HSBC-UK BC National Women’s Road Series 2017 | Tour of the Wolds
09 April 2017
The sun shone brightly for Lizzy Banks of Sunsport Velo RT in the season opener of the HSBC-UK British Cycling 2017 National Women’s Road Series the Tour of the Wolds, won in two-hours and thirty-four minuets and thirty-five seconds.
The first of nine rounds and a new course to the calendar, the Tour of the Wolds covers a distance of one-hundred and one kilometres setting out from Louth North-Westerly through South Elkinton and Binbrooke before turning Northerly at Tealby and onto a circuit through Caistor, then returning back to Louth and a three-kilometre twisty circuit through the town centre streets.
One-hundred riders set off at nine in the morning out of Louth, but split into three groups before arriving at the Caistor loop. The front group of around thirty riders rode up the testing climb at Nettleton Top but as they returned back towards Louth, six girls broke free.
Three times series winner Nikki Juniper [Team Ford Ecoboost], National Time Trial Champion Hayley Simmond [Team WNT], Anna Christian [Drops Cycling Team], Lizzy Banks [Sunsport Velo], Chanel Mason [Storey Racing] and Natalie Grinczer [Team WNT] arrived back on the finishing circuit with a one-minuet and ten second lead as Drops Cycling and Cycle Team OnForm drove the chase.
With three-hundred metres remaining, Juniper clipped wheels bringing her down and out of contention leaving five girls to fight for the win. Banks kept out of trouble and maintained her momentum going into the final left-hand corner before sprinting clearly for the line and a marvellous win.
Rebecca Durrell [Drops Cycling Team] brought the chasing bunch to the line some thirty-two seconds down on a beautiful day in Lincolnshire, much to the appreciation of the crowd that had lined the circuit in this first national race in the series.
Lizzy Banks leads the National Women’s Road Series going into round two the Essex Giro on Saturday 22nd April.
Round 2 of the National Women's Road Series is the Essex Giro on April 22
1 58 Elizabeth Banks SunSport Velo 2:34:35. 2:34:35
2 82 Anna Christian Drops Cycling Team 2:34:36. +1
3 6 Chanel Mason Storey Racing 2:34:37. +2
4 103 Hayley Simmonds Team WNT 2:34:38. st
5 99 Natalie Grinczer Team WNT 2:34:39. +4
6 20 Rebecca Durrell Drops Cycling Team 2:35:07. +32
7 24 Rebecca Womersley Drops Cycling Team 2:35:08. st
8 22 Rose Osborne Drops Cycling Team 2:35:08. st
9 13 Sian Botteley Cycle Team OnForm 2:35:08. st
10 81 Hannah Payton Drops Cycling Team 2:35:08. st
11 16 Amy Hill Cycle Team OnForm 2:35:09. st
12 15 Anna Henderson Cycle Team OnForm 2:35:09. st
13 30 Jennifer Holden Fusion RT Fierlan 2:35:09. st
14 87 Lucy Horrocks Team Vertex-Biemme 2:35:09. st
15 23 Abigail Van Twisk Drops Cycling Team 2:35:09. st
16 54 Jennifer George Storey Racing 2:35:10. st
17 93 Tamara Davenne Team Vision Innovative Leisure 2:35:10. st
18 9 Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama UK 2:35:10. st
19 80 Holly Flannery Team Jadan-Weldtite 2:35:11. st
20 19 Alicia Speake Cycle Team OnForm 2:35:11. st
21 41 Steph Clayton Mammoth Lifestyle Racing Team 2:35:11. st
22 18 Gemma Sargent Cycle Team OnForm 2:35:11. st
23 77 Jennifer Powell Team Ford Ecoboost 2:35:11. st
24 37 Annabel Simpson Drops Cycling Team 2:36:27. +1:52
25 32 Fiona Hunter Johnston Fusion RT Fierlan 2:37:45. +3:10
Interview Lizzy Banks Sunsport Velo 09 April 2017 – Tour of the Wolds Winner.
CS: How does it feel winning the Tour of the Wolds, the first race in the National Women’s Series 2017.
Lizzy Banks: It feels great! I’m so pleased for the Team (Sunsport Velo). It was really good getting a result so early in the season.
CS: How did you find the circuit today.
Lizzy Banks: It was really great circuit. We came down and reccy’d it yesterday. It was rolling, it was a bit harder than we thought it would be – looking at the profile. We started at the top corner in Caistor and came south to Louth, so we had a sighting almost the whole circuit. So we knew it was going to be a bit tough. The key areas were going to be positioning coming back through Tealby. So yes! That’s what I did and managed to get into the break.
CS: About 30-40 girls got away initially on the run up-to Tealby heading out-bound and you managed to get into that group.
Lizzy Banks: I was quite surprized we lost a few people. Again, that was going through Tealby, through the technical section, two tracks either side with grass down the middle. So I think we dropped a lot of people there – and actually it slowed up a lot. So I was trying to hide out of the way, there were eight from Drops (Drops Cycling Team) and seven from Ecoboost (Team Ford Ecoboost) and six or seven from WNT (Team WNT) and I was on my own. So yeh, I was trying to keep safe and follow any dangerous moves that had all three teams in.
CS: Was that your first season win.
Lizzy Banks: Sunsport Velo has had a few wins already. It’s the first national win which is really, really great for the team, but the girls have had wins on the track, in circuit races, I won in Capernwray last week, so yes the teams doing really well
Lizzy is currently sitting at the top of the 2017 Women’s over 23 BC National Rankings with 110 points.
Official Results from British Cycling