Women’s Cycling News round-up 23-30.06.2014

Pooley wins National TT Champs — Victory for Walker at Barnsley — Curlew Cup — Critérium du Université deux — Noordwijk Classic — Giro del Trentino —  Fifth National 24hrs TT title for Biddulph — Upcoming British & UCI Races — Interesting Links

Emma Pooley wins National TT Championships


Pooley, Archibald and Storey on the podium (© Jack Chevell)

Quite a few people have been saying they think Emma Pooley will retire from cycling to concentrate on triathlon at the end of this season, but she proved at the National Time Trial Championships that she’s still got a future in cycling by beating Katie Archibald by 39″, Sarah Storey by 51″ and defending champion Jo Rowsell by comfortably over a minute.

Report (and full results) by Huw Williams here.

National TT Championships Top Ten
1 Emma Pooley (VC Norwich) 30’18”
2 Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)30’57”
3 Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 31’09”
4 Elinor Barker (Wiggle-Honda) 31’22”
5 Laura Trott (Wiggle-Honda) 31’27”
6 Jo Rowsell (Wiggle-Honda) 31’41”
7 Lucy Coldwell (Velosport-Pasta Montegrappa) 31’43”
8 Dani King (Wiggle-Honda) 32’28”
9 Emily Robertson (Luton CC) 33’06”
10 Claire Galloway (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) 33’11”


Victory for Walker at the 65 Roses Barnsley Crit

Matrix-Vulpine’s Jessie Walker and Penny Rowson take the top two spots with Iona Sewell (GBcycles.co.uk) third. Neutral Service will have a full report in the coming days.

Top Ten
1 Jessie Walker (Matrix-Vulpine)
2 Penny Rowson (Matrix-Vulpine)
3 Iona Sewell (GBcycles.co.uk)
4 Brit Tate (GBcycles.co.uk)
5 Lauren O’Brien (RST)
6 Jennifer Edwards (Team 22)
7 Sam Thoy (Team Jadan)
8 Nikola Butler (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International)
9 Vanessa Whitfield (VC St Raphael)
10 Ann Walsham (Women’s Cycling Sheffield)


Katie Archibald wins Curlew Cup

Nikki Juniper (Echelon Rotor) came second behind the Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International rider with Jessie Walker of Matrix-Vulpine third over the line.

Race report from Dave White here.


Iona Sewell wins Critérium du Université deux


Iona Sewell (image: GBCycles.co.uk)

GBCycles.co.uk’s Iona Sewell took first place despite last-minute challenges led by Alba CC’s Seonaid Thompson. PH-MAS duo Natalie Hodson and Amy O’Halloran were second and third.

Race report from PH-MAS rider Alison Kinloch here.


Lucy Garner third at Noordwijk Classic

Now in its 19th year, the Noordwijk Classic always out to be tough race because of the strong headwinds experienced by the riders for much of the parcours – yet the Junior riders, who in some cases are racing against top Elite professionals for the first time, have a history of giving a very good account of themselves.

This year’s edition consisted on five laps of a 23km circuit and was much the same as earlier incarnations; even Vera Koedooder, who won the race for the first time, admitted she found it difficult – which makes the fact that 18-year-old Jip van den Bos, a Junior riding for the Dutch National Team, successfully got onto Koedooder’s wheel and followed her in for second place all the more remarkable. She’s definitely a rider to watch in the coming years.

Third went to Leicestershire-born Lucy Garner of Giant-Shimano, her seventh podium finish of the current season.


Biddulph wins National 24hrs title for fifth time

Lynne Biddulph’s attempt at winning the National 24-hour Time Trial Championships for a fifth time seemed to be unlikely to deliver the result she was hoping for before she even started her ride: she and her husband arrived on Friday, prior to the race on Saturday, and went out for a meal – then her husband developed food poisoning so serious that at 4am she was forced to call an ambulance, and by the time she got back to their hotel it was 7am. Having had only an hour of sleep, she decided her chances were ruined and announced she wouldn’t ride – until a supporter managed to convince her otherwise.

There were complications during the race, too, with a road accident in the afternoon preventing race organisers from providing confirmed milages immediately after the event, followed by some confusion later on in the day when it was discovered that a sportive was taking place on the same roads.

The race took place on a hilly Sussex circuit that put Biddulph’s main rival Marina Bloom, who has also held the title four times in the past, at a disadvantage: “I don’t like hills,” she said afterwards, adding that she thought she’d probably managed 385 miles (619.6km). In fact, she’d done rather better than that, with an unconfirmed 410 miles (659.8km).

However, it wasn’t enough to beat Biddulph – “Once I started I felt OK,” she said after being told she’d covered 449 miles (722.6km).


Scandolara takes Giro del Trentino

A trio of Italian riders took all three podium steps after the Giro del Trentino with Orica-AIS’ Valentina Scandolara first to finish, followed by Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) and Rossella Ratto (Estado de Mexico-Faren).


Valentina Scandolara (image: Neutral Service CC BY-SA 3.0)

This year the race was sadly much reduced, with organisers forced to slash their event from three stages to just one. However, an excellent start list and an interesting parcours guaranteed good competition. The attacks started early on, with Scandolara demonstrating good form after 25km when she got 28″ ahead of the peloton and wasn’t brough back for 15km. At 50km, a group made up of Elena Cecchini (Faren Estado De Mexico), Anouska Koster (Netherlands NT), Alexandra Burchenkova (Rusvelo), Peta Mullens (Wiggle-Honda), Elena Berlato (Alé Cipollini) and Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) got away and found 30″ which, had they have worked together, might have stuck; however, such a selection of teams made cohesiveness impossible and ensured the peloton hunted them down. Just 7km later an even stronger attack of fifteen riders got away, and this one contained Orica team mates Scandolara, Gracie Elvin and Jessie Maclean. When the group got to 50″ in front, it began to look as though a selection had been made but once again the peloton, which still contained several contenders, had other ideas – by forcing the leaders to work hard, they gradually whittled down the gap.

Scandolara enjoys enormous popularity with fans due to her ability to attack, attack again and then, when everyone thinks she’s given all she has, to attack once more. That’s precisely what she did, launching herself into a descent 15km from the finish with nine riders including Bronzini marking her all the way. Then, in the final kilometre, she attacked once more, this time confirming the promise she showed she had when she twice won the Junior European Championships by out-sprinting the lightning-fast two-time World Champion Bronzini to take victory.

Top Ten
1 Valentina Scandolara (Orica-AIS)
2 Giorgia Bronzini (Wiggle-Honda) +05″
3 Rossella Ratto (Estado de Mexico Faren) ST
4 Eugenia Bujak (BTC City Ljubljana) ST
5 Susanna Zorzi (Astana-BePink) ST
6 Antoshina Tatiana (Rusvelo) ST
7 Sabrina Stultiens (Netherlands NT) +28″
8 Katrin Garfoot (Orica-AIS) +32″
9 Fabiana Luperini (Estado de Mexico-Faren) ST
10 Carlee Taylor (Orica-AIS) ST


Upcoming British Events

24.06 Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #11 (Lancashire)
24.06 Odd Down Summer Series #3 (Somerset)
24.06 Pembrey Circuit Series #4 (Carmarthenshire)
24.06 65 Roses Barnsley Crit (S. Yorks)
24.06 Crystal Palace Crits #8 (London)
25.06 Twickenham CC/WTC Women’s & Vets #6 (Middlesex)
25.06 Suffolk Series Wk 3 (Suffolk)
25.06 Total Cycle Coach Womens Series #12 (Denbighshire)
25.06 Pedal Heaven Eelmore Circuits #5 (Hampshire)
26.06 Team Tor 2000 Circuits #5 (Somerset)
26.06 Castle Combe Summer Series #8 (Wiltshire)
26.06 East London Velo Hog Hill Summer Series #8 (Essex)
26.06 National TT Championships (Monmouthshire)
27.06 Welsh Open Crit Championships (Monmouthshire)
27.06 Surrey League Dunsfold Park #8 (Surrey)
28.06 Oakley Village Races (Buckinghamshire)
28.06 Croxton Ladies Races CANCELLED
29.06 CDNW RR League #8 (Lancashire)
29.06 National Road Race Championships
29.06 VC Venta Summer Crit #1 (Hampshire)
29.06 Army Cycling Union Ludgershall Summer Series #5 (Hampshire)

Upcoming UCI Events

No races until the Giro Donne (starting 04.07)


Interesting Links

Ilkley’s first women’s cycling race speeds into town (Ilkley Gazette)

Meares the hunted at Glasgow Games (Yahoo Sport)

Sheufelt finishes Race Across America; Juneau cyclist tops the solo female category (Juneau Empire)