Report – Women’s Ryedale Grand Prix


Series winner Nicola Juniper has won the 2014 Women’s Ryedale GP whilst Bethany Hayward is the British Women’s Junior RR Champion

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Report – Women’s Ryedale Grand Prix

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Nicola Juniper has won the 2014 Women’s Ryedale GP at Ampleforth Abbey & College whilst Bethany Hayward is the British Women’s Junior RR Champion


Bethany Hayward and Nicola Juniper – winners

A recent addition to the Ryedale Grand Prix in North Yorkshire, the Women’s event today started under brightening skies with two races in one –the senior womens National Series event (41 entries) and the Junior Women’s RR Championship (25 entries).

On the start line were many familiar names including Nicola Juniper who has been a revelation this year, going from a rider who has been there or thereabouts in the results to a rider consistently on the podium. In fact, Nicola told us before the start that she has podiumed in all but two National Series races and had in fact already won the series before a wheel was turned at Ryedale.


After 30 of 39 miles on her own, Nicola Juniper wins the Women’s race

The Junior race, like the men’s the day before, was missing some talented riders who were racing the European Champs on the track but again lots of familiar names with BikePure and RST having the strongest teams.

It was an early start of 9.15 they rolled down to the start in the Ampleforth Abbey & College grounds with three circuits to be done for a distance of 39 miles. The first lap saw the field splitting as a group of about 15 stronger riders rode clear on the grippy roads of the Howardian Hills. With half an hour of racing underwheel, a minute and half covered the race front to back but more splits were to come as they approached the main climb.

Coming through the College grounds, Nicola Juniper was a few seconds clear of a large lead group of 20 or so riders including many juniors and Nicola continued to ride away from the rest and within ten minutes had a minutes lead with still two thirds of the race to go. Chasing Nicola was a group of around 16 riders that included:

Elizabeth Malins, Abigail Dentus (J), Rebecca Womersely, Vanessa Whitfield, Eve Dixon,, Gabriella Nordin, Jennifer Hudson, Rebecca Rimmington, Natalie Grinczer, Bethany Hayward (J), Jane Barr, Laura Massey, Amy Gornall (J), Alexie Shaw, Ellie Campbell, Elizabeth Holden (J), Sophie Falkner (J), Rebecca Nixon and Abby Mae Parkinson (J).


Riders leave the start at 9.30 this morning.

Into the latter part of the second big loop, Juniper’s lead was ever increasing to a minute 30 and the chase group was starting to fragment with three riders dropping away. As they entered the college grounds to get the bell with nine miles to go, Juniper had over two minutes on the 13 chasers which contained six (from 25 starters) juniors fighting for the British championship and the series winner’s lead continued to grow.

Towards the end of the final lap, a group of six escaped ti chse Juniper and included two juniors Bethany Hayward and Amy Gornall as well as Becky Rimmington, Elizabeth Malins, Emma Grant and Jane Barr but that never stuck.


Nicola makes her move the first time through the finish area

Out front though, Juniper continued to lead all the way to the finish to seal yet another victory in the series. A minute and a half later came the chase group and there were two races being fought out here. Laura Massey took second ahead of first Junior and new British Junior Women’s Champion Bethany Hayward who also picked up the third placed prized money in the main event.

Second junior was Elizabeth Holden and third Amy Gornall, both from RST Racing.


Junior Women Podium – Bethany Hayward (centre) with Elizabeth Holden (right) and third Amy Gornall (left)


 Nicola Juniper with her Yorkshire Roses (centre) and Bethany Hayward (3rd) and Laura Massey (2nd)


The peloton fighting a losing battle to catch Nicola.


One of the riders showing the effects of a crash, one of many during the day.


Laura Massey wins the sprint for second.

RESULT (provisional)
1. Nicola Juniper, Echelon
2. Laura Massey, Epic cycles
3. Bethany Hayward, Matrix Fitness (J)
4. Emma Grant, Tibco
5. Elizabeth Holden, RST Racing (J)
6. Rebecca Womersley, Wymndymila
7. Rebecca Rimmington, Merlin Cycles
8. Amy Gornall, RST Racing (J)
9. Jane Barr, Velocity
10. Jennifer Hudson, VC ST Raphael
11. Elizabeth Malins, Fusion
12. Ellie Campbell, Fusion
13. Alexie Shaw, Epic Cycles
14. Gabriella Nordin, Pedal Power
15. Sophie Falkner, Fusion (J)
16. Eve Dixon, Team 22
17. Abigail Dentus, De Ver (J)
18. Natalie Grinczer, Fusion
19. Rebecca Nixon, Dundee Thistle
20. Abby Mae Parkinson, RST Racing (J)
21. Vanessa Whitfield, VC ST Raphael
22. Karen Poole, GB Cycles
23. Chloe Fraser, Deeside Thistle
24. Cassie McGoldrick, Fusion
25. Louise Burnie, Loughborugh Students
26. Maisie Duckworth, Wolverhampton Wheelers (J)
27. Lauren Obrien, RST Racing (J)
28. Iona Sewell, GB Cycles
29. Nicola Soden, GB Cycles
30. Helen McKay, Look Mum
31. Ashleigh Fraser, Deeside Thistle (J)
32. Emily Middleditch, Deeside Thistle
33. Clover Murray, Braintree Velo
34. Lucy Harper, Bike Pure (J)
35. Alexandra Sheehan, Merlin (J)


1. Bethany Hayward, Matrix Fitness (J)
2. Elizabeth Holden, RST Racing (J)
3. Amy Gornall, RST Racing (J)
3. Sophie Falkner, Fusion (J)
4. Abigail Dentus, De Ver (J)
5. Abby Mae Parkinson, RST Racing (J)
6. Maisie Duckworth, Wolverhampton Wheelers (J)
7. Lauren Obrien, RST Racing (J)
8. Ashleigh Fraser, Deeside Thistle (J)
9. Lucy Harper, Bike Pure (J)
10. Alexandra Sheehan, Merlin (J)

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