 Alicia Speake (Islington CC; Cat. 2) 8pts
3 Maria Thompson (Kingston Wheelers; Cat. 2) 7pts
4 Rachel Heptonstall (North Road CC; Cat. 3) 6pts
5 Joanna Sloman (Dulwich Paragon; Cat. 4) 5pts
6 Sarah Harrison (CC Hackney; Cat. 4) 4pts
7 Connie Hayes (CC Hackney: Cat. A) 3pts
8 Helen Frater (Islington CC) 0pts
9 Molly Cooper (Highams Park Coaching Centre; Cat. 4) 0pts

Cyclopark Women’s Twilight Racing #2
Cats. 3/4, Gravesend
1 Claire Hammond (London Dynamo; Cat. 3) 10pts
2 Ali Peate (Panagua CC; Cat. 3) 8pts
3 Carolyn Swan (Kent Velo Girls; Cat. 4) 7pts
4 Hannah Graveney (Kent Velo Kids; Cat. A) 6pts
5 Kelly Enticott (Bognor Regis CC; Cat. 4) 5pts
6 Florence Collins (4T+ VC; Cat. 3) 4pts
7 Rachel Heptonstall (North Road CC; Cat. 4) 3pts
8 Maria Thompson (Kingston Wheelers; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Hannah Nicklin (Cat. 4) 1pt
10 Siobhan Carroll (Beckenham Rugby Cyclists) 0pts


Read Ride The Revolution!

Books about women’s cycling are very rare, so when a new one appears it’s worth snapping up as soon as possible. However, since they are so few and far between, the average bookshop stock manager can perhaps be forgiven that there’s no audience for them, so “as soon as possible” is likely to be “after a lengthy wait while they place a special order.”

Ride The Revolution, which according to publisher Bloomsbury “celebrates the diversity of women’s writing about the glorious, sometimes murky, often bizarre and frequently hilarious world of cycling in all its soapy operatic glory – from the professional sport to the club run, on the roadside and in the saddle, behind the scenes and on the massage table,” is fortunately available as an ebook for £14.99, so you can get stuck in as soon as it’s published on the 22nd of October. Ride The Revolution is edited by Suze Clemitson. More details here.



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“This year I decided to challenge myself by entering a couple of bike races. Initially I was going to wait until next year as I feel I am still very much building up my cycling fitness and experience. Entering a bike race is daunting, the woman’s field is usually small, it’s very male dominated and the people racing are usually good, there aren’t really many people just having a go, they are serious racers. I know I am still building up both fitness and skills at a steep rate. I decided to challenge myself…” Read more

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“For the first time I raced on a circuit I have raced previously. My memories from last year’s Escot round of the South West CX series are of a lot of long draggy climbs along with some off-camber corners and descents. This year I was looking forward to a chance to improve on my previous performance and see whether having raced here before would have any impact on my result. The day didn’t start out very well as we were a bit late arriving, giving me only enough time to sign on (luckily DS Roy was handily in the vicinity and was able to pin my numbers on), I slugged an energy gel and got in the line to start…” Read more


This week’s featured title image: Nicola Powell (Stowmarket & District CC) racing at the CC Sudbury Hill Climb, 18.10.15. She finished in eighth place, with a time of 81.7″.