Sian Botteley’s Dave Peck Memorial Report

Sian Botteley rides for the well-known and popular Starley Racing team and has been taking excellent results for a few years now, including victory at 2015’s Ipswich Spring Scramble. On Sunday the 3rd of April, she won Twickenham CC’s Dave Peck Memorial, a round of the Women’s Team Series, on its new and much tougher…

Opinion – The argument against a lifetime ban for Femke van den Driessche

James Gordon, from Northern Ireland, describes himself as a “Cyclist. Observer. Listener. Thinker. Introvert.” It was clear to Neutral Service that he’d given a lot of thought to the ongoing motorised doping case involving Belgian rider Femke van den Driessche at the U23 World Cyclocross Championships and what should be done. Here are his thoughts….

National Trophy ends in Milton Keynes

Temperatures hovering around zero and a couple of inches of snow didn’t prevent a good turn-out for the final round of the 2015/16 National Trophy at the Milton Keynes Bowl on Sunday, with several of the top names in British cyclocross gathering to race in the mud. U14 Recently-crowned National Champion Ava Oxley-Szilagyi (PH Mas-VCUK) had…

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Nikki Harris, Megan James, Ava Oxley-Szilagyi, Maddi Smith, Sophie Wright and Evie Richards – National Cross Champions! The National Cyclocross Championships kicked off in difficult conditions on Saturday, with sunshine on Friday unable to make much difference to a course turned boggy by a week of heavy rain. In the u14s, Ava Oxley-Szilagyi dominated much of…

National Cyclocross Championships – Junior, U23, Elites

Nikki Harris, Evie Richards and Sophie Wright – National Champions! On Saturday, when the Under 14s, Under 16s and Veterans at the National Championships put on a show of such fine cyclocross skill and excitement, NS wondered aloud on Facebook if the Juniors, Under 23s and Elite races could possibly be as good. They were,…

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Megan James, Ava Oxley-Szilagi and Maddi Smith are CX Nat Champs The National Cyclocross Championships kicked off in difficult conditions on Saturday, with sunshine on Friday unable to make much difference to a course turned boggy by a week of heavy rain. Poppy Wildman (Nottingham Clarion) was favourite for the U16 race, but once the race was…

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Introducing Team Ford Ecoboost! These days new teams start up every year, some of which immediately have that aura which says they’ll be successful (WNT, for example), others less so. When a new team is run by no less a figure than two-time National Road Series Champion and current National Circuit Race Champ Nikki Juniper,…

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BC reveals 2016 Road Series details British Cycling has announced the dates of races making up the 2016 Women’s Road Series – and the good news is that the Series is up to nine events thanks to the addition of three new races and the return of the Essex Giro 2-Day, which was cancelled last year. Manx…

UK Domestic Transfer News 2015/16 – Version 2!

  We’re well into Transfer Season now with numerous teams having already announced their full 2016 line-ups, while several others have almost filled all their places. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most complete list of transfers, new teams and team closures in British women’s cycling anywhere on the internet – keep…

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New service seeks to pair up sighted pilots/visually-impaired stokers Every once in a while you hear about an idea so obvious and so brilliant that you can’t believe nobody’s ever thought of it before. Lucie McKenna, a volunteer at Surrey Wheels for All, has had just such an idea and it’s already generating interest. The concept…