HSBC-UK Woman’s National Road Series 2017 | Ryedale Grand Prix

HSBC-UK Woman’s National Road Series 2017 | Ryedale Grand Prix

Massey wins the final HSBC-UK National Women’s Road Series event, the Ryedale Grand Prix.

Laura Massey, Drops Pro Cycling powered up-to the finish line in the grounds of Ampleforth Abbey and College just ahead of Alice Sharpe, NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli and the overall Series Winner Lizzy Banks, Storey Racing in a thrilling climax to the ninth and final round in the Road Series.

Sixty-one riders took the start-line in the 2017 edition of the Ryedale GP, one of the toughest courses in the calendar.

Missing from the start list was second place in the Series, Melissa Lowther, Team Breeze who was away racing in Europe prior to today’s race, and Banks only rival close enough to steal her glory.

Massey had started a little further back, but moved up into second after today’s win and furthermore securing the Team classification for Drops Pro Cycling at the same time.

The first and only real move of the day came on the second lap of the big circuit when Steph Mottram, NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli went clear on the climb to Yearsley and quickly established a thirty-five second lead.

With no reaction from the peloton, Mottram found herself out-front and alone with her lead extending every pedal stroke and by the thirty-six kilometre marker had extended to fifty seconds.

Starting the first of the smaller laps, Mottram’s lead had grown to one-forty-two reaching the fifty-kilometer-marker out of ninety-four-point-one kilometre race.

The gap remained around the one-thirty mark for the second small circuit before the signs of small attacks began and the peloton split with seventeen riders breaking free including the usual favourites’ and four members of Storey Racing.

Mottram took the bell with her lead diminishing and Chanel Mason, Storey Racing whom had held the Series lead at one point clipped off the front briefly.

With only five kilometres remaining it was the end of Mottram’s lead being caught on the final climb, opening up the opportunity for one of the chasing bunch to claim the race win, and as they sped towards the drag up towards the Abbey only the strongest rider would seal the victory.

Interview – Lizzy Banks at Ryedale GP 2017 – National Series Winner by Cycling Shorts

Lizzy Banks of Storey Racing chats to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after taking the National Series Title. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

“The girl was off the front and she was really going well, she had two minutes at one point. But it was windy out there and five laps it’s going to take its toll.

I think the peloton was being fairly patient, her team doing some of the work.”

“It got a bit frisky on that last lap, there were a few attacks, but I just followed their wheel and then the uphill-kick. I can do that”.

Laura Massey

Race Winner, Drops Pro Cycling

CS: Steph spent most of the race out front, alone.

“I needed an extra 7K didn’t I”.

“I was only moving out of the way for the motorbike on the hill, and then I had a gap. I thought well… I might as well have a go. You just push, don’t you”.

“When I came to the last lap, I thought if I can get up the hill with everything going on, I thought I would be able to hold it.”

“I was hoping at one point (That someone would come across) especially after the first big lap and I had a minute. I was hoping one or two might come join me”.

“This time last year I would of never of managed that”

Steph Mottram

Rider, NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli

CS: Beginning the season you won the Tour of the Wolds. Did you think, come the end of the season you would be here and now wearing the leader’s jersey?

“Once I’d won that it was a real incentive going into the second round, you have the leaders jersey, so be as consistent at as possible – which is something I always aim to do”.

“Then once I had the jersey, I had my eyes on the prize!

It would have been really nice to take the win here today, but Laura was too strong and she played the perfect race. She was on her own, she’s a nice sprinter – credit to her – I was really pleased to get on the podium today in third. A good day’s work all-in-all.”

CS: You switched teams since beginning the season, the support from Storey must really have helped a lot.

“Yeh, absolutely. Just from the first race – the amount I learnt immediately was absolutely amazing. What about thinking about this, about this, (as the team rallied around) and about this? 

Yeh, having the support of the team mates, they are such a strong group of girls and really, really lovely group of girls – and it’s just nice to be part of that. Sarah and Barney just ouse knowledge and yeh, it’s brilliant!”

 

Lizzy Banks

National Series Winner, Storey Racing

Interview – Laura Massey Rydale GP 2017 Winner by Cycling Shorts

Laura Massey of Drops Cycling chats to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after her win at the 2017 Ryedale Grand Prix.

CS: How tough is that final uphill kick to the finish line?

“It’s horrible cos you can see it, and its 300 meters, 250 meters and you have been going for ages! How is it still 200 meters to go? But yeh, it’s hard.” 

Knowing when to go, obviously everyone’s also dying behind you- you have to stay out of the wind”.

“I was sad for her (Steph) when she got caught, I felt I needed to carry on and do something”.

“I was very pleased with my second place result”.

 

Alice Sharpe

sprinted into second place in Ampleforth., NCC Groupe-Kuota-Torelli

1 23 Laura Massey Drops 2:50:40

2 42 Alice Sharpe NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli st

3 49 Elizabeth Banks Storey Racing st

4 53 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Storey Racing +4

5 79 Natalie Grinczer Team WNT st

6 34 Genevieve Whitson Isorex Cycling Team +5

7 16 Julie Erskine Cycle Team OnForm st

8 17 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm st

9 9 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama UK st

10 13 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama UK st

11 78 Gabriella Shaw Team WNT st

12 21 Sian Bottlerly Cycle Team OnForm +10

13 54 Chanel Mason Storey Racing st

14 71 Jennifer Powell Team Ford Ecoboost st

15 4 Rebecca Johnson Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire st

16 30 Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Fierlan +13

17 40 Stephanie Mottram NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli +16

18 50 Bethany Crumpton Storey Racing +17

19 6 Emma Lewis Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire +1:00

20 72 Jo Tindley Team Ford Ecoboost +1:04

21 25 Alana Prior EDCO Continental +1:40

22 19 Gemma Sargent Cycle Team OnForm +1:42

23 46 Amy Gornall Secret-Training.cc +1:49

24 35 Helen Jackson Kendal Cycle Club +4:10

25 83 Rebecca Goodson Velo Schils – Interbike RT +7:02

26 64 Savannah Morgan Team 22 +7:04

27 67 Melissa Brand Team Ford Ecoboost +8:12

28 27 Florence Cox Equipe Flamme Rouge +8:17

29 3 Lauren Humphreys Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire +9:50

30 70 Charmaine Porter Team Ford Ecoboost +9:53

31 18 Amy Hill Cycle Team OnForm +9:56

32 57 Gabriella Nordin SunSport Velo +9:58

33 56 Elizabeth Burrows SunSport Velo +10:00

34 24 Hetty Niblett EDCO Continental +10:06

35 22 Jessica Woodworth Cycle Team OnForm +10:09

36 20 Charlotte Redden Cycle Team OnForm +10:11

37 80 Anna Badegruber Team WNT +10:16

38 51 Monica Dew Storey Racing +10:18

39 38 Rhiannon Gornall NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli +10:22

40 26 Hannah Righini-Brand EDCO Continental +10:27

41 43 Sophie Thackray NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli +13:45

42 74 Lucinda Kerr Team Jadan-Weldtite OTL

43 63 Phoebe Martin Team 22 OTL

44 55 Mercy Webb Storey Racing OTL

45 28 Tina Hartwright Fusion RT Fierlan OTL

46 1 Melissa Greaves All Terrain Cycles Ride In Peac OTL

47 66 Ellie Park Team 22 OTL

1 Drops Pro Cycling 380

2 Storey Racing 329

3 Cycle Team OnForm 308

4 Team WNT 260

5 Team Breeze 205

6 Team Ford Ecoboost 141

7 Bianchi Dama UK 100

8 NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli 68

9 Wiggle High5 63

10 SunSport Velo 60

11 Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 60

12 Strada Sport 47

13 Fusion RT Fierlan 46

14 Isorex Cycling Team 46

15 Team Vision Innovative Leisure 32

16 Team Corley Cycles 29

17 Abergavenny Road Club 29

18 Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin 23

19 Team Vertex-Biemme RT 16

20 EDCO Continental 11

21 Team Jadan-Weldtite 9

22 Team 22 8

23 Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 4

23 Matrix Pro Cycling 4

25 Portsmouth North End CC 3

Individual Points after Round Nine

1 Elizabeth Banks Storey Racing 172

2 Laura Massey Drops 140

3 Melissa Lowther Team Breeze 135

4 Chanel Mason Storey Racing 112

5 Natalie Grinczer Team WNT 107

6 Hannah Payton Drops 101

7 Julie Erskine Cycle Team OnForm 84

8 Sian Botteley Cycle Team OnForm 84

9 Joscelin Lowden Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 76

9 Hayley Simmonds Team WNT 76

11 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Storey Racing 72

12 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm 72

13 Alice Sharpe NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli 68

14 Sophie Wright Strada Sport 61

15 Grace Garner Wiggle High5 56

16 Genevieve Whitson Isorex Cycling Team 54

17 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama UK 53

18 Annasley Park Drops 52

19 Katie Archibald Team WNT 50

20 Emily Nelson Team Breeze 50

21 Jennifer Powell Team Ford Ecoboost 50

22 Charmaine Porter Team Ford Ecoboost 47

23 Rebecca Durrell Drops 44

24 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama UK 42

25 Annabel Simpson Drops 40

26 Rose Osborne Drops 40

27 Jennifer George Storey Racing 35

28 Gabriella Shaw Team WNT 34

29 Jennifer Holden Fusion RT Fierlan 32

30 Ffion James Abergavenny Road Club 31

31 Alice Barnes Drops 30

32 Amy Hill Cycle Team OnForm 30

33 Karla Boddy Team Corley Cycles 29

34 Anna Christian Drops 28

35 Madeleine Gammons Team Vision Innovative Leisure 28

36 Abigail Van Twisk Drops 27

37 Lydia Boylan Team WNT 26

37 Nicola Juniper Team Ford Ecoboost 26

39 Alicia Speake Cycle Team OnForm 25

40 Manon Lloyd Team Breeze 22

41 Charlotte Broughton Team Ford Ecoboost 20

42 Megan Barker Team Breeze 20

43 Eleanor Dickinson Team Breeze 19

44 Rebecca Womersley Drops 18

45 Neah Evans Storey Racing 18

46 Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Fierlan 18

47 Charlotte Redden Cycle Team OnForm 16

48 Lauren Murphy Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin 14

49 Anna Kay EDCO Continental 14

50 Lucy Horrocks Team Vertex-Biemme RT 13

51 Sian Bottlerly Cycle Team OnForm 9

52 Elizabeth Bennett Liv Cycling Club – Epic Coachin 9

53 Becca Carter Team WNT 9

53 Bethany Crumpton Storey Racing 9

55 Savannah Morgan Team 22 8

56 Amy Roberts Wiggle High5 7

56 Rhona Callander Team Jadan-Weldtite 7

58 Rebecca Johnson Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 6

59 Jessica Woodworth Cycle Team OnForm 5

60 Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama UK 5

61 Lorna Bowler Team Backstedt/Hotchillee 4

61 Tamara Davenne Team Vision Innovative Leisure 4

61 Gabriella Nordin SunSport Velo 4

61 Stephanie Mottram NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli 4

61 Amira Mellor Matrix Pro Cycling 4

66 Jessica Finney Portsmouth North End CC 3

66 Bethany Taylor Team Vertex-Biemme RT 3

68 Emma Lewis Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 2

68 Josie Knight Team WNT 2

68 Holly Flannery Team Jadan-Weldtite 2

68 Elizabeth Burrows SunSport Velo 2

68 Eileen Roe Team WNT 2

73 Kelly Murphy Team Ford Ecoboost 1

73 Jo Tindley Team Ford Ecoboost 1

73 Monica Dew Storey Racing 1

73 Bethany Hayward Team Ford Ecoboost 1

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Jadan Press Women’s Circuit Race 2017

Jadan Press Women’s Circuit Race

Sponsored by Jadan Press for Elite 1st, 2nd & 3rd Category Riders

Words & Images by Chris Maher for Cycling Shorts

 

Ellen McDermott wins the forth edition of the Jadan Press Women’s Circuit Race in Beverley, Part of the East Yorkshire Classic weekend ahead of defending champion Gabby Shaw.

Georgia Bullard (Team Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive Le Velo) finished a respectable third after breaking free in the closing stages of the race.

Georgia went away, and Gaby chased her down. I was going to hang onto Gaby’s tail. Said Ellen: Then I realised, hang-on – I can get by Gaby here – she’s not going up the cobbles as fast as I think I can – then I caught Georgia.

Twenty-three riders took part in this year’s race, flagged away by Isobelle after a neutral lap on a beautiful evening in Beverley’s Market Street.

 

Amy Gornall (Secret Training CC) took the first sprint prime before McDermott (EDCO Continental) tried her luck off the front of the peloton on lap five.

They were all back together soon after and the race settled into its pace and the second sprint prime approached.

Lighting up the peloton in Pink and Blue, came a move off the front by Louise Scupham (Team Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive Le Velo). This was enough to take the second prime, also setting the quickest lap time so far at 1.47.735.

Ten laps to go and it was Amy Monkhouse’s (Team Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive Le Velo) turn to pull the group across the line, but no sign’s of team-mate Louise whom had suffered a mechanical.

 

We’ve also got one of our youth riders, who’s got special dispensation tonight to race with the women, and she is only fifteen. That’s Amy [Monkhouse]. I think she’ll do pretty well if I’m honest. They have all got good bike handling skills which a circuit like this needs.

 

Victoria Hood

Race Organiser

Shaw piled on the pressure once more, this time splitting the group in half with seven riders forming the lead group.

(23 Georgia Bullard, 33 Gaby Shaw, 24 Holly Flannery (Team Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive Le Velo), 29 Amy Monkhouse, 18 Lily Greenhalgh Team22 WRT, 7 Ellen McDermott and 32 Amy Gornall)

Gornall was back on the front once more keeping the pace high as she had done two nights earlier in the HSBC-UK National Women’s Circuit Race in Sheffield, but they were all back together once more.

Shaw took over the pace for the third sprint prime and only five laps remaining, then Gornall took the lead once more with two laps to go.

The bell rang for the final lap and Sarah King (Bianchi Dama UK) tried a long dash for the line, but it was McDermott whom had the legs for the final sprint for glory, setting the quickest lap on the night with a 1.41.772.

 

When I was coming into the race I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s my first race back since doing the Czech Republic Tour a couple of weeks ago. So I didn’t really know what my legs were like.

It’s rock-hard! But I tried to attack after five-or-six laps – then it settled down.

I though (to myself) I might get away, and I got away on the cobbles, but then I died a death – so – right, that’s not going to work!

I chased down a couple of attacks and tried by best to stay with the group and not get distanced.

 

Ellen McDermott

Winner - Jadan Press Women’s Circuit Race 2017, Team EDCO Continental

Talking to Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo’s owner and manager Vix Hood, I asked her about her thoughts about the Jadan Press Women’s Circuit Race in Beverley, now in it’s forth year.

 

So originally the East Yorkshire Classic was just men. There had never been a women’s race. 

We went and spoke to them and said how we thought we could develop women’s racing in the area, in Yorkshire particularly if we could put on a women’s race.

We have had to stick with it and each year it has just grown and grown, there’s not an unbelievable amount of licence holders around the area, so we had to be aware and speak to the organisers all the time, and be prepared that there might be lower numbers, but now four years in, it’s what we expect – and we are getting a really strong field. We’ve got a good field tonight.

It’s almost the end of the Road Season, are you planning to ride the track – the Revolution Series? Yes, we are riding the Revs. We have to wait and see what’s happening.

We are a development squad and our original Youth Riders who came through with us – a lot of them now represent GB a lot of the time – which is a testament to what we have done, so that’s great.

But obviously if they are representing GB they might ride for GB in Revs or they might ride for Jadan. We will just have to work out who we will have riding that, but we will be putting a team in the Revs.

 

Victoria Hood

Team Manager, Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo

I asked Ellen about Georgia’s brilliant third place and she went on to say that Georgia rode very well, competing against elite riders, she did what she had to do to win the race – but went way too early (in her opinion). She went with half a lap to go!

 

I don’t really know why she stayed away (as she approached the cobbles for the final time). I was on-it.

Georgia went away, and Gaby chased her down. I was going to hang onto Gaby’s tail.

Then I realised, hang-on-a-mo, I can get by Gaby here – she’s not going up the cobbles as fast as I think I can – then I caught Georgia.

Ellen McDermott

Winner - Jadan Press Women’s Circuit Race 2017, Team EDCO Continental

It takes a lot to keep the girls out on the road or in the Velodromes around the Country. We caught up with sponsor Ed, from Vive le Velo in nearby North Ferriby.

We’ve dabbled with sponsoring Team Jadan for a couple of years now to see what it’s done for us.

Women’s cycling as a recreational side is on the up, it’s the largest increase in market share. So for Vive le Velo, women’s cycling is important and it was an idea to try and promote it via Team Jadan.  

The sport needs bringing on, is been vastly underdeveloped and left alone for far too long. For us, we thoroughly recommend it. It’s something we will look to continue   with next year and see where we go.

Ed Neilsen

Team Jadan Sponsor, Owner - Viva le Velo

Results

1 Ellen McDermott EDCO Continental 1st 38.43

2 Gabriella Shaw Team WNT 1st 38.43

3 Georgia Bullard Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo 2nd 38.43

4 Amy Gornall Secret Training CC 2nd 38.43

5 Holly Flannery Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo 2nd 38.43

6 Amy Monkhouse Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo Youth A 38.43

7 Lily Greenhalgh Team 22 2nd 38.43

8 Sarah King Bianchi Dama UK 2nd 38.43

9 Nicola Moore Squadra RT 2nd 38.47

10 Rebecca Longthorp Cliff Pratt Racing 2nd 38.51

11 Melissa Greaves All Terrain Cycles Ride In Peace 2nd

12 Sarah Cramoysan Prima Team Racing 2nd 38.55

13 Felicity Gledhill SunSport Velo 2nd 40.08

14 Ava Oxley PH-MAS/Paul Milne/ Oldfield ERT Youth A39.39 +1 Lap

15 Hannah Bayes LIV AWOL 3rd 40.16 +1 Lap

16 Nicola Greenwood Holmfirth Cycling Club 3rd 40.19 +1 Lap

17 Amanda Leach Cliff Pratt Racing 4th 40.28 +1 Lap

18 Jessica O’Brien Sheffield Hallam Cycling Club 4th 38.52 +2 Laps

19 Penny Trinder Cliff Pratt Racing 4th 38.57 +2 Laps

20 Lucy Khan Cliff Pratt Racing 4th +2 Laps

21 Louise Scupham Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo 2nd 39.50 +2 Laps

DNF 9 Hannah Righini-Brand EDCO Continental 2nd

DNF 30 Debra Charlesworth Cliff Pratt Racing 3rd

 

2016 Gabriella Shaw Podium Ambition p/b Club la Santa

2015 Abby-Mae Parkinson Team Giordana Triton

2014 Iona Sewell Team GB Cycles

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Curlew Cup 2017 Report & Gallery

Curlew Cup 2017

Julie Erskine secured her first HSBC-UK Women’s Road Series victory for Cycle Team OnForm winning the 2017 edition of the Curlew Cup in Northumberland.

Chanel Mason defended her National Women’s Road Series lead as four rider’s contest the final run to the finish line.

Sprinting into view with two-hundred metres remaining, Erskine had got the jump off Payton’s wheel to win the sixth edition of the race that began back in 2012, briefly looking back, before raising her arms in celebration across the line.

 

It’s good to get the win today going into the Nationals – as well – It’s quite a boost.

The Curlew Cup is a hard race, with three times up the Ryal’s – it was always going to be hard – and it was so hot today aswell!

I knew if I could get over the Ryal the first couple of times, then we’ll (Cycle Team OnForm) see what happens. We were trying to follow any moves that went cause Sian (Botteley) was second in the standings.

Chanel from Storey went, I just sort of followed that – Georgina (Panchaud – Bianchi) and Hannah (Payton – Drops) came as well and we just opened up a gap.

Julie Erskine

Winner - Curlew Cup 2017, Team OnForm

Conditions couldn’t have been any better for this fifth round in the series, mid-point, as clear skies and a warm ambient temperature greeted the eighty-two riders that had signed-on to the start-line in Stamfordham.

Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Northumberland National Park, this edition covered one-hundred-and-six kilometres, three laps, as the riders tackled the infamous Ryal’s climb with prize money on offer that included a Queen of the Mountains, Points Sprint over the finish-line and an U23 classification and a first Junior.

 

Interview – Julie Erskine Curlew Cup Winner 2017 by Cycling Shorts

Julie Erskine of Team OnForm chats to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after her win at the Curlew Cup 2017. Image & Content ©wwwchrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

The race got underway at a gentle pace with splits forming on the first ascends of the Ryal. Around forty riders re-formed the main peloton and the first action came from Storey Racing’s Jennifer George on the back straight with forty-seven kilometres covered. Joined briefly by Keira McVitty and three more trying to bridge, it wasn’t long before they were all back together once more.

The second ascend of the Ryal saw a trio of riders cresting the QoM firstly with Melissa Lowther, Team Breeze leading the way over Beth Crumpton, Storey Racing and Annasley Park, Drops Pro Cycling. Chasing not far behind, Katie Archibald, Team WNT Pro Cycling and Laura Massey, Drops Pro Cycling as the five moved clear and gained around fifteen seconds. Again it wasn’t long before the five were reeled back into the fold of the peloton.

With the final ascend of the Ryal looming, Series leader Chanel Mason, Storey Racing made the decisive move that shaped the final outcome of the race. Joining her, Erskine, Georgina Panchaud, Bianchi Dama UK, and Hannah Payton, Drops Pro Cycling as they amassed a thirty-second lead in the final run in. Panchaud attacks!

Team Breeze’s Emily Nelson tried to bridge across the gap, but ran out of road before sight of the village.

Series leader Chanel Mason settled for fourth place, maintaining her individual series lead behind U23 year old Panchaud’s who rode into third place.

 

Archibald had done enough to secure the Queen of the Mountains and the Points classification bringing in the rest of the bunch in sixth place.

Sophie Thackray was the first Junior across the line in 23rd. for NCC Group Kuota Torelli.

1. Julie Erskine, Team OnForm
2. Hannah Payton, Drops
3. Georgina Panchaud, Bianchi Dama
4. Chanel Mason, Storey Racing
5. Emily Nelson, Team Breeze
6. Katie Archibald, WNT
7. Neah Evans, Storey Racing
8. Laura Massey, Drops
9. Mellisa Lowther, Team Breeze
10. Natalie Grinczer, WNT
11. Genevieve Whitson, Sorex CT
12. Eleanor Dickinson, Breeze
13. Annasley Park, Team Breeze
14. Charmaine Porter, Ford
15. Megan Barker, breeze
16. Abigail van Twisk, Drops
17. Elizabeth Banks, Storey Racing
18. Gabby Shaw, WNT
19. Rose Osbourne, Drops
20. Charlotte Colclough, Bianchi Dama
21. Bethany Hayward, Ford
22. Alice Sharpe, Kuota Torelli
23. Sophie Thackray, Kuota Torelli
24. Jennifer Powell, Ford
25. Jennifer George, Storey
26. Alicia Speake, Onform
27. Fiona Hunter Johnston, Fusion
28. Stephanie Mottram, Kuota Torelli
29. Mellisa Brand, Ford
30. Manon Lloyd, Breeze
31. Alana Prior, Edco Continental
32. Kelly Murphy, Ford
33. Molly Patch, Fusion
34. Molly Weaver, Sunweb
35. Sian Botteley, Onform
36. Amy Gornall, Secret training
37. Jennifer Hudson, Fusion
38. Anna Docherty, Epic
39. Emily Meakin, Lifestyle
40. Kim Baptista, Kuota Torelli
41. Sophie Enever, team 22
42. Gemma Sargent, Onform
43. Lynsey Curran, Dooleys cycles
44. Bethany Crumpton, Storey racing
45. Holly Flannery, Jadan
46. Minca Dew, Storey racing
47. Fiona Turnbull, Speedflex
48. Chloe Weller,
49. Ellen McDermott, Edco Continental
50. Christine Marshall, Vertex
51. Jennifer Batey, Edco Continental
52. Jessica Duffy, Bianchi Dama
53. Elana Spanou, Onform
54. Savannah Morgan, Team 22
55. Lily Greenhalgh Team 22

1: Chanel Mason Storey Racing 84p

2: Hannah Payton Drops Cycling 64

3: Lizzy Banks Storey Racing 58

4: Grace Garner Wiggle High5 56

4: Laura Massey DropsCycling 56

4: Sian Botteley Cycle Team OnForm 56

7: Julie Erskine Cycle Team OnForm 52

8: Katie Archibald Team WNT 50

8: Emily Nelson Team Breeze 50

10: Natalie Grinczer Team WNT 43

1: Drops Pro Cycling 234

2: WNT Pro Cycling 175

2: Cycle Team OnForm 175

4: Storey Racing 127

5: Team Breeze 105

6: Team Ford Ecoboost 93

7: Bianchi Dama UK 56

7: Wiggle High5 56

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Katarzyna Niewiadoma wins the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour concludes in central London on Sunday 11 June, with a 10-lap circuit race starting and finishing on Regent Street St James.  The 62-kilometre leg gets underway at 15:30 and is preceded by the Pink Ribbon Tour, a 25-kilometre ride for 800-women to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, the Official Charity Partner of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour.
Jolien D’hoore sprinted to victory on the streets of London as Katarzyna Niewiadoma held onto the OVO Energy Green Jersey to claim the overall victory in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour as it finished at the heart of the capital.

The Polish National Champion won the opening stage in Northamptonshire, and has held the race lead ever since, finishing ahead of Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus and British Champion Hannah Barnes, who moved up to third overall thanks to bonus seconds on the final day.

I’m super happy. I think that’s the only word that can describe my feelings.

At our first team meeting we said that we wanted to have a good race and that we wanted to fight for a good result. We knew that the first day was good for a bunch sprint; our strong bullet for it was Marianne[Vos]. All of us had opportunities; we could do whatever we wanted if felt we could. In that moment when I attacked I saw a small hill in front of me. I tried, nobody followed – I wanted somebody to join me – but I had no choice but to keep pushing!

Katarzyna Niewadoma

Winner - OVO Energy Women's Tour 2017, WM3 Pro Cycling

In addition to her overall victory Niewiadoma also moved into the lead of the UCI Women’s WorldTour following the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, overtaking erstwhile leader Olympic Champion Anna van der Breggen.

Runner-up Christine Majerus took added the Eisberg Sprints Jersey to the Wiggle Points Jersey, clinching the former after her and three Boels Dolmans team took the race by storm in London, forcing an eight-rider group clear that contested both intermediate Eisberg Sprints, handing Majerus the jersey and Barnes third overall.

That also gave Hannah the Adnams Best British Rider Jersey, at the end of a week long battle with her younger sister Alice, and coming 18-months on from a prolonged injury lay-off with a broken leg.

It’s been a really hard week. Unfortunately we lost Ale [Alena Amialiusik] to a really bad crash on Stage Three so we only had five riders and yesterday’s stage was really hard, but it came back together, which helped us. I knew I pretty much had to win both intermediate sprints and place well in the sprint to finish on the podium today and I managed to do that.

I’ve been working really hard and this was one of the big targets of the year for me. I’m pleased I came into it strongly. The first day I didn’t feel great, it felt like it was going to be a really bad five days. But it helps that I can ride into a stage race and I think my training going into the race has paid off.

Hannah Barnes

Wiiner Best British Rider - OVO Women's Tour 2017

With an eye on the finish, Wiggle HIGH5 worked to bring the group back, reuniting the field with three laps to go and setting up a thrilling finish on Regent Street St James, with D’hoore heading home Barnes and Majerus.

Every time it’s a bunch sprint there’s pressure on me. I had to deal with it; I think I can handle the expectation pretty well. We also had Giorgia Bronzini there for us; at the end of the stage she said the team were going for me. It’s great to win.

The hammer went down from the start. We weren’t there in the move as a team so we had to chase it down. The girls did a lot of work, everybody was on their limit. Luckily we closed it down and it was up to me in the sprint.

Jolien D'hoore

Audrey Cordon-Ragot won the SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb while Team Sunweb took the Team Classification, with their rider Lucinda Brand claiming the week’s combativity prize.

Earlier in the day the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan had joined Breast Cancer Care ambassador Denise Lewis to wave away the Pink Ribbon Tour, which saw over 800-women riding 25-kilometres to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Breast Cancer Care’s pink ribbon.

Interview – Katarzyna Niewiadoma – Winner of the 2017 Women’s Tour by Cycling Shorts

Katarzyna Niewiadoma of WM3 Pro Cycling – winner of the 2017 OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017 chats to the assembled media. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

Interview – Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, the U23 Women’s World Tour Leader by Cycling Shorts

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig of Cervelo Bigla the UCI U23’s Women’s World Tour Leader chats to the press after the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2017. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

Highlights of the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in London are on ITV4 at 23:00 on Sunday 11 June, with a repeat the following morning on the same channel.  The highlights will also be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch-up service.

One week after the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride sections of the Northamptonshire route in the Tour Ride, the official sportive of the race on Sunday 18 June.  Riders can take part in 40 or 80-mile routes, starting and finishing at Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire, or tackle a fun, 10-mile Family Ride.  For more details visit www.tourride.co.uk

Stage 5 Results

Final Results OVO Energy Women's Tour 2017

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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

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Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Sarah Roy wins Stage 4 of OVO Women’s Tour in Derbyshire

Katarzyna Niewiadoma held onto the race leader’s OVO Energy Green Jersey at the conclusion of the penultimate stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Chesterfield, but only after resisting a stern challenge from her rivals on the roads of Derbyshire.

The Polish National Champion, who has led the OVO Energy Women’s Tour since Stage One in Northamptonshire on Wednesday faced her strongest challenge yet in the four days of racing, with Christine Majerus at one stage becoming the virtual green jersey on the road, ending the day in second overall, 1-minute and 25-seconds back from Niewiadoma, who described it as “one of the hardest races I’ve done in my life.”

I knew it was a really dangerous move and I knew we had to start riding to bring her back. I tried to stay calm and relaxed and only think positively.

As soon as you start thinking negatively you become nervous. What made it easier for my head is that I knew the course was hard and the climbs suit me. I also knew that some teams would be destroyed on this course; it wasn’t easy to stay in the front group.

My DS was coaching me, giving me advice on what I had to do. Of course it’s impossible to control every attack but I tried as much as I could. I’m super happy that the OVO Energy Green Jersey is still with me. It was really cool that Cervélo Bigla and Canyon//SRAM helped us chase the breakaway down; I knew Canyon would want to keep Hannah Barnes in third on GC, so it was really cool that they were eager to ride.

Katarzyna Niewadoma

Green Jersey Holder Stage 4 - OVO Energy Women's Tour, WM3 Pro Cycling

The stage win went to Orica Scott’s Sarah Roy, as an Australian came out on top in the OVO Energy Women’s Tour for the second day running following Chloe Hosking’s win in Warwickshire on Friday.

Team Sunweb’s Leah Kirchmann also jumped up the order, elevating herself to third overall, 11-seconds behind Majerus, as the Barnes sisters dropped to fifth and sixth, with Hannah retaking the higher position and the Adnams Best British Rider jersey.

Kirchmann was part of a day-long three rider break including Shara Gillow and eventual winner Roy that was joined by Majerus, who bridged the gap from a small chasing group with 77-kilometres of racing remaining.

I’m really excited, elated and thrilled to take the victory, especially given the efforts that the team have put in for the past few stages, Gracie [Elvin] was in the break yesterday and got caught with five kilometres to go, which was both exciting and disappointing, so for us to have another dig today and pull it off was awesome.

I was preparing for a bunch sprint because the girls behind were lighting up. We just happened to dig really dig on an uncategorised climb towards the finish; I took a few fewer turns but [Christine] Majerus really put the hammer down. I just held her wheel and I took over on the descents.

I felt pretty good coming into the finish. I didn’t want to be the one attacking but I was really confident following the wheels. I’m actually really surprised – it was very hilly and I’m not a climber. It was a hard race.

Sarah Roy

Winner - Stage 4 OVO Women's Tour, Orica Scott Rider

Interview – Green Jersey Katarzyna Niewiadoma – Stage 4 – OVO Women’s Tour by Cycling Shorts

Green Jersey Holder Katarzyna Niewiadoma of WM3 Pro Cycling chats to the media after Stage 4 (the penultimate) of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Chesterfield. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

Interview – QoM’s Cordon-Ragot Stage 4 – OVO Women’s Tour by Cycling Shorts

Stage 4 (the penultimate) of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Chesterfield and the SKODA Queen of the Mountains Jersey was decided by Audrey Cordon-Ragot. Audrey spoke to the collected media. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

Kirchmann was part of a day-long three rider break including Shara Gillow and eventual winner Roy that was joined by Majerus, who bridged the gap from a small chasing group with 77-kilometres of racing remaining.

Buoyed by Majerus’ presence, and with no chase initially behind, their lead swelled putting the Luxembourg champion into the virtual race lead.  With Cervelo Bigla and Canyon//SRAM aiding the isolated Niewiadoma in the chase, they were gradually reeled back in, until with Roy, Majerus and Kirchmann contesting the finish.

Having saved her legs for the finish, Roy led from the front outsprinting Majerus on the cobbled finish line, with Kirchmann coming home third for the final bonus seconds.

Audrey Cordon-Ragot sealed the SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb ahead of the final, flat, stage in London, finishing with a six-point lead over Lucinda Brand.

It was a hard day, I think we did really good in protecting the jerseyThe first goal of the day was to target the first SKODA Queen of the Mountain climb at Middleton Top, which we did. The only thing was that if Lucinda won the second SKODA Queen of the Mountains climb we would lose the jersey, so we had to stay awake. Obviously with it being a hard race, it was easiest for me to keep the jersey with a breakaway up the front.

I knew I had really good legs from the Ardennes. I’ve found a really good shape this year and a nice way to ride my bike, so it’s a nice reward. But I wasn’t coming for that, I was coming to help Giorgia and Jolien win as many stages as I could, but it’s really nice I have a reward.

Audrey Cordon-Ragot

QoM OVO Women's Tour 2017, Wiggle HIGH5

Teammate Jolien D’hoore retained the Eisberg Sprints Jersey, with Christine Majerus now her nearest challenger, two points behind with six points available during London’s final stage.

Highlights of the third stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour are on ITV4 at 23:00 on Saturday 10 June, with a repeat the following morning on the same channel.  The highlights will also be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch-up service.

The OVO Energy Women’s Tour concludes in central London on Sunday 11 June, with a 10-lap circuit race starting and finishing on Regent Street St James.  The 62-kilometre leg gets underway at 15:30 and is preceded by the Pink Ribbon Tour, a 25-kilometre ride for 800-women to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the pink ribbon, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, the Official Charity Partner of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour.

One week after the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride sections of the Northamptonshire route in the Tour Ride, the official sportive of the race on Sunday 18 June.  Riders can take part in 40 or 80-mile routes, starting and finishing at Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire, or tackle a fun, 10-mile Family Ride.  For more details visit www.tourride.co.uk

Stage 4 Results

Overall Standings

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

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Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

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Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

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Chloe Hosking wins Warwickshire stage of OVO Women’s Tour

Alé Cipollini’s Australian Chloe Hosking sprinted to victory in Royal Leamington Spa at the end of the third stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, as WM3 Pro Cycling’s Katarzyna Niewiadoma retained her hold on the race leader’s OVO Energy Green Jersey.

Hosking came off Giorgia Bronzini’s wheel with around 100-metres to go on the Parade in Leamington Spa with only Drops rider Alice Barnes providing a challenge on the long, straight gently rising drag to the finish line.

It feels really great, this is a highlight race for most riders on the calendar so I feel really privileged to come away with my first win and first podium here. It’s a phenomenal event, I feel like I’ve entered an elite group!

It seemed like a number of the teams wanted the finish to be from the group. There was a group of five that got away and for me that was a bit worrying. There were girls like Shara Gillow and Gracie Elvin – both Australians, both really, really strong – and the course wasn’t dead flat. It took a bit of effort to drag them in. Once we caught them everybody switched their mindset to a bunch sprint. It was a bit chaotic, which is strange because it was probably the least technical finish we have all week. But it was nice that the sprinters got a chance.

Chloe Hosking

Winner Stage 3 - OVO Energy Women's Tour

Behind Hosking came Alice Barnes, retaking the Adams Best British riders jersey from her sister Hannah, who was sixth, with the pair now sitting third and fourth overall, both 1-minute and 46-seconds back from Niewiadoma.

Thanks to time bonuses Ellen Van Dijk, third on the stage, moves up to second overall, 1-minute and 43-seconds behind Niewiadoma with two stages remaining.

It was another hard stage, but not as hard as yesterday, All teams were expecting a bunch sprint and they wanted to take their chance. At one point a breakaway of five riders was clear but I was pretty calm as I knew that they were not competitors for me on GC. My team controlled the whole race. After the two SKODA Queen of the Mountains climbs other teams were eager to help at the front to chase them down and take a big bunch to the finish line. It was a long day for sure – 150 kilometres – but I really enjoyed it. It’s so nice in the UK, I have to admit. The scenery is really beautiful.

Katarzyna Niewadoma

Leader after Stage 3 - OVO Womens Tour, WM3 Pro Cycling

Interview – Alice Barnes, Best British Rider Stage 3 OVO Womens Tour by Cycling Shorts

Alice Barnes of Drops Cycling talks to the media after taking control of the Best British Rider Jersey after Stage 3 of the OVO Womens Tour. Image ©www.chrismaher.couk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, the leading young rider in the UCI Women’s World Tour briefly threatened Niewiadoma’s leading as the best placed of five riders who hit the front and built an almost two-minute lead, but were finally reigned back in at five kilometres to go, setting up the thrilling sprint finish.

While Niewiadoma kept her OVO Energy Green Jersey and Wiggle Points Jersey for WM3 Pro Cycling, some shine was taken off the day as teammate Marianne Vos fell to fifth overall and was unable to contest the finish after crashing within the final 500-metres.

Wiggle HIGH5 kept the SKODA Queen of the Mountains jersey with Audrey Cordon-Ragot, now seven points clear of Lucinda Brand, while the team also took the Eisberg Sprints Jersey thanks to Jolien D’hoore who picked up points at both intermediate sprints in Kenilworth and Wellesbourne.

Interview – Katarzyna Niewadoma Green Jersey Holder OVO Women’s Tour – Stage 3 by Cycling Shorts

Katarzyna Niewadoma, the Green Jersey Holder in the OVO Women’s Tour chats to the media at the end of Stage 3. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

Interview – Chloe Hoskins Stage 3 Winner – OVO Women’s Tour by Cycling Shorts

Chloe Hoskins winner of Stage 3 – OVO Women’s Tour chats to the media after her win. Image ©www.chrismaher.co.uk | www.cyclingshorts.cc

 

Highlights of the third stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour are on ITV4 at 23:00 on Friday 9 June, with a repeat at 08:55 the following morning on the same channel.  The highlights will also be available on demand via the ITV Hub catch-up service.

Saturday 10 June sees Stage Four of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour starting and finishing in the centre of Chesterfield, where Lizzie Deignan won a stage in 2016.  The 123-kilometre route takes place entirely within Derbyshire, taking in Wirksworth, Belper and Bolsover before the finish in the heart of Chesterfield town centre.

One week after the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, amateur cyclists will have the chance to ride sections of the Northamptonshire route in the Tour Ride, the official sportive of the race on Sunday 18 June.  Riders can take part in 40 or 80-mile routes, starting and finishing at Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire, or tackle a fun, 10-mile Family Ride.  For more details visit www.tourride.co.uk

Stage 3 Results

Overall Standings

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

Photographer & Writer

Based in the North East of England; photographer Chris Maher specialises in sports photography with his main interests in Cycling and Super Bikes. Chris has covered sports events from local and national level right up to the Olympics for CyclingShorts.cc.
Website: www.ChrisMaher.co.uk

Anna Magrath

Anna Magrath

Editor & Writer

Anna Magrath founded CyclingShorts.cc in 2008 and invited some of her cycling friends; coaches, photographers, writers and pro cyclists of different disciplines to join her, bringing you all things cycling related.

Over the years Anna has supported grass roots cycling events, riders and teams. Anna has a particular interest in Track, Road, womens cycling, recreational cycling and cycling related art. She has reported from the top cycle races on the world calendar including the Tour de France, Olympics, World Cups & World Championships.

Want to get involved? Why not get in touch.

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