CDNW Surf & Turf 2 Day Women’s Road Race 2014
15 June 2014
Author: Chris Maher, Pictures courtesy of: www.chrismaher.co.uk
Round Four in the Women’s Road Race Series was held in Lancashire. Over a two day period, The race was split into three events. A one mile individual time trial prologue. A forty-five minute criterium & an eighty-one kilometre circuit race.
Wiggle Honda’s Laura Trott won both the individual time trial and the criterium to hold the blue leaders jersey over-night. Pearl Izumi’s Katie Archibald was a close second, followed by RST Racing Team’s Grace Garner in third.
A damp start to the final event brought an early end for several riders in the first couple of circuits. This didn’t affect the top placed girls, and a couple of attacks by Archibald, Storey and Dani King split the peloton into three groups, but soon came back together. A mechanical for Storey, saw her drop back from a leading group of around thirty girls by lap five.
The main group remained together for a couple more laps, with Storey maintaining her deficit at around two-twenty, but unable to re-join the leaders.
A chat in the evening before amongst the Wiggle girls, come up with a plan to make a surprise attack from within the group. Mid way through the race, the girls then found themselves stuck in the middle of the group, with no-one wanting to attack. So with this game plan in mind, launched a drive up the “Little Rise” on the course. Trott, then King, then Elinor Barker went away from the bunch and this was the decisive move that shaped the final out-come.
Talking to Laura after the race, she said about their game plan “This is the perfect situation”. “I looked behind an it was just the three of us. I looked behind again and Katie had joined us”. “We just worked then as a Team Pursuit”. “With Dani and Elinor counter attacking (Archibald) all the way to the end, I just got a free ride to the finish” .
In the final circuit, Dani and Elinor then led the race GC leader into the final sprint for the line, with Archibald chasing them down. Trott had the freshest legs to follow, then lunged for the line, beating Archibald for the third successive time . One, Two, Three, Job done!
Surf & Turf 2Day Final GC Standings.
1 Laura Trott Wiggle Honda 03:00:53
2 Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 00:00:12
3 Danielle King Wiggle Honda 00:00:23
4 Elinor Barker Wiggle Honda 00:00:31
5 Grace Garner RST Racing Team 00:02:21
6 Lydia Boylan Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa 00:02:27
7 Nicola Juniper Private Member 00:02:28
8 Jo Tindley Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 00:02:29
9 Megan Barker M and D Cycles/Scimitar Sports/ Fusion Sports RT 00:02:29
10 Rebecca Womersley WyndyMilla – Reynolds 00:02:30
11 Emily Nelson Fusion Development Racing Team 00:02:30
12 Elizabeth Malins Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 00:02:30
13 Lauren Creamer Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 00:02:31
14 Abigail Dentus Team De ver 00:02:31
15 Melissa Lowther Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 00:02:31
16 Gabriella Shaw Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 00:02:32
17 Lucy Shaw Solihull CC 00:02:32
18 Rebecca Rimmington Merlin Cycles 00:02:33
19 Eve Dixon Team 22 00:02:34
20 Jane Barr Velocity 44 Stirling 00:02:34
Stage two 81 Kms or 13 laps of 6.2 Kms.
1 Laura Trott Wiggle Honda 02:07:08
2 Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 02:07:08
3 Danielle King Wiggle Honda 02:07:10
4 Elinor Barker Wiggle Honda 02:07:13
5 Grace Garner RST Racing Team 02:09:08
6 Megan Barker M and D Cycles/Scimitar Sports/ Fusion Sports RT 02:09:08
7 Nicola Juniper Private Member 02:09:08
8 Rebecca Womersley WyndyMilla – Reynolds 02:09:08
9 Abigail Dentus Team De ver 02:09:08
10 Lauren Creamer Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 02:09:08
Stage one 45 min Criterium.
1 Laura Trott Wiggle Honda 00:51:50
2 Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 00:51:55
3 Grace Garner RST Racing Team 00:51:57
4 Danielle King Wiggle Honda 00:52:00
5 Dame Sarah Storey Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 00:52:00
6 Elinor Barker Wiggle Honda 00:52:00
7 Lydia Boylan Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa 00:52:00
8 Claire Thomas Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa 00:52:00
9 Nicola Juniper Private Member 00:52:00
10 Jo Tindley Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 00:52:00
Prologue Time Trial 1.6Kms.
1 Laura Trott Wiggle Honda 00:02:05
2 Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 00:02:07
3 Grace Garner RST Racing Team 00:02:09
4 Danielle King Wiggle Honda 00:02:09
5 Dame Sarah Storey Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 00:02:10
6 Elinor Barker Wiggle Honda 00:02:11
7 Lydia Boylan Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa 00:02:12
8 Claire Thomas Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa 00:02:13
9 Nicola Juniper Private Member 00:02:13
10 Jo Tindley Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 00:02:14
The Future of the Race
The plan going forward is to increase sponsorship in the CDNW Surf & Turf 2 Day Women’s Road Race, and Ivor spoke about his intent to develop and expand the race and the prize money offerings. He also said that new sponsorship partners had already shown intention and announcements will come over the following months.
CDNW Surf & Turf Website for all the latest information.
Thanks to Ivor for Media Access to the event.
Women’s Road Race Standings after Round Four
1 Nicola Juniper 111 Team Echelon
2 Katie Archibald 105 Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International
3 Laura Trott 101 Wiggle Honda
4 Danielle King 64 Wiggle Honda
5 Gabriella Shaw 58 Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International
5 Grace Garner 58 RST Racing Team
7 Elinor Barker 55 Wiggle Honda
8 Lydia Boylan 50 Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa
9 Abigail Dentus 42 Team de Ver
10 Molly Weaver 40 Epic Cycles – Scott WRT
10 Lowri Devey 40 Abergavenny RC
12 Megan Barker 37 M&D Cycles/Scimitar Sports/Fusion Sports RT
13 Jo Tindley 33 Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
14 Amy Roberts 31 Wiggle Honda
15 Alexie Shaw 29 Epic Cycles – Scott WRT
16 Hayley Jones 28 Pearl Izumi-Sports Tours International
16 Harriet Owen 28 Matrix Fitness – Vulpine
16 Rebecca Womersley 28 WyndyMilla – Reynolds
19 Katie Curtis 25 Starley Primal Pro Cycling
20 Hannah Walker 24 Epic Cycles – Scott WRT
20 Jasmine Dotti 24 Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa
Results by British Cycling
Nicola Juniper retains her lead in the Women’s Road Race Series after round four, but Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International’s Katie Archibald is a close second. Wiggle Honda’s Laura Trott has jumped into third place. There are no Wiggle Honda girls on the start-list for the Curlew Cup. So an opportunity for the top two to extend their lead.
The next round of the Women’s Road Race Series in the Curlew Cup in Northumberland on Sunday 22nd June.
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