Eastern Region RR Championships

British Cycling’s Eastern Region covers almost 18,000 squre kilometres, is home to more than five million people and has a large number of cycling clubs, many of them with plenty of female members, yet this year’s Eastern Women’s Road Race Championships was the first ever held. Last year, Suffolk club CC Sudbury announced that it was…

ICYMI – Women’s Cycling News

Simmonds wins TT Nats, but isn’t going to Rio Hayley Simmonds had a fantastic year last year when she seemed able to set faster times than anyone else on any time trial distance she chose, despite being in the final year of her PhD studies at Cambridge – which culminated in victory at the National…

Results and Comment

29.05.2016 North Bucks Festival Women’s GP A thirteen-strong break made up of victory contenders from all the teams looked set to dominate the race from the first lap, but lost much of its impetus during an accident that could easily have been much, much worse: a group of horseriders, likely in reponse to one of…

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…

Lovelo-Cinelli RR

Back in December, Neutral Service received a Facebook message about a new women’s race due to take place in the British Cycling Central Region the following April. “Apparently you’re pretty pro women’s cycling, particularly racing,” it said; and yes – NS has been known to advocate the sport. “We are putting on a 2/3/4 women’s race, but I’m nervous…

Results and Comment

28.02 Primavera RR Initially planned as a pursuit format race, last-minute logistical issues saw the first ever Primavera (which replaces the Springtime Pursuits, held in the SW for many years) switch to a standard RR format. With a rider like Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (ex-Team Sky, returning from a doping ban) in the men’s E/1/2/3, the women’s…

News

Introducing Team Ford Ecoboost! These days new teams start up every year, some of which immediately have that aura which says they’ll be successful (WNT, for example), others less so. When a new team is run by no less a figure than two-time National Road Series Champion and current National Circuit Race Champ Nikki Juniper,…

Banbury Star RR in pictures

The 72km Banbury Star took place in the rolling countryside of Oxfordshire on the 24th of May and, as part of the 2015 Women’s Team Series, attracted many of the top cyclists in Britain. However, the parcours includes the notorious Knowle climb, also known as Edge Hill and tough enough to be featured in Another 100 Greatest…

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…

This Week’s Races

Learjet in for its MOT so you can’t nip down to Italy for the Giro this weekend? Never mind: there’s plenty of racing right here in the UK and, though none of our events have any climbs to rival the Campitello Matese that the Giro takes in on Saturday, they’ll all be just as much fun….