Race Report: Crit/RR League Race 3

Sunday last, excitingly, saw the first ever LWR-affiliated road race! The SERRL South Nutfield road race, which saw 31 cat 3/4 women take to the start line. This year we were keen to expand the road league to include road races as well as crits, as it’s such a different and incredibly enjoyable aspect of road bike racing. SERRL are also working hard towards making entry level road racing possible for women in the South East, often against the background of scepticism for the demand, and usefulness of development races such as these. That’s why LWR were so delighted to support the race, and particularly why we’ve focussed on cat 3 and 4 racers this year.

Alan Denman of SERRL posted on Facebook just after the race.

When we talked about putting Women’s racing onto the SERRL calendar for this year to encourage new riders and and give lower category riders the opportunities to race on the road, we were met with the argument of it wouldn’t work and would lose the league money. Well so far we’ve had four brilliant races with good field sizes and more importantly than anything, the riders are enjoying it.

He then shared a couple of rider responses, from emails he received after the race:

Just wanted say after being so nervous doing my first road race I am really enjoying racing and have got the bug. […] Thank you for all your hard work and making women’s racing for Cat 3’s & 4’s possible.

A very big thank you to you and all your helpers for today’s road race. It was my first ever road race, it was really tough but I did enjoy it. Please pass my thanks onto everyone who helped out.

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Photo by Gary Wyatt

All excellent news. We’re delighted to support SERRL races, and to work to try and concentrate newer racer sign ups to particular races in the calendar, so women can gain confidence both by challenging themselves, and by doing so in a supportive atmosphere. Chapeau SERRL, and chapeau all of the first time racers who took part!

The race was run from a strong break by Clare Parkin of VC Equipe – Flix, and the chasing group sprint saw Josie Shepherd victorious, followed by Chloe Kirkpatrick, Emily Pantoja and Caroline Reuter.

1 Clare Parkin VC Equipe – Flix  time:
2 Josie Shepherd Project 51 time: @ 58”
3 Chloe Kirkpatrick Unaffiliated time: @ 58”
4 Emily Pantoja Army Cycling RT time: @ 58”
5 Caroline Reuter London Phoenix CC time: @ 58”

There are pictures from the race by Gary Wyatt available on Flickr here. And full results online on the SERRL website here. Updated league standings will be available ASAP on the LWR website, here.

In the meantime, there are still a few places left for Crystal Palace Crits here. It’s a thrilling race, and great to watch if you can’t get a place. Everyone usually goes down to the Wood House pub afterwards, so come along either way and make an evening of it!

After that it’s a crit race at Cyclopark – a great venue out in Kent. Enter now!

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