Report – Womens’ York Road Race


First ever Women’s Tour de Yorkshire won in thrilling bunch sprint by Louise Mahé of IKON-Mazda, who finished strongest in a bunch sprint on the Knavesmire in York.

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Report – Womens’ York Road Race
Eight seven riders lined up on the start line for this, the first edition of the new race organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and British Cycling. Bob Howden, President of British Cycling waved the flag to start the race and the front riders set a high pace from the start.


The wind played a factor in how the race, set over four laps of a technical 20km circuit, panned out with a strong front group rapidly putting distance between themselves and the chasers.

The first lap was completed at an average speed of 26mph and the first sprint points were taken by Manon Lloyd (Team USN), Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) and Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda), with Ciara Horne (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International), Katie Archibald and Nicola Juniper (team Giordana-Triton) taking the second sprint points. The third sprint points were taken by Katie Archibald, Manon Lloyd and Charline Joiner.

Speaking to the media after the race, overall winner Louise Mahé said, “It was super fast from the off, with plenty of attacks but nothing stuck. It was quick, really quick. It was quite a mixed field but that’s the beauty of women’s racing, you can race against your heroes”.


With only 10 seconds separating the top 28 riders who sprinted for the line, the last lap proved a stunning finale for the crowds who had gathered earlier in the morning.

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said “Today we’ve seen how spectacular women’s racing is and I am delighted that we had such a strong field. We will grow the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire year on year and I look forward to seeing female riders of this calibre back on Yorkshire roads”.

Marc Etches, Race Director, said “Giving the riders the opportunity to race on this circuit in York, with the crowds and the atmosphere, was brilliant. Today was a really special race for the women and let’s hope we can build the race in the years to come”.

Podium prizes were awarded by Denise Burton-Cole, retired World Champion and daughter of Yorkshire legendary rider Beryl Burton, with Kersten England, Chief Executive of City of York Council. Prizes included bouquets of locally grown flowers from From The Farm, and hampers Yorkshire produce provided by Drewton’s Farm Shop.


1, Mahe,Louise – IKON – Mazda 10:35:18
2, Roe,Eileen – Wiggle Honda
3, Curtis,Katie – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Int
4, Joiner,Charline – Team WNT
5, Barnes,Alice – Betch.NL-Superior-Brentjens
6, Garner,Grace – Team Giordana – Triton
7, Kay,Emily – Team USN
8, Hill,Amy – Team Rytger
9, Juniper,Nicola – Team Giordana – Triton
10, Dentus,Abigail – Team Velosport
11, Dickinson,Eleanor – Team Giordana – Triton
12, Shaw,Lucy – Matrix Fitness Development
13, Crumpton,Beth – North West Cycling Club
14, Holden,Elizabeth – Team Giordana
15, Cobb,Alice – Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire
16, Archibald,Katie – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intl
17, Shaw,Gabriella – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intl
18, Boylan,Lydia – Team WNT
19, Hopkins,Ella – IKON – Mazda
20, Parkinson,Abby-Mae – Team Giordana – Triton
21, Park,Annasley – Team Giordana – Triton
22, De Quint,Pia – Velosure Starley Primal
23, Mellor,Amira – Paul Milnes – Bradford Olympic
24, Simpson,Annabel – Hope Factory Racing
25, Simmonds,Hayley – Team Velosport
26, Grant,Emma – IKON – Mazda
27, Coster,Ellie – Team
28, Rimmington,Rebecca – IKON – Mazda
29, Hall,Lucy – Crosstrax
30, Creamer,Lauren – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intl
31, Lloyd,Manon – Team USN
32, Erskine,Julie – IKON – Mazda
33, Horne,Ciara – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intl
34, Nelson,Emily – Team USN
35, Walker,Jessie – Matrix Fitness
36, Hayward,Bethany – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intl
37, McVitty,Keira – Team Giordana – Triton
38, Turvey,Anna – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intl
39, Kinloch,Alison – PH-MAS VCUK Womens Cycling Team
40, OBrien,Lauren – Team Giordana – Triton
41, Gornall,Amy – Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire
42, Storey,Dame Sarah – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours Intl
43, Christian,Anna – Wiggle Honda
44, Hall,Corrine – IKON – Mazda
45, Tate,Brit – Team WNT
46, Brand,Melissa – IKON – Mazda
47, Walker,Hannah – Team WNT
48, Chappell,Ruby – Behind The Bikeshed
49, Dixon,Eve – Team 22
50, Stedman,Elizabeth – University of Sheffield CC
51, Verdegaal,Madeline – Boston Whls CC
52, Thompson,Seonaid – Albarosa Cycling Club
53, Brogan,Kayleigh – Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire
54, Poole, Karen – Team WattCycle
55, Riley,Gina – Team 22
56, Richards,Suzie – Albarosa Cycling Club
57, Beddis,Delia – Les Filles Racing Team
58, Botteley,Sian – Velosure Starley Primal

Katie Archibald – Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International

2nd Category riders
1. Alice Cobb – Aprire Bicycles/HSS Hire
2. Annasley Park – Team Giordana-Triton
3. Hayley Simmons – Team Velosport

3rd category riders
1. Alice Barnes – Betch.NL-Superior-Brentjens MTB RT
2. Beth Crumpton – North West Cycling Club
3. Ella Hopkins – IKON-Mazda

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