News 23.02-02.03.2015

Tickhill GP grows even bigger — South-East/East Anglia race training at Redbridge — Team Launches — Last Week’s Results — Blogs — Interesting Links — Photos of the Week

Tickhill GP grows even bigger


Last year’s Tickhill GP was massive for women’s cycling. This year’s is going to be even bigger.

Rich Stoodley and his team made it clear from the moment they announced there was going to be a women’s race at their event that it definitely wasn’t going to be a case of a few rather desultory laps in between men’s races and a tenner for the winner: they were going to give the women equal billing, equal prizes and, if they possibly could, an equal crowd to cheer them on. Then, they decided to have not one but two women’s races – one for riders in the E/1/2 ctegories, and one for the riders in the 3/4 categories. The riders and fans heard the organisers say this and thought it was rather nice of them, so they took to Twitter and Facebook and talked about it, a lot; there was, as a result, a very palpable buzz about the race even as the 2014 season was still getting under way, six months before it was even due to take part.

If you were there – and it’s quite likely you were, because thousands of people showed up to see the men and the women – then you’ll already be well aware of how the organisers’ enthusiasm for and belief in women’s cycling paid off: a criterium race in its second year (!) in a not-especially-well-known South Yorkshire town became a fantastic festival of cycling, and “this is how we’re going to organise our race” became “this is how all races should be organised, if you want to be a success.”

While they undoubtedly and justifiably feel they did the job well, the Tickhill Velo Club is most certainly not going to rest upon its laurels. Rather than stick to the same format this year, they’ve decided to do even more for women’s cycling and have announced the addition of a new race for U14/16 A/B Girls – riders who have all too few chances to race, despite being the future of the sport.

“The prizes aren’t sorted yet, but we’ll probably do prizes for A and B and may have a special prize donated by a “top team” – I’m just working on it!” explained Stoodley. Entry for the 25 minute U14/16 race is just £10, and whatever those prizes turn out to be you can be sure they’ll be worth competing for – Rich is not a man who would settle for anything less. Enter via British Cycling.


South-East/East Anglia race training at Redbridge

WERLHuwThe Women’s Eastern Racing League have joined forces with British Cycling coach Huw Williams to organise a day of race training at the Redbridge circuit in Ilford on the 15th of March. On the schedule is “an introduction to all the key techniques and skills for road and circuit racing, including group riding skills, fast cornering, race tactics and training and preparation.”

Places are £20 for four hours of training (plus admin fee of £1.85) – which, thanks to Huw’s knowledge of women’s cycling, will be first rate; only 14 places are left, so get yours soon.


Team Launches

Two British teams are having their official launches this week – WNT, who’ll be taking over the Hope factory at Barnoldswick on Wednesday, and Matrix Pro Cycling at Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday.

Neutral Service hopes to have a report from WNT later this week; there’s absolutely no way the Matrix launch can be missed, so we’ll have photos from that one.


Last Week’s Results

Forza Season Opener
E/1/2/3/4 22.02.15
1 Emily Haycox (Cardiff Ajax CC) 0pts
2 Janet Rees (Cardiff JIF; Cat. 2) 8pts
3 Alexandra Willey (Onit Cycles WRT; Cat. 2) 7pts
4 Alicia Thorbjorn (Cardiff JIF; Cat. 4) 6pts
5 Gaynor Hughes (County Cycles RT: Cat. 3) 5pts
6 Jodie Lloyd (Cwmcarn Paragon CC: Cat. 3) 4pts
7 Laura Pittard 0pts
8 Helen Morris (Onit Cycles WRT; Cat. 4) 2pts
9 Jasmine Jones (Cardiff University Marmots) 0pts
10 Adeeba Zachary (Swansea University RT-LeisureTime: Cat. 4) 1pt
11 Rosie Smith (Swansea University RT-LeisureTime: Cat. 4) 0ptsC

Climatic conditions were considerably less than clement at the Primavera Road Race in Devon (© Ian Derbridge of the S.W. NEG)

Primavera RR
E/1/2/3/4 22.02.15
1 Ellie Gilham (Primera-Sports.Com; Cat. 2) 30pts
2 Elle Twentyman (University of Bath CC; Cat. 3) 25pts
3 Mary McFadzean (GB; Cat. 2) 21pts
4 Gillian Taylor (Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science; Cat. 2) 17pts
5 Kate Baker (University of Bath C: Cat. 2) 14pts
6 Sarah Godwin (Somerset RC-The Bicycle Chain: Cat. 2) 12pts
7 Nicola Noble (Cat. 2) 10pts
8 Bethan Stubbs (Bikeshed-Exeter University; Cat. 4) 8pts
9 Alexandra Sheehan (Bikeshed-Exeter University; Cat. 2) 7pts
10 Kerry Paul (Lanhydrock Wheelers; Cat. 2) 6pts
11 Madeline Moore (VC St Raphael; Cat. 1) 5pts
12 Heidi Viles (Somerset RC-The Bicycle Chain; Cat. 2) 4pts
13 Zoe Betteridge (North Devon Wheelers-South Fork; Cat. 3) 3pts
Race report from eliteVelo-Kalas
Ludgershall Winter Series #8
E/1/2/3/4 21.02.2015
1 Tamara Davenne (Oxford University CC; Cat.4) 10pts
2 Jo Tindley (WNT; Cat. 1) 8pts
3 Lindsey Ackland (Zappi's; Cat. 2) 7pts
4 Charlotte Sampson (Zappi's; Cat. 2) 6pts
5 Juliet Milward (Zappi's; Cat. 2) 5pts
6 Donna Short (Army Cycling Union; Cat. 3) 4pts
7 Anne Huibers (Zappi's; Cat. 4) 3pts
8 Elizabeth Campbell (Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Emily Lyons (Zappi's; Cat.4) 1pt
10 Alice Dobbs (Cat.4) 1pt
Velo29 Winter Series #6
Cats. 2/3/4 21.02.15
1 Seonaid Thompson (Albarosa CC; Cat.2) 10pts
2 Ellen McDermott (WattCycle; Cat.3) 8pts
3 Angela Hibbs (WattCycle; Cat. 3) 7pts
4 Hannah Righini-Brand (Cat. 4) 6pts
5 Victoria Hood (Jadan; Cat. 2) 5pts
6 Gemma Sargent (Evans Cycles; Cat. 2) 4pts
7 Christine Marshall (WattCycle; Cat. 3) 3pts
8 Lindsay Atkinson-Wright (Albarosa CC; Cat. 3) 2pts
9 Elizabeth Stedman (University of Sheffield CC; Cat. 4) 1pt
10 Jennifer Batey (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 1pt
11 Anna Weaver (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 12 Natalie Batey (Tyne&Wear Fire&Rescue)) 13 Julia Macchi (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 14 Caroline Freeman (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 15 Nikki Metcalfe (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 16 Emma Pulsford (Albarosa CC; Cat. 4) 17 Sarah Harrison (WattCycle; Cat. 4) 18 Kinga Kaminska (WattCycle; Cat. 4)
Dulwich Paragon CC VeloPark Winter Series #4
Cats. 2/3/4 19.02.15




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Interesting Links

Trott takes omnium silver at Track World Championships (BBC Sport)

GB track cyclists rebuilding for Rio 2016, says director Shane Sutton (BBC Sport)

Anna Meares becomes most decorated female sprinter in history (Cycling Weekly)

Photos of the Week


Helen Wyman at Oostmalle. “Probably won’t make it to pics of the week, but I try,” said photographer Cat Armour. I see no reason why not!