A report from the seventh 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 3here, race 4 here, race 5 here and race 6 here. 

LWR Event 7: Southborough and District Wheelers 25m TT – 11th June

TT League race 7 turned out to be the earliest start yet… Our LWR treasurer Libby very kindly agreed (I’m not convinced she knew what she was signing up to) to volunteer on the event sign-on so we left at 3:30am to arrive at HQ in Maresfield for 5am! The blurry-eyed riders trickled in, I think all questioning what makes them do these things…

Aero1 winner Elise Sherwell

Elise Sherwell, Aero1 Winner

Fast-forward 25 miles and we had some fantastic results on what turned out to be a quiet and testing course. ‘Testing’ was best summed up by one rider as ‘I never felt I was going well, it looked like it would be fast and rolling but it hurt most of the time’. Huge thanks to the organisers Southborough and District Wheelers for a very well run TT. They were also delighted to host the race for us and Ian mentioned he’d never had that many women taking part.

Elise Sherwell placed 2nd in the overall event for the ladies with 1:01:32; her time also included a quick stop to retrieve her visor en-route and gives her a 4th LWR series win in the Aero1 category. Elise is now unbeatable in the A1 series placings, it’s been inspiring to us all having her support the league at so many events.

Jacintha Hamilton-Love A2 winner

Jacintha Hamilton-Love, Aero2 winner

Tough competition in Aero2 as Jacintha Hamilton-Love of Dulwich Paragon took the win at 1:02:53 just 15s ahead of Jennifer Millmore from Islington CC. Both these super strong riders were new to TT this year and have achieved some incredible results; Jacintha is now competing on her new TT bike and Jennifer is managing these awesome times on a road bike with clip-on aerobars.

Our Road Bike category was won for the 2nd time in a row by Helen Bridgeman of Kingston Wheelers in 1:11:57, followed in 2nd place by Laura Wilkey of Crawley Wheelers. A special mention must go to Gosia who did the biggest detour of the series turning a hard 25 miler into a gruelling 36 miles! Big kudos for finishing!

Julie and I have been so pleased with how the league has helped bring new riders into the sport and contributed to build the community of women TT’ing in our region.

We’re already thinking to next year and are beginning discussions about how we can build on the success of this season. If you’d like to get involved with volunteering for LWR, please do get in touch to find out more.

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