Sunday, 26 June 2011

Round 7 results are up!

The Richmond Park TT, organised and promoted by the London Dynamo club, was a resounding success for the LWCR with over two dozen riders taking part in the Lady Road division. Warm muggy weather and quiet breezy conditions made the early morning start for the ladies a bit more bearable (all the riders were off by 6:30am!) The popularity of the league and friendly nature of the event for novice riders meant the Road division well outnumbered the TT division, something that would never happen in a "typical" CTT event.

Charlotte Easton of Look Mum No Hands! RT ran away with the win, followed by her teammate Helen McKay in second place. Third place -- something that can only happen in TTs -- was a tie between three riders, with Astrid Wingler of London Phoenix sharing the accolades with LMNH racers Lydia Boylan and Joanne McRae.

Prizes for the top three finishers and the lanterne rouge (Antonia de Barton-Watson of London Dynamo) for this round were generously provided by AnaNichoola -- two pairs of her signature cycling gloves and two sets of arm-warmers.

Special thanks to Rebecca Slack for her organisation and to John Mullineaux for taking great pics as always.

Winner Charlotte Easton in the middle, with 2nd place Helen McKay on the left. In a three-way tie for third, Astrid Wingler (front), Lydia Boylan (middle) and Joanne McRae (back) squeeze together on the podium.

1 Detta Guerrini London Dynamo Lady TT 0:26:31
2 Rachel Turner The Altitude Centre Lady TT 0:26:40
3 Rachael Elliott Newbury RC Lady TT 0:26:59
4 Charlotte Easton Look Mum No Hands! Lady Road 0:27:40 *
5 Helen McKay Look Mum No Hands! Lady Road 0:28:38 *
6 Lauren Whitmore London Dynamo Lady TT 0:28:46
7 Astrid Wingler London Phoenix CC Lady Road 0:29:22 *
8 Lydia Boylan Look Mum No Hands! Lady Road 0:29:22 *
9 Joanne McRae Look Mum No Hands! Lady Road 0:29:22 *
10 Lisa Gunn Kingston Wheelers Lady Road 0:29:35 *
11 Anna Grundy Look Mum No Hands! Lady Road 0:29:50 *
12 Tessa Pugh London Dynamo Lady Road 0:30:13 *
13 Christine Bertram N/A Lady TT 0:30:22
14 Louise Fellingham London Dynamo Lady Road 0:30:23 *
15 Kat Holloway NA Lady Road 0:30:24
16 Coralie Glaunes Pearson Cycle Club Lady Road 0:30:28 *
17 Tabitha Rendall Team Larkfield Cycles Lady Road 0:30:34 *
18 Dyanne Holland Inverse/Cyclaim RT Lady Road 0:30:36 *
19 Ruth Clifton London Dynamo Lady Road 0:30:57 *
20 Nicole Oh Pearson Cycle Club Lady Road 0:31:08 *
21 Pan Pan Fan Look Mum No Hands! Lady Road 0:31:09 *
22 Vikki Filsell Pearson Cycle Club Lady Road 0:31:21 *
23 Charlotte Roberge Dulwich Paragon CC Lady Road 0:31:36 *
24 Francesca Lee Edwardes Elite Cycling Lady Road 0:31:37 *
25 Romana Richards Kingston Wheelers Lady Road 0:31:39 *
26 Isabel Cashman London Phoenix Lady Road 0:31:44 *
27 Siobhan McNamara ** Inverse/Cyclaim RT Lady Road 00:31:59 *
28 Charmaine Brown Pearson Cycle Club Lady Road 0:32:00 *
29 Jan Farmer Serpentine RC Lady TT 0:32:00
30 Victoria Collins London Dynamo Lady Road 0:32:03 *
31 Hilary Walker Serpentine RC Lady TT 0:32:20
32 Jessica Mitchell London Dynamo Lady Road 0:32:23 *
33 Nikki Engelbach Pearson Cycle Club Lady Road 0:32:26 *
34 Anna Korbacz London Dynamo Lady Road 0:32:50 *
35 Marsha El-Hage RG Active Race Team Lady TT 0:32:50
36 Antonia de Barton-Watson London Dynamo Lady Road 0:34:12 *
37 Edwina Brocklesby Serpentine RC Lady Road 0:37:18

* denotes LWCR riders
** inc 30 second roundabout penalty

Current league rankings show Charlotte Easton now in first place with a narrow two-point lead over teammate Lydia Boylan. Anna Grundy rounds out the top three.

Look Mum No Hands! RT at the top of the league rankings with three rounds left to race. From left to right: Lydia (ranked 2nd), Charlie (ranked 1st) and Anna (ranked 3rd).

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Inverse/Cyclaim RT Summer Series

Quick plug for the summer series promoted by Inverse/Cyclaim RT and held at Hillingdon. This is a five-race series held on Saturdays throughout the summer, beginning this weekend, June 25. The second of the series on July 2 also counts as LWCR Round 8.

From the flyer:

Championship points will be awarded to the top 20 riders in each race with 20 pts for first down to 1 point for 20th. In the women's race the top 20 E/1/2 and 3/4 riders will receive separate championship points from the same single race to give all the riders an even chance in the championship.

It's great to see a local team putting back into the racing community in promoting this series. Thanks to Inverse/Cyclaim for taking the initiative to provide a exciting women's format too. Please come out and support these races!

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Round 6 results are up!

A large field containing some of the UK's best female road racers lined up at the start gantry for the Women’s Criterium at the Smithfield Nocturne on the evening of Saturday 11th June.

From the gun the head of the peloton, which included Annie Simpson (Horizon Fitness) and Lucy Garner (Motorpoint Cycling) set a blistering pace. Such was the speed of the race that riders were being dropped even on the opening laps, with a few racers eventually being lapped a couple of times by the front runners.

On lap 3 Lucy Garner and her Motorpoint Cycling teammate Hannah Barnes, made a distinct break off the front, thus leading to even greater fragmentation of the field.

The two young Motorpoint Cycling stars were joined by Helen Wyman (Horizon Fitness) who had to try and play a tactical game knowing the explosive sprinting power of her two rivals.

Hannah Barnes takes the victory with teammate Lucy Garner right behind. Photo courtesy of Dave Hayward.

Behind this breakaway group, riders from the other leading teams of For Viored Brookvex, Condor Cycles and individuals such as Corrine Hall (Team Corridori) and Natalie Cresswick (Abus Nutrixxion) worked hard to bring back the escapees. For a brief moment it looked like their chase had been successful, only for Helen Wyman to put the hammer down and cause the group to split again.

Meanwhile, for the rest of the field it was a case of hanging on and surviving the relentless pace driven by the leading riders.

Even if some of the local girls were out of contention for the podium there was still scope for races to take place within the race.

Look Mum No Hands! RT in the thick of it, in front of the big crowd. Photo courtesy of Dave Hayward.

Further back, royal battles were fought between riders from Look Mum No Hands RT, London Dynamo, Kingston Wheelers CC and Pearson CC as women fought to bag those all-important points for their ranking in the London Women’s League.

All this provided great entertainment for the roaring crowds, as people were out in their droves to watch great racing that brightened up this cloudy Saturday night. Every time the women zoomed by, folks banged on the hoardings enthusiastically, which in turn spurred the riders to dig in that bit deeper.

After 30 minutes of an impressive display of women’s criterium racing in London, moves were made to determine the winner. Current National Criterium Champion Hannah Barnes (Motorpoint Cycling) sprinted clear of the trio to cross the finish line as the winner, for the third year running, of the Smithfield Nocturne Women’s Criterium. Lucy Garner (Motorpoint Cycling) and Helen Wyman (Horizon Fitness) gallantly filled the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.

Helen Wyman was presented with the Bean About Town Rider of the Day prize. Coralie Glaunes (Pearson CC) was awarded a pack of quality coffee beans from Bean About Town as a Lanterne Rouge prize.

The podium, from left to right: Lucy Garner, Hannah Barnes, Helen Wyman. Photo courtesy of Connie Stevens.

In league standings, Lydia Boylan and Emily Bagnall are tied for first, with the leadership going to Lydia based on her higher placings in league races. Look Mum No Hands! RT maintains its command as top team in the league.

1 Hannah Barnes Motorpoint Cycling *
2 Lucy Garner Motorpoint Cycling *
3 Helen Wyman Kona/ FSA Factory Team
4 Annie Simpson Horizon Fitness - Prendas Ciclismo
5 Amy Roberts For Viored Brookvex
6 Alice Barnes Motorpoint Cycling *
7 Nicola Juniper PCA Ciclos Uno
8 Harriet Owen Motorpoint Cycling *
9 Natalie Creswick Abus Nutrixxion
10 Ella Sadler-Andrews Horizon Fitness - Prendas Ciclismo
11 Rohan Battison For Viored Brookvex
12 Julie Krasniak For Viored Brookvex
13 Corrine Hall Team Corridori
14 Estelle Rogers Condor Cycles
15 Ceri Dipple Twenty3c-Orbea
16 Joanne McRae Look Mum No Hands *
17 Stephanie May Team Quest - The Bike Shop
18 Delia Beddis Condor Cycles
19 Emily Bagnall Kingston Whls CC *
20 Lydia Boylan Look Mum No Hands *
21 Louise Mahe Mulebar Girl *
22 Charlotte Easton Look Mum No Hands *
23 Rachel Przybylski Condor Cycles
24 Caroline Harding AW Cycles *
25 Louise Moriarty Look Mum No Hands *
26 Hannah Walker Motorpoint Cycling *
27 Lisa Gunn Kingston Whls CC *
28 Emma Craddock Southdowns Bikes Cycling Club
29 Louise Fellingham London Dynamo/Prologue *
30 Tracy Corbett London Dynamo/Prologue *
31 Collyn Ahart London Dynamo/Prologue *
32 Ruby Miller Cycling Team
33 Monica Da Polenza AW Cycles *
34 Coralie Glaunes Pearson Cycling Club *
35 Vikki Filsell Pearson Cycling Club *
36 Pan Pan Fan Look Mum No Hands *

*denotes LWCR league affiliated rider

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Round 5 results are up!

Round 5 saw 16 women take on 15 laps of the Hoggenberg on Thursday evening. Charlotte Easton of Look Mum No Hands! RT emerged victorious while her teammate Anna Grundy reclaied the league leadership with a 2nd place finish. In fact, all three top spots in the league are held by the Look Mum No Hands team, helping to solidify their likely unsurmountable league lead in the team competition as well.

Full results from the race:

1 130 Charlotte Easton Look Mum No Hands! RT 1 *
2 126 Anna Grundy Look Mum No Hands! RT 1 *
3 122 Astrid Wingler London Phoenix 2 *
4 123 Delia Beddis Dulwich Paragon 2 *
5 125 Helen McKay Look Mum No Hands! RT 2 *
6 124 Dyanne Holland Inverse Cyclaim RT 3 *
7 131 Nicola Hamilton Look Mum No Hands! RT 4 *
8 132 Nicole Oh Pearson CC 4 *
9 133 Coralie Glaunes Pearson CC 4 *
10 134 Vikki Filsell Pearson CC 3 *
11 135 Lisa Gunn Kingston Wheelers 4 *
12 128 Tabitha Rendall Team Larkfield Cycles 4 *
13 127 Charlotte Roberge Dulwich Paragon 4 *
14 136 Romana Richards Kingston Wheelers 4 *
15 129 Claire Beaumont Condor Cycles 2
DNF 121 Francesca Lee Edwardes 4 *

* denotes league riders

Next up is round 6, the London Nocturne on Saturday June 11. For round 7, the LWCR league takes on a different challenge: the Richmond Park Time Trial. There are already numerous riders entered for this event (only the road bike entry counts towards the league) and entries by mail close at the on Friday June 10th , meaning there are a few days left to get yours in. There is NO entry on the day.