The sun was out for our second crit race of the season and it was finally time to get rid of the long tights and jackets (hopefully for good)! We were back at Lee Valley Velopark, this time with CC Hackney, who put on a whole afternoon’s festival of racing for all ages.
The women’s race was the last of the day and a strong field of 31 1/2/3/4 cats took to the line for 50 minutes of furious racing.
The Liv AWOL girls put in plenty of attacks to keep things interesting, but nothing was sticking and no one managed to get away. It was great to see Jen Kingwell of Twickenham CC put in a cheeky attack of her own halfway through the race to get everyone chasing. Jen finished strong and was our top placing 4th cat of the race. A few others had a go, including me, which ended with a surprise prize of most combative rider for the race!
Kate MacLeod of Twickenham CC had another strong race, finishing 9th overall and our top placed 3rd cat, closely followed by Amy Marks of CC London. It’s turning out to be a close battle for the overall league between these two newbie racers, who are currently sitting first and second.
CC Hackney were great hosts again this year – thank you for having us!
LWR Race 5 Results
|1||Kate MacLeod||Twickenham CC|
|2||Amy Marks||CC London|
|3||Jen Kingwill||Twickenham CC|
|4||Helen Bridgman||Kingston Wheelers CC|
|5||Abigail Langley||Thanet RC|
|6||Carolyn Swan||Kent Velo Girls CC|
|7||Judit Szarka||Dirty Wknd|
|8||Emma Pickering||Dulwich Paragon CC|
|9||Rebecca Fawcett||Lovelo Cinelli RT|
Last Sunday was the second of the road races in our 2018 league calendar. This time we were in Essex for the inaugural CC London Women’s Road Race, which took place on the Wendens Ambo Course. This circuit lived up to expectations and proved to be an exciting and challenging circuit for all racers.
After a long neutralised roll out to the course, the peloton hit the main hill, which they would repeat every lap of the seven lap race, and the race began. From the drop of the flag Alice Lethbridge from drag2zero took to the front and set a punchy pace that quickly began to blow the peloton apart. Before the end of the first lap, Alice took off with Kelly Murphy from C2 Racing, and they raced 2-up until Kelly punctured. This left Alice to solo to victory in a 40 mile TT effort! Alice is a national TT champion for a very good reason – she treated us to a masterclass in an inspiring show of strength and ability.
Back in the main peloton, Anna Harborow of Brixton CC was having a cracking race. Working well with the group, she was clearly on form and ended her race as our top placing 3rd cat and in 16th position overall.
Newbie road racers Esme Cole from Kingston Wheelers and Amy Marks from CCL also had a storming race, keeping the pace of the peloton for as long as they could. They ended up doing a 2-up together for the rest of the race and crossed the finish line in 23rd and 24th place.
Charlotte Van Zyl from Kingston Wheelers, also in her first ever road race, was our top placing 4th cat. Starting from the back with the other newbie racers she worked her way up to a group which was formed of about eight riders, including fellow LWR racers, Yewande Adesida of Velociposse and Carolyn Swan from Kent Velo Girls. Both Yewe and Carolyn were having a great race, pacing up the hills and working hard in the group. Carolyn just pipped Yewe to the Most Combative rider prize in the race!
Big shout out to Helena Knightly and Judit Szarka who were representing Dirty Wknd. It was their first road race too and they did LWR and their club proud. Well done everyone who raced – hope it didn’t take you too long to warm up afterwards!
CCL is resolute in leveling the playing field in cycling and this race is one of many steps the club is taking to action that. The women rode on the same course, of equal distance and equal prize money as the men’s race in the morning. This is one of the many reasons that we love partnering with CCL!
LWR Race 4 Results
|1||Anna Harborow||Brixton Cycles Club|
|2||Esme Cole||Kingston Wheelers CC|
|3||Amy Marks||CC London|
|4||Gemma Lord||CC London|
|6||Carolyn Swan||Kent Velo Girls CC|
|7||Abigail Langley||Thanet RC|
|8||Helen Bridgman||Kingston Wheelers CC|
|9||Charlotte Van Zyl||Dirty Wknd|
|10||Judit Szarka||Kingston Wheelers CC|
|12||Jen Kingwill||Twickenham CC|
|13||Judit Szarka||Dirty Wknd|
My first ever road race, i wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew I was throwing myself in the deep end with the size field and long distance, but with the bad weather and road surfaces, it really was a brutal race.
The first hour of the race I sat in the top bunch, and to be honest, my main focus at this point was trying to keep up right and to avoid as many pot holes and crashes as possible. The torrential rain and spray off the roads made visibility almost impossible. After 40km the race started to break up a little, with some little kicks and breaks being made. One was around a 30 second gap with two girls, but as the climbs we quickly caught them back up.
Another break was done by me and team mate Fran just to test things out. Once we grouped back together there was now two bunches, the second bunch about 15 seconds behind. With the road conditions so bad and the cold consistent downpour of rain, it made it a real struggle to reach for food in your pockets, so this was a good test of bike skill! Once again team mate Fran and another girl made another big break at around 65km and held away for a good 15km, but with some strong turns by a few of us we were back as a group.
As the final 35km approached I found myself on the front quite a lot, something I am slowly learning to do less off. With a few punches up the last final hills, we were down to a group of about 15, but no one really wanting to commit to a big move. This group stayed together and as we approached the 500m sign I was still on the front and knew it would be hard to cling on. The bunch closed in, elbows were out and the sprint was on, two girls passed then I kicked back at them, with the last 100m I had ran out of gas, but managed to cling onto 5th position! Such a tough first race but a great experience to kick off the season!
LWR Race 3 Results
|2||Danielle Shrosbree||CC London|
|3||Emma Pickering||Dulwich Paragon CC|
|4||Karen Tostee||Hub Velo|
|5||Helen Sharp||Twickenham CC|
|6||Annie McBain||Spokes BPC Racing|
|7||Millie Citton||VC Londres|
After the first race at Cyclopark was cancelled due to the snow, our 2018 Crit/RR league kicked off at LVVP with 27 racers making it to the start line.
With the 4th cats setting off with a half lap handicap over the rest of the field, the pace from the chasing peloton was quick from the off. The leading riders were soon caught with a strong effort by the chasing riders before Mathilde Pauls (Sigma Sports x Threo) broke away in the final laps keeping the chasers away to take the overall win. The reduced peloton behind was down to a bunch sprint, with Gemma Lord (CCL), Lucie Hogger (Velociposse) and Amy Marks taking the LWR podium.
Yewande Adesida won the chocs and socks for most combative rider after continuously attacking her group and a strong finish sprinting clear over the line.
Chapeau to Gemma Lord who now has her 3rd cat licence after coming 5th overall and Amy Marks finishing strongly in her first race in 7th place (with an Elite and two 1st cats on the start line!)
LWR Race 2 Results
|1||Gemma Lord||CC London|
|3||Amy Marks||CC London|
|5||Rachel Francis||London Dynamo|
|6||Abigail Langley||Thanet RC|
|7||Meg Pugh||Islington Cycling Club|
|8||Kate MacLeod||Twickenham CC|
|10||Rebecca Fawcett||Lovelo Cinelli RT|
|11||Emma Pickering||Dulwich Paragon CC|