Revolution Track Cycling Gallery – Round 2 Manchester

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Images from the Revolution Series Round 2, Manchester – 22/11/2014

You can catch up with all the action, TV highlights of Round 2 will be shown on Channel 4 next Saturday morning (29 November) at 06:40 or 07:40 on C4+1 and then will be available to view online on 4OD.

The Revolution Series returns to Manchester on 3rd January 2015. Tickets are available to buy here or by calling See Tickets on 0844 412 4650.

Tickhill GP Giant Sheffield Women’s Elite 1/2/3 Gallery

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GIANT SHEFFIELD WOMENS ELITE 1/2/3
1. TANYA GRIFFITHS                 Starley Primal Pro Cycling
2. GRACE GARNER                    RST Racing Team
3. HANNAH WALKER                Epic Cycles – Scott WRT
4. MELISSA                                   Matrix Fitness Vulpine
5. LOUISE BORTHWICK            Matrix Fitness Vulpine
6. NICOLA JUNIPER                   Team Echelon
7. CHA JOINER                            PEARL IZUMI Sports Tours International
8. GABRIELLA SHAW                  PEARL IZUMI Sports Tours International
9. CHARLOTTE BROUGHTON   MG Decor
10. KAYLEIGH BROGAN             Team Thomsons Cycles

Tickhill GP Giant Sheffield Women’s Cat 3/4 Race Gallery

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GIANT SHEFFIELD WOMENS CAT 3/4
1. Fiona Hunter Johnston
2. Kirsty Boak   –   Marton Race Team
3. Ann Walsham   –   Womens Cycling Sheffield Race Team
4. Charlotte Parnham   –   Womens Cycling Sheffield Race Team
5. Samantha Verrill   –   Marton Race Team
6. Jenny Eastham   –   Airedale Olympic Cycling Club
7. Natasha Morrison   –   MG Decor
8. Sophie Enever   –   Tyneside Vagabonds Cycling Club
9. Lindsay Atkinson-Wright   –   Albarosa Cycling Club
10. Elisa McDonagh   –   Team WNT

Ryedale GP Women’s Road Race 2014

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Round Eight in the Women’s Road Race Series – Ryedale Grand Prix incorporating the BC Junior Women’s National Road Race Championship.

 

Pre Race

Round Eight of the Women’s Road Series is the Ryedale Grand Prix, based around the Ampleforth Abbey Grounds, in North Yorkshire. The course has been used over the years for the National Championships and consists of two loops that pass through the grounds of the Sport College and the Start/ Finish area, allowing the spectators to follow the progression of the race as it develops.

This year’s edition incorporates the British Cycling Junior Women’s Road Race Championships with-in the senior race, and covers around thirty-nine miles.

 

Race

A nine-thirty start on a muggy, misty and slightly damp course saw the girls away safely up the switch-back climb in-front of the Abbey and onto the main road. A two kilometre neutralised zone got the girls through the town of Ampleforth where they swung left and onto the main climb across the Yearsley Moor to start the race. A high pace up the first ascent saw four or five girls dropped straight away. The course then turned to the right before Yearsley, and the girls headed out towards Oulston for the first of two large circuits.

It wasn’t long before a couple of minor falls split the peloton, and as the pace was kept high, the peloton once again fragmented.

Heading left at Gilling East and back through to the Sports Grounds at the Abbey for the first circuit, Series Leader Nicola Juniper made a small attack and gained four or five seconds lead. The peloton had strung-out on the approach to the Rugby Fields, but at the right, then left-hand pinch point, the slippery surface brought panic to the chasing girls as several slid across the surface and brought the group to an almost stand-still.

Chains un-tangled, and a quick brush-down, it was going to be a hard chase for the peloton to catch Juniper, who had ridden up through the start/ finish area un-aware of the hold-up behind her and to a lead of around sixty-seconds.

Looking back, further around the course, Juniper had realised that no-one was there, and decided to dig-in and time trial the rest of the race.

The peloton chased hard, but Juniper’s lead grew, and in the end, she rode to a solo victory.

Eyes were then on the sprint to the line and more importantly the first three Juniors, vying for the National Championships Jersey. It was no surprise to see Bethany Haywood, Matrix Fitness Vulpine glued to the wheels of Laura Massey, Epic Cycles who lead the bunch in for second place. Emma Grant rode in to forth, Elizabeth Holden in to fifth and Silver for the juniors. Amy Gornall, RST Racing rode in to eighth place to secure her Bronze Medal.

 

 

Race Results

 

  1. Nicola Juniper – Team Echelon Rotor
  2. Laura Massey – Epic Cycles Scott WRT
  3. Bethany Haywood – Matrix Fitness Vulpine (J)
  4. Emma Grant – Tibco To The Top
  5. Elizabeth Holden – RST Racing (J)
  6. Rebecca Womersley – Wyndymilla Reynolds
  7. Rebecca Rimmington – Merlin Cycles
  8. Amy Gornall – RST Racing (J)
  9. Jane Barr – Velocity 44 Stirling
  10. Jennifer Hudson – VC ST Raphael
  11. Elizabeth Malins – Fusion Development RT
  12. Ellie Campbell – Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science
  13. Alexie Shaw – Epic Cycles Scott WRT
  14. Gabriella Nordin – Pedal Power RT
  15. Sophie Falkner – Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science(J)
  16. Eve Dixon – Team 22
  17. Abigail Dentus – Team De Ver (J)
  18. Natalie Grinczer – Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science
  19. Rebecca Nixon – Dundee Thistle CC
  20. Abby Mae Parkinson – RST Racing (J)
  21. Vanessa Whitfield – VC ST Raphael
  22. Karen Poole – GB Cycles
  23. Chloe Fraser – Deeside Thistle CC
  24. Cassie McGoldrick – Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science
  25. Louise Burnie – Loughborough Students CC
  26. Maisie Duckworth – Wolverhampton Wheelers (J)
  27. Lauren Obrien – RST Racing (J)
  28. Iona Sewell – GB Cycles
  29. Nicola Soden – GB Cycles
  30. Helen McKay – Look Mum No Hands!
  31. Ashleigh Fraser – Deeside Thistle CC (J)
  32. Emily Middleditch – Deeside Thistle CC
  33. Clover Murray – Braintree Velo Cycle Racing Club
  34. Lucy Harper – Bike Pure LeMond Aspire (J)
  35. Alexandra Sheehan – Merlin Cycles (J)

 

British Cycling Junior Women’s National Road Race Championships

 

Gold: Bethany HaywoodMatrix Fitness Vulpine

Silver: Elizabeth HoldenRST Racing Team

Bronze: Amy GornallRST Racing Team

 

Women’s Road Race Standings after Round Eight

 

1 Nicola Juniper – 274 – Team Echelon

2 Gabriella Shaw  – 140 – Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

3 Katie Archibald – 135 – Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

4 Dame Sarah Storey – 110 – Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

5 Laura Trott – 101 – Wiggle Honda

6 Molly Weaver – 96 – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

7 Laura Massey – 93 – Epic Cycles – Scot WRT

8 Hannah Walker – 77 – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

9 Bethany Hayward – 76 – Matrix Fitness Vulpine

10 Danielle King – 64 – Wiggle Honda

11 Gillian Taylor – 62 – Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science

11 Rebecca Womersley – 62 – Wyndymilla Reynolds

13 Grace Garner – 58 – RST Racing Team

14 Alexie Shaw – 57 – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

15 Elinor Barker – 55 – Wiggle Honda

15 Rebecca Rimmington – 55 – Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa

17 Lydia Boylan – 50 – Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa

17 Jessie Walker – 50 – Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

19 Elizabeth Holden – 48 – RST Racing Team

20 Abigail Dentus – 46 – Team de Ver

 

Nicola Juniper (Team Echelon) is the 2014 Women’s Road Race Series Champion.

Results by British Cycling

The final race in the current season is the Stafford GP and Kermesse, on Friday 1st – Saturday 2nd August.

 

Round 6 – Women’s Road Race Series – Pinsent Masons Otley Grand Prix

Pre Race:

Round Six of the Women’s Road Series

Lizzie Armitstead returns home to race in this year’s Women’s Otley Grand Prix.

Local girl Lizzie who rides on the continent for Boels Dolmans Cycling Team returns to participate in this year’s event. Preparing herself now for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at the end of the month, has tapered her training towards that Gold Medal whilst her team mates ride this year’s Giro Rosa.

The Tour De France passes through Oltey on stage one just after the Grand Depart, so this year’s event is extra special with many events planned on the run up to 5th July.

Series leader Nicola Juniper is down to ride, but Katie Archibald isn’t listed to start the race. Third in the series Laura Trott has been entered into the race along with fourth place Gabby Shaw, who’s hungry for the title.

 

Race

A late afternoon start to the race in the presence of Tour De France Legend Bernard Hinault, and Le Tour Director Christian Pruhomme with over ten thousand spectators lining the course got underway with Series Leader Nicola Juniper at the head of race.

Taking over the lead, to the delight of the crowd was Armitstead by lap two.  Getting in on the action behind Lizzie was Pearl Izumi’s Gaby Shaw, not fazed by the crowds shouting.

Armitstead was using her strength and ability to ride hard on the front, with similar tactics to last weekend’s Nationals. The field had grew in length and by lap four had split into at least four groups.

A few attacks had been tried, even with the high pace, but Armitstead was joined at the front by Pearl Izumi’s Dame Helen Storey. Juniper (Team Echelon) was beginning to get distanced in group two on the road along with her closest rival Gaby Shaw. Wiggle Honda’s Laura Trott hadn’t taken a start in this race, nor her team mate Elinor Barker.

By lap six, the pair had extended their lead to twenty-six seconds, and that extended to forty-seven seconds by lap eight.

Towards the last few laps, they seemed to be the beginnings of a chase, and the leaders began lapping the field. But as the bell lap approached, Armitstead and Storey were well clear.

Coming into the final straight, Lizzy Armistead had plenty of time to check behind and prepare herself for the cruise across the line, arms aloft. Storey then arrived and waived to the applauding crowd as she cross the line in second.

The lapped field then crossed the line, before the next group with Juniper and Shaw both sprinting for third position. Gaby Shaw had though that she had done enough of a sprint to beat Juniper, and seemed quite pleased that she had got third place, but Juniper kept accelerating across the line to clinch the third place, denying Shaw from narrowing the series lead between them both.

 

 

Race Result

1 Elizabeth Armitstead (Boels Dolmans) 37-41

2 Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) at 16sec

3 Nicola Juniper (Echelon Rotor) at 2-14

4 Gaby Shaw (Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International) at same time

5 Abby-Mae Parkinson (RST Racing Team)

6 Anna Walker (Epic Cycles-Scott)

7 Melissa Lowther (Matrix Fitness-Vulpine)

8 Elizabeth Holden (RST Racing Team)

9 Jessie Walker (Matrix Fitness-Vulpine)

10 Delia Beddis (Les Filles RT) all same time

 

 

Women’s Road Race Standings after Round Six

1 Nicola Juniper139Team Echelon

2 Katie Archibald 135Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

3 Laura Trott 101Wiggle Honda

4 Gabriella Shaw 80Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

5 Danielle King 64Wiggle Honda

6 Grace Garner 58RST Racing Team

7 Elinor Barker 55Wiggle Honda

8 Lydia Boylan50Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa

9 Alexie Shaw 49Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

10 Abigail Dentus 42Team de Ver

11 Molly Weaver 40Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

11 Lowri Devey 40Abergavenny RC

13 Megan Barker 37M&D Cycles/Scimitar Sports/Fusion Sports RT

14 Jessie Walker36Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

15 Jo Tindley33Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

16 Amy Roberts 31Wiggle Honda

16 Chloe Frazer31Deeside Thistle

18 Hannah Walker 29Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

19 Hayley Jones 28Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

19 Harriet Owen 28Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

19 Rebecca Womersley 28WyndyMilla – Reynolds

19 Anna Christian28Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

 

Nicola Juniper extends her lead in the Women’s Road Race Series after round six.

The odds are getting more favourable now for Juniper to carry the title to the end, as sadly, the Sheffield Grand Prix mid week race later in July has just been cancelled due to lack of entrants.

 

 

 

Results by British Cycling

Women’s Road Race Standings TBC

 

The next round of the Women’s Road Race Series is the Essex Giro 2day 12-13 July.

 

Round Five Women’s Road Race Series – Curlew Cup

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Pre Race

Round Five of the Women’s Road Series returned to Northumberland for the third edition of the Curlew Cup. Won initially by Dame Sarah Storey in 2012, then Hannah Barnes in 2013, it follows the course of the Men’s Beaumont Trophy, but usually only on the smaller of the two circuits of Thirteen miles.

This year the Women’s event incorporates one of the larger twenty-two mile circuits that take’s in the double stepped Ryals climb on the last of the four circuits. If the race reaches here in a group, then it’s surely going to be the key point in the race. After the climb, it’s then a flat final run of around four miles to the finish line in Stamfordham.

 

Race

A sunny 9.15am start for the girls in Stamfordham. Only forty or so riders took to the start line (out of seventy-six registered).

Series Leader Nicola Juniper (Team Echelon) and her closest rival Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) were the focus for the day. No Wiggle Honda ladies present in this round, but still plenty of quality riders from Matrix Fitness Vulpine, Epic Cycles Scott WRT and Velosport Pasta Montegrappa to name but a few.

Team Jadan continue their development with Sam Thoy and Annabel Sill riding the course and the National Series for the first time.

A neutralised first climb out of Stamfordham, saw the girls safely away. Sat on the back where Pearl Izumi’s Katie Archibald & Dame Sarah Storey.

Forty minutes later the group returned and were still all intact. Archibald and (Charline) Joiner headed the group, and series leader Nicola Juniper close at hand.

It was clear that Juniper’s objective was to mark any moves by Archibald, whose Pearl Izumi team mates including Joiner (returning to road racing for the first time since her training accident in Spain), were going to make it hard and use their numbers to control the race. Joiner took the first prime of the race.

On the third climb out of Stamfordham, Epic Cycles started to make a move but nothing really came of it. Joiner once again took the prime.

On the final small lap out of Stamfordham, it was Velosport Pasta Monegrappa’s turn to escape from the group and try and form a working group. But once again they were brought back together. Joiner took the final prime in the race.

Around the backside of the course as the pace increased, the field then began to split, and coming back into Stamfordham for the final large Ryals lap, the group had split in half with smaller pockets of riders trailing behind. This was where the race began to form.

With the main contenders all in the leading group, now down to about twenty, Pearl Izumi began to take control.

As the Ryals approached, the field were reduced further, to around eight riders.

It was Dame Helen Storey that cranked the pace to full gas, for the last run into Stamfordham. This left team-mate and GC contender Archibald a clear path to sprint for the finish line.

Series leader Juniper wasn’t going to let her get away easily and followed her in to a close second. Third on the day went to Matrix Fitness Vulpine’s Jessie Walker, just ahead of both Gemma Neill and Gabby Shaw.

 

Reflection

Things nearly went horribly wrong for Series Leader Nicola Juniper who’s car broke-down on route, and left her One-Hundred and Fifty miles short of where she wanted to be!

I spoke to Nicola after the race and asked her about her thoughts on the season so far.

She had won the first Series race, the Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir in a two girl sprint, up to the finish line, against Alexi Shaw (Epic Cycles Scott WRT), she had come fourth, in round two; the Cheshire Classic with another climb to the finish.

She spoke about being pleased that she still had the lead. She had done her homework and knew that there was a two point difference between first and second positions, so her objective was to mark her closest rival (Archibald) today. It’s no secret that the Pearl Izumi girls and the Wiggle Honda girls want to use their team tactics to take the overall series, Nicola said they would have to work for it, if that’s what they wanted to do. She was going to chip away at the remaining rounds, but wouldn’t be disappointed if one on the younger girls took away the lead.

She has great admiration for both Katie and Laura, her closest rivals. They’re both “World Class” athletes she pointed out, “They both ride the track, and the road”. “I’m getting older,” she laughed. “As long as I’m riding my bike, I’m quite happy”. And when talking to the other girls about racing, they all show the same passion.

Nicola told me her objectives this year were to do a ten, and a twenty (Time Trial, that is), and the Nocturne that she won a week or so ago! So has good reason to be ‘quite happy’ with things at the moment.

Nicola is down to ride the Otley GP on Wednesday 2nd July for round six. It looks like she will be up against Laura Trott who’s lying third so far, no Katie Archibald on the entry list yet.

There are another five rounds to go in the series, a couple of two-days and a couple of circuit races. The next race in the North here, is the Ryedale GP out of Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, on Sunday 20th July. It includes the National Junior Women’s Road Race Championships.

Nicola Juniper retains her lead in the Women’s Road Race Series after round five, but Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International’s Katie Archibald is closing-in, in second place. Wiggle Honda’s Laura Trott remains in third place.

 

Race Result

1 Katie Archibald  2:24.35 – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

2 Nicola Juniper  0.01 – Team Echelon

3 Jessie Walker  0.01 – Matrix Fitness Vulpine

4 Gemma Neill  0.01 – Un-attached

5 Gabby Shaw  0.01 – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

6 Alexi Shaw  0.01 – Epic Cylcles Scott WRT

7 Rebecca Rimmington  0.03 – Merlin Cycles

8 Julie Erskine  0.03 – Velosport

9 Anna Ewing  0.03 – VW Breda

10 Jane Barr  0.03 – Velocity

11 Anna Christian  0.04 – WyndyMilla Reynolds

12 Chloe Frazer  0.04 – Deeside Thistle

13 Emma Grant  0.05 – Tibco

14 Lucy Coldwell  0.05 – Velosport

15 Dame Sarah Storey  0.12 – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

16 Hannah Walker 0.52 – Epic Cycles Scott WRT

17 Lauren Creamer  0.52 – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

18 Elizabeth Holden  0.53 – RST Racing Team

19 Charline Joiner  0.53 – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

20 Eve Dixon 0.53 – Team 22

35 Sam Thoy 15.21 – Team Jadan

36 Annabel Sill  15.21 – Team Jadan

 

Prime Charline JoinerPearl Izumi Sports Tours International

Ave Speed 32.476 Kph

 

Women’s Road Race Standings after Round Five

1 Nicola Juniper – 139 – Team Echelon

2 Katie Archibald – 135 – Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

3 Laura Trott – 101 – Wiggle Honda

4 Gabriella Shaw – 80 – Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

5 Danielle King – 64 – Wiggle Honda

6 Grace Garner – 58 – RST Racing Team

7 Elinor Barker – 55 – Wiggle Honda

8 Lydia Boylan – 50 – Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa

9 Alexie Shaw – 49 – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

10 Abigail Dentus – 42 – Team de Ver

11 Molly Weaver – 40 – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

11 Lowri Devey – 40 – Abergavenny RC

13 Megan Barker – 37 – M&D Cycles/Scimitar Sports/Fusion Sports RT

14 Jessie Walker – 36 – Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

15 Jo Tindley – 33 – Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

16 Amy Roberts – 31 – Wiggle Honda

16 Chloe Frazer – 31 – Deeside Thistle

18 Hannah Walker – 29 – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

19 Hayley Jones – 28 – Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International

19 Harriet Owen – 28 – Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

19 Rebecca Womersley – 28 – WyndyMilla – Reynolds

19 Anna Christian – 28 – Epic Cycles – Scott WRT

 

Results by British Cycling

Women’s Road Race Standings TBC

The next round of the Women’s Road Race Series is the Otley GP on Wednesday 2nd July.

 

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