Eastern League – Colchester Rovers (Mistley)

21.10.18 – Mistley, Essex After the heavy rain at Welwyn Garden City the previous week, sunshine was a welcome sight on Sunday morning as the highly technical sections of the wooded Furze Hill course at Mistley with their muddy corners and slippery exposed roots can become very difficult indeed in the wet. Some courses benefit…

Eastern League – CC Ashwell

07.10.18 – Princess Helena College, Hertfordshire The CC Ashwell round of this year’s Eastern League featured, for the first time ever, a stand-alone women’s race – and, grateful for a chance to have the course all to themselves rather than sharing it with the 50+ Men age group and for the organisers’ determination to support…

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…

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…

Eastern Cyclocross League 2016

CC Ashwell Cross 9th October, Princess Helena College, Preston, Herts 1 Susan Wood (Hadleigh MTB Club) 49’24” 2 Sherilyn Powell (Chelmer CC +21″ 3 Katie Scotter (Iceni Velo +26″ 4 Jackie Field (CC Ashwell (CCA) +1 lap 5 Caroline Guest (Velo Schils-Interbike) +1 lap 6 Louise Foley (Cambridge CC ) +1 lap 7 Alison Hogg (VC…

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….