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HSBC-UK Women’s National Road Series 2019 | Curlew Cup

Curlew Cup | 2019 Finish Line in Stamfordham

Too close to call on the line for April Tacey & Elizabeth Bennett in round 5 of the HSBC-UK Women’s National Road Series the Curlew Cup.

An agonising wait for Tacey & Bennett, whilst officials checked finish line footage to declare the winner of the 9th edition of the Curlew Cup in Northumberland – which had everybody second guessing.

Curlew Cup | 2019 Podium 1 Elizabeth Bennett, 2 April Tacey, 3 Charlotte Berry

Elizabeth Bennett said afterwardsIt was a fast run in with about 5k to go – it was flat out.

You could tell which riders the teams were working for. I had Jo (Tinsley) & Charlotte (Berry) on the front setting the pace.

I just picked the right wheel in the end – It was very close – I’m really happy to finally get the win.

This year I’ve been knocking on the door – second & third, so It’s really nice to get the win.

My team mates did a fantastic job today, so I have to thank them to. I wouldn’t have won without them.”

It was Bennett (Campinense – Velo Performance) that eventually got declared the 2019 winner also taking the U23 prize with Tacey (Brother UK Fusion RT) 2nd and Charlotte Berry (Campinense – Velo Performance) 3rd along with the Queen of the Mountains prize & Abby-Mae Parkinson (Drops Cycling) 4th in a bunch sprint that came back together in the final kilometres on the run in to Stamfordham.

Curlew Cup | 2019 Peloton Lap 1
Curlew Cup | 2019 Peloton Lap 1

3 laps of the 35.6 Km Ryals circuit, a total of 106.2kms, the first time to include 3 full laps saw 45 riders take the start line early on Sunday Morning.

Curlew Cup | 2019 First break away rider Rebecca Richardson Brother UK Fusion RT on the Ryals QOM

An early solo break for Rebecca Richardson (Brother UK Fusion RT) that went after 4 or 5 kilometres saw her lead grow to around 30s at one point. With no one willing to commit, Richardson took the 1st Queen of the Mountains points, before dropping back into the Peloton after been out for a complete circuit.

Curlew Cup | 2019 Ryals lap 1 Joscelin Lowden
Curlew Cup | 2019 First break away rider Rebecca Richardson Brother UK Fusion RT
Curlew Cup | 2019 solo break lap 2 for Abby-Mae Parkinson Drops on the Ryals QOM

Running around to the Ryals for the 2nd ascend Abby-Mae Parkinson established a small gap taking maximum Queen of the Mountains but the Peloton weren’t letting her go.

Curlew Cup | 2019 Emma Cockcroft solo break on lap 3

The final circuit saw another solo attack, this time from Emma Cockcroft (Bianchi Dama) as they headed away from Stamfordham. Claire Steels bridged across along with another 3 or 4 others including Tacey.

Curlew Cup | 2019 – Chanel Mason, Storey Racing leading Peloton on lap 3

Over the top of the Ryals for the final time it came back together once more as the pace stayed really high on the final flat run to the finish line.

 

April Tacey said afterwardsI knew the finish would kinda suit me cos it was fast & flat.

My teammates made the breaks, but Emma (Cockcroft) got away & my teammate Claire (Steels) got over to her with about 4 of us – that stayed away for a while.

I just stayed in the top 5 – just followed wheels and didn’t do any work.

It all came together over the hill. I felt good so yeh – I’m ready for the sprint.”

Curlew Cup | 2019 Podium 1 Elizabeth Bennett, 2 April Tacey, 3 Charlotte Berry
Full Results

1 23 Elizabeth Bennett Campinense – Velo Performance 2:47:48

2 22 April Tacey Brother.uk Fusion RT st

3 24 Charlotte Berry Campinense – Velo Performance st

4 44 Abby-Mae Parkinson Drops st

5 10 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

6 58 Sophie Thackray Torelli-Assure-Madison st

7 9 Leah Dixon Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

8 53 Fiona Turnbull Slingshot st

9 2 Charlotte Colclough Bianchi Dama st

10 1 Emma Cockcroft Bianchi Dama st

11 56 Emily Meakin The Independent Pedaler st

12 62 Jennifer George Torelli-Assure-Madison st

13 21 Claire Steels Brother.uk Fusion RT st

14 12 Illi Gardner Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

15 46 Beth Harley-Jepson Edinburgh RC st

16 5 Jennifer Powell Bianchi Dama st

17 4 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama st

18 57 Amy Gornall The Racing Chance Foundation st

19 43 Joscelin Lowden Drops +6

20 25 Jo Tindley Campinense – Velo Performance +7

21 11 Jessica Finney Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm +1:42

22 30 Hannah Farran Team Boompods st

23 18 Rebecca Richardson Brother.uk Fusion RT st

24 6 Natasha Reddy Bianchi Dama st

25 13 Gabriella Shaw Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

26 27 Chanel Mason Storey Racing st

27 3 Holly MacMahon Bianchi Dama +1:47

28 20 Ruth Shier Brother.uk Fusion RT +3:59

29 36 Charlotte Mitchell Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel +8:48

30 47 Hannah Lancaster Halesowen A & CC st

31 37 Mary Wilkinson Team Jadan Weldtite-Vive le Vel st

32 16 Georgia Bullard Brother.uk Fusion RT st

33 29 Jennifer Batey Team Boompods +8:51

34 49 Crystal Lane-Wright Isorex No-Aqua +9:01

Curlew Cup | 2019 Series Leader Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm st

 

Queen of the Mountains

1 21 Claire Steels Brother.uk Fusion RT 12

2 43 Joscelin Lowden Drops 8

3 44 Abby-Mae Parkinson Drops 5

4 18 Rebecca Richardson Brother.uk Fusion RT 5

5 4 Georgina Panchaud Bianchi Dama 4

6 5 Jennifer Powell Bianchi Dama 4

7 10 Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 4

8 9 Leah Dixon Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm 3

Curlew Cup | 2019 Series Leader Becks Durrell & Team Leaders Brother UK Tifosi p/b OnForm

 

Series Standings after Curlew Cup

1              Rebecca Durrell Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm                                135

2              Leah Dixon Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm                          90

3              Elizabeth Bennett Campinense – Velo Performance         67

4              Pfeiffer Georgi                                                                                  61

5              Jennifer Powell Bianchi Dama                                                     57

Curlew Cup | 2019 Chasing Peloton with Charlotte Berry… Lap 2
Curlew Cup | 2019 RaceWinner & U23 Elizabeth Bennett Campinense – Velo Performance 2:47:48

 

Previous Winners 

2011 Lizzie Armitstead 2012 Dame Sarah Storey

2013 Hannah Barnes

2014 Katie Archibald

2015 Laura Massey

2016 Nicki Juniper

2017 Julie Erskine

2018 Jessica Roberts (Also National Championships)

 

Next round on the 14th July is the Stockton Grand Prix – Round 6.

Winning the Beaumont Trophy, Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes Rory Townsend sprinted to victory after 187kms of racing with 4 ascends of the Ryals.

A 4 man break established early on including Isaac Mundy (Richardsons-Trek RT), Jordan Peacock (Spirit Tifosi), Thomas Mein (Tarteletto – Isorex) and Rob Scott (Team Wiggins Le Col) building up over 2 and-a-half mins advantage before the race got halted, then re-started.

Curlew Cup | 2019 Ryals lap 1 with Jenny Batey
Curlew Cup | 2019 Chasing Peloton… Lap 2
Curlew Cup | 2019 Chasing Peloton on Ryals lap 2
Curlew Cup | 2019 April Tacey Brother.uk Fusion RT on the Ryals lap 2
Curlew Cup | 2019 April Tacey Brother.uk Fusion RT