Brits at the Krásná Lípa — Gunn wins Scottish 50-mile Champs — Six Brits at Thüringen Rundfahrt
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Brits at the Krásná Lípa
Aprire-HSS put together a good squad consisting of two of their own riders, Lucy Harper and Rebecca Mackey, alongside guests Rebecca Nixon (Fusion RT GearClub BikeScience), Gabriella Leveridge (Velosure-Starley Primal), Annasley Park (Giordana-Triton), Anna Marie Hughes (Bonito Squadra Corse) and Rose Osborne (WNT).
Park scored the best result overall, finishing the General Classification in 28th place with a disadvantage of 3’30” to race winner Tatiana Antoshina of the Russian national team. Australian rider Mackey was 35th at +4’31”, Nixon finished 41st at +5’31”, Leveridge was 76th at +22’51”, Osborne 88th at +37’41”, Harper was lanterne rouge in 111th place at +1h24’14” and Hughes did not finish.
Park was also consistently the top British rider in the stages, too, finishing with the main group on each mass-start stage: the 19-year-old was 26th in Stage 1, 27th in Stage 2, 32nd in Stage 4 and 29th in Stage 5. Mackey was the top Aprire-HSS rider in the time trial, taking 36th place in Stage 3 with its difficult 80kph descent. Sadly this was the stage that ended Hughes’ race: riding a standard road bike rather than a specialist TT machine, she finished over the time limit by a mere 12 seconds – an impressive performance but bad luck for a young rider in a tough race going up against opponents on megabucks TT bikes.
No British riders got into the overall Points or Mountains classifications, but Park was 10th in the Youth competition. Meanwhile, Harper won a special prize as the youngest rider to complete the race.
Gunn wins Scottish 50 TT Champs
Thompson Cycles’ Catriona Gunn in the new Scottish National 50-mile TT champion after beating second-placed Lynsey Curran (Dooley’s Cycles) by half a minute in Kincardineshire on Sunday the 12th. Toni McIntosh (Ayr Roads CC) took the bronze, completing the course 1’09” slower than Gunn.
1 Catriona Gunn (Thomsons Cycles; Cat. 4) 2h08’48”
2 Lynsey Curran (www.Dooleys-Cycles.co.uk; Cat. 2) 2h09’18”
3 Toni McIntosh (Ayr Roads CC; Cat. 3) 2h09’57”
4 Lynne Wardrop (Ayr Roads CC; Cat. 4) 2h12’17”
5 Kirsty Anderson (Billy Bilsland Cycles; Cat. 4) 2h12’41”
6 Janet Erskine (Ayr Roads CC; Cat. 4) 2h15’34”
7 Emily Middleditch (Deeside Thistle CC; Cat. 2) 2h17′
8 Sandra Tulloch (Leslie Bike Shop/Bikers Boutique; Cat. 4) 2h22’54”
9 Jacqueline Laing (Deeside Thistle CC; Cat. 4) 2h24’19”
10 Aileen Clyde (Fullarton Wheelers) 2h27’10”
Six Brits to race Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen
Pearl Izumi-Sports International are sending five British riders – three of their own plus two guests, accompanied by Australian guest Nicole Moerig (102) – to the Thüringen Rundfahrt der Frauen, which begins at Gotha on Friday the 17th for the first of eight stages spread across seven days.
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Storey is, of course, one of the most successful British athletes of all time with twenty World Championships, twenty-one European Championships and seventy-two world records to her name. Her trusted lieutenant Gabriella Shaw has been posting good results for some years now with her best road race finish so far in 2015 being seventh in the second stage of April’s Tour of the Reservoir, one of the toughest races on the British calendar.
Hayley Simmonds, as new National Time Trial Champion following her stunning performance at Cadwell Park last month where she beat Storey by comfortably over a minute, needs no introduction. A true cycling polymath, she so much more than a TT specialist and took tenth place on the tough Lincoln circuit at the National Road Race Championships three days later and also has a selection of track wins to her name – not yet as well-known as she deserves to be, she might well turn out to be the surprise star of the race.
Bethany Hayward may be the team’s only Under-23 rider, but she’s also proved herself to be reliable and strong back-up for Pearl Izumi’s leaders and more than capable of aiming for podium results for herself – such as at last year’s Ryedale GP where she was third behind Nikki Juniper and Laura Massey, two of the strongest riders on the UK domestic race scene. Nikki Harris is best-known as a cyclo cross rider and was National Champion in 2013, finally beating Helen Wyman after three years in which she was second (and she was second again in 2014 and 2015, when Helen won her eighth and ninth titles). However, Harris can mix it with the best on the road too; she was U-23 National RR Champion in 2007 and was fifth at this year’s Elite Championships.
Lucy Coldwell (161) is riding for Maxx-Solar. Another devastatingly fast time trial rider, Coldwell – who competes as an unsupported rider without a team in British events – was fourth at this year’s National TT Championships where she finished just 2.43″ behind bronze medal-winning Sarah Storey. Lucy too has picked up excellent road race results this year, including 12th overall at the Tour of New Zealand and eighth at the National RR Championships.
Best of luck to all the riders!