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Tour of the Reservoir 2016

Barnes Power Climbs To Victory In The 2016 Alexandra Tour Of The Reservoir Stage Two, Whilst Rowsell Returns To The Podium In Style In A Last Minute Bid For Glory.

Tour of the Reservoir 2016

17 April 2016

Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir stage two.

 

Brilliant sunshine greeted the Ladies assembling in Blanchland for stage two of the Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir 2016.

 

A steady ride along to the Reservoir circuit saw the group lead by Team WNT’s Hanna Walker before two riders set-about an early lead.

 

It was Team WNT’s Walker and Jo Tindley that led onto the first of five climbs up to the Manor House by over two minutes before Tindley found herself soloing around the Reservoir for thee laps.

Jo Tindley, Team WNT's solo break, Women's Road Series Stage 2
Jo Tindley, Team WNT’s solo break, Women’s Road Series Stage 2

Holding a good One-Thirty-Five lead, several attempts at bridging across the gap failed with Walker marshalling the moves from Henrietta Colborne, Team Ford Ecoboost, Eleanor Dickinson, Drops Cycling Team and Natasha Reddy, RP Vision Racing Team.

Hannah Walker, Henrietta Colborne & Eleanor Dickinson... Chasing Group!
Hannah Walker, Henrietta Colborne & Eleanor Dickinson… Chasing Group!

The gap closed on the second ascend to the Manor House were all the chasers were reeled in once more.

 

As the race progressed around the circuit and past the feed zone, Tindley still had a forty-four second advantage, but Drops and Ecoboost were making progress.

 

By the third ascend and the first Prime, Tindley’s reign was all but over as the race flattened out, Tindley’s gap had shrunk to fifteen seconds.

 

The race all came back together but crosswinds split the group into-two with around twenty-five going clear. It wasn’t long and they were all back together once more.

 

The pace had proved too much for race leader Grace Garner, Podium Ambitions p/b Club La Santa who soon found comfort and company from Hannah Walker at a more leisurely pace before retiring.

 

As the Bell Lap approached Julie Erskine, Team Ford Ecoboost had a ten second lead from two chasers Anna Turvey, Tyneside Vagabonds and Maddi Campbell, Team Footon Velosport. These two had come from an earlier split of twelve escapees, but reformed one final time before the final push to the line.

 

With around two-minutes advantage, the victory was going to one of the girls from this leading bunch including Nikki Juniper, Eleanor Dickinson, Alice Barnes and Alice Cobb.

 

Five-Hundred meters remaining, the group had fragmented slightly up the steep climb to the reservoir . It was Alice Barnes, Team 100%ME who’s head came into view firstly, stomping on her pedals with under fifty meters to the finish-line. Unable to match the speed of Barnes, it was left up to Juniper and Lucy Shaw, Drops Cycling to battle for the final podium placements.

Nikki Juniper V's Eleanor Dickinson for 2nd Place, Stage 2
Nikki Juniper V’s Eleanor Dickinson for 2nd Place, Stage 2

Nikki Juniper wins the General Classification for the Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir 2016, Eleanor Dickinson, Drops Cycling Development second and Maddi Campbell, Team Footon Velosport third.

 

After round two of the Women’s Road Series 2016, Nikki Juniper, Team Ford Ecoboost moves up-to the top of the leader board going into round three in the Lincoln Grand Prix in mid May.

 

Nikki Juniper talks to Cycling Shorts after the Podium Presentation: “We knew everyone was going to be looking at us really! There’s some big teams here. You’ve got the new GB full team”, “Breeze”, “Drops”, “WNT”, “So yesterday we got Charline on the podium, which is what we wanted. Job done!”, “And today was more about myself, the girls worked so hard for me to put me in a good position. Kinda wanted to control it (the race) until the last lap, and that’s where we said I would go, on the climb.” And I went!

 

“We got a bigger group than I would of liked!”. “There was still some good sprinters left in that group. I’m not a pure sprinter, I’m an all rounder. So I knew the chances of winning against Alice (Barnes) and the likes of the Drops”. “I was kinda edging my bets really. But it came round and my legs were cramping, but we went for the climb and all of us were suffering”. “Alice had a cracking sprint and I just managed to get round Lucy (Shaw) and Ellie Mae Dickinson, and they are class sprinters, so I’m really pleased”.

 

Stage 2 Results

 

1: Alice Barnes                        100% ME

2: Nicola Juniper                     Team Ford Ecoboost

3: Lucy Shaw                          Drops Cycling Team

4: Eleanor Dickinson               Drops Cycling Development Team

5: Maddi Campbell                 Team Footon Velosport

6: Emily Wadsworth               Beeline-Gener8

7: Jennifer Hudson                  Fushion RT Fierlan

8: Natalie Grinczer                  Team WNT

9: Alice Cobb                          Matrix Fitness p/b Corley Cycles

10: Jennifer Holden                Fushion RT Fierlan

 

General Classification

 

1: Nicola Juniper                     Team Ford Ecoboost

2: Eleanor Dickinson               Drops Cycling Development Team

3: Maddi Campbell                 Tean Footon Velosport

4: Emily Wadsworth               Beeline-Gener8

5: Alice Cobb                          Matrix Fitness p/b Corley Cycles

6: Jennifer Holden                  Fushion RT Fierlan

7: Sophie Wright                     Renvale RT

8: Anna Turvey                       Tyneside Vagabonds CC

9: Lucy Shaw                          Drops Cycling Team

10: Melissa Lowther               Team Breeze

11: Alice Barnes                      100% ME

12: Jennifer Hudson                Fushion RT Fierlan

13: Keira McVitty                   Team WNT

14: Neah Evans                       Glasgow Sprint Track Cycling Team

15: Karla Boddy                     Drops Cycling Team

Emotional Nikki Juniper receives the Women's Road Series Leaders Jersey for Round 3
Emotional Nikki Juniper receives the Women’s Road Series Leaders Jersey for Round 3

 

Motorpoint Spring Cup Tour of the Reservoir Stage Two

 

Erick Rowsell, Madison Genesis made a brilliant solo charge to victory in the final conclusion of the 2016 Tour of the Reservoir.

Erick Rowsell Solo's to Stage two victory...
Erick Rowsell Solo’s to Stage two victory…

The back-end of the race saw two solo rides, firstly been Ryan Perry, Metaltek Kuota, then by Rowsell who charged past Perry with a few kilometres to go. Perry had a one-o-five second lead across the line for the bell lap. Both riders coming from the final seven-man break coming off the large three-lap circuit over Bale Hill.

 

JLT Condor had set the pace of the main Peloton chasing the seven escapees, not having a man in the break that had two Madison, two Metaltek, Raleigh GAC, NFTO and Pedal Heaven represented.

Tour of the Reservoir 2016 - Motorpoint Spring Cup - NFTO
Tour of the Reservoir 2016 – Motorpoint Spring Cup – NFTO

The wind had picked up significantly from the Women’s Race earlier in the day, and a twelve man group formed in the early stages on the Reservoir circuit.

 

The group whittled down as race progressed, Briggs sliding out firstly, then re-joining and settling at around two-twenty before moving onto the big circuits.

Tour of the Reservoir 2016 - Motorpoint Spring Cup Stage 2
Tour of the Reservoir 2016 – Motorpoint Spring Cup Stage 2

As the final group of seven had assembled, Cronshaw, Madison Genesis attacked, then Rowsell up the final big climb. Before long, they were heading back down to Reservoir and the final two circuits.

 

Stage 2 Results

 

1: Erick Rowsell                                  Madison Genesis

2: Dexter Gardias                                Pedal Heaven

3: James Gullen                                   Pedal Heaven

4: Thomas Traviss-Pollard                   Metaltek Kuota Racing Team

5: Jack Puller                                       Pedal Heaven

6: Joseph Fry                                       Pedal Heaven

7: Jonny McEvoy                                NFTO

8: Adria Moreno Sala                          Raleigh GAC

9: Tom Moses                                      JLT Condor

10: Ryan Perry                                    Metaltek Kuota Racing Team

Stage Two Winner, Erick Rowsell, Madison Genesis
Stage Two Winner, Erick Rowsell, Madison Genesis

General Classification

 

1: Joseph Fry                                       Pedal Heaven

2: Jonny McEvoy                                NFTO 3: Adria Moreno Sala                          Raleigh GAC

4: Tom Moses                                      JLT Condor

5: Taylor Gunman                               Madison Genesis

6: Connor Swift                                  Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield

7: Erick Rowsell                                  Madison Genesis

8: Dexter Gardias                                Pedal Heaven

9: Jack Pullar                                       Pedal Heaven

10: James Gullen                                 Pedal Heaven

Tour of the Reservoir 2016 - Motorpoint Spring Cup Stage 2
Tour of the Reservoir 2016 – Motorpoint Spring Cup Stage 2

Motorpoint Spring Cup Leader after round three.

 

1: Jonny McEvoy                                NFTO

 

 

Stage One

16 April 2016

Garner And Moses Claim Stage One Victories By A Wheels Length In The 2016 Tour Of The Reservoir.

 

Podium Ambition P/B Club La Santa’s Grace Garner and JLT Condor’s Thomas Moses both win the first Tour of the Reservoir stage by a narrow margin in a last effort kick for the line.

Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Women's Road Series Podium
Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Women’s Road Series Podium

The Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir’s Women’s Race started the days action off, after an hours delay due to the return of more overnight Wintery weather.

 

Four girls made an initial break once they were on the Kermese Style circuit course of the Dam Wall. The main group then reformed by lap three in this reduced ten-lap race.

Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women's Road Series
Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women’s Road Series

This second in the Women’s Road Series event had attracted an twenty-percent more field than the Men’s event, but the promise of harsh conditions and poor health had reduced the sign-on to eighty-one riders starting the day.

 

It all came down to the final big bunch sprint across the Dam Wall with Garner just edging out Lowther across the line.

 

It’s Grace Garner’s first visit to the Tour of the Resevoir, and she’ll start stage two in the Pink Champion System’s leaders Jersey.

Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women's Road Series
Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women’s Road Series

Tom Moses victory came after a gruelling seven lap circuit of Derwent Water Reservoir.

 

An active Peloton from the start saw a lone escapee after the official Start. Neon Velo’s Jeremy Durrin attacked on the first lap, but got reeled back for the start of lap two.

Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women's Road Series
Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women’s Road Series

Madison Genesis’s Matt Cronshaw broke free soon after and gained around a minute, taking the first Prime of the race.

 

A second rider bridged across Harry Tanfield, Pedal Heaven, followed by a third, Tom Moses. With eight more trying to bridge. The lead had been reduced to 20s according to race radio.

 

Moses took the second Prime and the trio had build a 1.23s lead.

 

Cronshaw drifted back towards the Peloton as the time gap reduced to 20s once more.

 

Over the third Prime, the original break-away had all but been caught, but a five man group counter-attacked on the far-side of the Reservoir, Moses being one of them, they soon had a three minute lead.

Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women's Road Series
Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women’s Road Series

As the race drew to it’s conclusion, it looked like the Winner would come from this group of five with Adria Moreno Sala, Raleigh GAC, Jonny McEvoy, NFTO, Joe Fry, Pedal Heaven and Taylor Gunman, Madison Genesis making up the other four places.

 

A hard fought reverse climb to the finish-line saw Moses clinch the victory narrowly from McEvoy, who will wear the Champion Systems Yellow Jersey on stage two.

 

Alexandra Tour of the Reservoir Stage 1 Results

 

1: Grace Garner,          Podium Ambition P/B Club La Santa

2: Melissa Lowther,    Team Breeze

3: Charline Joiner,       Team Ford Ecoboost

4: Abigail Dentus        Team Breeze

5: Eleanor Dickinson   Drops Cycling Developing Team

6: Jennifer Holden      Fushion RT Fierlan

7: Emily Wadsworth   Beeline-Gener8

8: Alice Cobb              Matrix Fitness p/b Corley Cycles

9: Hilde Oudman        Starley Racing

10: Nicola Juniper       Team Ford Ecoboost

 

 

Motorpoint Spring Cup Stage 1 Results

 

1: Tom Moses,             JLT Condor

2: Jon McEvoy,           NFTO

3: Joe Fry,                   Pedal Heaven

4: Adria Moreno Sala  Raleigh GAC

5: Taylor Gunmann     Madison Genesis

6: Conor Swift                        Envelopemaster Giant Sheffield

7: Graham Briggs        JLT Condor

8: Jack Pullar               Pedal Heaven

9: Ian Bibby                NFTO

10: Albert Torres         Raleigh GAC

 

Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup - Podium
Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup – Podium

The next round (4 of 5) of the Motorpoint Spring Cup is the Cycle Wiltshire Classic on May 08th. 176 Kilometres.

 

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The next round (3 of 8) of the Women’s Road Series is the Lincoln Grand Prix on May 15th. 104 kilometres or eight laps up Michaelgate!

 

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Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women's Road Series
Tour Of The Reservoir 2016 | Elite Spring Cup & Women’s Road Series