Pohl wins Ras na mBan
South Netherlands team rider Stephanie Pohl won the Ras na mBan with an advantage of 7″ in the final General Classification over Eileen Roe. Pohl led the race from Stage 4 and, in the sixth stage, came third behind Roe and Grace Garner – the latter having won Stages 1 and 3 for RST.
Roe was, however, ineligible for the Top British Rider prize since she too was riding for a Dutch team, WV Breda Manieu.nl, rather than her usual Wiggle-Honda. For the same reason Lydia Boylan, with British team WNT, was ineligible for Top Irish Rider. These honours went to Natalie Grinczer of Fusion and Eve McCrystal of Garda CC.
Simmonds third at Chrono Champenois
National TT Champion over, well, most distances Hayley Simmonds took third place at the Chrono Champenois. The full race results are here.
The Cambridge PhD student’s time of 47’14.13″ placed her within half a minute of winner Ann-Sophie Duyck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Pro Duo), boding well for the World Championships on the 20th where she will be the first British woman to compete in the Individual Time Trial for two years, following British Cycling’s controversial decision not to send a rider in 2013 and 2014.
“Tough day on the bike with strong winds on an exposed course but so pleased with the result,” she said.
Garner goes to Wiggle-Honda
Two-time World Junior Road Race Champion Lucy Garner will leave Dutch squad Liv-Plantur, her home since 2012, to ride for British team Wiggle-Honda on a two-year contract beginning 2016. The team has also signed Liv’s Amy Pieters.
“It’s obviously a huge team, a really professional team, and they’ve had a lot of success,” said Garner, who turns 21 next week. “For me, I just need the next step, a new challenge, and I feel that it’s that time now in my career when I need to make that step, and I think that Wiggle Honda they can really support me and help me with that. They’re really, really positive, and they really believe in my abilities as a sprinter. It’s really nice to hear that, that they really believe in me, so I’m really looking forward to working with them.”
Lucy Gossage sets second-fastest 100-mile time ever
“Time trials hurt. 100 mile trials hurt a lot! They’re mentally tough. They’re physically tough. They’re lonely. And they take a while. Last weekend I dragged myself up to Derbyshire for the BDCA 100. Honestly I was dreading it. Joe Skipper and I had been chatting the day before and both of us knew we were tired. It turns out I surprised myself and somehow pulled out a pretty decent ride. OK – the time suggests it was more than decent (3hr48, apparently the second fastest 100 on record)…” Read more
Isle of Man Women’s Cycling
Considering it’s home to only 85,000 people, the Isle of Man has given the world plenty of very cool stuff: an unusually enlightened attitude towards motorbikes and motorbike racing, Manx cats, the Bee Gees (erm…) and, best of all, Gef The Talking Mongoose. The island also has cycling connections going back years and has produced some of the best British professionals including, of course, Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh.
Not surprisingly, there’s a thriving Manx women’s cycling scene which now has a new Facebook page created specifically for the island’s female racing cyclists. With almost 200 members, it serves as a valuable line of communication for riders and offers news from local races that can’t be found elsewhere.
“This group is for all ladies of the IoM who are interested in racing or supporting racing push bikes, MTB and Road, so that we can all share results, pics, advise and travel plans,” explains founder Laura Morgan, who races for the VCUK-PH Mas team. “Please feel free to invite anyone, this group is for all (male, female etc) to participate but is simply a base for the ladies to communicate in respect of their own racing.”
People who do not live on the Isle of Man but have an interest in women’s cycling can also join. Find the group here.
Petition for a Junior girls series
“Competitive cycling for girls has been successfully promoted over the last few years through British Cycling, resulting in a huge increase in the number of girls competing seriously at a national level, with 60+ riders at each round of the youth national series. However while there is now a full programme of national races for under 16 girls, there is virtually nothing specifically for junior (under 18) girls.
Junior girls go straight from youth to top class women’s races, racing against professionals such as Laura Trott and Dani King. Young riders, however talented, are rarely able to compete on equal terms with adults, which can be very demotivating.”
Thus begins Jayati Hines’ change.org petition asking British Cycling to establish a series for Junior girls, something that the majority of riders, team officials, race officials and fans agree is desperately needed in British women’s cycling to prevent so much young talent being squandered when riders are dropped in at the deep end. At the time of writing, the petition was well on its way to 1500 signatures; you can add yours by clicking here.