Nikki Juniper wins Ryedale GP as team mate Abby-Mae Parkinson wins Junior Championship
Giordana-Triton made Sunday’s Ryedale GP their own with four riders in the top six – including Nikki Juniper, who took first place to further cement the overall victory she’s already won in the 2015 Women’s Road Championship, and Abby-Mae Parkinson who accompanied her in a two-rider breakaway to take second place and win the National Junior Championship that forms a part of this race. Elizabeth Holden and Annasley Park were fifth and sixth.
Numerous attempts to break away, including a notable effort by Jo Tindley (WNT), Park and Elizabeth-Jane Harris (Army Cycling Union) which found an advantage for a while of 16″, were doomed to come to nothing due to bad weather leaving parts of the hilly 63km parcours treacherously slippery and causing several crashes. Juniper had to call on her bike handling skills as well as her ability to launch devastating attacks on the toughest sectors in order to secure her second consecutive Ryedale victory. The attack came on the longest climb during the last of the two long laps and with nobody other than Parkinson willing to chase Juniper as she sped away it was clear that the outcome had been as good as decided before the duo began the last shorter lap. Having assisted her younger team mate all the way, Juniper proved she races for the sheer love of it when despite having no need to do so she sprinted away to the finish line.
2015 Ryedale GP Top 20
1 Nikki Juniper (Giordana-Triton; Elite) 60pts
2 Abby-Mae Parkinson (Giordana-Triton; Cat. 2) 52pts
3 Rebecca Nixon (Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science; Cat. 1) 45pts
4 Laura Massey (Ikon-Mazda; Elite) 40pts
5 Elizabeth Holden (Giordana-Triton; Cat. 2) 35pts
6 Annasley Park (Giordana-Triton; Cat. 2) 31pts
7 Alice Cobb (Racing Chance Foundation; Cat. 2) 27pts
8 Henrietta Colborne (Beacon Wheelers; Cat. 1) 23pts
9 Natalie Grinczer (Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science; Cat. 1) 20pts
10 Julie Erskine (IKON-Mazda; Cat. 1) 17pts
11 Hannah Payton (Corley-Drops.cc; Cat. 2) 15pts
12 Elizabeth-Jane Harris (Army Cycling Union; Cat. 1) 13pts
13 Bex Rimmington (Racing Chance Foundation; Cat. 1) 11pts
14 Emma Rata (Bonito Squadra Corse; Cat. 3) 9pts
15 Gabriella Leveridge (Velosure-Starley Primal; Cat. 2) 7pts
16 Ellie Campbell (Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science; Cat. 3) 6pts
17 Charlotte Colclough (Jadan; Cat. 2) 5pts
18 Emma Cockcroft (Bikeshed-Exeter University; Cat. 2) 3pts
19 Jennifer Hudson (Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science; Cat. 2) 2pts
20 Lydia Boylan (WNT; Cat. 1) 1pt
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1 Bex Rimmington (Cat. 1) 10
2 Frances White (Jadan; Cat. 2) 8
3 Charlotte Gibson (Sportcity Velo; Cat. A) 7
4 Gemma Sargent (Racing Chance Foundation; Cat. 2) 6
5 Louise Burnie (GB Cycles.co.uk; Cat. 3) 5
6 Jess Atkinson (Team 22; Cat. 2) 4
7 Gabrielle Duckworth (Lune RCC; Cat. 2) 3
8 Lindsey Styler (Racing Chance Foundation; Cat. 3) 2
9 Claire Rutherford (Team Wheelguru; Cat. 2) 1
10 Laura Morgan (PH Mas-VCUK; Cat. 4) 1
Brits at the Tour de Bretagne
Nine-time British Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman, riding for the Matrix Pro Cycling team owned and managed by her husband Stef, was the top British rider in the 26th edition of the Tour de Bretagne Féminin. Helen finished in 60th place overall, with a disadvantage of 26’26” to Ilaria Sanguineti who won by almost a minute after retaining her General Classification lead ever since victory in Stage 1.
Matrix’s best rider was Kimberley Le Court of Mauritius, who finished in 43rd place overall with a disadvantage of 9’10”.
DNF Lucy Shaw (Matrix Pro Cycling)
Brits at the BeNe Women’s Tour
Leicestershire’s Lucy Garner was the top British rider in the General Classification at the BeNe Women’s Tour, taking 20th place overall. Garner also achieved the best British stage result, taking second 12″ behind Stage 3 winner Alison Tetrick of Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.
Jolien D’hoore, of British team Wiggle-Honda, won the General Classification with an overall time of 7h39′.
Brits in the General Classification
20 Lucy Garner (Jonge Renner Liv-Plantur/Mixed) +1’22”
30 Claire Thomas (Isorex) +1’33”
61 Genevieve Whitson (Swabo) +2’19”
83 Amy Roberts (Wiggle-Honda) +10’59”
Tour de Yorkshire will include “proper” women’s race
It’s easy to become disillusioned when you’re a women’s cycling fan who refuses to sit down, shut up and stop shouting your demands for the riders to get a better deal – they still don’t get paid properly (or at all), they still race for lower prizes than the men in many events, sponsors are still reluctant and there still isn’t a women’s Tour de France… however, sometimes sympathetic ears listen: following criticism that the women’s race at this year’s inaugural edition was little more than a “token crit” (an accusation that, although the parcours was much longer than a crit at 20km, was not unjustifiable – the women raced four laps of the circuit, while the men raced three point-to-point stages), the organisation has announced that the 2016 edition will feature a “proper” women’s race, with the biggest prize pot in the sport.