Friday, 26 October 2012

Awards Night 2012

It’s been another great, year for the LWCR league, sponsored by Rapha and Motion Junkies in 2012.

Rapha hosted the League Awards party last Friday at their new Rapha Cycle Club in Soho, with lots of pink, and black goodies handed out.   

 Lydia Boylan from Look Mum No Hands! RT  finished first individual for the second year running, having maintained her position at the head of the league from start to finish. Second and third places went to Emily Bagnall of Wyndymilla UK Youth and Astrid Wingler of London Phoenix, who both put up a good fight throughout the season.  

The team prize was won by Look Mum No Hands! RT for the second year in a row, withWyndyMilla UK Youth and Pearson CC in second and third, respectively.

Other 2012 awards:

- Most Improved Rider -- Alexie Shaw, Dulwich Paragon

- Best New Rider -- Jasmijn Muller, Kingston Wheelers

- Rapha Award: Most Tenacious Rider of the Season -- Charlie Easton, Look Mum No Hands! RT

- Best 3rd cat – Helen Ralson, Pearson CC

- Lanterne Rouge (lowest placed rider who is present on the night) – Sarah Strong,  Dulwich Paragon

Lydia commented, “I honestly didn't think I'd win the league again this year. The talent in ladies racing in London is growing year on year. I knew this year the competition would be tough and that's exactly how it was. The girls are really showing more tactical knowledge and racing as a team which is giving really exciting racing that always gives a deserving winner at the end. It ended up being a really close match between me and Emily which meant every race in the league mattered to improve on overall points. I'm really looking forward to another exciting league next year.”

Sarah Cary of Corvida Allpress, a novice racer in 2012, said “I really enjoyed learning how to race this year. After many years of club riding, sportives and a trial circuit or two last summer, this year was a fun challenge.  The start line and the first 10 minutes are always nerve-racking, but the as the season went on I got better at reading the race and started feeling confident enough to join in breaks and enjoy the competition.  Everyone’s been friendly and supportive.”   

The 2012 league consisted of 11 race and time trial events in London and the South East between April and August, with prizes up for grabs for both individuals and teams.  With over 75 riders competing from 18 teams in 11 races from March to September, there was a big field to learn from and make friends with. The league is open to everyone, from novices to elites.

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Thanks to Sarah Cary for the write-up.