News Round-Up 26.01-02.02.2015

Nicola Soden in car crash — Tour of the Reservoir details released – Velofocus and Cycling Tips launch new women’s cycling websites — Last Week’s Results — Blogs — Team and Transfer News — Shorts and Interesting Links: Amy O’Halloran takes year out, Nikki Juniper third in Essex awards, Victoria Park Crits needs riders — Photo of the Week — More to come…

Nicola Soden in car crash


Nicola Soden’s hospital selfie – send your get well soon messages to her via Twitter!

Carnac-Planet X rider Nicola Soden posted a selfie taken in a hospital bed following a car crash, but described herself as “actually very lucky”- from her description, we think she was actually very, very lucky indeed.

“I was involved in an RTC last night. Came round a corner in my car and a bus was careering towards me, couldn’t avoid it and hit it head on,” she told Neutral Service. “A minute earlier I had been overtaken by an idiot driver speeding round me and driving like a maniac around the corners. Turns out he crashed with the bus causing it to go out of control and veer onto my side of the road. It was on a fast road too – 60 limit so speed of impact was quite quick. Very lucky to walk out with a dislocated thumb and bruising. I thought I was going to die!”

“I hope it doesn’t affect me,” she said when we expressed our hope that she wouldn’t be off the bike for too long now that the season is getting under way. “I’ll see fracture clinic later in the week so fingers crossed.”


Tour of the Reservoir details released

Organisers of the famous E/1/2/3/4 Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir, which has a reputation as one of the hardest events on the British women’s cycling calendar, have released details of the 2015 edition of the race which will become a two-day event taking place over the 11th and 12th of April.


2015 Tour of the Reservoir kermesse and road race maps


The event gets under way with a 60km kermesse on the 11th, followed by a 90km road race the following the day, with the road race being 2km shorter than last year. The kermesse utilises a 1.89km circuit on the south-eastern banks of the Derwent Reservoir and features a fast descent in the first half followed by a challenging climb over the last half a kilometre. The road race, as in years past, encircles the reservoir and features numerous sharp climbs and descents along its 15.58km length.

The 2014 edition was won by Nikki Juniper, and as the first round of the Women’s Road Race Series competition is likely to once again be very high. Entry is via British Cycling.


Velofocus website relaunch

Image10If you want UCI women’s cycling news, Velofocus is probably the best place to look: editor Sean’s mixture of news, interviews and race previews (with excellent maps) is a long way ahead of what you’ll find in any of the print magazines and their websites.

Especially enlightening at the moment is the interview with Matrix Pro Cycling directeur sportif Stef Wyman, who as usual has much to say about where women’s cycling is right now and where it needs to go next.

Meanwhile, Australian website Cycling Tips has launched a new section dedicated to women’s cycling, named Ella.

Image9“We will offer a diverse range of stories that we hope will appeal to those whose main interest lies in women’s cycling. The current readership of CyclingTips is predominantly male. Ella is part of our approach to give Women’s Cycling the attention it deserves and to give female cyclists a place that feeds their passion,” writes editor Jessi Braverman.

Click here for more.


Last Week’s Results

Odd Down Winter Series #4
24.01.15, Cats. 2/3/4

1 Kate Baker (University of Bath CC) 10pts
2 Phoebe Speck (Ride 24/7) 8pts
3 Elle Twentyman (University of Bath CC) 7pts
4 Kate Mactear (University of Bristol CC) 6pts
5 Lindsey Ackland (Zappi’s) 5pts
6 Joanne Jago (Performance Cycles) 4pts
7 Diane Moore (Ride 24/7) 3pts
8 Fiona Nesfield 2pts
9 Michelle Forster (London Phoenix CC) 1pt
10 Corinne Clark (Ride 24/7) 1pt

Ludgershall Winter Series #2
24.01.15, Cats. E/1/2/3/4

1 Chanel Mason (Army Cycling Union) 3pts
2 Natasha Reddy (RP Racing) 2pts
3 Kimberley Preston (Army Cycling Union) 1pt
4 Alexandra Farquhar (Army Cycling Union) 0pts
5 Elizabeth Dunne (Army Cycling Union) 0pts
6 Sarah Hardy (Army Cycling Union) 0pts
7 Elizabeth Campbell (Bournemouth Jubilee) 0pts
8 Sulette Klopper (Army Cycling Union) 0pts

Woolly Mamil Winter Series #2
24.01.15, Cats. E/1/2/3/4

1 Alice Cobb (Aprire-HSS) 10pts
2 Maisie Duckworth (Wolverhampton Wheelers) 8pts
3 Rose Osborne (WNT) 7pts
4 Rosemary Homer (VO2) 6pts
5 Melissa Brand (IKON-Mazda) 5pts
6 Gemma Stuart (Performance Cycles) 4pts
7 Jacqui Philips (Wyre Forest CRC) 0pts
8 Rhiannon Davies (Aero-Coach/RST) 2pts
9 Melanie Potter (Bromsgrove Olympique) 1pt
10 Heulwen Gilbert (University of Birmingham CC) 1pt

Velo29 Winter Series #3
24.01.15, Cats. 2/3/4

1 Seonaid Thompson (Albarosa CC) 10pts
2 Angela Hibbs (Team WattCycle) 8pts
3 Karen Poole (Team WattCycle) 7pts
4 Ellen McDermott (Team WattCycle) 6pts
5 Victoria Hood (Jadan) 5pts
6 Sarah Cramoysan (Carnac-Planet X) 4pts
7 Jennifer Batey (Team WattCycle) 3pts
8 Rosie Lindsay (Team WattCycle) 2pts
9 Leah Pheasey (PH Mas-VCUK) 1pt
10 Nikki Metcalfe (Team WattCycle) 1pt

TBC: Imperial Winter Series #6



Image17-110x110Helen Wyman: Hoogerheide World Cup

“A seasons of highs and low certainly sums things up so far.  Wins, podiums, and a championship win have been surrounded by small injury problems.  Having got them fixed, I headed to Spain for a final big block of training ahead of the final World Cup and the World Championships.  The training was great, I was putting out record numbers, and confidence was high; only for me to wake up on my first morning in Belgium with a sore throat and that sinking feeling of getting ill just when you need your health the most…” Read more

islarushthumbIsla Rush: The Young Norfolk Sports Academy

“The Young Norfolk Sports Academy (YNSA) has been a great support since August 2014. This academy is for athletes 15-18 in Norfolk, with the majority based around Norwich. It offers a wide range of different lectures and sessions specific to sportsmen and women, from psychology to media training, and nutrition to body movement screening…” Read more

LauraMorganthumbLaura Morgan: Impending doom!

“Not really…but we are edging ever nearer to the start of the racing season and it feels like there is so much I need to get done, talk about, rant about…etc! I missed posting again in National Obesity Awareness Week mainly due to being off-Island to attend the VCUK team launch. This was awesome, very pro, and we received a fabulous motivational speech from Wayne Greenhalgh, the boss at VCUK. We all left feeling very much part of something special, and part of an overall cycling family willing to accept and encourage all regardless of status or level. It’s exciting!” Read more


Team and Transfer News

For all the latest, see our 2015 Transfers article.


Shorts and Interesting Links

Year out for Amy O’Halloran

VCUK-PH Mas rider Amy O’Halloran, who took a string of excellent results including third at the Critérium du Université deux in 2014, has elected to take a year out from racing.

“No racing for me this season, finally decided,” she wrote on Facebook. “Time to concentrate on a building a successful career, having special, exciting adventures with Benster and fun with my friends. Bike riding shall now be done as and when I please and I’m going to bloomin’ enjoy it again and not put any pressure on myself. 2015 is the year for a happy, healthy mind, body and soul…. and some lairy weekends away undoubtedly, he he he!”

Nikki Juniper third in Essex Awards

2014 Women’s Road Series winner Nikki Juniper, who will ride for Giordana-Triton (RST) this year, took third place in the Essex Sports Awards behind the captain of the England women’s rugby team and the Moto GP World Champion. Chapeau, Nikki – but as far as Neutral Service is concerned, you woz robbed!

Victoria Park Crits needs riders


There were many good suggestions among those eight replies, but perhaps the best was made by Team WNT’s Elisa McDonagh (whom many fans will know due to her very impressive dreadlocks): “Maybe have one of the two races as a W3/W4 only? Or just one longer race of an hour rather than two of half hour? That isn’t necessarily gonna help with lack of pre-entries though.”

Entry is through British Cycling – perhaps if more riders suggest organisers make the changes Elisa recommends, they’ll listen.

Interesting Links

Cycling Bug interviews Starley-Primal rider Gaby Leveridge (The Cycling Bug)

Sarah Connolly interviews Helen Wyman (Podium Cafe)

Supporting Women’s Cycling (Pedals and Pain)

Ten Minutes with Team Onit manager Roger Willey (Neutral Service)


Photo of the Week

Got a photo for us? It can be of any professional or amateur rider, just so long as it’s your original work. Let us know!


An easy decision to make this week – Hans Van Der Maarel’s photo of Nikki Harris in action at Rucphen is exquisite. (© Hans Van Der Maarel)