RACE REPORT: LWR TT SERIES EVENT 6
Co-TT Sec Julie Chasin reports on the sixth 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, race 3 here, race 4 here and race 5 here.
Last weekend’s TT Race 6 on the G10/57 course in Horsham was hosted by league co-sponsors Elite Cycling; it was a rather wet (very wet) and rather early (very early) race on Saturday morning. Yet, despite the 4am wake ups and rather grim weather 20 women still took to the start line Saturday morning for the next round of our time trial series. Two women – Rachel Pryskinski and Jacintha Hamilton-Love even decided to use this event as a good opportunity to try racing on a time trial bike for the first time. Well done!
The Elite Cycling organisers were kind enough to group all of the women racing together on the start sheet and Helen Bridgman was first lady off at 6:30am, putting in a strong ride of 26:47 in the rain, just a day after returning from a work trip to Texas and still feeling the effects of jetlag. Although we didn’t realise it on the day, Helen was the winner of our road bike category and is owed a box of chocolates (I’ve not eaten them, honest!) as Rachel Przybylski the presumed winner who had left early was actually riding a TT bike for the first time that day. Apologies Helen for not realising on the day, and your chocolates await you at the next event! Laura Wilkey finished second in the Road Bike Category with a time of 29:26.
Despite being penalised for missing her start time, first time LWR TT racer Tianne Bell of London Dynamo demonstrated that you need to be in it to win it, taking full points and a box of chocolates for her ride of 30:26 in the Vet road bike category. Well done Tianne. We look forward to seeing you out there again.
Jacintha Hamilton-Love was back this week, but decided to spare the road bike category her hill loving legs and instead competed in the Aero 3 category for the first time on her brand new TT bike. She won the category and was third lady overall with a time of 24:27. I think she likes the new bike! Rachel Przybylski finished second also on a new TT bike with a time of 25:47. She was followed closely behind by Rebecca Goodwin, third in the category with a time of 25:58. Lucy Francis was also back out competing this week again in Aero 3, being one of only a few riders to have raced in 5 of our events so far.
Just a few seconds behind Jacintha and 4th overall was Jennifer Millmore with a time of 24:37 securing top spot for the Aero 2 category. At the end of the event Jennifer was preparing to cycle home to North London in the rain. I’m getting an idea of why she is so strong! Sarah Phelps was not far behind with a time of 25:10 and Helen Webb finished third with a time of 26:34.
Despite a fogged up visor impeding her vision, Elise Sherwell finished a minute ahead of me with a time of 23:26, giving her three top finishes in the series and a box of chocolate which I’m sure she shared with her kids! I finished second with a time of 24:25 and Jenny Simmonds finished not far behind me with a time of 25:24. Elise has years of experience time trialling and has asked us to remind everyone to make sure that you always remember to race with a bright back light. It is vital that cars on the road can see us, especially on mornings like Saturday. Please let us know if you need any suggestions for good lights and thanks for the reminder, Elise.
Unfortunately one of our riders Maryka Sennema was knocked off her bike by a car in the race. She was able to get home on her own, and let us know later in the day that other than a few bruises she was ok. We wish her a speedy full recovery and were pleased to see that she was spotted back on her bike on Strava the next day.
Otherwise, cheers to Elite Cycling for putting on a great event. The banana loaf in the hall after was delicious!
There are only two more events left in our TT series and entries are still open:
- 25 mile G25/89 on June 11th; this is our reserve event and Southborough and District Wheelers have been very pleased to be included in the league; it would be great to get a good ladies turn out. If you think you’ll have difficulties getting there, get in touch and we can help organise lifts.
- Our finale: a fast ten mile on F11/10 on June 17th. We will also be presenting our series prizes which go to 1st, 2nd & 3rd for all our categories and some extra awards such as team prize, at this event so it’d be great to have as many of you there as possible to really end the series on a high and celebrate everyone’s TT successes. Get your entries in asap!
We look forward to seeing you out there again soon!