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…

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UK’s first ever Junior women’s race… …which makes it arguably the most important event on the British cycling calendar this year. NS hands you over to women’s cycling stalwart (and father of Isla, who recently joined the Matrix p/b Corley Cycles team), Steve Rush: “If you’d like to know why this is so vitally important,…

Results and Comment

Ride of the Week* Which could it possibly be, other than Evie Richards’ perfect, dominant and victorious performance at her very first World Cyclocross Championships? 18-year-old Evie, from Malvern, was been one of the leading lights at the National Trophy this year, winning at both Ipswich and Bradford – the very different conditions proving she…

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Cyclocross 10.01.16 Never Mind The PolloCX Now here’s an interesting event – not only was the women’s race guaranteed to be women only (“no junior or V50 men,” no matter how many women signed up), the entry fee included a 90-minute women-only coaching session courtesy of the Glasgow Riderz club. That certainly earns NS’s seal…

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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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Gabby Durrin retires… In a blog post on the website of Neon Velo, British cyclist Gabby Durrin has announced she is bringing her 13-year professional career to an end, saying that the effort of running the Neon Velo team – which she created with husband Jeremy Durrin – has left her feeling burnt out. She also talks…

Race results and comment 07-14.12

Further results to come… Cyclocross 13.12 National Trophy #5 – Bradford Seniors/Juniors A far muddier circuit than Round 4 made for tricky conditions, but with far less wind than Ipswich (where gusts hit 50mph) it was all about outright speed rather than tactics. The race got off to a very fast start with Pearl Izumi’s…

Race results and comment 29.11-06.12

The eagle-eyed among you will note that these results are from the last two-and-a-bit weeks, rather than the last week as is Neutral Service’s aim – been a bit busy this week! Ride of the Week – Sophie Wright, National Trophy, 29.11 The Ipswich round was 16-year-old Sophie’s very first appearance in the National Trophy…