British Cycling - Road Tour Series

Tour Series 2022

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Words by Sweetspot, Images by Chris Maher.

TUESDAY 10 MAY 2022

FIRST TIME WINS A PLENTY IN SUNDERLAND SPORTSBREAKS.COM TOUR SERIES

The Sunderland round of the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series saw first time wins for Blake Quick (TRINITY Racing), Sammie Stuart (Team LDN – Brother UK), and Jadan – Vive Le Velo, while also the return of Ribble Weldtite to the winner’s podium in Mowbray Park.

Ribble Weldtite’s win saw the defending champions move into second in the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series, four points off the lead, while for Jadan – Vive Le Velo it marked the team’s first win in seven years of competing in the team based series.

However after the evening’s two races it was still Wiv SunGod and Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen in the series leaders’ yellow Freewheel.co.uk jerseys, albeit with the former giving up two points after local rider Thomas Mein crashed out following a touch of wheels mid-race.

Mein’s departure, after making contact with Harry Tanfield (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) on the start/finish line as both riders looked to make the same attack at the same moment, briefly threatened to upset Wiv SunGod but they held on to come third behind defending champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling and TRINITY Racing.

Having started the first two events short of riders due to injury and illness TRINITY Racing controlled the men’s race before an exemplary display of tactics saw American crit champion, and the weekend’s Lincoln GP winner, Luke Lamperti sitting up in the final sprint to allow Quick to take his first win in the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series.

“It was a really good performance,” said the 22-year-old from Brisbane. “The boys were pretty unbelievable out there, three of them just controlled the race from the get go. Then we had Luke – he’s a bit of a tactical genius in the finish there – pulling us in perfectly to the finish and we both got our arms up so it was beautiful.

“Basically, the plan was to just out and control the race, and after we got Luke up at Lincoln a few days ago, and we came out today and DS Ian Stannard made the call that it was my turn so that was really nice.”

Joining Quick as a first-time Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series winner was Team LDN – Brother UK rider Sammie Stuart. A full-time training manager and on call firefighter for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Stuart’s win came after an impressive ride in round one and weekend’s performance in the Lincoln GP.

Stuart bridged across to Frankie Hall (Loughborough Lightning) and Suzetta Guerini (Jadan -Vive Le Velo) after a crash between Hall and Charlotte Berry (Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus) at turn two removed both Berry and the luckless Beth Mciver (Alba Road Team) from an initial four rider group.

Stuart then worked well with breakaway companions Hall and Guerini to build an unassailable gap, with the latter the first to be distanced inside the final three laps. With a tour to go and sensing Hall lagging, Stuart struck out on her own for a comfortable solo win by five seconds.

Speaking afterwards Stuart said;

“It was a great race for me, with a climb in the circuit it suited me really well. The team is buzzing for me. It wasn’t just myself, there’s obviously people that hold up the peloton too on my behalf so a massive thanks to the team for being able to do that for me.

“I worked very hard to close the gap, once I got with those other riders it was just a case of working together till the end of the race. I think the gap started about 10 seconds and we went up to 50 seconds so that was brilliant work by us three.

“I knew that I had an advantage because I was talking, and I could hear them two heavily breathing so I just took that opportunity and just went.”

Taking the all-important team prize however was Jadan – Vive Le Velo, clinching their best ever Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series result.

Despite three riders being caught up in crashes Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen still took second place on the night to hold a nine-point lead over Team Boompods with four rounds remaining. Behind a trio of teams are within two points of second place in what now looks set to be a best of the rest competition in the women’s Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series, with defending champions CAMS – Basso failing to score in Sunderland and now sitting seventh overall.

Luke Lamperti

In the Freewheel.co.uk Sprints competition Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) holds a 14-point lead over Stuart to keep the blue jersey in the women’s competition while Matt Bostock (Wiv SunGod) holds a 10-point lead in the men’s contest.

Fastest Laps on the night went to Stuart and Global 6 Cycling’s Miguel Fernandez.

Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen
Women’s team result

1) Jadan – Vive le Velo, 10pts

2) Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, 9pts

3) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, 8pts

4) Datalynx – Parenesis Cycling, 7pts

5) Team Boompods, 6pts

Women’s individual result

1) Sammie Stuart, GBR, Team LDN – Brother UK, 1:11:11.773

2) Frankie Hall, GBR, Loughborough Lightning, + 5.133

3) Suzetta Guerini, GBR, Jadan – Vive Le Velo, + 14.591

4) Emma Jeffers, GBR, Jadan – Vive Le Velo, + 57.329

5) Amira Mellor, GBR, Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, + 57.521

Fastest lap

Sammie Stuart, GBR, Team LDN – Brother UK, 1:46.528

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, 39pts

Women’s standings after round three

1) Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, 29pts

2) Team Boompods, 20pts

3) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, 19pts

4) Jadan – Vive Le Velo, 18pts

5) Team LDN – Brother UK, 18pts

Men’s team result

1) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 10pts

2) TRINITY Racing, 9pts

3) Wiv SunGod, 8pts

4) Saint Piran, 7pts

5) Wales Racing Academy, 6pts

Men’s individual result

1) Blake Quick, AUS, TRINITY Racing, 1:09:37.441

2) Luke Lamperti, USA, TRINITY Racing, + 0.013

3) Finn Crockett, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, + 0.488

4) Leon Mazzone, GBR, Saint Piran, + 0.763

5) Matthew Bostock, GBR, Wiv SunGod, + 0.779

Fastest lap

Miguel Fernandez, ESP, Global 6 Cycling, 1:29.784

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Matthew Bostock, GBR, Wiv SunGod, 36pts

Men’s standings after round three

1) Wiv SunGod, 28pts

2) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 24pts

3) Wales Racing Academy, 23pts

4) Saint Piran, 19pts

5) TRINITY Racing, 16pts

Round 1 Guisborough

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MONDAY 2 MAY 2022

WIV SUNGOD AND PRO – NOCTIS DOMINATE OPENING ROUND IN GUISBOROUGH

Last year’s overall runners-up Wiv SunGod and Pro – Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen dominated the opening round of the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series in Guisborough on Sunday.

After a disastrous start to the series here in 2021, the first men’s race of this year’s event couldn’t have gone any better for Wiv SunGod, as Thomas Mein and Matthew Bostock broke clear on lap one and almost lapped the entire field.

Mein, the reigning British cyclo-cross champion, took his first individual series win ahead of Bostock after the pair delivered an unforgettable victory salute. Impressively, only 0.001s separated the duo across the line, making it the closest-ever finish in series history.

Behind, Matthew Gibson placed fifth in the rain-affected race to seal the team win for Tim Elverson’s squad.

Wales Racing Academy impressed en route to finishing second on the day, ahead of TEKKERZ, TRINITY Racing and Saint Piran.

Although local rider Harry Tanfield led the peloton home in third respectively, defending men’s champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling only finished sixth in the team result.

“We went on the first lap and just kept on going,” said Mein. “It was pretty much game over for everyone else when we got away, so that’s a bit of a dream scenario. 

“Getting away with team-mates doesn’t happen often, so you’ve just got to make the most of those chances. 

“It couldn’t have gone any better to be honest, so now we’ve got to carry on doing that for the rest of the series.”

Pro – Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen also produced a fine start in Guisborough as British circuit race champion Jo Tindley and Lucy Ellmore finished second and third in the women’s race.

Tindley and eventual individual winner Sophie Lewis (CAMS – Basso) also broke away in the early laps, before Ellmore produced a fine effort to bridge across to the leaders.

Despite leading out the sprint, Tindley could only place second here for the second year running, as promising track talent Lewis pipped her to the line. Behind, Sammie Stuart (Team Brother UK – LDN) broke away from the peloton to finish fourth.

Corinne Side was Pro – Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen’s third-ranked finisher in 12th as Rick Lister’s team started strongly in the series once again.

“The first round is always the one that you never really know how it’s going to go,” said Tindley.  “You’ve done all this training but you don’t know how everyone else is going and so much could happen within one race. So, it’s really good to get the first one out of the way, we just work for the rest of them really. 

“It’s a new circuit for round two [in Guisborough], so I think we will be defending more than anything, and just seeing how it goes. We’ll try to keep an eye on things!”

CAMS – Basso finished second on the day to leave Guisborough with just a one-point deficit in the overall standings, with Team Boompods taking third.

“It’s given me a lot of confidence [going into the next few races],” said Lewis. “It’s nice that we’re in a good place for the rest of the series.

“It was a really good race and I’m really pleased with how it went. I knew that last year about five riders went clear pretty early on, so I knew I had to be up there right from the start. I did feel a bit out numbered but I did what I needed to do.”

Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series 2022 schedule
  • Round one | Guisborough | Monday 2 May
  • Round two | Galashiels | Wednesday 4 May
  • Round three | Sunderland | Tuesday 10 May
  • Round four | Stranraer | Thursday 12 May
  • Round five | Clacton-on-Sea | Thursday 19 May
  • Round six | Barking | Saturday 21 May
  • Grand Final | Manchester | Tuesday 24 May
Women’s Sunderland Start-line
Round 2 Galashiels

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WEDNESDAY 4 MAY 2022

SPORTSBREAKS.COM TOUR SERIES LEADERS TIGHTEN GRIP IN GALASHIELS

Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series leaders Wiv SunGod and Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen extended their overall advantage following the Galashiels event on Wednesday (4 May) evening.

Both teams took the all-important team victory on the night in round two as the series visited the Scottish Borders for the first time.

This was a historic night in the 13-year history of the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series as the women’s race followed the men’s race for the first time.

Sunshine and two super quick races greeted Britain’s best men’s and women’s teams to the centre of Galashiels, with Scottish men’s rugby union head coach Gregor Townsend flagging both races away.

In the opening men’s race it was Wiv SunGod rider Jim Brown who took his first individual win in the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series.  Brown and teammate Matthew Bostock had been at the forefront from the start, driving the pace around the short circuit to stretch the peloton, and drag a select group of riders clear as a crash split the peloton behind.

The evening then turned into a duel between Wiv SunGod and defending champions Ribble Weldtite with the pair of teams taking four of the top five spots.  Dividing them was 17-year-old Noah Hobbs of Tekkerz, in fourth, who also took the fastest lap.

“I’m buzzing! Taking the one-two in both rounds is really good and we’d like to continue that if we can,” said Brown (Wiv SunGod).

“We’ve got a good team, you know. We’ve got five really strong riders, so we can just get to the front and make it hard for everyone else. 

“In the first five minutes we started putting the hammer down and the race split into a group of about 15. After that there were a lot of moves going, but I managed to slip away in the final and take the win.”

Wiv SunGod now hold a three point lead over the Wales Racing Academy at the top of the standings, whereas in the women’s series Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen have a six point margin over Torelli – Cayman Islands – Scimitar and Team Boompods.

Taking the women’s individual win was Megan Barker (CAMS – Basso), who has won three of the last four races held.  Barker however was isolated in the front group dominated by Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, but did enough to head Emma Jeffers (Jadan – Vive Le Velo) and Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) in the final sprint.

“It was pretty tough for me personally,” said Barker afterwards. “I think we had quite a difficult night as a team, so I ended up quite isolated in that front group with the full Pro – Noctis team attacking me like five times every lap!

“We just had to go for the individual win tonight so I just had to really stick at it, follow the wheels, not touch the wind as much as I could. I kind of was looking at the finish line every lap and figuring where I wanted to step out into the wind [and start my sprint].”

Speaking after defending both the Freewheel.co.uk Sprints jersey and with her Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen team mates the yellow Freewheel.co.uk leaders’ jerseys, Jo Tindley said;

“It was really interesting actually [to see the men racing first]. They do race differently to us and they are going to be faster but it was interesting to see just how they attacked. They literally strung out on the first lap and how it all formed for through the bunch. So we got a good impression of how it would be for us.

“We were aware that the other teams were going to go out hitting it hard after [round one in Guisborough], so we just waited to see how it played out. It just stayed fast; it was a fast night, it was full on.”

Women's Results & Standing after Round 2
Women’s team result

1) Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, 10pts

2) Jadan – Vive le Velo, 9pts

3) Team Brother UK – LDN, 8pts

4) Torelli – Cayman Islands – Scimitar, 7pts

5) Team Boompods, 6pts

Women’s individual result

1) Megan Barker, GBR, CAMS – Basso, 1:06:06.625

2) Emma Jeffers, GBR, Jadan – Vive le Velo, + 0.077

3) Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, + 0.088

4) Sophie Coldwell, GBR, Loughborough Lightning, + 0.346

5) Sophie Holmes, GBR, Datalynx – Parenesis Cycling, + 0.602

Fastest lap

Megan Anderson, GBR, Datalynx – Parenesis Cycling 1:07.418

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Jo Tindley, GBR, Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, 36pts

Women’s standings after round two

1) Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen, 20pts

2) Torelli – Cayman Islands – Scimitar, 14pts

3) Team Boompods, 14pts

4) Team Brother UK – LDN, 13pts

5) Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, 11pts

 

Men's Results & Standing after Round 2
Men’s team result

1) Wiv SunGod, 10pts

2) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 9pts

3) Wales Racing Academy, 8pts

4) TEKKERZ, 7pts

5) Saint Piran, 6pts

Men’s individual result

1) Jim Brown, GBR, Wiv SunGod, 1:05:18.386

2) Matthew Bostock, GBR, Wiv SunGod, + 0.426

3) Finn Crockett, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, + 0.512

4) Noah Hobbs, GBR, TEKKERZ, + 1.010

5) Harry Tanfield, GBR, Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, + 1.160

Fastest lap

Noah Hobbs, GBR, TEKKERZ, 59.372

Freewheel.co.uk sprints competition

Matt Bostock, GBR, Wiv SunGod, 29pts

Men’s standings after round two

1) Wiv SunGod, 20pts

2) Wales Racing Academy, 17pts

3) TEKKERZ, 15pts

4) Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling, 14pts

5) Saint Piran, 12pts

 

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THURSDAY 12 MAY 2022

LUKE LAMPERTI AND EMMA JEFFERS THE WINNERS IN SCOTLAND (Round 4)

A dramatic night of racing in Stranraer saw the first American race winner in Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series history, as Luke Lamperti (TRINITY Racing) swept to victory, while Emma Jeffers (Jadan – Vive Le Velo) became the second youngest winner in the 12-year history of the women’s series.

TRINITY Racing made it two individual wins in a week as USA national crit champion Lamperti followed in the wheel tracks of Sunderland winner Blake Quick, while defending champions Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling took their second team win of the week to narrow their deficit to three points behind Wiv SunGod.

“It feels good [to make some history]” said the 19-year-old Californian who followed up his second place on debut with the win “There was always that rivalry between US and UK crits, so to come here as an American and [for the team] to take two individual wins and my first Tour Series, yeah it feels good.”

After a spell racing in Europe, TRINITY returned to racing in the UK by winning the prestigious Lincoln Grand Prix road race on Sunday (with Lamperti) and then this week’s Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series events with Quick and Lamperti.

He added; “The team is super happy.  It’s always nice for them to come back to home soil team and really perform, that’s what we’re here for.   The UK scene has super cool events, really nice crits, well organised.  It’s awesome to see what the UK crit scene is about with super fun races.”

Another controlled men’s race was run off at an average speed of 47kph, with TRINITY Racing again targeting the individual win so committing riders to controlling the peloton while Ribble Weldtite and Wiv SunGod both eyed the team win and Freewheel.co.uk leaders’ jerseys.

“The key was you had to be first round the last corner, and hit it with speed and sprint from there,” said Lamperti, who won his US title in Knoxville, Tennessee last June.

“The team was perfect, start to finish, we controlled the whole race, and that was the plan. The other three guys have rode absolutely perfect in both rounds, I think that shows on the TV if you watch how they rode the whole time, rode the front all the way until the last lap, so set us up absolutely perfect.”

The Stranraer team win moves Ribble Weldtite to three points shy of series leaders Wiv SunGod, with the Wales Racing Academy in third place, five points back.  Ribble’s Harry Tanfield moved to within four points of Matt Bostock (Wiv SunGod) in the Freewheel.co.uk Sprints jersey.

At 19 and having raced in last September’s Tour of Britain, Lamperti is a positive old hand compared to 17-year-old Emma Jeffers who became the first junior rider to win a round of the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series since Tom Pidcock in 2017.  Following on from their first team victory in Sunderland, Jeffers’ win was also Jadan – Vive Le Velo’s first individual win.

Jeffers headed home British circuit race champion Jo Tindley, Kate Richardson (Alba Development Team), and Sunderland race winner Sammie Stuart (Team LDN – Brother UK).

The four went clear after an early crash on the back straight outside the Castle of St John split the peloton and were never seen again by their chasers in the hour-long race.

Jeffers came off Tindley’s wheel out of final corner to comfortably head her home on the finish line alongside Loch Ryan.

“I can’t believe it,” said Jeffers speaking afterwards.  “I always look up to Jo, and all the racers, so to beat her is amazing.  I was hoping it was coming down to a sprint finish. I knew Sammie was maybe going to go longer, she is quite powerful in the longer sprint, so I saw her go and just tried to hang onto her wheel.”

In her first season of racing in the Sportsbreaks.com Tour Series Jeffers had already taken a top three in the Galashiels round.  “I love this kind of racing. Fast, technical, sprinty races, that’s what I love. I knew coming into these races, that I would enjoy it, and to get the results is even better,” said Jeffers.

An impressive performance by Team Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus, including a fastest lap for former series champion Rebecca Durrell, has moved them up to second in the standings, albeit 12 points in arrears on the leaders, while Jadan – Vive Le Velo sit one point further back.

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