Team 22 is expanding


Vanessa Whitfield riding for Team 22 at the National Time Trial Championships in June. The team has secured new backing for next season and will be recruiting an additional five riders.

Colin Batchelor, manager of British domestic squad Team 22, has revealed that he has been able to bring in additional sponsorship after a successful 2015 season and the team will be able to expand as a result.

Details of the new backers are yet to be revealed but Colin is able to confirm he will be recruiting five new riders, indicating that more companies are looking at women’s cycling and deciding to make significant investments in the sport.

“The additional sponsorship will allow us to build a team that will focus on National Road Series and Team series races,” he told Neutral Service. “For riders competing at National level we will be able to provide an excellent level of support and great development opportunities.”

Colin, a British Cycling Level 3 coach, is one of the best-known and most respected figures on the UK scene, his love of and support for women’s cycling having won him friends throughout the sport. New backing and his knowledge is sure to prove a winning combination – riders interested in joining Team 22 for 2016 can contact him via email,, enclosing a riding CV and an outline of your ambitions and goals for 2016.

Team 22Team 22 TwitterTotal Cycle Coach

Brits at the Tour of Norway


Brighton Velocity needs riders – fast!


Madeira Drive hasn’t changed that much since 1905, when the first Brighton Speed Trials were held there – and Dorothy Levitt raced her 80hp Napier (public domain)

Now, we all know that many races have difficulty attracting female riders and we all know that organisers who try to bully or otherwise cajole riders into entering more often than not end up shooting themselves in the foot – female racing cyclists, who in many cases discovered the sport while at university, tend to be highly-educated, intelligent people and intelligent people tend to dislike being told what to do.

However, when an event hasn’t done that and has instead relied on offering equal prizes in its men’s and women’s races but has only one rider (Jennifer Powell of eliteVelo-Kalas) signed up and is facing cancellation as a result, it deserves a little extra help. Especially when the race takes place on Brighton’s beautiful and historic Madeira Drive, where thousands of fans will gather on the 12th of September – and the top prize is a cool £1000.

More information hereenter via British Cycling

Brits at La Route de France

Three British riders – Molly Weaver and Lucy Garner of Liv-Plantur and Anna Christian of Wiggle-Honda – are competing at La Route de France. Neutral Service simply doesn’t have time to cover the event, but as a major UCI event it shouldn’t take much time to find reasonable reports in the cycling media.


UK Women’s Cycling events this week


Simmonds sets new 10-mile record


Hayley Simmonds set a new 10-mile TT national record on Saturday

Cambridge PhD student Hayley Simmonds (Velosport), who won the National TT Championships back in June with a sensational performance in which she beat professional rider Molly Weaver (Liv-Plantur) and Sarah Storey by more than a minute and then became National Champion over 100 and 25 miles in the following weeks, set a new 10-mile national record on Saturday the 8th when she completed the V718 course in East Yorkshire.

Hayley’s time, 19’46”, tops the previous record held by Julia Shaw for three years by just a second, but the difference could have been greater in more ideal conditions – as well as competing in road races (including July’s Thüringen Rundfahrt, where she rode as a guest for Storey’s Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International and came 24th overall), she’s been training hard in recent weeks and admitted to being tired before the Bridlington CC 10 event.

Afterwards, Hayley hinted that she’ll have another go, telling reporters that a second would likely not be enough to give her the record for any length of time. The 27-year-old has already drawn comparisons to the great Beryl Burton, and that aim seems well within her grasp.

Hayley on TwitterVelosportBridlington CC


Isla Rush’s Jeugdtour Assen race report



Suddenly swollen Sudbury RR

There far too many crits and short, half-hearted road race events that, in some cases appear to exist for no better reason than to allow the organiser to tick the “doing something for women’s cycling” box, on the British racing calendar, so when Neutral Service first heard about CC Sudbury’s 80km race to take place at the end of August, the event was added to the diary. When the organiser announced that they were prepared to run it even at a loss because that’s how important they think it is to promote women’s cycling, the official Neutral Service Red Permanent Marker Pen was brought out and the words “BOOK THIS DAY OFF!!!” were added. Then, having remembered that it was a Google calendar, the ink had to be painstakingly removed from the laptop screen.

Despite a slow start when so few riders signed up that the organiser thought it might be too much of a loss and would have to be cancelled, the start list gradually grew thanks largely to the efforts of the Women’s Eastern Racing League, of which the race is a constituent event. Then, on the 9th of August, a rumour surfaced suggesting the Wales Women’s Team Series due to take place on the same day as Sudbury was likely to be cancelled – and all of a sudden, a lot of riders were looking for a race. By this point, 40 riders were signed up; now, organiser Darren Rule is considering increasing the number of places to 60 – and it looks like all of them will be rapidly taken.

More info and entry

Just like that, an event which originally promised to be a very good East Anglian race suddenly has the potential to be, with the exception of the (professional) Women’s Tour and Matrix Series, perhaps the biggest women’s road racing event the region has hosted for a very great number of years. Like me, you won’t want to miss that.

Sunday 23 August – AFC Sudbury, Brundon Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 7HN



Annual Gerry Thurlow Prize Cup (Lincs)
1 Ruth Taylor (Manchester Wheelers)
2 Charlotte Colclough (Jadan)
3 Sian Botteley (Velosure-Starley Primal)
4 Frances White (Jadan)
5 Charlotte Redden (45 Road Club)
6 Sarah Burke (unattached)
7 Sam Burman (WNT)
8 Victoria Hood (Jadan)
9 Jane Wilson (CC Ashwell)
10 Louise Marsden (VC Norwich)
11 Elizabeth Burrows (Featherstone RC)
12 Lindsay Atkinson-Wright (Albarosa CC)
13 Elisa McDonagh (WNT)


Keira McVitty won the seventh round of the Crits at the Park

Crits at the Park #7
1 Keira McVitty (Giordana-Triton) 3pts
2 Emma Lewis (Adalta CC) 2pts

Cats. 3/4
1 Holly MacMahon (WXC World Racing) 10pts
2 Olivia Campbell (Dulwich Paragon) 8pts
3 Rosie Lethbridge 7pts
4 Agata Woznicka 6pts
5 Katherine Kimber (Essex Roads CC) 5pts
6 Emma Fudge (Dulwich Paragon) 4pts
7 Ceri Macalpine (VC Peloton) 3pts
8 Kathryn Morris (Dulwich Paragon) 2pts
9 Carolyn Swan (Kent Velo Girls) 1pt
10 Rachel Heptonstall (North Road CC) 1pt
11 Deborah Percival (34 Nomads CC)

National Clarion Circuit Race Championships
1 Jenni Muston Finished 4th 3
2 Lindsay Clarke Fenland Clarion CC Finished 3rd 2
3 Gemma Lumb Finished 0
U16: 1 Hannah Bayes


Annabel Fisher won the Full Gas Summer Rumble on Saturday, then the Sotonia Crit on Sunday – chapeau Annabel!

Full Gas Summer Rumble
1 Annabel Fisher (Bonito Squadra Corse) 3pts
2 Victoria Collins (London Dynamo) 2pts
3 Sally Smith (Medway VC) 1pt


Sotonia Crit #1 (Hampshire)
1 Annabel Fisher (Bonito Squadra Corse)
2 Helen Ballie-Strong (Liv New Zealand)
3 Rebecca Carter (WNT)
4 Tracy Corbett (Les Filles)
5 Anna Morris (SURC)
6 Jaz Jones (Cardiff University CC)
7 Ruth Martin (700CC)
8 Jo Holton (700CC)

Paignton Regatta
1 Laura Clode (VC St Raphael) 3pts
2 Josephine Gilbert (Velosure-Starley Primal) 2pts
3 Alexandra Sheehan (Bikeshed-Exeter University) 1pt
4 Karen Wyle Smith (eliteVelo-Kalas), 5 Rosa Serret (North Devon Wheelers-South Fork)
U16: 1 Hetty Summerhayes (Mid-Devon CC) 3pts, 2 Neve Upton (North Devon Wheelers-South Fork) 2pts
U14: 1 Jessica Morrish (North Devon Wheelers-South Fork) 3pts, 2 Francesca Storey (Newport Olympic CC), 3 Zara Waddy (Tavistock Wheelers-North Shore Gallery) 2pts


Lorna Ferguson

Bath CC Cotswold RR
1 Corinne Clark (Ride 24/7) 15
2 Tamara Davenne (Zappi’s) 12
3 Rebecca Waters (Performance Cycles) 10
4 Jessica Duffy (Feather Cycles) 8
5 Nicole Oh (Les Filles) 6
6 Jennifer Holden (M&D Cycles/Fusion RT/WORX) 5
7 Chanel Mason (Army Cycling Union) 4
8 Holly Gamble (Ride 24/7) 3
9 Bethany Taylor (Bonito Squadra Corse) 2
10 Nicki Carr (Somerset RC-The Bicycle Chain) 1
11 Fiona Hunter-Johnston (Onit Cycles WRT), 12 Sarah Godwin (Team Tor 2000), 13 Gabriella Nordin (GB, 14 Maxine Filby (Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport), 15 Alex Willey (Onit Cycles WRT), 16 Heidi Viles (Somerset RC-The Bicycle Chain), 17 Georgina Panchaud (

Tyne Tees Road League #4
1 Ellen McDermott (Team WattCycle) 30pts
2 Karen Poole (Team WattCycle) 25pts
3 Emma Coldwell (Vertex) 21pts
4 Sarah Cramoysan (Carnac-Planet X) 17pts
5 Nikki Metcalfe (Team WattCycle) 14pts
6 Nikola Butler (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 12pts
7 Lorna Ferguson (Glasgow Green CC) 10pts


Photo of the Week

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Velociposse, London’s all-new women’s track team, at Herne Hill Velodrome (© Sam Dunn; used with the permission of Velociposse)

More of Velociposse’s Herne Hill photos