News Round-Up 10-17.11.2014

Aprire announces new women’s team — First round of Lee Valley Women’s Track League — British riders enjoy successful weekend in Cyclocross: European Championships, Derby City and Superprestige Ruddervoorde — No Hatfield Puncheur or St. Ives Crits in 2015 – but East Anglia gains a new race — Tickhill Velo GP sticks with successful format — Team and Transfer News — Photos of the Week — More to come…


Aprire announce new women’s team

Image credit: Alice Cobb

Neutral Service favourite Alice Cobb will ride for the new Aprire team alongside Elinor Thorogood, Emily Mellor and Kayleigh Brogan (Image credit: Alice Cobb)

British bike company Aprire, which has already established strong connections with women’s cycling in this country, is to strengthen its support of the sport with a new team. The team will be managed by Phil Dempsey; the directeur sportif is Rene Groot. Below is the official press release, which was made exclusively available to Neutral Service for a limited period.*

“London based bicycle engineers, Aprire (, have today announced the formation of their own elite women’s cycling racing team. After a season that saw the company as technical partner of the Velosport team, managing director Phil Dempsey felt he could push womens cycling further: “we had a good season last year with our partners Velosport, however it became clear to me that with a slightly different approach, a proven management structure, proper guidance and investment in the development of riders, a lot more could be achieved. This season the goal is to take these talented riders and provide a stepping stone to the next level.”

In its ambition to help young riders to fulfil their goals, the team has carefully planned their season.

The key focus this year is both the national women’s series and the Tour series. However there will also be a strong emphasis on racing abroad. Giving riders the important experience of racing against the world’s best.

The team will consist of 8 riders, all of which fall in the -23 category, emphasising its focus on development.

The first 4 riders signed to the team are:
Alice Cobb (2012 junior TT champion)
Elinor Thorogood (2012 -23 TT champion)
Emily Mellor (moving up from juniors)
Kayleigh Brogan (2014 Scottish criterium champion)

The team will be riding Aprire’s flagship Vincenza, as well as helping with the development of new innovations in track, custom bespoke options and aluminium models.

More riders, more partners and more sponsors will be announced over the next few weeks, together with a new website.

Follow the team online

On the web: (coming once we have announced all riders and partners)”


First round of Lee Valley Women’s Track League

The first round of the newly-organised league took place at the Olympic velodrome on Thursday the 6th of November and was dominated by Abbie Dentus, who won the 30-lap Scratch, Points, Elimination and 50-lap Scratch. Tanya Griffiths of Starley-Primal has written a report telling us all about it.


Abbie Dentus dominated the first round of the Lee Valley Women’s Track League (© Huw Williams)

30-lap Scratch
1 Abbie Dentus (De Ver Cycles)
2 Jayne Paine (Willesden CC)
3 Clover Murray (Braintree Velo CC)
4 Keira McVitty (WyndyMilla-Reynolds)
5 Christine Robson (VC Londres)

25-lap Points
1 Abbie Dentus (De Ver Cycles)
2 Christine Robson (VC Londres)
3 Keira McVitty (WyndyMilla-Reynolds)
4 Jayne Paine (Willesden CC)
5 Nicola Soden (GB

1 Abbie Dentus (De Ver Cycles)
2 Keira McVitty (WyndyMilla-Reynolds)
3 Nicola Soden (GB
4 Jayne Paine (Willesden CC)
5 Clover Murray (Braintree Velo CC)

50-lap Scratch
1 Abbie Dentus (De Ver Cycles)
2 Tanya Griffiths (Starley-Primal)
3 Jennifer Crouch (London Dynamo)
4 Christine Robson (VC Londres)
5 Amy Good (VC Londres)


Harris and Wyman third and fourth at Euro CX Champs; Payton 13th in Youth; Phillips wins 40-49

As European Champion for the last two years, all British eyes were on Helen Wyman when the continent’s greatest female cyclo cross stars met at Lorsch in Germany.

The weather was dry, the parcours dampened by early morning dew but not muddy – much like  Koppenbergcross, where Wyman was not able to gain the result she wanted. Once again. the fast conditions allowed rivals to better match her strength and considerable experience: though the Hertfordshire-born rider kept up the pressure throughout what proved to be a tough, fast and close-fought race and finished only 12″ behind new champion Sanne Cant, she didn’t get a foothold on the podium due to her compatriot Nikki Harris, who put in a superb ride and finished 7″ faster for third place. Pavla Havlikova was second, just 3″ behind Cant.

Hannah Payton, racing in the Youth event, was pleased with her 13th place. She crossed the line 1’36” behind the victor, Sabrina Stultiens of the Netherlands.


Meanwhile, in the 40-49 category, Britain has a new champion: Pepe Phillips (Velociped-Club 1899 Darmstadt), who was second in the same category last season, won gold.

Elite Top Ten
1 Sanne Cant 45’57 ”
2 Pavla Havlikova 46’00”
3 Nikki Harris 46’02”
4 Helen Wyman 46’09”
5 Ellen Van Loy 46’24”
6 Jolien Verschueren ST
7 Sanne Van Paassen 46’32”
8 Rocio Gamonal Ferrera 46’33”
9 Marlene Petit 46’53”
10 Lucie Chainel-Lefevre 47’36”
Full result

Youth Top Ten and British results
1 Sabrina Stultiens 31’58”
2 Martina Mikulaskova ST
3 Alice Maria Arzuffi 32’22”
4 Chiara Teocchi 32’29”
5 Nikola Noskova ST
6 Juliette Labous 32’50”
7 Lizzy Witlox 33’02”
8 Maelle Grossetete 33’06”
9 Jessica Lambriacht 33’07”
10 Yara Kastelijn 33’24”
13 Hannah Payton 33’34”
Full result


Durrin just outside Top Ten at Derby City CX

On the other side of the Atlantic, where Gabby Durrin now bases herself, the Derby City Cup took place over the weekend with a race on both days. Durrin, racing in the C1 event on the Saturday, finished in 11th place behind the winner, California-based Czech Katerina Nash.

Top Ten and British Results
1 Katerina Nash 46’38”
2 Kaitlin Antonneau 46’58”
3 Courtenay McFadden ST
4 Caroline Mani 47’10”
5 Arley Kemmerer 47’14”
6 Rachel Lloyd ST
7 Nicole Duke 47’34”
8 Amanda Miller 48’04”
9 Crystal Anthony 48’08”
10 Sunny Gilbert 48’09”
11 Gabby Durrin 48’14”
Full result


Superprestige Ruddervoorde

Cant and Wyman met again just 24 hours later, following a long drive back to Belgium to race the Superprestige Ruddervoorde. This time around Cant was odds-on favourite due to the sand sections, but Wyman had a score to settle and harried her all the way to the finish. Cant, however, is widely acclaimed as the best ‘cross rider on sand in the world; with dry conditions once again creating a lack of muddy sections where Wyman rider could have gained time,  the British rider could not prevent Cant winning by 21″. Hannah Payton, the only other Brit in the race, was once again 13th with a time of 50’17”.

Top Ten and British Results
1 Sanne Cant 45’38”
2 Helen Wyman 45’59”
3 Ellen Van Loy 46’16”
4 Jolien Verschueren 46’29”
5 Pavla Havlikova 46’35”
6 Karen Verhestraeten 47’24”
7 Eva Colin 48’28”
8 Monique Van De Ree 48’49”
9 Reza Hormes 49’02”
10 Katrien Thijs 49’39”
13 Hannah Payton 50’17”
Full result


No Hatfield Puncheur or St. Ives Crits in 2015 – but East Anglia gains a new race

The new organisers of the Hatfield Puncheur, which took place at Hatfield Heath near Harlow, have announced that their event will not feature a women’s race in 2015; the reasons given are the race’s cancellation due to low entry numbers in 2014 and a desire to concentrate on one race only in their first year. Meanwhile, the St. Ives Crit – which proved to be a thrilling race with riders speeding down alleyways not much wider than their shoulders – will also not go ahead in 2015; the organisers say they plan for it to be a biannual race and hint at plans for a “major event” in the region, to be announced soon.

However, Essex Roads CC have decided that they’ll add a women’s race to their event, which takes place towards the end of April. They are currently in discussion with the Women’s Eastern Racing League and more details should be available in the near future.


Tickhill Velo GP sticks with successful format


The Tickhill Velo GP featured two women’s races, allowing E/1/2 and 3/4 Category riders to race separately, and proved enormously popular with riders and fans alike.

The team behind the Tickhill Velo GP, which featured what must have been the most well-attended women’s race in Britain away from the Women’s Tour in 2014 (which makes the fact that it was the first time they’d held a women’s race – and only the second time the event had been held – all the more remarkable), have confirmed that they plan to stick with the same format in 2015.

“Equal status prize money, race duration and classes,” they announced on Twitter. “E/1/2 & separate  3/4,” they added, referring to their decision to hold two separate races for women in those categories – which made the event especially popular among the riders.


Team and Transfer News

Bonito Squadra Corse have revealed an expanded roster for 2015, with the team now numbering 14 riders. The new signings are Lucy Chittenden, Henrietta Colborne, Lydia Gurley, Anna-Marie Hughes, Lauren Humphreys, Evgenia Ilyinskaya and Bethany Taylor, who will join the existing roster of Lizzy Brama, Margherita Di Martino, Annabel Fisher, Crystal Lane, Mathilde Mathijsse, Emma Rata, Sarah Short. The team has lost only one rider, Elanor Cadzow who is moving to PMR@Toachim House, and has therefore doubled in size – yet another indication of growth and good health in British women’s cycling.

Zappi’s, which already has riders from the UK, the Czech Republic,the Netherlands the USA and Spain, has made the roster even more international with new signings from the Belgium and the Netherlands as well as from the UK. Tamara Davenne (Belgian; from Oxford University CC), Anne Huiber (from the Netherlands) and Juliet Milward (High Wycombe CC) will join Tracy Best, Sian Cahill, Clare Leaver, Emily Lyons, Merce Pujados, Hedvika Toncrova and Bonnie van Wilgenburg.

“For 2015 we’ll be focused on being a greater presence in the National Road Series road races, as well as competing in the Women’s Team Series Races. The team will continue on its quest to develop novice riders into winners on the road, as well as supporting the aspirations of our more experienced riders,” team manager Chris Smith told Neutral Service, adding that more signings will be announced.

UK Domestic Transfer News – everything we know so far


Interesting Links

Dani King recovering after crash (Daily Telegraph)

Les Filles’ Dorset training camp


Photos of the Week


A legend giving TT advice, and inspiring the next generation of female riders – Caitlin Peters with Sarah Storey (© Gareth Peters)


The second generation of a cycling dynasty: Zoe Backstedt (© Huw Williams)


Christine Vardaros coming out of the sun at Koppenbergcross (© Miss Meow)


Jessica Timmermans & Katleen Fraeye at Koppenbergcross (© Miss Meow)


Riding out with Jo Hogan (© Martin Cox)

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