RACE REPORT: LWR TT SERIES EVENT 3
Co-TT Sec Kathryn Morris reports on the third TT of the 2017 LWR League. To read the full results, head over to the TT Results Page, and to read about race 1, head over here, and race 2, over here. You can also see the Twitter Moment of tweets from the day here.
High Wycombe CC – 34th Lesley Cole Memorial Good Friday 10 Mile Time Trial
Our third TT in the series took place on Good Friday, with race HQ just outside Marlow. Riders warmed up in the early hours of the Easter weekend for the H10/22, a course which is used just a couple of times a year, and so was new to many. Clad in bobble hats and puffer jackets we reminisced about the glorious weather of the weekend before.
Over 60 women had applied to ride this event but despite the organiser extending the field and also allowing reserves, there were only 40 of those women on the start list, of whom 18 were LWR members. Riders are selected on fastest PB so this was a very competitive field, with few novice riders. This meant our Aero3 and Road Bike categories were few on numbers, but because of this we have added an extra event into our calendar so everyone still gets as many chances to take part in the league events – and we are also working behind the scenes to try and improve the methodology by which riders in the female field are selected when events are over-subscribed.
To the results! Our Aero1 category was won by Kate Allan of Drag2Zero, in 21:16. Kate had been unsure of how she would fare today; sporting a shining black eye and taped up leg from a crash last week, meaning this was an incredible comeback. In a small way, this helps us understand the resilience of a rider who at a 25mile TT earlier this month became the 7th fastest GB female in history! Mathilde Pauls of Sigma Sport and winner of event 2 came in 2nd exactly a minute behind, followed by Dena Ford of the promoting club High Wycombe CC with a super-speedy 22:45.
Our largest category was Aero2 with 8 riders competing. On the day Jayne Paine of Willesdon CC took the win with a smashing time of 23:45, followed just 8 seconds behind by Jennifer Millmore of Islington CC. However following the event, Jenni’s time was corrected and she actually achieved 23:33 which puts her in the top spot! Jenni was a newcomer to TT and has previously been riding in the Road Bike category; on Friday with some new clip-on bars and a pointy hat she has flown into 1st place. And I came in third with a new PB 24:07; I am gradually improving my pacing!
Olivia Bentley of Twickenham CC won Aero3 with a strong time of 25:49. Although Olivia is quickly becoming a regular face at road races this was only her second CTT time trial. She was initially on the reserve list for this event, but after getting a place raced on a standard road bike with clip-on bars. When registering for time trials don’t forget to always tick the box to be included on the reserve list!
The road bike category was won by Helen Bridgman of Kingston Wheelers in an impressive 26:11 followed 30 seconds behind by Islington’s Laura Vipond. Gosia Cyganowska of Rapha CC was on track for a great time but regrettably came off a turning too soon so was recorded as a DNF.
A special mention also goes to the Islington ladies Sarah, Laura and Jennifer who won the event’s ladies team prize with their combined times. They won a generous £30 per rider plus £30 Wiggle voucher. High Wycombe CC provided equal prizes for both the men & women’s fields which was great to have equal recognition of the riders’ accomplishments.
The event is a memorial to Lesley Cole who was a keen member of the High Wycombe CC Ladies Race team until tragically 34 years ago she was hit by a car on the way back from the velodrome. Her parents attend each year and present the prizes, they were delighted this year to see such a strong women’s field and commented that Lesley would have been very pleased to have seen this. We are grateful to all the volunteers who supported this event.
The next two events in the LWR TT league are fast approaching; Addiscombe 25mile TT on G25/54 (the roundabout course!) on 23rd April and on the May bank holiday the Dulwich Paragon sporting 18 mile course on the GS/484 with 50% of places reserves for women; last chance to enter is today!