This Weekend: Ryedale Grand Prix

The final prem of the year ;-( is this Sunday where the first winner of the race, Russell Downing is just one of many star riders on the start list

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This Weekend: Ryedale Grand Prix

Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire

Once again the best of the British Men’s and Women’s teams head to Ryedale and for this year, as with others in recent years, the organisers have again packed all of the action into a single day of racing featured in and around the magnificent Ampleforth Abbey.

Russell Downing beats a rider who has gone on to win stages in Grand Tours, Stephen Cummings in 2005 at the first Ryedale GP

The Ryedale Grand Prix has been promoted annually since 2005 (won by Russell Downing who rides in 2019) when it doubled as the National Road Race Championships, a feature that has since been repeated on two other occasions in 2008 and 2012 with the latter year seeing the inaugural promotion on the Ampleforth Circuit that takes in the spectacular Abbey grounds.

For each of its fifteen editions; The Grand Prix the events have benefitted from the generous sponsorship of Grass Concrete Limited and to recognise this long standing and vital contribution the organisers have this year re-styled the events, the Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix to incorporate their brand.

2019 sees both the Women’s and Men’s Grand Prix featuring as the finales of the British National Road Race Series. Ampleforth has always hosted an action packed event and so, could the tough uncompromising circuits through the Hambleton Hills see a final throw of the dice in the season long challenge?

The event date for 2019 coincides with the BBC Countryfile Live Weekend being hosted at nearby Castle Howard so why not make a weekend of it and enjoy a longer stay in Ryedale, for details of accommodation please visit

Winner of the Men’s Race in 2018, Graham Briggs

Women’s Race
07.15 hrs Event HQ at St Alban Centre opens
07.30 hrs Signing on begins for Women’s race*
08.25 hrs Race officials / Team Managers meeting
08.40 hrs Team Manager’s convoy draw
09.00 hrs Signing on closes for Women’s race
09.15 hrs Vehicle convoy departs together from HQ to go to start point
09.25 hrs Announcer’s introduction
09.30 hrs START Women’s race—scheduled finish 1232 hrs. Presentation 1245 hrs

Winner of the Women’s race in 2018 was Anna Henderson who wears number 1 in 2019

Men’s Race
11.45 hrs Signing on begins for Men’s race
12.55 hrs Race officials / Team Managers Meeting
13.00 hrs Team Manager’s convoy draw
13.30 hrs Signing on closes for Men’s race
13.45 hrs Convoy departs together from HQ to go to start point
13.55 hrs Announcer’s introduction
14.00 hrs START Men’s race—scheduled finish 1811hrs. Presentation 1820 hrs
18.30 hrs Begin breakdown

Riders to watch

– No.3 Leah Dixon Team Brother UK – Tifosi A winner at the Tour of the Reservoir so no stranger to performing well on tough courses.
– No. 4 Rebecca Durrell Team Brother UK – Tifosi Shared the break with Henderson in the National Circuit Race Championships in Rochester and was the victor that day, overturning the previous year’s result. Winner at the recent Stockton Grand Prix, can she handle this more rolling course?
– No.19 Claire Steels Team Brother UK Fusion RT Second in the South Coast Classic, could she step up to the top step on this tough course?

Previous winners on the provisional startlist
– No. 1 Graham Briggs last years winner
– No. 20 Richard Handley winner in 2014
– No. 116 Russ Downing winner in 2005 and 2009

Riders to watch
– No.12 Max Stedman Team Canyon dhb – Diminutive in stature but toughed it out in awful conditions last year when narrowly losing out to Ian Briggs in the print to the line.
– No. 21 Matt Holmes Team Madison Genesis – The leader of the National Road Series coming into this event and a man in form.
– No. 36 Jacob Scott Team SwiftCarbon – Another product of the White Rose Youth League, watch for his attacking style on this rolling course. A recent winner of the South Coast Classic a counting round this series, he carries the form to do well and is currently lying second to Matt Holmes in the overall rankings.
– No.61 Isaac Munday Team Richardson’s – Trek – Pulled his foot out of the pedals in the sprint for the win in the recent National Circuit Race Championships in Rochester. Could he carry more luck today?
– No.66 Steve Lampier Team St Piran – Experienced and tactically astute rider who could be there or there abouts if he has the legs today.
– Sam Culverwell – one of the revelations of the season …
– Alex Peters, former Team Sky professional


History of the Ryedale Grand Prix

First organised in 2005 as the National Road Race Championships, further editions in 2008 and 2012 were also the National Championships. The Women’s Grand Prix was introduced in 2013.

The original home for the event was Duncombe Park in Helmsley. The event moved to its current Ampleforth Abbey site in 2012, although there has been a long association with Ampleforth which has been the Race HQ since 2005. Throughout its history the event has incorporated the Peter Longbottom Memorial in honour of the Malton Olympian who was killed in a road accident whilst cycling home in 1998

Grass Concrete Limited has sponsored the event since its inception and in financial terms that has seen a commitment of well into six figures over the years. Formed in 1970 Grass Concrete is a Wakefield based company mainly associated with its Grasscrete environmental paving system. With a network of 30 international partners around the World, this sees Grasscrete as a leader in technology that helps to prevent flooding.

Previous winners
2005 (National Championships) Nicole Cooke / Russell Downing
2006 Evan Oliphant
2007 Chris Newton
2008 (National Championships) Nicole Cooke / Rob Hayles
2009 Russ Downing
2010 Rob Partridge
2011 Jonathan Tiernan-Locke
2012 (National Championships) Sharon Laws / Ian Stannard
2013 Hannah Barnes / Joe Perrett
2014 Nikki Juniper / Richard Handley
2015 Nikki Juniper / Ian Bibby
2016 Nikki Juniper / Ian Bibby
2017 Laura Massey / Oliver Wood
2018 Anna Henderson / Graham Briggs

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1 Jessica Finney Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
2 Illi Gardner Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
3 Leah Dixon Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
4 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
5 Katie Scott Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
6 Gabriella Shaw Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
7 Annabel Simpson Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
8 Emily Wadsworth Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm
9 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama
10 Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama
11 Holly MacMahon Bianchi Dama
12 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama
13 Jennifer Powell Bianchi Dama
14 Natasha Reddy Bianchi Dama
15 Bethany Taylor Bianchi Dama
16 Georgia Bullard Brother UK Fusion RT
17 Molly Patch Brother UK Fusion RT
18 Rebecca Richardson Brother UK Fusion RT
19 Claire Steels Brother UK Fusion RT
20 Ruth Shier Brother UK Fusion RT
21 April Tacey Brother UK Fusion RT
22 Elizabeth Bennett Campinense – Velo Performance
23 Charlotte Berry Campinense – Velo Performance
24 Jo Tindley Campinense – Velo Performance
25 Soraia Silva Campinense – Velo Performance
26 Sian Botteley Cycle Team OnForm
27 Corinne Side Cycle Team OnForm
28 Kate Wootton – J Cycle Team OnForm
29 Hannah Bayes Liv Awol
30 Imogen Chastell – J Liv Awol
31 Hannah Graveney Liv Awol
32 Connie Hayes Liv Awol
33 Clover Murray Liv Awol
34 Louise Scupham Liv Awol
35 Monica Dew Storey Racing
36 Lucy Gadd – J Storey Racing
37 Chanel Mason Storey Racing
38 Rhona Callander Team Breeze
39 Anna Docherty Team Breeze
40 Jenny Holl Team Breeze
41 Josie Knight Team Breeze
44 Sophie Enever Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel
45 Sophie Lankford Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel
46 Gemma Sargent Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel
49 Mary Wilkinson Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel
50 Anneleen Bosma Team LDN
51 Francesca Cutts Team LDN
52 Kerry Middleton Team LDN
53 Josie Cram Albarosa Cycling Club
54 Abbie Taylor Albion Cycling Co
55 Katie Helsby Costa Brava Mediterranean Foods
56 Laura Tissiman Crimson Orientation Marketing RT
57 Isabel Darvill Datalynx-Parenesis Cycling
58 Anna Christian Drops
59 Beth Harley-Jepson Edinburgh RC
60 Anna Kay Experza-Footlogix
61 Hannah Lancaster Halesowen A & CC
62 Jihanna Bonilla-Allard Hopey Bicycle Repairs
63 Crystal Lane-Wright Isorex No-Aqua
64 Helen Jackson Kendal Cycle Club
65 Dannielle Khan Lotto-Soudal Ladies
66 Rebecca Richards Newark Castle CC
67 Nicole Coates Performance Cycles
68 Abi Smith – J Campinense – Velo Performance
69 Isabel Ellis SAF Zisseng
70 Fiona Turnbull Slingshot
71 Hannah Larbalestier Team Boompods
72 Rebecca Longthorp Team Boompods
73 Olivia Bentley Team Vision Innovative Leisure
74 Joanneke Jansen Team Vision Innovative Leisure
75 Daisy Barnes The Racing Chance Foundation
76 Amy Gornall The Racing Chance Foundation
76 Amy Gornall The Racing Chance Foundation
77 Melissa Greaves TW1 Racing
78 Sophie Earl Valley Striders CC
79 Jasmine Jones Veloflow CC – Rowe & King
80 Kim Baptista estland Wil VooruitW

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1 Graham Briggs Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother
2 Adam Kenway Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother
3 Edward Clancy OBE Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother
4 Christopher Latham Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother
5 Timothy Torrie Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother
6 Frederik Scheske Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother
7 Alistair Slater Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother
9 Ryan Christensen Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
10 Daniel Pearson Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
11 Louis Rose-Davies Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
12 Max Stedman Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
13 Thomas Stewart Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
14 Callum Macleod Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
15 Alex Paton Canyon dhb P / B Bloor Homes
18 Michael Cuming Madison Genesis
19 Joe Laverick Madison Genesis
20 Richard Handley Madison Genesis
21 Matthew Holmes Madison Genesis
22 Jonathan McEvoy Madison Genesis
23 Erick Rowsell Madison Genesis
24 Joey Walker Madison Genesis
25 Scott Auld Ribble Pro Cycling
26 William Brown Ribble Pro Cycling \DNS
27 Damien Clayton Ribble Pro Cycling
28 Alex Dalton Ribble Pro Cycling
29 Richard Jones Ribble Pro Cycling
30 Zeb Kyffin Ribble Pro Cycling
31 Gruffudd Lewis Ribble Pro Cycling
32 Christopher Sherriffs Ribble Pro Cycling
33 Ben Hardy SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
34 Edward Laverack SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
35 Stephen Bradbury SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
36 Jacob Scott SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
37 Andrew Turner SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
38 Tristan Robbins SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
39 Peter Williams SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
40 James Shaw SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling
41 Jonathan Bridge Crimson Orientation Marketing R
42 Jonathan Fowles Crimson Orientation Marketing R
43 Tarn Fynn Crimson Orientation Marketing R
44 Matt Hallam Crimson Orientation Marketing R
45 Elliot Harrison Crimson Orientation Marketing R
46 Matthew Warhurst Crimson Orientation Marketing R
47 Adam MacRae Crimson Orientation Marketing R
48 Jake Womersley Crimson Orientation Marketing R
49 Joseph Clark Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie
50 Kieran Savage Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie
51 Louis Szymanski Cycling Sheffield Giant Sheffie
54 Joshua Aiken Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich
55 Ross Fawcett Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich
56 Gary Freeman Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich
57 Matthew Clements Richardsons-Trek RT
58 Peter Cocker Richardsons-Trek RT
59 Rhys Howells Richardsons-Trek RT
60 James Jenkins Richardsons-Trek RT
61 Isaac Mundy Richardsons-Trek RT
62 Steven Parsonage Richardsons-Trek RT
63 Joseph Sutton Richardsons-Trek RT
65 William Harper Saint Piran
66 Steve Lampier Saint Piran
67 Hayden Burton Sixtysix RSN
68 Miles Burton Sixtysix RSN
69 Charlie Shields Sixtysix RSN
70 Frazier Carr Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
71 George Clark Spirit Tifosi Racing Team

72 Rupert Graham Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
73 Leon Mazzone Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
74 Charlie Passfield Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
75 Jordan Peacock Spirit Tifosi Racing Team
76 Benjamin Irving TAAP Cervelo
77 Ben Mewes TAAP Cervelo
78 Jack Wyllie TAAP Cervelo
79 Patrick Clark Team B38 / Cycles In Motion
80 Eugene Cross Team B38 / Cycles In Motion
81 Archie Cross Team B38 / Cycles In Motion
82 Jude Taylor Team B38 / Cycles In Motion
83 James Bentley Team PB Performance
84 James Chapman Team PB Performance
85 Sion Harlow Team PB Performance
86 James Hill Team PB Performance
87 Josh Housley Team PB Performance
88 Toby Jarvis Team PB Performance
89 Joseph Beckingsale Wales Racing Academy
90 Joseph Rees Wales Racing Academy
91 Daniel Coombe Wales Racing Academy
92 Peter Kibble Wales Racing Academy
93 Samuel Tillett Wales Racing Academy
94 Joshua Price Wales Racing Academy
95 William Roberts Wales Racing Academy
96 James Tillett Wales Racing Academy
97 Ben Barlow Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
98 Matt Clarke Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
99 Matthew Clarke Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
100 Finn Crockett Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
101 Ben Granger Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
102 Tom Martin Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
103 Fraser Martin Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
104 Joe Reilly Wheelbase CabTech Castelli
106 Christopher Booth 3C Payment sports
107 Andrew Kirby 73Degrees CC
108 Dean Watson Andy Moore Autocentres Racing
109 Chris Thomas Better Cycling
110 James Jobber Brunei Continental Cycling Team
111 Ben Turner Corendon-Circus
112 Matthias Barnet Cycle Team OnForm
113 Morris Bacon DAP Cycling Club
114 Michael Chadwick Doncaster Whls CC
115 Ashley Cox Flamme Rouge Cycling Team
116 Russell Downing Giordana Racing
117 Thomas Denwood Harrogate Nova CC
119 Oliver Hayward Holohan Coaching Race Team
120 James Noonan Hopper Rollers
121 Richard Butler Kendal Cycle Club
122 Declan Hudson Liverpool Century Road Club
125 David Kovacs Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RT
126 Cameron Biddle Morvelo Basso
127 Shaun Cook Nopinz Symec Race Team
128 Joe Howcroft Otley CC
129 Christopher Owram PDQ Cycle Coaching
130 Daniel McDermott BC Private Member
131 Jack Moore BC Private Member
132 Alex Peters BC Private Member
133 Eliot Ward BC Private Member
134 Mathew Taylor Prologue Race Team
135 Jake Hollins Speeder Cycling Team
136 Sean Purser St Ives CC
137 Thomas Heal Strada-Sport
138 Matthew Dobbing TBW23 Stuart Hall Gett Taxi
139 Sam Culverwell Team Estera
140 Hayden Allen THRE Datawolves RT
141 Nathan Smith Wold Top The Edge RT
142 Roman Piotrowski Wolfe RT


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