Team News – WNT Race Report

Team WTN looks back at their racing in the past month including London Nocturne, Team Series and some mountain biking too

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Team News – WNT Race Report

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London Nocturne: Wow! What an evening! All sorts of bikes racing round Smithfield market from Boris bikes and folding bikes to penny farthings. There was something for everyone plus elite male and female races. We had Sam, Victoria and Rose in the women’s race with none of them really knowing what to expect from this truly unique event.

The start seemed fairly chaotic, Sam missed her pedal and slipped back while Rose and Victoria tried to move up from bad starting positions. The racing was super fast Rose and Sam found themselves in a second chasing group just behind the leaders whilst Victoria was in a third group just off the back of her teammates.

The crowd were fantastic and all three enjoyed the experience and plan to go back next year when they’ll know better what to expect.


It was then onto the final round of the Matrix Fitness GP at Woking, where Rose, Victoria and Sophie would test themselves once again against some of the best riders in the country on a very fast circuit. A special mention here to Sophie, the youngest member of the team at only 18. She has managed to finish in 32nd place in all 3 Matrix Fitness GP’s she did, no mean feat againt the caliber of riders she’s been up against. The Matrix Fitness GP has been a great series and we hope to compete there again next year with a full team.

Sophie then went on to contest the St Ives town centre Nocturne using her Matrix Fitness GP experience, she sprinted to 3rd place!

After a weekend away racing her motorbike at Snetterton BSB, Sam made the trip up to Northumberland to compete in the Curlew cup, a round of the women’s national series. Sam had a good race but found herself in the wrong place when the inevitable split occurred finding herself in a small chasing group just off the back of the leaders. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience and looks forward to competing in more races at this level.


Meanwhile Victoria was racing at the Omega crits in Winchester where she scored a superb 2nd place followed up shortly afterwards with a win at the Lugershall summer crits. It was then back up north for Sam to race the mid week Barnsley town centre race. She found the course didn’t really suit her but still rode well for an 11th place finish.

Sophie travelled to Wales mid week to test herself against the clock at the British time trial championships. She finished 35th but once again shows a lot of promise for the future.

The following weekend brought the Oakley village road race, part of the women’s team series. Sophie and Rose had fantastic rides as they crossed the line in 6th and 7th places respectively. Otley town centre races are probably the biggest of its type in the country and this year with the Tour de France passing through just a few days later, it was bigger than ever with crowds in excess of 20,000.

Sam was there once again testing herself against the best in the country plus world number 1 Lizzie Armistead. The pace for this 11 lap race was electric with Lizzie eventually riding away to a solo victory, Sam finished in 20th place, a really good placing in a very competitive field.

Last week saw the team involved with several WNT customer days, the first was a motorcycle track day at Cadwell park in Lincolnshire, organised by Sam and instructed by her and some of her fellow BSB racers. The following day it was WNT’s annual mountain bike day in Derbyshires Peak District where Marcus and Sam were on hand to help out and offer advice to customers of WNT on riding technique aswell as demoing new British mountain bike brand Empire cycles to them.

The day after the mountain biking Sam and Elisa travelled to Darley Moor for a circuit race. Elisa has had a lot to do with getting the women’s only races there organised and with over 30 entries for a Saturday afternoon they seem to be succeeding!

Sam finished a great 2nd, narrowly beaten by Charlotte Colclough in a three up sprint for the line. Elisa finished safely in the bunch, still making her way back to full fitness after illness. Whilst at the mountain bike day last week Tony Pennington, MD of WNT, told the team how pleased he is of our progress over this first season and how he would like to see the team grow further for next year. We can’t wait!

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