Johnson Health Tech Women’s GP
Author: Chris Maher, Pictures courtesy of: Chris Maher | Photography
Johnson Health Tech Women’s Grand Prix Cycle Race
Round 3 – Oldham – 14th June
A new series formulated for 2011, the Johnson Health Tech GP, is a Women’s only cycle race run over 4 events. Run in conjunction with the Halfords Tour Series. It is raced prior to the Halfords Tour Series around teatime, with approximately 30 riders contesting a sprint jersey, a victory jersey & a team jersey. Much the same format as the Halfords Tour Series, they will be 2 sprints & the race is run over a shorter period.
This anticlockwise 1.1km circuit climbs very steadily away from the start line. Turn one, the first right hand turn is about 50 meters away, then onto some pave. On the back side of the course, turn three, the highest point drops quite steeply into the fast right hander turn four, this is the lowest point on the circuit, before dragging all the back up to the finish line.
The race got underway at 17.00pm with a couple of neutralized laps. It was soon clear that the long drag back to the finish area would be the part of the course that would prove a challenge to the girls. Moving towards the 1st sprint of the evening, Motorpoint Pro Cycling’s Hannah Barnes stretched the peleton to take the first points on offer.
Pulling away from the peleton straight after the sprint, was series leader Kona Factory Racing’s Helen Wyman. Opening up a gap, she was joined by VC St Raphael’s Sarah Byrne & Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo duo Dani King & Annie Simpson. By the half way stage, the quartet of girls had opened up a considerable gap & were beginning to lap members of the field.
It was Sarah Byrne that led the girls over the line for sprint two, and this gave her enough points to claim the sprint jersey for the evening.
Approaching the final corner of the race, Helen Wyman led the girls back up the drag to the finish line but it was Annie Simpson that had the legs to outsprint team mate Dani King. A close third was Wyman with Byrne fourth. Bringing the chasing bunch over the line for fifth was Motorpoint Pro Cycling’s Lucy Garner with team mate Hannah Barnes 6th.
Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo extended their lead in the overall standings. Helen Wyman retains her leader’s jersey & Hannah Barnes retains her sprinters jersey.
Sprint Winner Sarah Byrne VC St Raphael
Team Winner Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
Oldham Race Winner Top 10
- Annie Simpson Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
- Dani King Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
- Helen Wyman Kona Factory Racing
- Sarah Byrne VC St Raphael
- Lucy Garner Motorpoint Pro Racing
- Hannah Barnes Motorpoint Pro Racing
- Joanna Rowsell Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
- Penny Rowson Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
- Nicola Juniper Condor Cycles
- Corrine Hall Corrodori / Specialized
- Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 166 points
- Motorpoint Pro Cycling 139
- For Viored Brookvex 111
- Condor Cycles 63
- Mule Bar Girls 6
Standings after Round 3
- Helen Wyman Kona Factory Racing 64
- Lucy Garner Motorpoint Pro Cycling 55
- Hannah Barnes Motorpoint Pro Cycling 52
- Dani King Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 47
- Penny Rowson Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 46
Sprint Standings after Round 3
- Hannah Barnes Motorpoint Pro Cycling 16
- Hannah Rich Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 16
- Helen Wyman Kona Factory Racing 15
Round 1 – May 31st – Peterborough
Round 2 – June 07th – Stoke
Round 3 – June 09th – Oldham
Round 4 – June 14th – Woking
For further information, reports & results go to the official website www.tourseries.co.uk
You can catch the racing on ITV4 the following day at 8.00pm