Eastern Cross Round 15 at Snetterton

20.01.19, Snetterton, Norfolk Cold weather early on saw frosty conditions for the Under-10s and Under-12s races, but it had vanished from all but the most shaded sections of the circuit by the time the Youth race ended at 11:30. Unfortunately, that made matters worse: frost melting combined with hundreds of grippy cyclocross tyres makes mud,…

Gemma Melton wins at Trinity Park

Post-race interview with winner Gemma Melton below! Trinity Park in Ipswich hosts two big races at this time of year: first a round of the National Trophy, the biggest and most important cyclocross series in the country, and then a round of the Eastern League a week later – and with the course left standing…

Millie Couzens wins Central & Eastern CX Champs

PHMas-Paul Milnes star Millie Couzens was in dominant form at the Central and Eastern Region Cyclocross Championships in early December, taking a big lead on the entire Under-16 Girls field and catching, then passing most of the U16 boys who had started before her race. Millie, who is National Champion for her age group, recorded…

ICYMI – Women’s Cycling News

Neutral Service’s monthly (well, or thereabouts) round-up of what’s happening in UK Women’s Cycling. This month: New teams, new signings, new sponsors; Dave Rayner Fund backs more women than ever before; Team Series dates; ‘Cross Nationals and new projects for Wyman and Brammeier; ‘Cross Nationals to head south in 2019; Wyman Review and Wyman 100;…

Helen Wyman’s new team: Xypex-Verge Sport

Following a huge build-up in which she’s been dropping typically humorous hints and teasers on social media, nine-time National Cyclocross Champion, twice European Cyclocross Champion (and, Neutral Service still insists, future World Cyclocross Champion) Helen Wyman has announced her new team, following the end of her long sponsorship deal with Kona. Since she’s one of…

Eastern League 2016/17 Gallery

As usual, I didn’t get to go to half as many rounds of the Eastern Cyclocross League as I’d have liked – but the rounds I did go to reminded me why it’s my favourite bike race series (in any discipline): hotly contested racing on varied courses, and also the friendliness displayed by the riders, organisers…

Ten Minutes With… Joanne Newstead

Over the last few years the number of women who cycle for fitness and recreation has increased enormously, but although the number of women who race has also increased it hasn’t done by anything like as much. So, why aren’t more of those women who cycle also racing? Some of them just don’t want to,…

Lovelo-Cinelli Cyclo Crossmas

The cyclocross races I went to towards the end of 2016 were, if I’m honest, rather disappointing. It wasn’t the quality of the riding – the riders, as always, gave it their best and were thrilling to watch; not was it the races themselves – the various organisers, like they always do, have been working…

Brits at Essen photos

“Grey and chilly,” says Hans van der Maarel, who took these photos of the British riders at Cyclocross Essen for Neutral Service. “Not rain as such – it got wet towards the end of the women’s race thanks to a big cloud coming in low, but not enough to make mud.” “Evie Richards had to…

ICYMI

A round-up of the recent women’s cycling news Payton wins Round 3, National Trophy Hannah Payton (Kinesis UK) won Round 3 of the National Cyclocross Trophy at Houghton-le-Spring after a muddy and technical race in which she had to chase down Beth Crumpton (Boot Out Breast Cancer), finally taking the lead with a sprint to the…