RACE REPORT: LWR TT SERIES EVENT 4
Co-TT Sec Kathryn Morris reports on the fourth 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, race 2, over here and race 3 here. You can also see the Twitter Moment of tweets from the day here.
LWR Event 4: Addiscombe CC – 25 Mile Time Trial
Event 4 of the LWR TT league took place on the ‘Roundabout Course’ the G25/54; a favourite of TT Secretary Julie. This 25 mile, fairly flat course requires riders to navigate no less than 30 roundabouts. Not an easy task when you are in the race zone! The event started early to reduce the likelihood of traffic hold-ups but this did mean some 4am starts for some of our riders – big kudos for all who competed.
The winner of the LWR Aero1 category was Elise Sherwell who was also fastest lady in the event overall; a great result for her new team Look Mum No Hands. In 2nd spot riding her 3rd LWR event was Lizzy Brama of Crystal Palace Tri with a 1:02:15, this also placed Lizzy 2nd overall.
The ever-popular Aero2 category was won for a 2nd week in a row by Jennifer Millmore of Islington CC in 1:04:25; I understand Jenni even did an extra loop of one roundabout so this was a storming ride. I came in 2nd place with a course PB for me in 1:06:04 and in 3rd place was Katerina Avramides of Brighton Mitre in 1:06:45, on her first ever 25 mile TT.
Aero3 was pretty closely fought on the day with Katherine Hibbert of Islington CC taking the win in 1:10:52 followed less than a minute behind by Lucy Francis of London Dynamo. A subsequent discussion however revealed that the PB used to place Kath in A3 was inaccurate and she should have been moved up to A2 after race one. We have recalculated the series points and this means Lucy takes the win in event 4; also taking her into the lead in the overall league positions.
I think our Road Bike category was jinxed this week, the start sheet appeared healthy with 6 riders but 4 did not start. The remaining two were both Dulwich Paragon riders who made the mistake of both getting lost on the way to the start (easily done) and doing an extra five km loop of the course (also easily done; see earlier point about the 30 roundabouts and being in race-zone). Katrina Murphy took the win because we at LWR are a little more lenient than the CTT rules and will record Katrina’s actual time of 1:07:23 taken from her new start spot. Although Jacintha’s time of 1:11:35 for 45km is impressive on a road bike we can’t adjust for this, but hopefully some more experience in the bag!
Finally our Road Bike Vet category was won by newcomer to the league Caroline Reuter of London Phoenix with a great time of 1:08:51.
Next week we have an impressive field of 37 women at Event 5 the Dulwich Paragon TT on 1st May; this is fantastic to see on a start sheet and goes to show the positive effect of having 50% preference for women. If you’d like to give the roundabouts another go; Event 6 Elite Cycling on G10/57 is a ten mile route on some of the same roads and signup closes in two weeks on 2nd May.
We have now also added in a sheet in our results for the team completion; affiliated clubs accrue the series points each race from up to three of their riders. If there are more than 3 riders from a team; the best three are summed, if less than 3, all are totalled. This is to encourage more riders from each team to take part. The winner will be the team with the most points at the end of the series! And remember, there are great prizes to be won!