Essex Giro

Saturday 23rd April saw the Essex Giro, the second round of the HSBC British Cycling National Women’s Road Series, held on a course taking in the villages of Thurlow, Great Wratting and Withersfield in the county of Suffolk. The twelve laps of this shortish course were to be ridden for a total race distance of 95km….

Ipswich Spring Scramble 2017

Just before 1.30pm 42 riders set off under grey skies from Gosbeck Village Hall into the blustery winds that would help shape the days racing. Once on to the course proper there was little action on the first half of the lap – the occasional attack was soon closed down and the peloton was soon…

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…

Gemma Sargent’s Banbury Star RR Report

2015’s Banbury Star Road Race was an early season highlight, with plenty of climbing including the three ascents of Knowle Hill adding up to a total height gain of 1,279m (194m more than an ascent of Snowdon) proving to be a tough test. The winner was Nikki Juniper, who was then with Giordana-Triton but is…

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…

Spanish Junior Championships

Neutral Service is, of course, all about British women’s cycling. Bizkaia-Durango press officer Marcos Marín’s report on the Spanish National Junior Championships is, obviously, not about British women’s cycling – but since the aim of this site is to cover news that doesn’t get covered elsewhere and by doing so try to help women’s cycling…

Isla Rush at the Jeugtour Assen

Text © Isla Rush; race photos © Steve Rush Jeugdtour Assen (“youth tour Assen”) is one of the biggest youth and junior events in Europe, if not the world. It’s definitely one of the highlights of my year as it offers some incredible race experience and the opportunity to race abroad – a completely different…

The Milk Race – in pictures

Laura Trott went to the Milk Race in 2014 with her then team Wiggle-Honda but, despite the team’s efforts to propel her to victory (Charlotte Becker, after leading Laura to the finish, was third; Elinor Barker, Dani King, Amy Roberts and Anna Schnitzmeier were all top ten), she was pipped to the post by the lightning-quick…

Regional Championships

South-East Cambridge’s Laura Massey, who rides for the Ikon-Mazda team, won on the 80km parcours at Warninglid in West Sussex with Detta Guerini (London Dynamo) in second. However, as Laura and Detta are residents of the Eastern Region (which does not have a women’s championships), the title went to third-place Bella Leach of London Dynamo. The…

Susie’s Circuit Races Report and Photos

Racing Club Omega’s E/1/2/3/4 Susie’s Circuit Races at Castle Combe in Wiltshire on Sunday the 19th proved a popular choice for riders with around 40 women lining up on the start line to begin the 40km event. Despite a high average speed throughout the race, attacks were numerous. With Velosport having the largest number of…