Newsletter 18/04/2017

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On Good Friday we had Hannah, Felicity, Seonaid, Liz and Rosie racing at the York Sport Cycle Circuit in the latest round of the Yorkshire Day at the Races Series. They produced a really strong team performance and completely dominated the race. Seonaid and Rosie did the early work marshalling the others and bringing back the breaks. Liz and Hannah then came to the front with some immense turns of power to whittle down the field and prevent any further breaks. Finally, coming into the final bend Hannah did a text book lead out for Felicity who came storming through to take the sprint. Incredibly Hannah then managed to keep up her pace to take fourth place.The teams plan was executed to perfection which bodes well for the important races we will be doing over the coming weeks.

Full set of photos from York here.

Also on Friday Lizzy lined up in the Buxton Mountain Time Trial. Here is her report.

"Good Friday marked the 2nd round of the RTTC classic series with 2 laps of an arduous 11 mile course which started and finished in Longnor, Staffordshire. The course is always demanding, featuring 2600ft of climbing, technical descents and a very exposed section across the tops. This year the weather also threw its hat into the ring with strong winds and rain throughout the morning although luckily for us ladies there was a perfectly time break in the rain for (almost) the full duration of our races. My race was hard, as expected, and I struggled to put the power out across the windy section of the course where we were all battered by the ridiculous cross winds. Staying upright was hard enough with the wind trying to sweep the disc wheel from beneath me! I managed to just cling on to second place, from Ejay Harris (Storey racing) who was only 15 seconds slower! Hayley Simmonds (Team WNT Pro Cycling) took another stunning victory to retain the overall lead in the series, with me sitting in second place."

Lizzy in the Buxton Mountain TT

On Easter Monday Vicki paired up with Jody Coxon of Adalta CC to ride the Thanet RC 2upTT. The pair stormed round the 9.5 mile course to take the victory as the women's fastest team!

"We busted ourselves on our road bikes around the windy and lumpy course 2x around a square circuit course. We were delighted to finish in the time of 25.37 and to be the fastest ladies team."

Vicki is looking to be in great form as she lines up for her first National series race with Sunsport RT this coming weekend at the Essex Giro as the team look to defend their leaders jersey.

And finally, despite her efforts in York on Friday, Hannah still managed a fantastic second place in the Hereford Wheelers Open 25.

Racing Ahead

On Saturday we will be racing in the second round of the National Womens Road Series at the Essex Giro. This is a 59 mile course centred around Great Thurlow and with the Series Leaders jersey to defend with Lizzy we will have added pressure (of the good kind). Our team will be Lizzy, Liz, Gabby,Vicki and Hannah

Full report next week

In Other News

We were all over the news last week thanks in the main to Lizzy and the teams exploits in the Tour of the Wolds. There was barely a cycling publication that didn't feature us and the publclity for the team and our great sponsors is absolutely priceless

Tour de Yorkshire

We are delighted to announce that we have been given an entry into the prestigious Tour de Yorkshire on April 29th. Team owner Neil Lee commented.

"We wish to express our gratitude to the organisers for giving us this wonderful opportunity and can assure everyone that we will be sending our strongest squad and approaching the race with the gusto that we have already demonstrated in this seasons early events"

Our riders really do have a great chance to show the cycling world and the great Yorkshire public what we are capable of and we can't wait for the race to start!

Alzheimer's Research UK

We have recently chosen  Alzheimers Research Uk as our partner charity. We look forward to supporting the wonderful work they do in tackling dementia and we will carry their logo on our kit with pride.

"Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to be coming on board as Charity Partner for the SunSport Velo Women’s Race Team.

The partnership will enhance the charity’s goals to defeat dementia and encourage cyclists to spread the word about how they can help raise awareness and vital funds to stop dementia in its tracks.

The SunSport Velo WRT will be playing a key role in promoting the need to stay healthy and active in a bid to help people reduce their risk of developing dementia.

Gillian Edwards, Regional Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to join forces with SunSport Velo Women’s Race Team to help raise awareness of our work to defeat dementia and raise funds to power world-class research in the fightback against the diseases that cause dementia.

“We are excited to get started with this partnership over the coming weeks and delighted to see how well the Women’s Race Team are doing.”

Great Cycling Quotes

“Marriage is a wonderful invention; but then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.”
Billy Connolly

One Question

Its the shortest interview in the world. One question, one answer.  

This week Vicki

Q.  Cycling suddenly becomes outlawed. What sport do you do instead?

A.  White water rafting. Although the prospect of no cycling is too horrid to consider!!

Photo of the Week

Our VictoriousTeam at York

Seonaid, Liz, Rosie, Hannah and Winner, Felicity

Posted on 18th April 2017 at 12:00pm.

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