Preview – Tour of Reservoir 2015


The line ups for the 2015 Tour of Reservoir for Men and  the 2015 Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir for Women have been released

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Preview – Tour of Reservoir 2015

This weekend sees the second Prem of the season, the two day Tour of Reservoir along with the Women’s race which is a two day this year.

Whilst the form guide for the women’s race is yet to be established this year, at least for me, after watching the Chorley Grand Prix on Saturday from the motorbike, there are some clues as to who is strong and who is still looking for form among the men.

Men’s Tour


Stage 1: 93 miles, 8 laps of Derwent Reservoir (normal circuit for race) – 1pm start. Finish in normal place after climb.


Stage 2: 106 miles, 2 laps of Derwent Reservoir, 3 laps of Blanchland (moors) circuit & 2 laps of Derwent Reservoir. Start 1.30, Finish normal place.


Women’s Tour


Stage 1: 27 miles, 10 laps of Reservoir grounds. 8.50am start, Finish on Reservoir wall (where old finish was)


Stage 2: 55 miles, 4 laps of Derwent Reservoir. 1.30pm start. Finish in normal position.

The Tour of Reservoir starts on the Saturday with 22 mile kermesse for the Women and a 93 mile road race for the men on what is the circuit the race has used for many years around the Reservoir.

Then on the Sunday, the Women take to the circuit they used last year for a 55 mile race (4 laps) and then the men do two laps of the Reservoir circuit (the one the race has used for many years now), three laps of the bigger Blanchland circuit before doing two laps of the Reservoir circuit to finish up the hill as normal in a race over 106 miles.

Alex Peters wins stage 7 Reservoir

Winner of the 2014 Women’s race Nicola Juniper returns with many more rivals to finish ahead over the two days


The Men’s Races
Looking at the two stages for the Men, the easiest one is on the Saturday, eight laps of the Derwent Reservoir and that could end up in a bunch kick. Any circuit is as easy as the riders make it and at Chorley, it wasn’t until the race lit up on the climb on the final few laps that splits occurred.

The climb at Chorley was a long one and whilst gaps could be opened on the lower slopes, it wasn’t until the upper slopes; exposed, steep and long enough to hold a gap, that the race really started to take shape. The Reservoir circuit meanwhile on the Saturday is rolling, lots of smaller climbs and the weather could have a bearing on the shape of the race as well as how aggressive it is.


Winner of the first prem of 2015 was Ian Bibby. Can he repeat his win of 2011 at Reservoir?

The result of Chorley shows that two teams were on top of their game, NFTO and Raleigh. The former were all over the race and showed that even with a World Tour rider in their squad (Steele Von Hoff), they had other options which they used well on the climbs as did Raleigh who had three in the first four.

The Saturday at Reservoir doesn’t have the climbing that Sunday will do so may come to a bunch kick of maybe half the field or more. What Saturday at Chorley showed however was that there were so many teams with the firepower to help shape the race. Wouter Sybrandy and Spain’s Adria Moreno Sala for example were in the top 10 whilst former pro Dan Fleeman of SportGrub KUOTA was 12th after being ever aggressive on the climbs.

Add to the mix Pedal Heaven who have been in the mix of all the top races in 2015 and who knows who will win the sprint to the line up the hill at Derwent Reservoir. That’s the beauty of the racing in Britain, it isn’t predictable.

The Sunday however may end up as a repeat of Chorley because there is a lot of climbing on the three loops the riders will do around the Blanchland circuit and its windswept moors. Of all the climbers, Eddie Dunbar of NFTO showed what many had already seen in the early season races and that he is a huge talent but the race doesn’t do him any favours in that after the big circuit, the riders do two laps of the less difficult Reservoir circuit.


Steve Lampier of Raleigh will be another favourite after his wins at Totnes Vire and second at Chorley

By that time however it may be in bits and how much the race comes together will depend on the combinations at the front and in the chase groups. The climbers who impressed at Chorley were Dunbar, Ian Bibby (NFTO), Jonny McEvoy (NFTO), Steve Lampier (Raleigh), Liam Holohan (Madison Genesis), Richard Handley, Mark McNally (Madison Genesis) and James McLaughlin also of Madison Genesis.

Dan Fleeman of SportGrub Kuota and Karol Domagalski of Raleigh too along with the Spanish rider Adria Moreno Sala and Pete Williams. For the latter, last year was disaster after a crash so heavy, it stopped the race for quite a while and he’ll be looking to give his team a result after they left Chorley empty handed.

A win by NFTO or Raleigh after their showing at Chorley is on the cards but that Sunday stage at Reservoir for the men is so tough that the overall could be anyone of a dozen riders depending on lady luck and how the cards fall with the breaks. Without race radios, it is not difficult for a team to be caught out!


Madison Genesis looked strong all race at Chorley with the likes of Liam Holohan (pictured), Mark McNally, James McLaughlin, Tom Stewart in the days break, Matt Cronshaw, Tom Scully and Mike Northey all showing themselves. After an extra week to recover from the Tour of Normandy, they could be a real handful for the other teams to control.

And final word on the women’s race, the favourites will include last years winner Nicola Juniper, Katie Archibald, Silver medallist at the British road race championships in 2014 Dani King and Jessie Walker but with over 100 on the start sheet, don’t be surprised to see many other names at the sharp end! See you all next week.

1 Yanto Barker One Pro Cycling Elite
2 George Atkins One Pro Cycling Elite
3 Thomas Baylis One Pro Cycling Elite
4 Marcin Bialoblocki One Pro Cycling Elite
5 George Harper One Pro Cycling Elite
6 Jonathan Mould One Pro Cycling Elite
7 Chris Opie One Pro Cycling Elite
8 Peter Williams One Pro Cycling 1st
9 Matt Cronshaw Madison Genesis Elite
10 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis 1st
11 James McLaughlin Madison Genesis 2nd
12 Mark McNally Madison Genesis 1st
13 Mike Northey Madison Genesis Elite
14 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis Elite
15 Thomas Scully Madison Genesis Elite
16 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis Elite
17 Graham Briggs JLT Condor Elite
18 Dante Carpenter JLT Condor 2nd
19 Edward Clancy MBE JLT Condor Elite
20 Michael Cuming JLT Condor 2nd
21 Richard Handley JLT Condor Elite
22 Kristian House JLT Condor Elite
23 Thomas Moses JLT Condor Elite
24 Harry Tanfield JLT Condor Elite
25 Steven Burke Team Wiggins 1st
26 Mark Christian Team Wiggins 1st
27 Iain Paton Team Wiggins 3rd
28 Daniel Patten Team Wiggins 1st
29 Andrew Tennant Team Wiggins Elite
30 Michael Thompson Team Wiggins Elite
31 Lawrence Carpenter Catford CC Equipe/Banks Elite
32 Ben Chapman Catford CC Equipe/Banks Elite
33 Ashley Dennis Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1st
34 Christopher Fennell Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1st
35 Harry Godding Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1st
36 Joshua Green Catford CC Equipe/Banks 1st
37 Henry Latimer Catford CC Equipe/Banks Elite
38 Tom Neale Catford CC Equipe/Banks Elite
39 Ian Bibby NFTO Elite
40 Eddie Dunbar NFTO 1st
41 Samuel Harrison NFTO 1st
42 Rhys Lloyd NFTO 1st
43 James Lowsley-Williams NFTO 1st
44 Jonathan McEvoy NFTO Elite
45 Robert Partridge NFTO Elite
46 George Richardson NFTO 2nd
47 Steele Von Hoff NFTO Elite
48 George Pym Raleigh GAC
49 Karol Domagalski Raleigh GAC Elite
50 Steve Lampier Raleigh GAC Elite
51 Sam Lowe Raleigh GAC 1st
52 Morgan Kneisky Raleigh GAC
53 Brad Morgan Raleigh GAC 1st
54 Evan Oliphant Raleigh GAC Elite
55 Ian Wilkinson Raleigh GAC Elite
56 James Davey Velosure Starley Primal 1st
57 James Gullen Velosure Starley Primal
58 Adria Moreno Velosure Starley Primal
59 Josh Burns Velosure Starley Primal
60 Jack Pullar Velosure Starley Primal Elite
61 Thomas Bustard Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT Elite
62 Nathan Edmondson Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT 2nd
63 Bill Nickson Giordana-Mitsubishi Electric RT 4th
64 Will Fox Pedal Heaven RT 1st
65 Gruffudd Lewis Pedal Heaven RT Elite
66 David McGowan Pedal Heaven RT Elite
67 Chris McNamara Pedal Heaven RT 1st
68 Robert Moore Pedal Heaven RT Elite
69 Mitchell Webber Pedal Heaven RT 1st
70 Stephen Williams Pedal Heaven RT 1st
71 Simon Alexander Richardsons-Trek RT Elite
72 Jamie Caldwell Richardsons-Trek RT 1st
73 Lloyd Chapman Richardsons-Trek RT 1st
74 Andrew Hastings Richardsons-Trek RT Elite
75 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT Elite
76 Owen Lake Richardsons-Trek RT 1st
77 Luke Ryan Richardsons-Trek RT Elite
78 George Wood Richardsons-Trek RT 1st
79 Ben Hetherington Achieve Northside Skinnergate Elite
80 Collin Humphrey Achieve Northside Skinnergate 1st
81 Alex Luhrs Achieve Northside Skinnergate
82 Benjack Rowe Achieve Northside Skinnergate
83 David Shackleton Achieve Northside Skinnergate Elite
84 Deacon Cutterham CGC Army Cycling Union 1st
85 Ryan Perry Army Cycling Union 1st
86 Alexander Royle Army Cycling Union Elite
87 Michael Ashurst Champion System VCUK Racing Team Elite
88 Sebastian Baylis Champion System VCUK Racing Team 1st
89 Alex Jones Champion System VCUK Racing Team 1st
90 Ash Martin Easton Ritte 2nd
91 George Fowler Easton Ritte 1st
92 Anthony Moye Easton Ritte 2nd
93 Charlie Tanfield Easton Ritte 1st
94 James Local Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1st
95 James Lowden Neon-Velo Cycling Team 2nd
96 Jack Donaldson Neon-Velo Cycling Team
97 Alex Minting Neon-Velo Cycling Team 1st
98 Peter Murdoch Neon-Velo Cycling Team Elite
99 Hugo Robinson Neon-Velo Cycling Team 2nd
100 Jacob Tipper Neon-Velo Cycling Team Elite
101 Declan Byrne Polypipe Cycling Team Elite
102 Dillon Byrne Polypipe Cycling Team Elite
103 Russell Hampton Polypipe Cycling Team 1st
104 Tom Mazzone Polypipe Cycling Team 3rd
105 Dominic Smith Polypipe Cycling Team 1st
106 Connor Swift Polypipe Cycling Team 1st
107 Simon Wilson Polypipe Cycling Team Elite
108 Mark Baines Spirit Bikes Racing Team 1st
109 Jack Beezer Spirit Bikes Racing Team 1st
110 Edward Clemens Spirit Bikes Racing Team 1st
111 Christopher Dredge Spirit Bikes Racing Team 1st
112 Lewis Grieve Spokes Racing Team 2nd
113 Fraser Martin Spokes Racing Team 1st
114 Sean Noon Spokes Racing Team 1st
115 Ruari Yeoman Spokes Racing Team 2nd
116 William Bjergfelt SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team Elite
117 Ryan Davis SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1st
118 Adam Duggleby SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team Elite
119 Dan Fleeman SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team Elite
120 Dexter Gardias SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1st
121 Robert Orr SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 2nd
122 Ben Stockdale SportGrub KUOTA Cycling Team 1st
123 Andrew Martin Team Moda-Anon 1st Withdrawn
124 Joshua Lawless Team Moda-Anon 1st
125 Andrew Webster Team Moda-Anon 2nd
126 Zack Williamson Team Moda-Anon 1st
127 Mike Millar Phoenix CC E
128 Harry Browning Pedal Pushers 2nd Withdrawn
129 Peter Cocker Pedal Pushers 1st
130 Jack Barrett The Racers 1st
131 Steven Lawley KTM 1st
132 Philip Gray Kuota – Spinergy – GSG 2nd
133 Luke Mullen Lancaster University Cycling Club 2nd
134 Scott McCrossan Paisley Velo Race Team Elite
135 Aidan Quinn Project 51 2nd
136 Grant Ferguson Betch.NL-Superior-Brentjens MTB Racing Team Elite
137 Cameron Jeffers Bill Nickson Cycles RT 2nd
138 Adam Kenway 1st
139 Lee Brown VCUK 1st
140 Brad Stokes Achieve Northside Skinnergate 1st

1 Nicola Juniper Team Giordana- Triton Elite
2 Annasley Park Team Giordana- Triton 2nd
3 Lauren O’Brien Team Giordana- Triton 2nd
4 Keira McVitty Team Giordana- Triton 1st
5 Sarah Byrne Team Giordana- Triton 3rd
6 Alexie Shaw IKON – Mazda 1st
7 Bex Rimmington IKON – Mazda
8 Laura Massey IKON – Mazda Elite
9 Ella Hopkins IKON – Mazda 3rd
10 Emma Grant IKON – Mazda 2nd
11 Julie Erskine IKON – Mazda
12 Melissa Brand IKON – Mazda 2nd
13 Karla Boddy IKON – Mazda 1st
14 Joanna Rowsell Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l Elite
15 Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l Elite
16 Gabriella Shaw Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l Elite
17 Ciara Horne Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 2nd
18 Bethany Hayward Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 1st
19 Lauren Creamer Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 1st
20 Clemence Copie Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l
21 Nikola Butler Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 2nd
22 Danielle King Wiggle Honda Elite
23 Anna Christian Wiggle Honda 2nd
24 Jessie Walker Matrix Fitness 1st
25 Penny Rowson Matrix Fitness 2nd
26 Elinor Barker Matrix Fitness Elite
27 Lucy Shaw Matrix Fitness Development 2nd
28 Lucy Harper Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 2nd
29 Amy Gornall Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 2nd
30 Alice Cobb Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 2nd
31 Kayleigh Brogan Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire 2nd
32 Elizabeth-Jane Harris Army Cycling Union 2nd
33 Mathilde Matthijsse Bonito Squadra Corse 2nd
34 Lydia Gurley Bonito Squadra Corse
35 Annabel Fisher Bonito Squadra Corse 2nd
36 Henrietta Colborne Bonito Squadra Corse 2nd
37 Nicola Soden Carnac-Planet X 2nd
38 Iona Sewell Carnac-Planet X 1st
39 Sandra Mackay Carnac-Planet X 2nd
40 Sarah Cramoysan Carnac-Planet X 3rd
41 Lou Collins Carnac-Planet X 2nd
42 Ellie Campbell Fusion Development Racing Team 3rd
43 Gillian Taylor Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 2nd
44 Mathilde Pauls Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 2nd
45 Rebecca Nixon Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 2nd
46 Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 2nd
47 Natalie Grinczer Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 2nd
48 Hannah Walker Team WNT Elite
49 Jo Tindley Team WNT 1st
50 Lauryn Therin Team WNT 2nd
51 Rose Osborne Team WNT 2nd
52 Charline Joiner Team WNT 1st
53 Rebecca Carter Team WNT 2nd
54 Sam Burman Team WNT 3rd
55 Lydia Boylan Team WNT 1st
56 Helen Ralston Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
57 Nicole Oh Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
58 Helen McKay Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
59 Laura Greenhalgh Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
60 Jennifer George Les Filles Racing Team 1st
61 Delia Beddis Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
62 Chloe Weller PMR@Toachim House 2nd
63 Victoria Strila PMR@Toachim House 2nd
64 Adele Martin PMR@Toachim House 2nd
65 Susan Freeburn PMR@Toachim House 2nd
66 Elanor Cadzow PMR@Toachim House 2nd
67 Alexis Barnes PMR@Toachim House 2nd
68 Vanessa Whitfield Team 22 2nd
69 Sarah Rose Team 22 2nd
70 Claire Martin Team 22 2nd
71 Jennifer Edwards Team 22 2nd
72 Eve Dixon Team 22 1st
73 Joanne Blakeley Team 22 2nd
74 Gabriella Leveridge Velosure Starley Primal 2nd
75 Tanya Griffiths Velosure Starley Primal 1st
76 Josephine Gilbert Velosure Starley Primal 2nd
77 Pia De Quint Velosure Starley Primal
78 Sian Botteley Velosure Starley Primal 2nd
79 Gabriella Nordin GB 2nd
80 Louise Burnie GB 3rd
81 Rebecca Womersley Corley Cycles – Drops RT 2nd
82 Hannah Payton Corley Cycles – Drops RT 2nd
83 Ellen McDermott Team WattCycle 3rd
84 Jennifer Batey Team WattCycle 3rd
85 Gabrielle Duckworth Lune RCC 2nd
86 Ashleigh Fraser Deeside Thistle CC 2nd
87 Tamina Oliver Wv Zeeuws-Vlaanderen – J F L F 1st
88 Clover Murray WyndyMilla 2nd
89 Abigail Van Twisk WyndyMilla – Reynolds 3rd
90 Charlotte Sampson Zappi’s Racing Team 2nd
91 Sarah Bradford Johnstone Wheelers Cycling Club 3rd
92 Charlotte Broughton Spirit Bikes Racing Team 2nd
93 Maryka Sennema Kingston Wheelers CC 1st
94 Rosa Martin PH-MAS VCUK Women’s Cycling Team 2nd
95 Maisie Duckworth Wolverhampton Whls 2nd
96 Sophia Chastell M and D Cycles / Fusion RT / WORX 3rd
97 Ellie Coster Team USN 2nd
98 Jane Barr Velocity 44 Stirling 2nd
99 Jennifer Crouch Team Velosport 2nd
100 Emma Coldwell Team Vertex
101 Ruth Summerford
102 Edita Janeliunaite
103 Amy Brice
104 Emma Rata Bonito Squadra Corse 3rd
105 Chloe Fraser Team Rytgear 1st
106 Lee Brown VLUK/Champion Systme 1st

Former winners (Mens)
2014: 1. Alex Peters, 2. Peter Hawkins 3. Yanto Barker
2013: 1. Evan Oliphant, 2. Chris Opie, 3. Peter Hawkins
2012: 1. Scott Thwaites, 2. Peter Hawkins, 3. Russell Downing
2011: 1. Ian Bibby, 2. Marcin Bialoblocki, 3. Dean Downing
2010: 1. Simon Richardson 2. Ian Wilkinson 3. Niklas Gustavsson
2009: 1. Andrew Tennant 2. Russell Downing 3. Robert Partridge
2008: 1. Russell Downing 2. Kristian House 3. Simon Richardson
2007: 1. Dean Downing 2. Gordon McCauley 3. Robin Sharman
2006: 1. Ben Greenwood 2. Kristian House 3. Matthew Stephens
2005: 1. Dean Downing 2. Kevin Dawson 3. Russell Downing
2004: 1. Shaun Snodden 2. Neil Swithenbank 3. Richard Sutcliffe
2003: 1. Chris Newton 2. Mark Lovatt 3. Malcolm Elliott
2002: 1. Mark Lovatt 2. John Tanner 3. Kevin Dawson
2001: Not held
2000: 1. Mark Lovatt, 2. Jeffrey Wright 3. Chris Young
1999: 1. Mark Lovatt 2. Neil Swithenbank 3. Christopher Anelay
1998: 1. Jeffrey Wright, 2. Chris Young 3. Christopher Anelay


WOMENS (single day race)
1 Nicola Juniper Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int’l 2nd
2 Alexie Shaw IKON – Mazda 1st
3 Molly Weaver IKON – Mazda 1st
4 Hannah Walker IKON – Mazda Elite
5 Chloe Fraser Deeside Thistle CC 2nd

Stage 1
1 Alex Peters Madison Genesis Elite
2 Peter Hawkins Madison Genesis 1st
3 Yanto Barker Raleigh GAC Elite
4 Marcin Bialoblocki Giordana Racing Team Elite
5 Thomas Moses JLT Condor Elite

Stage 2
1 Evan Oliphant Raleigh GAC Elite
2 Jonathan Mould NFTO Elite
3 Ian Wilkinson Raleigh GAC Elite
4 Russell Downing NFTO Elite
5 Alex Peters Madison Genesis Elite

Final Overall
1 Alex Peters Madison Genesis Elite
2 Peter Hawkins Madison Genesis 1st
3 Yanto Barker Raleigh GAC Elite
4 Marcin Bialoblocki Giordana Racing Team Elite
5 Thomas Moses JLT Condor Elite
6 Graham Briggs JLT Condor Elite
7 Steve Lampier Giordana Racing Team Elite
8 Mathieu Boulo
9 Mike Northey Madison Genesis N/A
10 Evan Oliphant Raleigh GAC Elite
11 Ian Wilkinson Raleigh GAC Elite
12 Samuel Williams NFTO Elite
13 Robert Partridge Giordana Racing Team Elite
14 David Clarke KTM 1st
15 Adam Blythe NFTO Elite
16 Richard Hepworth Giordana Racing Team Elite
17 Dan Fleeman Metaltek KUOTA RT Elite
18 Thomas Stewart Madison Genesis N/A
19 Morgan Kneisky
20 Andrew Tennant Madison Genesis Elite

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