Lauryn Dawber took second at the Yorkshire Day At The Races, behind winner Seonaid Thompson of Albarosa CC. Dawber’s team mate Sarah Cramoysan also got into the top ten, finishing in tenth place.
Sophie Black won the Points and Scratch races at Lee Valley VeloPark’s Good Friday Meeting.
“That’s the fastest £100 I’ve ever earned. So happy that I won the points race against a really good field of girls. Bring on the season!!”
Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International
Katie Archibald, Sarah Storey and Ciara Horne gave a time trial masterclass at the RTTC Classic Series in Derbyshire, taking first (1h02’13”), second (1h02’52”) and third (1h04’19”) respectively – superb times on what is known to be an extremely challenging parcours.
Kent-based PMR have announced their intention to establish a track team, run alongside their road racing squad.
“Exciting times ahead. We have had some very positive responses to the women’s track team. Confirmed riders to be announced soon. Plenty of room for others to join. All levels welcome. We are supporting the national campaign of #ThisGirlCan to give the support in women’s sport that it deserves. Get in touch if you want to come race with other women on the velodrome.”
WNT had a superb weekend at the EMRRL Bourne Wheelers CC, incorporating the East Midlands & Central Regions Womens RR Championships where Lydia Boylan won overall to become East Midlands Champion while Rose Osborne came third – making her the Central Region Champion.
WyndyMilla don’t have a women’s team this year but are still backing their brand ambassador Isla Rush, who is spending much of her year (when not doing her GCSEs!) in Belgium getting a taste of the continental racing where her future lies. Isla was spectating at the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday and has promised us a report.
Sian Cahill came 20th at the RTTC Classic Series in Derbyshire, completing the highly technical route in 1h16’20” – 14’17” slower than winner Katie Archibald of Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International (see above for more).
Matrix Pro Cycling
Matrix, who moved up from the UK domestic scene to race as professional UCI team this season, have had a busy bank holiday weekend – on Sunday they competed at the legendary Ronde van Vlaanderen and then on Monday at the GP de Dottignies.
Molly Weaver was once again their star rider at the Ronde with 37th place at +4’08” behind winner Elisa Longo Borghini of British-registered team Wiggle-Honda – a good result for any rider in a race as tough as this one (77 riders were DNF) and a stunning one for a rider who, like her team, is in her first professional year.
Laura Trott, Lucy Martin, Christina Siggaard, Harriet Owen and Mel Lowther were all among the DNFs.
Matrix team mate Sara Olsson was not at the race, having been recently diagnosed with serious lung disease pleurisy. Fortunately, Sara expects to make a full recovery – read more here.
Wiggle-Honda took the top two steps of the Ronde van Vlaanderen podium when 2014 Giro Donne winner Elisa Longo Borghini – a rider who has already proved herself among the best in the world and seems to keep getting better and better – took a solo victory 43″ ahead of a six-strong chasing group led by her own team mate Jolien D’hoore, who took second.
Giorgia Bronzini was 23rd at +3’30”; Mayuko Hagiwara was 42nd at +4’08”; Chloe Hosking was 45th at +6’16”.