Massey wins Curlew Cup
Ikon-Mazda’s Laura Massey picked up her most impressive victory so far in what has already been a successful season for the Cambridge rider when she won the Curlew Cup – a race which is widely considered the toughest of the British Cycling Women’s Road Series.
Massey, who rides for the IKON-Mazda team, won the 103km event after coming out on top in bunch sprint that included no fewer than six riders from rival team Giordana-Triton, including 2014 Road Series Champion Nikki Juniper, and a number of other strong riders such as Anna Christian of top-level professional team Wiggle-Honda and Lydia Boylan of WNT. Read our full report here
Pia De Quint moves
Observant fans at the Curlew Cup noticed a new rider lining up alongside Lydia Boylan, Charline Joiner, Sophie Lankford, Rose Osborne and Jo Tindley – Belgian rider Pia De Quint, who joined Velosure-Starley Primal at the start of the season, has switched teams to WNT. Neutral Service spoke briefly about the move with with Pia, who says that she is “very happy with the transfer.”
Despite the loss of Lizzie Armitstead, who was unable to continue following a crash just over the finish line after she won Stage 1, and later Mel Lowther (DNF), Jo Rowsell (injury) and Katie Curtis (illness), all five stages of the 2015 Aviva Women’s Tour were a success for the British riders who held their own against the best in the world.
Three British teams – professional squads Matrix Pro Cycling and Wiggle-Honda and domestic outfit Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International – took part in the event, which covered just under 600km in the South-East of England, beginning with flat stages in East Anglia and moving on to hilly terrain in the Chilterns National Park.
Velociposse track squad reveals eye-catching kit
It’s not every day that a new women’s cycling team starts up, but it’s even rarer that a new women’s track team appears on the scene – especially one run by women for the benefit of its riders. Velociposse, set up by London-based Australian Jess May (pictured right), caught Neutral Service’s eye immediately, and the unmissable team kit they’ve just revealed will make them hard to forget.
Velociposse list their aims thus…
· Broaden the field of women’s track cycling to include women of all skill-levels and personal interests
· Encourage training in a fun and safe environment where all skill-levels are supported
· Volunteer as much of our time as possible to support cycling training and events across London & the South East
· Maintain and fundraise for track cycling venues wherever possible
· Organise bike racing and training events for all cyclists to enjoy
· Remove financial and practical obstacles for riders, like transportation, equipment, race fees, and bike mechanics
· Have a bloody fantastic time riding bikes and lower the poor statistics in women’s sport, and women’s cycling!
…all of which sound worthy of support. The team is currently seeking sponsors, and there aren’t many better ways to gain value-for-relatively-little-outlay for your company than ten tattooed women displaying your company logo on a kit like that one!
“This weekend I raced at Bristol Grand Prix, part of the city’s Big Green Week celebrations. The course was a short but technical 1.3kms with two climbs and a tight middle section that narrowed (and also had two drain covers right in the middle!). Coming from long road races the 35 minute race was short and sharp. I had hoped to race a couple of weeks ago at Torbay as I find it takes me a couple of crits to get back into this specific racing style. Unfortunately I didn’t get that chance so I came into this race a bit cold and it took me a while to get into the flow of things…” Read more
“This weekend the girls took to inner city crit racing as a change from our road racing focus. Jenny [Powell] was in Buckinghamshire for the Milton Keynes City Centre crit races. The day featured the National Youth races with the adult races following on. After feeling nervous on the start line Jenny broke away halfway through and drilled it, coming in to take the win comfortably after her solo effort!” Read more