Race Report – Bickerstaffe Handicap Road Race

All images © Ellen Isherwood

 

Well they say “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” and that’s precisely what the riders who took part in #SouthportCyclingClub #BickerstaffeHandicapRoadRace did today.

An excellent race with Sarah Hardy and Nicola Soden forming an early break off the front of the first group, which would see Sarah solo to the win after Nic punctured. The scratch group were at 2 minutes and a group comprising of Amy Gornall, Mads Scott, Jo Ryding & Maxine Filby bridging across. Amy and Jo then set out to chase down Sarah, along with Flora Knight, who worked together to stay away from Daisy Barnes and Harriet Gilson who tried to chase the three down. Sarah held on for the win, with Amy coming second, Jo third and Flora fourth. Harriet and Daisy held off the bunch for 5th & 6th. Rachel Brown led the bunch in, in front of Becky Gregson, Laura Gray, Sandra Mackay and Kate Taylor.

A great showcase for #WomensCycling and a big thank you to Colin Baldwin for supporting the women by promoting the event.

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Interview – Anna Henderson – KlondikeGP – Round 1 – Nat Road Series 2019

Anna Henderson of Team OnForm talks to the media after her win in the first ever Women’s Klondike GP – Round 1 of the National Road Series.

 

Interview – Anna Henderson – Klondike GP Winner – Round 1 – National Road Series 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Anna Henderson of Team OnForm talks to the media after her win in the first ever Women’s Klondike GP – Round 1 of the National Road Series. Audio & Image ©Chris Maher / CyclingShorts.cc

 

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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 Henderson Win’s Inaugural Women’s East Cleveland Klondike GP

Anna Henderson win’s the inaugural Women’s East Cleveland Klondike GP

Women’s National Road Series 2019 – Round 1 | Klondike GP

Picking up from where she left off last Season with a win at the Rydedale, Henderson [Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm] out-sprinted Joscelin Lowden [Brother UK – Fusion RT] along Westgate in Guisborough to take the victory in this first of 8 races in the Women’s calendar in just over 3 hours.

Setting off earlier in the morning on the 2-circuit course of 111.6kms the peloton rode steadily around to the official start before the racing began. Sarah King [Dama Bianchi] was the first attacker to clear the peloton as they made their way on-to the that main circuit, before it all came back together.

The cold stiff coastal breeze made riding difficult for those left exposed to the elements as riders began to drop-off heading out towards the Moors including Dame Sarah Storey [Storey Racing] amongst others before they turned & returned back down towards the coast and the first Queen of the Mountains prime in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

Joscelin Lowden took maximum points in both QOM’s to claim the title.

With around 30kms remaining, Christina Wiejak [Team Jadan-Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo] made the first significant attack of the remaining 30-odd riders from a 75-rider field as the race began to ignite.

Brought back into the group, Lowden counter attacked as they climbed Loftus Bank & Carlin How Bank with Henderson joining her. Eight more riders tried to bridge the gap but the strong climbing ability of Lowden kept the chasers at bay as they had an almost 2-minute advantage running into the final few kilometres leaving a bunch sprint for the remainder of the chasing group with team-mates Leah Dixon, Becks Durell & Jess Finnay taking the 3rd-5th places.

This is a bit of a surprise considering going around the course – a little bit windy – a little bit lumpy. I wasn’t feeling great halfway through.

I saw Jos (Lowden) go and you know-what. I might as well give-it-a-kick and see what I have left in my legs. Yeh! It paid-off obviously.

Jos kicked with 20-to-go and I though, she’s so strong I’ll go with her and see what happens. If I get caught as you saw, I’ve got about 5 team-mates behind me. We were a strong unit today.

Anna Henderson

Winner - East Cleveland Klondike GP, Brother UK - Tifosi p/b OnForm

Results

1 -15 Anna Henderson Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 3:02:50

2 – 22 Joscelin Lowden Brother.uk Fusion RT st

3 -13 Leah Dixon Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm +1:41

4 -14 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

5 -16 Jessica Finney Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

6 – 59 Lauren Dolan Torelli-Assure st

7 -1 Elinor Barker MBE Drops st

8 – 61 Niamh Fisher Black Torelli-Assure st

9 – 32 Fiona Hunter Johnston Campinense – Velo Performance st

10 – 23 Molly Patch Brother.uk Fusion RT st

11 – 12 Illi Gardner Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

12 – 56 Christina Wiejak Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel +1:47

13 – 3 Anna Christian Drops +1:51

14 – 19 Emily Wadsworth Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm +3:50

15 – 17 Gabriella Shaw Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

16 – 34 Jo Tindley Campinense – Velo Performance st

17 – 28 Elizabeth Bennett Campinense – Velo Performance st

18 – 60 Jennifer George Torelli-Assure st

19 – 46 Ellen McDermott Team Boompods st

20 – 62 Sophie Thackray Torelli-Assure st

21 – 40 Chanel Mason Storey Racing st

22 – 37 Corinne Side Cycle Team OnForm st

23 – 82 Jayati Hine University of Sheffield CC st

24 – 45 Hannah Larbalestier Team Boompods st

25 – 21 Emma Lewis Brother.uk Fusion RT st

26 – 20 Jennifer Hudson Brother.uk Fusion RT st

27 – 9 Jennifer Powell Bianchi Dama st

28 – 26 Claire Steels Brother.uk Fusion RT st

29 – 39 Kelly Murphy Storey Racing +5:42

30 – 27 Ruth Shier Brother.uk Fusion RT +5:43

31 – 57 Mary Wilkinson Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel +7:31

32 – 25 Rebecca Richardson Brother.uk Fusion RT +7:41

33 – 50 Sophie Enever Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel +12:37

34 – 24 Fiona Russell Brother.uk Fusion RT +13:21

35 – 4 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama +13:24

36 – 5 Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama st

37 – 72 Molly Weaver Orbea Racing Team +13:27

38 – 80 Amy Gornall The Racing Chance Foundation st

39 – 2 Megan Barker Drops +13:28

40 – 6 Sarah King Bianchi Dama +14:55

 

 

Interview – Anna Henderson – Klondike GP Winner – Round 1 – National Road Series 2019 by Cycling Shorts

Anna Henderson of Team OnForm talks to the media after her win in the first ever Women’s Klondike GP – Round 1 of the National Road Series. Audio & Image ©Chris Maher / CyclingShorts.cc

 

GRN Presca Teamwear Queen of the Mountains

1 – 22 Joscelin Lowden Brother.uk Fusion RT 10

2 – 15 Anna Henderson Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 4

3 – 32 Fiona Hunter Johnston Campinense – Velo Performance 3

4 – 14 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 2

5 – 59 Lauren Dolan Torelli-Assure 2

6 – 61 Niamh Fisher Black Torelli-Assure 1

Team Classification after Round 1

1 Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 80

2 Brother.uk Fusion RT 40

3 Torelli-Assure 39

4 Drops 26

5 Campinense – Velo Performance 23

6 Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel 9

7 Team Boompods 2

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

Tour of Flanders – Stay in the Loop

TOUR OF FLANDERS

Stay up to date with the Tour of Flanders

Anna Magrath, Editor, UK

06 April 2019

For the first time you can follow the live tracking data from a selection of 40 of the top female riders in the Tour of Flanders for Women’s. This UCI Women’s WorldTour race will be collaborating with Proximus and their online tracking, with the support of all the teams, riders and partner; In The Race.

The Flanders Classic organisation has chosen 40 riders who will wear the tracker during the race on Sunday 7th April. The tracker will record 5 parameters; Speed, location, heart rate, cadence and power output. All the data collated will be integrated in to an online format by Proximus on the following website: rondevanvlaanderen.proximus-sports.be

Fans will be able to follow the data from every rider equipped with a tracker. From this group you have the option to select a number of riders to follow and choose your favourite amongst them. In addition your favourite rider will be highlighted in relation to the other selected riders, allowing you to constantly monitor their progress through the race.

On the 7th April at 3:15 CET, we will find out who will succeed Anna van der Breggen in Oudenaarde.

Racing up the Kwaremont

Photograph by © Patrick Verhoest

Flanders Classics supports the Belgian National Lottery in the GP Stig Broeckx

During the men’s Tour of Flanders the riders will be riding a race within a race to compete in the ‘Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx”. The winner will receive Eur, 5,000 from the Belgian National Lottery to donate to a charity of their choice, Stig Broeckx will also get Eur, 5,000 to donate to a charity close to his heart.

Almost three years have past since Stig; who was riding for Lotto Soudal was involved in a serious crash and ended up in a coma.His long and courageous journey on the way to recovery inspired the Belgian National Lottery to crown the bravest Flandrien and thereby also pay tribute to Stig Broeckx.

The starting point for the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx will be in Kluisbergen. There, Van de Broecktestraat will be renamed Broeckxstraat for the day of the race. Broeckxstraat is 4km from the finish line of the Grote Prijs Stig Broeckx – the top of the Oude Kwaremont, the first rider to reach the top will win the prize (around 1:30pm CET).

 

Peter Sagan on the Kwaremont

Photograph by © Patrick Verhoest.

Watch Tour of Flanders Presentation Live

If you can’t make it to the presentations in Antwerp on Sunday morning (7th April), Proximus will be streaming the ceremony live via the official Proximus Sports Facebook page, broadcasting live from 9am.

Studio Brussel will shake awake the Grand Place of Antwerp with a DJ-set by Jeroen De Lodder from 9:00am. The riders will be welcomed on to the stage to be welcomed by the crowds.

A total of 25 teams will be presented between 9;00am and 10;15am, you will be able to watch interviews with the race favourites.

 

Race Report – Tour of the Reservoir – Stage 1

Storey Shows Form Ahead Of National Time Trial & Road Race Championships In Northumberland Winning The First Stage Of The HSBC-UK British Cycling Women’s Road Series 2018 Third Round, The Northumbrian Water Alexandra Tour Of The Reservoir.

Dame Sarah Storey – Story Racing Time Trialled herself around the 65.5 mile course of Northumberland’s Derwent Water in round 3 of the HSBC-UK British Cycling Women’s Road Series the Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir. Part of a 3 rider breakaway, Storey was accompanied by Emma Cockcroft – Bianca Dama and Charmaine Porter – Cycle Team OnForm for the best part of 50 miles before Porter lost touch towards the top of the main climb of Bale Hill towards Meadows Edge leaving 2 rides at the front of the race.

  

Training hard recently back on her bike after giving birth to her second child – Charlie – eight months earlier said after today’s stage: “I was always going to be the Carrot – so-to-say, I need to keep putting the miles in my legs. So always the opportunity to keep pushing that form, and a bit of a weight loss programme as well. So if you are out front, then you are burning matches”. But no, I didn’t expect to win today. “I have the experience to win a bike race” she went on to say “given that opportunity. I was happy for it to come back together if the bunch did get their act together in that final lap. Equally I was ready to pounce on the last climb to win the race”.

Dame Sarah Storey

Stage 1 Winner Tour of the Reservoir 2018, Storey Racing

Looking at Sarah’s schedule to get her back in shape she went on to say that I was hoping to be in reasonable shape by now ahead of next weeks Nationals. Also hoping for a good hit there too (targeting the Time Trial) which would set me up for the Para World Road Championships in early August. That would make Charlie nine-months-old. Roughly about the same time I won my first World title after (her first child) Louisa was born.

Putting money in the bank through hard training recently Sarah said that you can see where you are by doing races like this. So it’s a bit further ahead than I expected she said surprisingly. So that’s really nice.       

Jo Tindley – NJC – Biemme – Echelon lit the peloton up early in lap 1 of the Reservoir circuit as over 90 riders took the start out of Edmundbyres early morning.

The main break of the day soon established with several riders trying to bridge across from the peloton. Fiona Hunter Johnston – Fushion RT – Veloperformance almost made the junction as the gap grew from 32s to over a minute across the first pass of the finish line.

Storey claimed the first Prime with Cockcroft, Porter and then Ruth Summerford – trainSharp Club and Tindley 5th. Winning the overall QOM on stage 1.

 

Interview – Sarah Storey – Stage 1 Winner – Tour of the Reservoir 2018 by Cycling Shorts

Dame Sarah chats to Chris Maher of CyclingShorts.cc after her stage 1 win on the rather blustery Tour of The Reservoir 2018. All content ©www.cyclingshorts.cc | www.chrismaher.co.uk

Leah Dixon – Cycle Team OnForm set about chasing the leaders as their lead extended to over two minutes second pass of the finish line.

The trio of leaders extended their lead going into the main climb, now over three minutes up.

An increase in pace from the peloton, saw the gap began to drop as they descended back towards Edmundbyers. Now down to two leaders, the middle chasing riders formed a group of five at 1m.18s and the peloton further back at 1m.55s as former Women’s Road Series winner Lizzy Banks – UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling drove the chase.

With only Illi Gardner – YRDP left chasing Storey & Cockcroft at 1m.01s the peloton sucked up the remaining riders with 9 miles to go.

Several more attacks in the final few miles came to nothing including Porter again, part of the original breakaway.

Storey made her move with 200m to go, Cockcroft finishing second. Nikki Juniper took the bunch sprint up to the finish line ensuring she remains at the head of affairs going into stage 2 on Sunday morning. This includes 2 ascends of Bale Hill, this time the opposite way round pushing the distance up to 75.7miles.

Provisional results

1. Dame Sarah Storey (Team Storey)

2. Emma Cockcroft (Bianchi Dama)

3. Nikki Juniper (NJC-Biemme-Echelon)    

 

 

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