Women's Team Series - Upavon Barracks

 

Alli Holland, of Max Gear RT won an exciting Women's Team Race Series event held on the wind swept tarmac at the Upavon Barracks.  She beat her long time breakaway companion Elise Sherwell, Surrey League, after an almost perfect demonstration of team riding by Max Gear RT.

 

Alli Holland of Max Gear wins team series

 

This is a new event to the Team Series, organised by Captain Darren Clarke for the Army CU on the aerodrome perimeter of the Upavon Barracks.  The first event of the day was a Team Time Trial with teams covering 4 laps of the 2 mile circuit.  This is always a difficult discipline, as it is not much practised in this country but Max Gear where the strongest team and they came home in 18 minutes 23 seconds, to take the win by 26 seconds from Motorpoint/Marshals Pasta team.

 

After a short rest to allow the handicycles to race, the Road Race stage started.  It was immediately obvious that the Max Gear RT were marking the Motorpoint/Marshals Pasta, who were their closest rivals for the race and also the team leading overall on Team Series points.

 

After two laps a breakaway went, consisting four riders; Iona Sewell (Squadra Donne/Shutt Velo Rapide/Bikefood), Hanna Barnes (Motorpoint), Elise Sherwell and Alli Holland. They gradually built up a sizeable lead over the bunch, but Hannah Barnes punctured and at 22 miles and Iona Sewell went back to the bunch.

 

With 30 miles covered, the leading duo of Holland and Sherwell had a massive 2 minutes 38 seconds, as the bunch were policed by Max Gear RT.  With the gap established, Max Gear RT worked at the front of the main group, driving the pace to drop riders from the bunch and with one lap remaining, the bunch had splintered in the wind.  As the leaders approached the finish, up the incline, it was Alli Holland who won the sprint ahead of Sherwell to secure a very good win, and sealing what was perhaps the best team tactics of the year by her Max Gear RT team mates.

 

Ruby Miller, Motorpoint led in what remained of the bunch for 3rd place, with Maryka Sennema, Surrey League in 4th place. The podium ceremony was excellent with flowers and champagne for the three riders and also for the winning team Max Gear RT. Thank you to Upavon Circuit for hosting the race and to Darren Clarke for organising.

 

TEAM TIME TRIAL RESULT

 

1.    Max Gear RT            18 mins 23 secs

2.    Motorpoint               18 mins 49 secs

3.    Surrey League         19 mins 39 secs

4     Squadra Donne        20 mins 16 secs

5     PSUK                      21 mins 35 secs

 

 

 

 

ROAD RACE RESULT + GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

 

66

Ali

Holland

MAX Gear RT

00:18:23

1

01:53:00

42

Elise

Sherwell

Surrey League Womens Team

00:19:39

2

01:53:00

64

Rohan

Battison

MAX Gear RT

00:18:23

6

1:54:52

63

Jackie

Garner

MAX Gear RT

00:18:23

8

1:54:52

61

Jeanette

Caldicott

MAX Gear RT

00:18:23

9

1:54:52

62

Carrie

Beddingfield

MAX Gear RT

00:18:23

12

1:54:52

14

Ruby

Miller

Motorpoint/Marshalls Pasta

00:18:49

3

1:54:52

12

Harriet

Owen

Motorpoint/Marshalls Pasta

00:18:49

5

1:54:52

16

Hannah

Shenton

Motorpoint/Marshalls Pasta

00:18:49

7

1:54:52

11

Hannah

Barnes

Motorpoint/Marshalls Pasta

00:18:49

13

1:55:30

41

Maryka

Sennema

Surrey League Womens Team

00:19:39

4

1:54:52

45

Emily

Bagnall

Surrey League Womens Team

00:19:39

10

1:54:52

34

Stephanie

Magri

Squadra Donna

00:20:16

11

1:54:52

44

Nikki

Wheeler

Surrey League Womens Team

00:19:39

14

1:55:30

46

Lise

Soerensen

Surrey League Womens Team

00:19:39

16

1:57:52

43

Claire

Leonard

Surrey League Womens Team

00:19:39

17

1:57:55

33

Iona

Sewell

Squadra Donna

00:20:16

15

1:57:35

32

Sarah

Maidment

Squadra Donna

00:20:16

18

1:55:30

21

Kirsty

Bishop

Police Sport UK CRT

00:21:35

19

1:55:39

65

Anna

Fischer

MAX Gear RT

00:18:23

20

1:54:52

31

Gail

Aspden

Squadra Donna

00:20:16

21

1:56:15

23

Claire

Sadler

Police Sport UK CRT

00:21:35

22

1:56:15

22

Louisa

Watson

Police Sport UK CRT

00:21:35

23

1:58:47

24

Clare

Simon

Police Sport UK CRT

00:21:35

24

1:57:28

 

TEAM POINTS

 

1.   Max Gear RT                            455 points

2.   Surrey League                          276 points

3.   Motorpoint                               250 points

4.   Squadra Donne                        155 points

5.   PSUK                                       122 points   

 

 

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