WERL Race Training

Race training days are invaluable for people taking up competitive cycling for the first time – taking place on a dedicated, bikes-only track away from traffic there’s no better way to learn techniques, race etiquette and how to ride in a bunch – but they’re also very useful for more experienced riders at this time of year, when skills may have become rusty during the off-season. The two examples organised by the Women’s Eastern Racing League in 2015, overseen by British Cycling coach Huw Williams with a selection of expert riders on hand to give good advice out on the track, proved enormously successful and sold out.


“Really great fun, learnt lots of new technical skills, feel more confident on my bike now, feel more confident in group riding skills,” Beth Rose Parker from Suffolk. Natasha Pack, of Hoddesdon Tri Club, was equally happy: “Race training with WERL was an ideal opportunity to dip into road racing in a safe, controlled environment. The coaching was inclusive, and insightful from the drills, how to move through the bunch to mock races and basics of physical conditioning. I turned up super nervous, and left booking a race the following weekend,” she told NS.

The first WERL training session of 2016 will take place at the Redbridge Cycling Centre (IG6 3HP) on the 3rd of March. Places at the session cost £20, for which riders will receive four hours of instruction. It’s worth every penny!

“There is no minimum speed, for this session, so don’t think you won’t be fast enough!”


Jadan-Weldtite and Drops launch at the Bike Show

12746384_791237630981739_1376417374_nBeing Britain’s most newly-registered UCI squad, Drops Cycling Team’s official launch was much in the limelight at the London Bike Show and, as everyone who knows anything about Drops expected, the team didn’t disappoint – Bob Varney and his riders know how to put on a show. Check their Facebook for photos and more.

However, they weren’t the only team to launch at the Show: Jadan-Weldtite, which has secured new backing and as a result been able to grow, also presented thirteen riders – Lorna Bowler, Elizabeth Burrows, Rhona Callander, Laura Cheesman, Charlotte Colclough, Charlotte Dalton, Jenny Holl, Eve Martin, Jen McAndrew, Ellen McDermott, Charlotte Parnham, Louise Scupham and Olivia Tomlinson.

Jadan were a successful team through 2015 and, with their focus on developing both their own riders and British women’s cycling, have become enormously popular with the sport’s fans – keep an eye out for them at the races this year.


Ask a (Matrix-Corley) Olympian

“How do you deal with the nerves?” How much prep is psychological and how much physical?” “How big a slice of cake will you eat the evening after you win gold?”


It’s not every day you get the chance to question an Olympic cyclist, but today is one of those days when you do. Ask Laura Trott (pictured), Elinor Barker, Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall anything you want about their preparations for Rio or the Games themselves

So if you were offered a chance to ask an athlete a question or two as they prepare for the 2016 Games, what would you ask?

That’s not a rhetorical question – Matrix-Corley, home to Olympians Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Lora Turnham and Corrine Hall, are giving women’s cycling fans the chance to come up with questions for a series of interviews as the riders prepare to go to Rio. Simply fill out the contact form below, and keep an eye on the team’s website to see if your question is chosen.


CC Hackney want your Sainsbury vouchers


Connie Hayes, seen here racing at the National Trophy in Milton Keynes last month, is one of several young riders supported by CC Hackney. Help them keep up their good work by sending them your Sainsbury vouchers

Shop in Sainsbury but don’t have a use for the Active Kids vouchers they give you? Well, it’s not only schools that can use them towards the purchase of new sports equipment. Clubs registered with the scheme can too, and one of those clubs is CC Hackney – which supports a number of young riders, girls and boys, across a range of cycling disciplines. Among other activities, the club runs a popular girls-only Saturday morning course, designed to boost confidence and give young riders the skills they need to start racing – a very fine example of grassroots investment in the future of women’s cycling!

If you don’t know anyone at the club, you can send vouchers to them at 6 Olympus Sq. Nightingale Estate London E5 8PL. They’ll be put to a very good use.






Jenny Powell (image: EliteVelo-Kalas)

EliteVelo-Kalas rider Jenny Powell has been voted Gloucester Sports Personality of the Year – more proof that there are people outside the world of women’s cycling who pay attention to the sport. See Jenny’s interview, in which she talks about how she got into cycling, here. There’s much more news on the team, including Alice Staniford’s third place at LoveCrossed,

The legendary On The Drops/Matrix Fitmess p/b Corley Cycles team are off for their annual training camp in Limoux (why Limoux?). Follow the team on Facebook to keep up to date – and enjoy their photos of the stunning French commune and surrounding countryside.

RPVisionIf you’ve got a really nice new team kit to show off to the world, you may as well go somewhere nice to get some decent photos – so that’s what RP-Vision did, jetting off to Spain for a training camp. See their photos here.

Meanwhile, WNT went to Austria for a post-launch team-building skiing trip. See their photos on Facebook.

Every year, Sarah Connolly (perhaps better known in her role as women’s cycling advocate as “Pigeons”) produces a fabulous poll in which fans decide on their favourite team kit. In Round 1, she featured the teams which will take part in the Women’s World Tour; in Round 2 she features a selection of “the best of the rest” – which includes six British teams and is therefore included here. Cast your vote on Sarah’s blog.

WISIf you’re in Leeds on the 3rd of March, Women in Sport: Taking On The World looks like being an interesting event: “Join us for a panel discussion with inspiring sportswomen, followed by a Q+A. Through stories, experiences, and athletic journeys, we hope to foster an interactive debate surrounding the challenges faced by women in sport in 2016. We’ll cover topics such as role models, sponsorship/prize money inequalities and the media coverage of women’s sports. As part of the registration, we invite you to ask your own question, which we will put to the panellists – the floor is yours!”  Tickets are just £4; get yours here.