CC London’s Hog with the Occasional Hill #3

Round 3 of CC London’s Hog with the Occasional Hill – so called because the riders climb the short but steep Hoggenberg hill once every fifteen minutes (or so) rather than on every lap, thus making the race winnable by non-climbers – took place on the 6th of May at the Redbridge Cycling Centre, and…

Julie Erskine joins Team OnForm

Hot on the heels of their announcement that Clover Murray had joined OnForm, the Essex-based team has also taken on Scottish rider Julie Erskine, Hailing from the city of Aberdeen, Julie’s cycling career began in 2011 when she achieved good results in a number of time trials and the following year she began riding track…

Clover Murray joins Team OnForm

Neutral Service Exclusive New team OnForm, which held its official launch at Writtle College in Chelmsford two weeks ago, has announced that Clover Murray has joined their women’s team line-up. The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most promising young riders in British women’s cycling – while 2016 didn’t bring her any victories, she…

Women’s Team Series 2017 – Round 1 (Redbridge)

There are many ways to know Spring has arrived, and three of the best-known ways are ages old: countryfolk have for centuries watched for the appearance of bluebells, townfolk since ancient times have known as soon as more than 50% of all space in the supermarkets is full of Easter eggs and, since time (almost) immemorial, women’s…

Ten Minutes With… Sian Botteley

20-year-old Sian Bottelely was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire, where she’s still based, and has been riding seriously and racing for five years. She started picking up good results in her first year with a win at Darley Moor and Redbridge, followed by more wins and podium places before she joined Starley Racing for 2014 and…

Ten Minutes With… Gemma Sargent

Neutral Service loves Gemma Sargent because she’s one of those riders who always seems to be up there near the front, attacking again and again on the climbs, getting into the thick of the action and generally animating the race. Yet, as is often the way with the most aggressive riders, off the bike she’s one…

Ten Minutes With… Alicia Speake

When and how did you first get into cycling? Sadly, I didn’t take up cycling at a young age; it was more a case of stumbling upon it by signing up for a charity challenge in my late 20s whilst working as a city solicitor. I was a spin devotee and thought “how hard and different can…

2016/17 Teams and Transfers

Yes, it’s that time of year again when new teams appear, old teams disappear, riders are strongly rumoured to be joining one team then join another (or remain with their old team) and I get a headache from trying to keep up with it all. NS is expecting more news from more teams very soon,…