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Matrix Fitness Grand Prix | 2017 Wrap Up

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Individual Top 3. L-R Annasley Park, Rebecca Durrell & Manon Lloyd
Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017

The thirteen team Matrix Fitness Grand Prix concluded in Stevenage this year. Round 8 saw a first for the women’s series event, a team time trial around the one kilometre circuit of the Old Town.

Going into this final round, Drops were 50 points ahead of WNT and Breeze, both on 581 points and the day was divided into two events. The Team Time Trial on the afternoon followed by the final race in the series on the evening.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive le Velo set about the TTT.

Two laps of a flat course for each team in reverse order set after Motherwell saw Team RGB Building Supplies setting a time of 2:55.696 and Team Jadan Weldtite p/b Vive leVelo 2:53.963 taken on the third rider across the line.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Megan Barker heads Team Breeze Team Time Trial…

Team WNT took the overall glory 2.653 seconds ahead of Team Breeze who comprised of mainly track pursuit riders Manon Lloyd, Elinor Barker and Eleanor Dickinson. Olympic Champion Archibald steamed ahead of the WNT train around the two laps whilst Storey Racing came in third. This put WNT back in second overall just one point ahead of Breeze before the final race later in the day.

Round Eight Team Time Trial Result

1, Team WNT, 2-laps, 2:35.425
2, Team Breeze, + 2.652
3, Storey Racing, + 3.576
4, Team OnForm, + 3.909
5, Drops, + 7.274
6, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 7.585
7, APRIRE Bicycles / HSS Hire, + 8.578
8, Sunsport Velo, + 9.081
9, Team RGB Building Supplies, + 14.771
10, VeloSchils Interbike, + 17.069
11, Team Jadan Weldtite p.b Vive Le Velo, + 18.538
12, NCC Group Kuota Torelli, + 22.271

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Katie Archibald Steams around the Team Time Trial to victory.
Overall Standings, post Team Time Trial

1, Drops, 640pts
2, Team WNT, 594pts
3, Team Breeze, 593pts
4, Storey Racing, 435pts
5, Team Ford EcoBooost, 389pts

It was down to the final race of the series to decide the overall victory but a 1-2 for Drops confirmed the 2017 winners and a first individual win for Durrell, Lucy Shaw was second.

Drops with their first Matrix Fitness GP Title led the competition from start to finish. Team Breeze regained second place with Team WNT finishing third overall.

Rebecca Durrell was the clear leader in the individual competition whilst Ejay Harris secured the Eisberg Sprinters Jersey going clear for the first sprint of the night.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Anna Henderson, OnForm Cycling Attacks Again!

Several attacks off the front of the race from Breeze, WNT, Sunsport Velo and OnForm’s Anna Henderson came to nothing as the pace was fast throughout the race and it was left to a thirty rider bunch sprint to decide the out-come all coming back together with three laps remaining, positioning into the final corner being crucial.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Anna Henderson, OnForm Cycling Attacks!

Anna Henderson attacked once more on the bell lap with team-mates Sian Botteley, Amy Hill and Alicia Speake close by. Mel Lowther for Team Breeze jumped on the back wheel along the back straight with Elinor Barker third and Charlotte Broughton forth.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Katie Archibald leads early on for WNT.

The sprint started on the penultimate corner with Drops Lucy Shaw taking the lead. Archibald second goes wide as Rebecca Durrell’s speed puts them side-by-side. Durrell digs deeps, it’s a 1-2 for Drops as both arms punch the air with joy.

All-in-all the Matrix Fitness GP provided good competition throughout the eight rounds with more team taking the start than ever before.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Individual Race Winner, Rebecca Durrell, Drops, 44:44.323.

Rebecca Durrell’s words. “I’m really, really chuffed. The pressure was always going to be on for the team in the last round, even if it’s just from within ourselves,” said Durrell speaking afterwards. “I knew I’d already won the Individual overall before the start of tonight’s race but I’d deliberately not said anything about that as that would have been even more pressure. So now we’re just all relieved”.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, 1-2 for Rebecca Durrell & Lucy Shaw
Individual Race Result Round Eight - Stevenage

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 32-laps, 44:44.323
2, Lucy Shaw, GBR, Drops, + 0.088
3, Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, + 0.195
4, Elinor Barker, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.460
5, Charlotte Broughton, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 0.574
6, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.715
7, Gaby Shaw, GBR, Team WNT, + 1.373
8, Anna Henderson, GBR, Team On Form, + 1.544
9, Ejay Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, + 1.644
10, Amy Hill, GBR, Team On Form, + 1.591

Brother Fastest Lap

Rebecca Durrell, 1:15.238

Final Team Standings, post-Round Eight

1, Drops, 719pts
2, Team Breeze, 666pts
3, Team WNT, 659pts
4, Storey Racing, 494pts
5, Team On Form, 439pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage Individual Race Winner, Rebecca Durrell, Drops.
Final Individual Standings, post-Round Eight

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 254pts
2, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, 205pts
3, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, 199pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, Eisberg Sprints Winner Ejay Harris, Storey Racing.
Final Eisberg Sprints Standings, post-Round Eight

1, Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, 41pts
2, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 22pts
3, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, 21pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Team RGB Building Supplies.
Series Wrap-Up

2017 saw the introduction for a team based event, similar to the already established Tour Series awarding the main prize to the best team performance through the series, as well as an individual race winner per event and an overall winner at the finish in Stevenage.

The competition also rewarded the Brother fast lap trophy each round and the Eisberg leaders sprint jersey to add dimension to the race to the highest points rider overall.

Matrix Fitness GP 2017, Rnd 3 Northwich, Team Jadan Weldtite’s Charlotte Dalton, Jenny Holl & Rhona Callander…

Starting off in early May in Redditch in the Midlands the series then moved South to Wembley Park before heading West to Bath and then across the border to Scotland, for the penultimate round in Motherwell and back down to Stevenage for the final.

Alice Barnes, Drops Pro Cycling won round one in Redditch soloing ahead of Katie Archibald, Team WNT and Elinor Barker for Team Breeze. Rebecca Durrell finished fourth and Lucy Shaw’s seventh for Drops, they were the first to pull on the red Matrix Fitness leader’s jerseys moving forward into round two in Stoke ahead by a solitary point over Team WNT with 95 points and Team Breeze third with 88 points.

Individual Race Result Round One - Redditch

1, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops
2, Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT
3, Elinor Barker, GBR, Team Breeze
4, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops
5, Eileen Roe, GBR, Team WNT
6, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT
7, Lucy Shaw, GBR, Drops
8, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze
9, Megan Barker, GBR, Team Breeze
10, Charmaine Porter, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost

Team Standings, post-Round One

1, Drops, 96pts
2, Team WNT, 95pts
3, Team Breeze, 88pts
4, Team OnForm, 51pts
5, NCC Group Kuota Torelli, 44pts

Brother Fastest Lap

Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, 2:09.881

Eisberg Sprints Jersey

1, Alice Barnes, Drops, 9pts
2, Katie Archibald, Team WNT, 9pts
3, Elinor Barker, Breeze, 6pts

Team WNT Pro Cycling had all the cards to play with two riders upfront. Here’s Roe piling the pressure on for Katie to replicate her 2014 win in Stoke-on-Trent in the later stages of the race.

Katie Archibald wearing the Eisberg Sprint Jersey by default won round two in Stoke with Alice Barnes not in attendance. Four riders broke free including National Criterium Champion and team-mate Eileen Roe along with Manon Lloyd for Team Breeze and Rebecca Durrell for Drops.

Roe softened up the other riders before Archibald finished the job off for WNT.

Annie Simpson was the best of the rest over a minute behind for Drops as they retain the lead again by one point over WNT.

Archibald now holds the Eisberg Sprint Jersey for round three.

A win for Team WNT Pro Cycling’s Katie Archibald makes it her second with in Stoke!
Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Round 2 Stoke-on-Trent
Individual Race Result Round Two - Stoke

1, Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 19-laps, 45:15.416
2, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.441
3, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, +0.894
4, Eileen Roe, GBR, Team WNT, + 4.032
5, Annie Simpson, GBR, Drops, + 1:00.791
6, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:02.265
7, Lucy Shaw, GBR, Drops, + 1:02.265
8, Charlotte Broughton, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 1:02.351
9, Eleanor Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:03.103
10, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, + 1:03.139

Team Standings, post-Round Two

1, Drops, 189pts
2, Team WNT, 188pts
3, Team Breeze, 179pts
4, Team OnForm, 100pts
5, NCC Group Kuota Torelli, 80pts

Brother Fastest Lap

Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 2:09.008

Eisberg Sprints Standings, post-Round Two

1, Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 13pts
2, Elinor Barker, GBR, Team Breeze, 11pts
3, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, 9pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Emily Nelson celebrates her first win…

With no time to rest the series moved a short distance away to Northwich and a new circuit for the battle to re-commence.

This time a different winner emerged and a different team stood on the podium in the form of Team Breeze. Emily Nelson took her first victory with team-mate Eleanor Dickinson a close second and collecting the best team prize on the night.

Matrix Fitness GrandPrix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Charmaine Porter, Ford Ecoboost leads midrace in Northwich.

Barnes was back for Drops but no Archibald for WNT so Dickinson became the new Eisberg Sprint leader moving their team into second place overall after three events. Drops lead with 284 points, Breeze 277 points and WNT 268 points.

Durrell’s seventh place finish moved her one point ahead of Nelson in the individual classification with Lydia Boylan for WNT third.

Individual Race Result Round Three - Northwich

1, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 19-laps, 41:43.905
2, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, + 0.127
3, Eleanor Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 0.190
4, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, + 0.853
5, Amy Hill, GBR, Team OnForm, + 1.579
6, Megan Barker, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1.770
7, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, + 2.069
8, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, + 2.593
9, Gaby Shaw, GBR, Team WNT, + 2.868
10, Charlotte Broughton, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 2.868

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Brother Fastest Lap, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 1:59.261
Brother Fastest Lap

Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 1:59.261

Team Standings, post-Round Three

1, Drops, 284pts
2, Team Breeze, 277pts
3, Team WNT, 268pts
4, Team OnForm, 150pts
5, Storey Racing, 145pts

Individual Standings, post-Round Three

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 94pts
2, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 93pts
3, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, 84pts

Matrix Fitness GP 2017, Rnd 3 Northwich, Eisberg Sprint Winner in Northwich, Eleanor Dickinson, Team Breeze.
Eisberg Sprints Standings, post-Round Three

1, Eleanor Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, 13pts
2, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, 13pts
3, Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 13pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Liv Epic Coaching with guest riders from Team22 WRT.

Wembley Park provided the back-drop for round four in the series and a fourth different winner in as many rounds. A brilliant solo victory for Jess Roberts, Liv Epic Coaching her second to-date winning last years final round in Portsmouth.

Leaving the bunch behind to fight for the team competition, Roberts distanced herself with two laps remaining as Durrell won the bunch sprint ahead of Nelson, Barnes and Boylan.

Drops extend their lead by 9 points and Durrell extends her individual lead by 2 points. Eleanor Dickinson retains the Eisberg Sprint Jersey.

Individual Race Result Round Four - Wembley Park

1, Jess Roberts, GBR, Liv Epic Coaching, 18-laps, 49:09.661
2, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, + 8.439
3, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 8.597
4, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, + 8.751
5, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, + 9.768
6, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, + 10.130
7, Gaby Shaw, GBR, Team WNT, + 11.471
8, Lizzie Banks, GBR, Sunsport Velo, + 12.237
9, Megan Barker, GBR, Team Breeze, + 12.526
10, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, + 12.821

Brother Fastest Lap

Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, 2:34:330

Team Standings, post-Round Four

1, Drops, 376pts
2, Team Breeze, 367pts
3, Team WNT, 335pts
4, Storey Racing, 192pts
5, Team OnForm, 184pts

Individual Standings, post-Round Four

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 128pts
2, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 126pts
3, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, 115pts
4, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, 106pts
5, Megan Barker, GBR, Team Breeze, 104pts

Eisberg Sprints Standings, post-Round Four

1, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, 18pts
2, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 16pts
3, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, 14pts

Matrix Fitness GrandPrix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Team Torelli

Round 5 returned to the rain drenched streets of Croydon where a fifth consecutive new race winner emerged with Ejay Harris for Storey Racing giving them there first ever victory.

Storey Racing had the upper hand around this slippery circuit as they finished 1-2 with Neah Evans in the four rider group that broke free from the main bunch. Annasley Park crossed the line third for Drops with Boyan fourth for WNT.

Harris catapulted herself into second position behind Dickinson in the Eisberg Sprint competition whilst Drops remain the leaders of the Matrix Fitness leaders jerseys 27 points ahead of Breeze, then WNT, then Storey Racing.

Individual Race Result Round Five - Croydon

1, Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, 19-laps, 42:54.186
2, Neah Evans, GBR, Storey Racing, + 0:810
3, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, + 1.271
4, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, + 1.797
5, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, + 1:12.327
6, Charlotte Broughton, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 1:12.673
7, Alice Barnes, GBR, Drops, + 1:13.736
8, Anna Henderson, GBR, Team OnForm, + 1:14.095
9, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:14.941
10, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, + 1:15.561

Brother Fastest Lap

Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, 2:01.983

Team Standings, post-Round Five

1, Drops, 469pts
2, Team Breeze, 442pts
3, Team WNT, 409pts
4, Storey Racing, 294pts
5, Team OnForm, 242pts

Individual Standings, post-Round Five

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 159pts
2, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 148pts
3, Lydia Boylan, IRL, Team WNT, 147pts

Eisberg Sprints Standings, post-Round Five

1, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, 18pts
2, Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, 17pts
3, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 16pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Sunsport Velo

Round six moved across the Country to Bath were rain soaked the riders once more, showering the bunch sprint and sixth consecutive different race winner.

This time in was National Criterium Champion Eileen Roe for WNT returning to duty in the Tour Series putting her into the record books and a historic fifth individual win in a bunch sprint once more.

Storey Racing duo Harris and Evans took second and third very closely behind Roe and Anna Henderson secured OnForm’s highest finish to-date.

Ejay Harris won both Eisberg Sprints moving into the lead jersey for the penultimate round 9 points ahead. Durrell remains individual leader and her Drops team now have 51 points advantage ahead of Breeze.

Individual Race Result Round Six - Bath

1, Eileen Roe, GBR, Team WNT, 45:21.067
2, Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, + 0.083
3, Neah Evans, GBR, Storey Racing, + 0.313
4, Anna Henderson, GBR, Team OnForm, + 0.434
5, Charlotte Broughton, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 0.451
6, Amy Hill, GBR, Team OnForm, + 0.575
7, Lauren Dolan, GBR, Liv Epic Coaching, + 1.831
8, Madeleine Gammons, GBR, VeloSchils Interbike, + 1.946
9, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, + 2.082
10, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, + 53.338

Brother Fastest Lap

Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, 2:30.211

Team Standings, post-Round Six

1, Drops, 545pts
2, Team Breeze, 494pts
3, Team WNT, 485pts
4, Storey Racing, 370pts
5, Team OnForm, 310pts

Individual Standings, post-Round Six

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 185pts
2, Emily Nelson, GBR, Team Breeze, 173pts
3, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, 152pts

Eisberg Sprints Standings, post-Round Six

1, Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, 27pts
2, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, 18pts
3, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 16pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 7 Motherwell, Leading quartet, Eileen Roe Team WNT, Manon Lloyd Team Breeze, Annasley Park Drops & Elizabeth Banks Sunsport Velo

The penultimate round of the Matrix Fitness GP crossed the Boarder for a fourth visit to Motherwell and a square course with a punchy drag up-to the finish line.

Again it was a four ride break that got free including last year’s winner in Motherwell Eileen Roe along with Annasley Park, Drops, Manon Lloyd, Breeze and Lizzy Banks for Sunsport Velo.

The race had been softened again by Scotland’s Roe and Archibald both previous winners but eventually settled with a large group thirty seconds back.

It was Roe that took the victory and back-to-back wins, her sixth to-date breaking free for a solo effort on the final half lap to the applause of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 7 Motherwell, Katie Archibald begins to bridge across with Durrell reacting!

Roe had asked for assistance from team-mate Archibald at the back-end of the race and dewily made her way across the gap to the leading quartet.

Seeing the danger, Durrell followed, then Melissa Lowther and the three ebbed their way closer to the leaders.

The seven came together for the final lap before Roe made her move approaching the final corner.

Durrell edged Archibald out sprinting for second by a tyres width before Boylan’s bunch sprint for eight place gave WNT the team victory on the night moving them back into second in the team competition.

Drops remain leaders 50 points ahead of WNT and Breeze.

Ejay Harris remains the Eisberg sprint leader and Durrell the individual leader.

Race win number 2 for Criterium Champion Eileen Roe, Team WNT in Motherwell
Individual Race Result Round Seven - Motherwell

1, Eileen Roe, GBR, Team WNT, 0:45:30.994
2, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, + 1.324
3, Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, + 1.324
4, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, + 2.253
5, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, + 2.836
6, Elizabeth Banks, GBR, Sunsport Velo, + 4.113
7, Mel Lowther, GBR, Team Breeze, + 4.701
8, Lydia Boylan, GBR, Team WNT, + 33.016
9, Charlotte Broughton, GBR, Team Ford EcoBoost, + 33.532
10, Eleanor Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, + 34.020

Brother Fastest Lap

Katie Archibald, GBR, Team WNT, 1:42:452

Team Standings, post-Round Seven

1, Drops, 631pts
2, Team WNT, 581pts
3, Team Breeze, 581pts
4, Storey Racing, 424pts
5, Team Ford EcoBoost, 381pts

Individual Standings, post-Round Seven

1, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 219pts
2, Annasley Park, GBR, Drops, 183pts
3, Manon Lloyd, GBR, Team Breeze, 179pts

Eisberg Sprints Standings, post-Round Seven

1, Elizabeth Jane Harris, GBR, Storey Racing, 31pts
2, Rebecca Durrell, GBR, Drops, 22pts
3, Ellie Dickinson, GBR, Team Breeze, 18pts

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Rnd 7 Motherwell, Team Win for Team WNT, L-R Archibald, Roe, Boylan & Walker.
Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 8 Stevenage, OnForm Cycling improve at the Series finale, Sian leads out!
Matrix Fitness GP 2017, Rnd 7 Motherwell, Storey Racing with Elizabeth Jane Harris in the Eisberg Sprinters Jersey.
Matrix Fitness GP 2017, Rnd 7 Motherwell, Team Breeze L-R Ellie Dickinson, Manon Lloyd, Melissa Lowther & Megan Barker.
Matrix Fitness Grand Prix 2017, Round 3 Northwich, Eleanor Dickinson.
Drops Pro Cycling retain the series lead after round 2 of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix, Stoke-on-Trent

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