Result: Bourne Wheelers Road Races

April Tacey winner of the Junior Womens RR and Sam Woodfield the mens 2/3/4 at the Bourne Wheelers Road Races on July 9

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Result: Bourne Wheelers Road Races
|  pictures courtesy of Huw Williams 

Sunday saw the dress rehearsal for this coming weekends National Junior Womens Road Race hosted by Bourne Wheelers over an undulating 52 mile course.

Despite clashing with a late arranged BC training camp, and a four day stage race in the Czech Republic, 50 of the country’s best juniors took to the start line, under clear skies and rolled out with two neutral service cars and a broomwagon in tow.

Team 22 and Edco Continental had the numerical advantage and eventually both teams took the days spoils with April Tacey winning the race and Anna Kay, taking the Queen of the Mountain competition. But there was much more to the race than this.

After a tentative first few miles after the bunch rolled out from the magnificent Witham Hall Prep School which the Bourne Wheelers were using for the first time as an HQ for their events, it was Rosie Wallace (Edco Continental) who put the first significant attack in, gaining 20secs as she passed the finish line with four laps to go. But the vigilant bunch wernt going to let someone go this early and soon Wallace was back in the fold.

With 3 laps to go it was Kay who took the Queen of the Mountain points, just ahead of her teammate Alana Prior (Edco Continental). Then a crash took out Kim Baptista (NCC Group/Kuota/Torelli) and caused Prior to stop and chase. Prior wasnt to get to the front again, meaning two potential winners were out. Rachel Jary (VCLondres) flexed her muscles shortly afterwards and built up a 30 second lead, but all to no avail as she was reeled in.

At two laps to go , Kay once again took maximum QOM points. The north east rider, clearly demonstrating that her fantastic performance the previous weekend at the Tour of the Reservoir was no flash in the pan. With this she sewed up the competition and £100 prize.

Rosie Wallace having a dig off the front

With one and a half laps to go Lauren Murphy ( Liv Epic Coaching), Ellie Russell (Team Backstedt) and Jess Woodworth (Cycle Team on Form) prized themselves off the front. The most dangerous move of the race so far, but almost immediately they were shut down. Despite the grippy nature of the course it looked like a sprint finish at the top of Barbers Hill was going to decide the race, but then Tacey took the initiative, with a do or die effort with 3 miles to go. With her teammates, so well marshalled by team manager Colin Batchelor bossing the front of the bunch, her lead grew quickly to 18 seconds.

With 400 metres to go she still had 15 seconds, but as the gradient bit her lead tumbled. Would she hang on?? Yes was the answer, by 10 metres as the flying Felicity Gledhill (Sunsport Velo) and Emily Ashwood (Team on Form) just ran out of road. Tacey, thanks to her courageous gamble deserved the £200 first prize and will go into next weekends championship full of confidence.

Junior Girls Road Race
1. April Tacey Team 22
2. Felicity Gledhill Sunsport Velo
3. Emily Ashwood Cycle Team on Form
4. Georgia Bullard Team Jadan-Weldite
5. Lizzy Bennett Liv-Epic Coaching
6. Rachael Jary VC Londres
7. Anna Kay Edco Continental
8. Lizzie Catlow Team 22
9. Gabriella Homer Team 22
10. Jessica Woodworth Cycle Team on Form
11. Isabella Stone Project 51
12. Josie Shepherd Project 51
13. Ellie Russell Backstedt/Hotchillee
14. Kara Perryman Hargroves/Ridley
15. Melissa Baker Unattached
16. Victoria Lovett i-Team cyclists club
17. Ellie Park Team 22
18. Marie Lynn Edco Continental
19. Alexandra Rimmer Mountain Goat Coaching
20. Charlotte Dalton Team Jadn-Weldtite
21. Madeline Howden Team Vision IL
22. Gwenno Hughes NCC Group/Kuota Torelli
23. Hannah Gravenney Liv AWOL
24. Corinne Side Racing Chance
25. Gabriella Butler Team Vision IL
26. Lauren Murphy Liv-Epic Coaching
27. Katie Helsby Racing Chance
28. Hannah Bayes Scarborough Paragon
29. Lily Greenhalgh Team 22
30. Miriam Jesset Tyneside Vagabonds
31. Elspeth Grace Welwyn wheelers
32. Rosie Wallace Liv AWOL
33. Xan Crees Team Empella
34. Alice Matravers VC Londres
35. Connie Hayes Liv AWOL
36. Charlotte Waddington Racing Chance
37. Olivia Fawcett Edco Continental
38. Alana Prior Edco Continental
39. Rhiannon Gornall NCC Group Kuota/Torelli
40. Cadi Jones Black Line
41. Rebecca Gregson Racing Chance
42. Isabella Torrie LIV AWOL
43. Helen Osguthorpe Racing Chance
44. Matilda Gurney Bowl Phish Racing


1st Prime
Anna Kay, Alan Prior, April Tacey

2nd Prime
Anna Kay, Isabella Stone, Ellie park

3rd Prime
Laurn Murphy, Ellie Russell, Anna Kay

1st Anna Kay 7pts
2nd Lauren Murphy 3pts
3rd Isabella Stone 2pts
4th Ellie Russell 2pts
5th Alana Prior 2pts
6th April Tacey 1pt
7th Ellie Park 1pt

MEN Bourne Wheelers EMRRL RR

1. Sam Woodfield Peterborough CC
2. Ollie Peckover 365.4 Bikes
3. Geoff Comley Leisure Lakes
4. Thomas Booth Rivet Racing
5. Ruiari O’Driscoll JCA-Equip Velo
6. Alex Pritchard RPD Racing
7. Charlie White HMT Academy
8. Andrew Brinkley OVB
9. Richard Moore Squadra RT
10. Fergus Robinson Clay Cross
11. Cameron Biddle Rivet Racing
12. Matthew Ellis Steve Poole
13. Bradley Symonds Team PB Performance
14. Thomas Sutton RST Racing
15. Daniel Fisher Leicester Forest CC




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