LWRC League Round 2

 

The second round of the LWCR league was held on 10th April, in conjunction with the ELV Spring Rumble.  It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at Hog Hill and once again a large field of almost 40 women took to the start.

 

Photos by John Mullineaux, www.londoncyclesport.com

 

The group stayed together during the opening laps before splitting after the prime, which was won by Mathilde Pauls (Pearsons CC).

 

An aggressive pace set by the front group split the field into two main groups with a couple of gruppettos at the tail end of the field, having their own mini battles. Maryka Sennema (Kingston Wheelers) and league leader Elise Sherwell (Pearson Cycles) animated things in the 18-woman leading group when they put the hammer down just before the Hoggenberg, with 4 laps to go. A number of contenders, including riders from Rapha Condor and MuleBar Girls dropped out of contention at this point, leaving the eventual winner to come from the remaining select group of 9 riders. Among them were strong locals like Twickenham pair, Dorchie Cockerell and Natalie Cresswick, and a London Dynamo pair in the shape of Rachel Armitage and Lauren Whitmore.

 

As ever, the race outcome was decided on the final climb when Sennema launched an attack, but was caught by RAF rider, Jacqui Marshall who won the race, and youth rider Emily Kay (Halesowen) who finished in 2nd.

 

London Dynamo’s Lauren Whitmore, who was 9th, was the highest placed 4th category racer.

 

League leader Elise Sherwell finished in 6th place and manages to hold onto the leader’s jersey for the next round, Crystal Palace on 20th April.

 

Photos by John Mullineaux, www.londoncyclesport.com

 

Results:

1 Jacqui Marshall RAF CC 3

2 Emily Kay Halesowen A

3 Maryka Sennena Kingson Whlrs 2

4 Natalie Creswick Twickenham CC 2

5 Mathilde Pauls Pearson Cycles 3

6 Elise Sherwell Pearson Cycles 3

7 Dorchie Cockerell Twickenham CC 2

8 Rachel Armitage London Dynamo 3

9 Lauren Whitmore London Dynamo 4

10 Elizabeth Chittenden Eagle RC 2 @ 25 secs

11 Georgina Schwenning Cambridge Tri A

12 Susan Wood Maldon & Dist 2

13 Natasha Perry Rapha Condor 4

14 Melissa Berry Sport City A

15 Kate Scotter Extreme Sports Therapy 3

16 Delia Beddis Dulwich Paragon 3

17 Hannah Bowers Mule Bar Girls 3

18 Lysandra Sincalire Inverse RT -

19 Annabel Roots London Phoenix 4

20 Sabine Horighausen Kingston Whlrs 4

21 Karen Price Dulwich Paragon 2

22 Clare Leonard Brighton Mitre 2

23 Astrid Wingler London Phoenix 4

24 Dyanne Holland Dulwich Paragon 4

25 Wiesia Kuczaj Twickenham CC 4

26 Sol Findley Twickenham CC 4

27 Vikki Filsell Pearson Cycles 4

28 Ansie Thoxp VC Norwich 4

29 Nikki Wheeler Team Wiggle 4

30 Louise Croxson London Phoenix 4

31 Charmaine Brown Pearson Cycles 4

32 Helen Keaton Pearson Cycles Pearson Cycles 4

33 Sara Flatt Thetford MTB 4

34 Anna Buick Thetford MTB 4

35 Maria David Dulwich Paragon 3

36 Liz Rice London Phoenix 3

 

Reactions:

Maryka Sennema (Kingston Wheelers): Coming third is a satisfactory result, as I certainly wouldn't have said going into the race that I was the third strongest rider!  We had a great field. With nearly 40 starters, that’s about four times as many as we usually get at Hog Hill! Finally, a "proper" race! I'm just really happy that we got so many riders out for one of our rounds.  To me, this is what I thought we should and could accomplish with the LWCR:  proper races with proper fields, full of riders at all levels.  It was so satisfying to line up with 38 other women at the start line, and I really hope we continue to draw such fields to our races for the rest of the season.  A new page in local women's cycling!

Astrid Wingler (London Phoenix): The London Women's Cycle League is a great introduction to newcomers to road racing like me. Goodwood [LWCR League Rd 1] was my first ever road race, and the wide course was ideal for anyone not used to cycling in a tight bunch. As expected, Hog Hill turned out to be technically quite challenging. I missed one of the corners during the first lap and, to the amusement of the others, ended up going straight down across the grass to re-join the field at the bottom! Fortunately, I was still riding my cross bike, although I did worry a bit that I would damage the fancy wheels I had borrowed for the race! The good thing about Hog Hill was that it did not seem to matter too much that I was dropped early on. Even riding on my own, I never got bored on the varied course. I'm now definitely hooked and plan to head to Hog Hill again next weekend [for the Eagle RC Circuit races], with the main aim to stay on the tarmac!

 

 

Photos by John Mullineaux, www.londoncyclesport.com

 

London Womens Cycle Racing Contacts:

          Maria David: 07976422394, mod56uk@yahoo.co.uk

          Liz Rice: 07801261145, liz@lizrice.com

          www.londonwomenscycleracing.com

 

 

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