Report: Women’s Team Series


Birthday girl Charlotte Alston was the deserved winner of the Banbury organised Women’s Team Series race

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Report: Women’s Team Series
by Jon Miles  photos Simon Blackwell



At the end of a very eventful Women’s Team Series race held near Banbury organised by Mike Hicks and Banbury Star CC, birthday girl Charlotte Alston, Team 22, strongly out rode the main break of 17 riders who from a maximum gap of 52 seconds to just 24 seconds at the finish line.

Happy Charlotte told us “The first lap my legs felt awful but the first time up the main hill the bunch split dramatically and I was determined to stay near the front so that was a good move. Then a large group of us got away and we worked well.

“I was not feeling too good each time up the hill but there were a few small attacks in the last 5 kilometres but just tried to neutralise those then onto the hill just managed to come around Rose and Fiona so it all worked out well. First time I have won a prestigious race as a Team Series and it is my birthday today as well, nice present”


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While the race started in glorious sunshine, and finished in glorious sunshine, it did however  power through a deluge and a hailstorm….let alone facing Banbury Start’s infamous Edge Hill QOM challenge, which Annabel Fisher of Neon Velo monstered up each time to win the award by a significant margin.

Banbury Edge hill


1. Charlotte Alston Team 22
2. Rose Osborne Drops Cycling Team
3 Fiona Hunter Johnston Fusion RT Fierlan
4. Louise Laker Aprire Bicycles HSS Hire
5. Jennifer Powell eliteVelo Kalas Sportswear
6. Jennifer Hudson Fusion RT Fierlan
7 Louise Mahe Les Filles RT
8 Gemma Sargeant Aprire Cycles HSS Hire
9 Elizabeth Steadman Fusion RT Fierlan
10. Annabel Fisher Fusion RT Fierlan
11. Chanel Mason Army Cycling Race Team
12 Heidi Vies Composite Team
13. Laura Greenhalgh Les Filles RT
14. Amira Mellor Matrix Fitness
15. Sara King Composite Team
16. Natasha Reddy RP Vision RT
17. Charlotte Heywood Twickenham CC
18. Charlotte Broughton Team Ford EcoBoost
19. Corrine Hudson RP Vision RT
20. Kate Baker Performance Cycles
21. Sophie Faulkner FusionRT Fierlan
22. Louise Surridge Team Ford EcoBoost
23. Clover Murray Team Ford EcoBoost
24. Olivia Campbell Dulwich Paragon
25. Lydia Brookes Sigma Sports
26. Clemence Copie Les Filles RT
27. Megan McDonald Composite Team
28. Isabella Neumann Composite Team
29. Gabriella Norden Starley Racing
30. Michelle Lee Composite Team
31. Catherine Coley Composite Team
32. Alice Staniford eliteVelo Kalas Sportswear
33. Emily Meakin Composite Team
34. Alisia Rogers Composite Team
35. Rebecca Johnson Fast Test Racing
36. Alexandra Farquhar Army Cycling Race Team
37. Alexis Barnes PMR@toachim house
38. Jessica Duffy Bikeshed Bianchi
39 Samantha Verrill Team 22
40. Alison Gravitt Twickenham CC
41. Elanor Cadzow Kinetic Cycles Welwyn
42. Sophie Currie Les Filles RT
43. Lucy Driver Composite Team
44. Rebecca Waters Performance Cycles RT
45. Chloe Weller Army Cycling Race Team
46. Savannah Morgan Team 22
47. Olivia Bentley Twickenham CC
48. Bethan Stubbs Bikeshed Bianchi
49 Louise Marsden Composite Team
50. Amy Good GB Cycles
51. Sue McFarlane Army Cycling Race Team
52. Clare Hammond Twickenham CC
53. Annabel Sill Kinetic Cycles RT
54. Emma Clark RP Vision Racing
1. Fusion RT Fierlan 300 points
2. Team 22 171 points
3. Aprire Bicycles HSS Hire 165 points
4. Drops RT 130 points
5. eliteVelo Kalas Sportswear 111 points
6. Les Filles RT 85 points
7. Army Cycling Race Team 79 points
8. RP Vision RT 77 points
9. Twickenham CC 59 points
10. Matrix Fitness 45 points
11. Performance Cycles 42 points
12. Dulwich Paragon 29 points
13. Sigma Sports 28 points
14. Starley Racing 24 points
15. Bikeshed Bianchi 20 points
16. Fast Test Racing 18 points
17. PMR@toachimhouse 16 points
18. Kinetic Cycles Welwyn 13 points
19. GB Cycles 3 points




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