Wednesday 31 March 2010

Fantastic League Opener at Goodwood!

Sunday 28th March. A record field of around 40 riders took the start line at the Surrey League @ Goodwood races for our opening round of the League.

Various levels of rider raced the 13 laps and 28 miles of the historic motor circuit.
While the novice riders were chaperoned around the course, the experienced racers battled it out at the sharp end of the bunch. The front group of racers from Pearson Cycles, Twickenham CC, Kingston Wheelers and others set a high pace which quickly fragmented the field into various chunks. Several women attempted to attack, in particular Rebecca Slack (London Dynamo) Lise Soerensen and Emily Bagnall (both Kingston Wheelers) but the windy conditions wouldn’t allow any successful breakaway.

Coming into the final lap, the front group, now whittled down to around 10 riders still had everything to play for. With help from her Pearson Cycles clubmate Mathilde Pauls, Elise Sherwell was able to launch an intense sprint for the finish line, which proved too strong for Hannah Bowers (Team MuleBar Girls) who had been marking the ex-rower during the race. Pauls completed the podium, while Astrid Wingler (London Phoenix) who finished in fifth place, was the highest placed 4th category racer. It was a bumper day for Elise who not only donned the leaders jersey, but she also won both of the primes (intermediate sprint race).

Reactions: Matt Harper (Look Mum No Hands!): "It was fantastic to see so many girls out racing. Elise was a worthy winner and Look Mum No Hands is proud to be involved."

Elise Sherwell: (Pearson Cycles) "I thoroughly enjoyed my first race of the season. Although the wind was blowing, the rain was not falling, so it was a great day to have a bike race. Lots of people were working hard on the front trying to make breaks happen, but because of the wind and various other reasons these were never really successful. In the end it came down to a sprint and I dug deep to stay ahead! The next London Women's League race will have all categories so I expect some tougher competition, but I am pretty happy with winning the first ever London Women's League race."

Rebecca Slack (London Dynamo): “It was a massive day for women's cycle racing. I'd particularly like to thank the chaperones today who provided such an important role to the rookie riders. The three London Dynamo racing virgins who took part absolutely loved it.”

The Surrey League organisers and the promoting club, Dulwich Paragon were delighted with how the race went and were very impressed with the quality of the racing.

photos by Gavin Percy


1 Elise Sherwell Pearson Cycles
2 Hannah Bowers Team MuleBar Girls
3 Mathilde Pauls Pearson Cycles
4 Emily Bagnall Kingston Wheelers
5 Astrid Wingler London Phoenix
6 Lise Soerensen Kingston Wheelers
7 Lauren Whitmore London Dynamo
8 Rebecca Slack London Dynamo
9 Tina Reid Twickenham CC
10 Vikki Filsell VC de Londres
11 Jayne Rendall Hannan Twickenham CC
12 Donna Le Blancq Velo Sport Jersey
13 Sabine Homrighausen Kingston Wheelers
14 Edie Bassy Abergavenney RC
15 Clare Chambers Twickenham CC
16 Sol Findley Twickenham CC
17 Alexandra Marzec London Phoenix
18 Tamar Vanderhaas Brighton Mitre
19 Claire Summers Dulwich Paragon CC
20 Melissa Brand Pearson Cycles
21 Kyle Lindsey London Dynamo
22 Charlotte Roberge Dulwich Paragon CC
23 Charmaine Brown Pearson Cycles
24 Anna Glowinski Team MuleBar Girls
25 Jessica Mitchell London Dynamo
26 Amy Jacobs VC Jubilee
27 Helen Keaton Pearson Cycles
28 Ann Marshall South Western RC
29 Antonia de Barton Watson London Dynamo
30 Liz Rice London Phoenix
31 Lisa Deefholts Redhill CC
32 Bridget Malarkey Addiscombe CC
33 Nancy Gibson Rollapaluza CC
34 Maria Balbi Redhill CC
35 Francesca Farran-Lee Twickenham CC
36 Joanna Le Cocq Velo Sport Jersey
37 Lydia Boylan London Dynamo
dnf Danielle Archer A3CRG

Monday 29 March 2010

Our First LWCR League Leader

Congratulations to Elise Laverick-Sherwell (Pearson Cycles) who stormed to victory at the first round of the LWCR League at Goodwood on 28th March.

Well done to everyone else who raced and helped to make this a great day and a record turnout at the historic motor circuit.
Results and reports to follow.

Photo by Gavin Percy

Tuesday 23 March 2010

League starts this Sunday at Goodwood

Our opening race on 28th March is organised by the Surrey League, and you can enter online here, or simply enter on the day. Race entry is £13, or £18 if you don't have a BC licence.

Getting to Goodwood

The race takes place on the Goodwood Motor Circuit at Goodwood airfield - here's a map (and here is Lisa Scarlett's review of what it's like to race there).

Our advice would be to get there about an hour before the race starts at 9:31 - that will give you plenty of time to sign on, get changed, make sure your bike is put together properly and perhaps do a little warming up. There will be a couple of practice laps before the race starts, so you'll get a chance to get a feel for riding as a group.

If you've got space in your car to offer a lift, or if you need help getting there, why not share your offer / request in our Facebook group?

To affiliate to the league, either as a club or individually please click on the "Join" section of the website, complete the form and send in your cheque.

If you're going to be participating in the League (at Goodwood or any other event), you can help us out beforehand by entering your name and club on this online form. It's not compulsory, but it'll make sure we spell your name correctly!

When you sign on at Goodwood (and any other League event), please mark an 'L' by your name to indicate that you're participating in the League.

Our leader's jerseys have arrived!

At the end of the race on Sunday, the League leader will be awarded our lovely new LWCR / look mum no hands jersey, to wear at the next League race.

Monday 22 March 2010

Road Race Entry News

1. LWCR League Race 1
Goodwood - 28th March: Entry Fees - £13 (Advance or on the day)
£18 (Non-BC licence holder)
Don't forget to affiliate to LWCR before Goodwood if you would like your result from this race to be included in the League. Details in the "Join" section.

2. Twickenham CC Women's Team Series Race, Windsor: Closing date for entry, 28th March
Get your entries soon! Event details here. Enter using either a team entry form or an individual entry form

3. LWCR League Race 4
Addiscombe 25M time trial - 25th April: Closing date, as with all time trials is 14 days before the event. Get your entry in by 10th April!
Event details here and in the Cycling time trials handbook. Enter using the standard time trial entry form

Friday 5 March 2010

Milton Keynes Starter Races

Milton Keynes Starter races are ideal preparation for the road racing season.

Races take place around the short fast circuit on the perimeter road in the Milton Keynes Bowl.

The race is handicapped so that riders are placed in groups according to their ability. The slowest group sets off first, followed by a slightly faster group setting off shortly afterwards. The scratch group containing the quickest riders will set off last and will aim to catch the groups ahead of them, while those groups in turn try to stay away.

The racing lends itself to lots of communication within groups and tactical riding. This is also ideal for new riders who want to dip their toe in the road racing water!

Saturday March 6th, March 20th, April 10th
12.30pm, 35km - £10 in advance, £12 on the day
£25 advanced entry to all three races
Milton Keynes Bowl, Watling Street, MK5 8AA
Map link