Super Simmonds is Best Brit in Norway

HayleySimmonds0002WRemember when everyone was making a fuss about how there were ten British riders starting the Tour de France back in July? Well, the same number started the Women’s Tour of Norway last week – accompanied by one Irish rider and a French rider with a British team. For some reason, this race didn’t get mentioned in the newspapers. Answers on the back of a postcard, please.

Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International sent Gabriella Shaw, Nikola Butler, Claire Galloway and Bethany Hayward, along with Irish Lauren Creamer (who survived a crash in the final stage, climbing out of a ditch and working hard to make sure she avoided the time limit elimination) and Clemence Copie, their French star. The Racing Chance Foundation, a charity set up to provide women with an alternative route to the usual British Cycling/team path into cyclesport, sent two of their own riders and a fine selection picked from other teams – Alice Cobb, Julie Erskine, Chloe Fraser, Amy Gornall, Bex Rimmington and National Time Trial Champion Hayley Simmonds. In addition, Lucy Coldwell was there with the German Maxx-Solar team and New Zealand-born Scot Genevieve Whitson was with her Dutch Swabo Ladies squad.

Race report and results

The weekend got underway with a criterium in Halden, with attendance optional and results not counted towards the overall outcome. Former US track champion Shelley Olds (Ale-Cipollini) won it after a hard-fought sprint against Emma Johansson (Orica-AIS), Katarzyna Pawlowska (Boels-Dolmans) and Jeanne Korevaar (Rabo-Liv), and Gabriella Shaw took the best British placing of the weekend with 13th place one minute later.

On Saturday, the race got underway for real with a challenging and hilly 114.6km stage. None of the climbs topped 200m but there were plenty of them, and some of the descents were sufficiently steep to be an obstacle in their own right. Pawlowska’s team mate Megan Guarnier and Orica’s Amanda Spratt broke away late in the race with Guarnier taking the stage and an overall advantage that, thanks to her squad’s perfectly executed team tactics in Stage 2, would also give her the final General Classification despite Olds’ stage win. Simmonds was the first British rider over the line, taking 24th place which, following bonification of the points picked up in the stage’s intermediate sprints, placed her 25th overall. She was then the fastest Brit on Stage 2 too, keeping up with (and even beating some illustrious members of) a bunch consisting of numerous UCI-level riders around a techincal finishing circuit. This time she was 27th, recording an equal time to Olds but moving up one place in the GC to take 24th overall.

27-year-old Simmonds, who in addition to winning the National TT Championships this year is also National 25-Mile Champ and just a week ago set a new national record over ten miles, is currently completing her PhD at Cambridge. Come March 2016, when she finishes, she plans to concentrate full-time on cycling. Watch out, world – Super Simmonds is coming!


Selman and Turnham takes National Para Champs


Barnsley Road Club’s C4 rider Chloe Selman is the new National Paracycling Road Race Champion – she spoke to Neutral Service about her victory

20-year-old Barnsley Road Club rider Chloe Selman, a C4 category cyclist based in Sheffield, is the new National Paracycling Road Race Champion after winning on the Hillingdon circuit on Sunday the 16th. Chloe, who began her athletic career as an international-level para swimmer but was forced to give up the sport due to overtraining causing a worsening of her neurological condition. She then tried triathlon, but found that the running caused problems with her hip; realising that she enjoyed the cycling sections more, she decided to concentrate on that instead – remarkably, only two years ago.

Chloe spoke to Neutral Service on Monday to tell us all about how she trained for the event and what it feels like to have achieved such a prestigious victory. Read it here.

In the C2/C3 event, Megan Giglia of Para-T beat Katie Toft of Mossley CRT, while Sally Hurst (also Para-T) won the bronze. Lora Turnham, a B/Vi athlete with Epic Racing, took first place in the Women’s Tandem event with sighted pilot Corrine Hall (Ikon-Mazda)- the lastest excellent result in a long partnership that also saw them take the Tandem Road Race and Time Trial events at the World Paracycling Championships in Switzerland earlier this year. Jan Newman, with Claire Leaver (Zappi’s), was second; Jane Hellewell and Alice Hayden (both Sportcity Velo) were third.

Full results


Les Filles in Belgium

The ever-popular Les Filles team spent the weekend over in Belgium, where they contested a few of Flanders’ famous kermesse races and, being Les Filles, went in search of some of Belgium’s other attractions.

Things didn’t go exactly as intended, but they still had fun – because that’s what Les Filles do.


Les Filles

“A 4.5 hour Eurotunnel delay meant that 3/4 of the team didn’t even make it to the first race on Friday night! Helen (the Shorter) did start, only to get a puncture on lap 3 of 16, and was out of the race.

No matter, Saturday, another day, another race. About an hour before kick off, it decided to rain… and it didn’t stop. The course was quite technical, with a cobbled finishing straight, LOTS of corners, a few flat, exposed, windy sections, and even a gutter to negotiate on a right-hand turn. On lap 5, Nicole skipped her back wheel on a wet drain cover, was unable to correct, and cannoned into a pole at speed, with her ribs, knee, shoulder, helmet AND beloved bike coming off worse for wear. Helen the Shorter’s race ended around the same time, but Jen and Helen (the Taller) pushed on in the front group, finishing an excellent 16th and 20th respectively. 

Despite a severe test of our sense of humour at times (including the Neuhaus chocolate shop being closed due to a public holiday), the consensus was that Belgium racing is awesome. And a trip away with your Filles will always include a bit of fun and laughter (and beer), aided by the company of those lovely girls from PMR@Toachim House.

We’ll be back!!”


Photo of the Week


Les Filles discover that their favourite Belgian chocolate shop is closed! (Photo c/o Les Filles)






Keira McVitty

Cycle 4 All LVCA Legacy Supporters League Twilight Series #12
1 Keira McVitty (Giordana-Triton) 10pts
2 Annabel Fisher (Bonito Squadra Corse) 8pts
3 Victoria Collins (London Dynamo) 7pts
4 Agata Woznicka 6pts
5 Alicia Speake (Islington CC) 5pts
6 Rebecca Taylor (CC London) 4pts
7 Jess Morgan (NLTCBMBC) 3pts
8 Petra Dolejsova (London Phoenix CC) 2pts
9 Aoife Doherty (London Phoenix CC) 1pt
10 Shula Hagan (CC London) 1pt
11 Niki Kovacs (Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport)

Revolution #52
500m TT
1 Katy Marchant
2 Jessica Varnish (V-Sprint Racing)
3 Danielle Khan (Solihull CC)
4 Sandie Clair, 5 Yesna Rijkhoff, 6 Laurine Van Riessen, 7 Shanaze Reade (Cheshire Ghostriders BMX), 8 Ellie Coster (USN)
Image168Individual Pursuit
1 Joanna Rowsell-Shand (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 30pts
2 Ciara Horne (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 25pts
3 Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling) 21pts
4 Emily Kay (USN) 17pts
5 Leire Olaberria
6 Emily Nelson (USN) 12pts
7 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
8 Lydia Gurley (Bonito Squadra Corse)
1 Katy Marchant
2 Sandie Clair
3 Danielle Khan (Solihull CC)
4 Tania Calvo, 5 Laurine Van Riessen, 6 Olivia Montauban, 7 Jessica Varnish (V-Sprint Racing), 8 Nicky Degrendele, 9 Rebecca James (Abergavenny Road Club), 10 Yesna Rijkhoff
1 Laura Trott (Matrix Fitness) 30pts
2 Jolien D’Hoore
3 Pascale Jeuland
4 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 17pts
5 Laurie Berthon
6 Emily Kay (USN) 12pts
DSC_02287 Leire Olaberria
8 Lydia Boylan (WNT) 8pts
9 Malgorzata Wojtyra, 10 Emily Nelson (USN), 11 Rebecca Raybould (Poole Wheelers), 12 Manon Lloyd (USN), 13 Elizabeth Steel
1 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 30pts
2 Laura Trott (Matrix Pro Cycling) 25pts
3 Leire Olaberria
4 Laurie Berthon
5 Pascale Jeuland
6 Emily Kay (USN) 12pts
7 Malgorzata Wojtyra
8 Emily Nelson (USN) 8pts
9 Elizabeth Steel
10 Lydia Boylan (WNT)
11 Jo Rowsell-Shand (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International), 12 Manon Lloyd (USN), 13 Ellie Coster (USN), 14 Ciara Horne (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
1 Katy Marchant
2 Jessica Varnish (V-Sprint Racing)
3 Tania Calvo
4 Yesna Rijkhoff, 5 Victoria Williamson (VC Norwich), 6 Danielle Khan (Solihull CC), 7 Sandie Clair, 8 Olivia Montauban
Young Riders Scratch 1 (Mixed)
12 Cat A and B riders entered the Young Riders Scratch Races at Revolution on Friday. Interestingly, 75% of them were girls. Women’s track cycling is going to keep growing, by the looks of it!
4 Ellie Russell (Sportcity Velo) 3
5 Pfeiffer Georgi (Giant CC-Halo Films) 2
6 Harriet Mellor (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) 1
7 Lorna Bowler (Hillingdon Slipstreamers), 8 Samantha Verrill (Speedflex Race Team), 9 Esme Niblett (Mid-Shrops Wheelers), 10 Madeleine Gammons (Bourne Wheelers), 11 Emma Pitt (Palmer Park Velo), 12 Eve Martin (Jadan),
Young Riders Scratch 2 (Mixed)
4 Ellie Russell (Sportcity Velo) 3
5 Pfeiffer Georgi (Giant CC-Halo Films) 2
6 Harriet Mellor (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) 1
7 Emma Pitt (Palmer Park Velo), 8 Lorna Bowler (Hillingdon Slipstreamers), 9 Madeleine Gammons (Bourne Wheelers), 10 Eve Martin (Jadan), 11 Samantha Verrill (Speedflex Race Team), 12 Esme Niblett (Mid-Shrops Wheelers)


Reading Dernyfest & Womens Omnium Meeting
1 Madeline Moore (VC St Raphael) 30pts
2 Amber Joseph (Palmer Park Velo RT) 25pts
3 Janet Birkmyre (TORQ Performance) 21pts
4 Sophie Black (eliteVelo-Kalas) 17pts
5 Keira McVitty (Giordana-Triton) 14pts
6 Christine Robson (VC Londres) 12pts
7 Laura Clode (VC St Raphael) 10pts
8 Jayne Paine (Willesden CC) 8pts
9 Amy Smith (Project 51) 7pts
10 Niki Kovacs (Mulebar Girl-Sigma Sport) 6pts
11 Amy Good (Cadence Cycling Performance) 5pts
12 Alice Matravers (Charlotteville CC) 4pts
13 Emma Towers (PMR@Toachim House) 3pts
14 Emma Clarke (RP Racing Team) 2pts
15 Emma Jane Hornsby (Cycling Club Hackney) 1pt
16 Charlotte Roberge (Dulwich Paragon CC), 17 Jennifer Allum (PMR@Toachim House), 18 Hannah Cusworth (VC Londres), 19 Isobel Whiteley (Halesowen A & CC)
DNF Emma Pitt (Palmer Park Velo), Arja Scarbrook


National Paracycling Road Circuit Championships
1 Chloe Selman (Barnsley RC)
2 Elizabeth Saul (Para-T)
3 Eleni Papadopoulos (University Of Manchester CC)
1 Megan Giglia (Para-T)
2 Katie Toft (Mossley CRT)
3 Sally Hurst (Para-T)
1 Karen Darke (Inverness CC)
2 Jennifer Browning
3 Caroline Wareing
4 Josie Pearson
Trikes (Mixed)
2 Hannah Dines (Thomsons Cycles)
1 Corrine Hall (Ikon-Mazda)
1 Lora Turnham (Epic Racing)
2 Clare Leaver (Zappi’s)
2 Jan Newman
3 Alice Hayden (Sportcity Velo)
3 Jane Hellewell (Sportcity Velo)

Hillingdon Circuit Races
1 Abigail Dentus (Velosport) 10pts
2 Annabel Fisher (Bonito Squadra Corse) 8pts
3 Laura Cheesman (Velosure-Starley Primal) 7pts
4 Hisayo Kaneko (Twickenham CC) 6pts
5 Anna Marie Hughes (Bonito Squadra Corse) 5pts
6 Gabriella Nordin (GB 4pts
7 Anita Saycell (Ystwyth CC) 3pts
8 Julia Hesselberg (eliteVelo-Kalas) 2pts
9 Chantelle Rothe (Rhino Racing) 1pt
10 Elspeth Grace (Welwyn Wheelers) 1pt
11 Hannah Kitchen (Amersham Road CC), 12 Claire Fisk (Welwyn Wheelers), 13 Francesca Morgans-Slader (eliteVelo-Kalas), 14 Cara Brooks (45 Road Club), 15 Karen Wyle Smith (eliteVelo-Kalas), 16 Kate Jewell (VC Venta), 17 Jessica Padley


WNT’s Jo Tindley won the VC Venta Crit

VC Venta Summer Crits #4
1 Jo Tindley (WNT) 3pts
2 Laura Clode (VC St Raphael) 2pts
3 Phoebe Speck (Ride 24/7) 1pt
4 Rebecca Carter (WNT), 5 Georgina Panchaud (, 6 Charlotte Sampson (Zappi’s), 7 Hayley Preston (Southampton University RC)
U16: 1 Caitlin Peters (Fareham Wheelers) 3pts
U14: 1 Caitlin Peters (Fareham Wheelers) 3pts, 2 Molly Konchesky (Barking & Dagenham CC) 2pts
U12 (Mixed): 4 Abigail Old (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) 3pts
U10: 1 Bobbie O’Brien (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) 3pts, 2 Niamh Murphy (Cotswold Veldrijden) 2pts, 3 Emily Moreve (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) 1pt
U8 (Mixed): 2 Evelyn Mills (Andover Wheelers) 3pts