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Sara Olsson recovering from pleurisy


Sara Olsson at the Matrix Pro Cycling team launch

Matrix Pro Cycling’s Sara Olsson has been diagnosed with the serious lung condition pleurisy, which has hit her results hard this season.

“It’s been 12 days since I went to the hospital in Oudenaarde, Belgium, because of chest pain. I had been feeling more tired than normal since my 3days fever in the beginning of March and it felt worse and worse with my legs being filled of lactic acid way to early, every training and race. I knew I was better than that but I started to even doubt myself after a while when all I did was just shit. It was an awful feeling I had while racing in Cholet, droped in the last hill when the lactic acid hit my whole body and I could barely move forward.”

Fortunately, Sara is showing promising signs of recovery and will restart training this week – read more on her blog.

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Otley Sportiva

Fancy joining other female cyclists to ride on the same roads where Lizzie Armitstead first cut her cycling teeth? Then True Cycling’s Otley Sportive is for you.

There are two routes: the shorter, at 48km, is £15 to enter, the longer 75km route is £19. Feeding stations and mechanical support will be provided – with many sportives nowadays costing upwards of £50, this one looks to be excellent value.

See True Cycling’s website for more details and entry.

British race results


Tickhill Velo Club Hill Climb

The Tickhill Velo Club really know how to organise a race, as anyone who was at the Tickhill GP last year knows. Riders who enjoy hill climbs might therefore like to know the club is organising its first ever hill climb event, due to be held on Bib Lane (so-called because you’ll be dribbling after tackling the gradient, perhaps? Strava segment here) at Brookhouse, S. Yorks, on the 11th of October.

The event is limited to 60 riders and female riders can be certain of a warm welcome from this club, which leads the way in supporting women’s cycling. More details from their website.


Matrix GP Series venues


Eileen Roe, now with Wiggle-Honda, and her Starley-Primal team mates at the Peterborough round of last year’s Matrix GP Series. Eileen won the Series overall.

The highly popular and televised (hopefully with longer highlights this time around) Matrix GP Series has announced venues for its five races this year, with three towns making their first appearance in the series.

Redditch, Worcestershire – Tuesday 19th May
Motherwell, N. Lanarkshire – Tuesday 26th May
Croydon, S. London – Tuesday 2nd June
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire – Tuesday 9th June
Bath, Somerset – Thursday 11th June

Last year’s series was a fantastic example of British criterium racing with huge crowds turning up to watch. Highly recommended!


An Interesting Observation from Onit WRT

“Interesting occurrence during race [Castle Combe Classic – ed.], when men’s E/1/2 race, on the same race track, was neutralised to prevent interference with last lap of women’s race. A sensible decision by organiser/commissaire, but who would have thought just a few years ago that E/1/2 men’s race would defer to a women’s race!”

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Team News



CBertramThumbChristine Bertram: Women’s Cycling – How to get into it

“Yesterday, I was the triathlete who was quite happy to go in a straight line. Yesterday, I was the cyclist who couldn’t go around corners without jumping on the breaks. Yesterday, I was the girl who got really twitchy when someone was cycling within 3 feet of her. But today that has all changed. How did this happen? I took part in a women’s only introduction to road racing session…” Read more

MollyThumbMolly Weaver: A wet and wild Gent-Wevelgem

“Another week has passed in a flash, with a mid week race at the GP Stad Waregem making it go even faster. Before we knew it, the weekend was upon us again and it was time for Gent Wevelgem. Having ridden the course in the week with the team, we felt well prepared for what was to come. The course begins with a generally flat opening 35kms, before taking in the first climbs of the day in the steep and cobbled Kemmelberg, and the slightly shallower Moneteberg…” Read more

IntrepidSarahIntrepid Sarah: Find your passion and share it

“Dating a fellow athlete has its pros and cons. The major pro is that they completely ‘get it’; the need to squeeze in your run or ride for that day before you come home and have dinner together. The need for masses of pasta and an early night before weekend adventures. The post long session state where you want to laze around in your sweatpants eating everything in sight…” Read more