Despite Liv AWOL having a strong presence on the Cyclocross circuit, they are also well represented across other cycling disciplines, and there is no shortage of action from the last few weeks.
Zoe Brookes, was invited to race with pro-team NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli in the Future Stars programme, part of the 3 stage Revolution Series which runs from late November to early January, visiting the tracks at London, Glasgow and culminating in Manchester. Her partner for the event was Ella Lazenby. The Future Stars programme has an enviable reputation and many well known British track stars have competed in this event, giving upcoming riders the opportunity to share the limelight alongside the pro teams, benefiting from their guidance and experience and racing in front of capacity crowds. Zoe tweeted “Brilliant final round of RevolutionUK at National Velodrome Manchester. (Zoe was) 12th in 6 lap dash. Good results at all 3 rounds for a super 15th overall from 24 of the best in the U.K.! Huge thanks to RevolutionUK and NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli.”
Liv AWOL fielded a team of four for the Lee Valley Christmas Belles Circuit Race just after Christmas. Connie Hayes, Savannah Hewson, and Rosie Wallace were joined by new team member, Clover Murray, in her first race for Liv AWOL. The 4 raced well together, and helped control the race, but let winner Clare Hammond (Twickenham CC) slip away on a break. A mistake DS Pat Hayes hopes they won’t make again.
The first day of the new year wasn’t just busy for the cyclocross riders. Hannah Graveney was out in the rain at Southborough & District Wheelers Time Trial, recording a 10 mile time of 27 minutes 42, averaging a speed of 21.66 mph, 3rd best female rider of the day.
Full Gas Cycling hosted the first road race of the year at the Hillingdon Circuit with it’s Winter Series round #4, and Liv AWOL’s Savannah Hewson took the win, to her surprise judging by her reaction on Twitter, “I won! My first win for @LivAWOL Even managed to out sprint some cat. 1s and 2s! What a nice way to kick 2018!”.
Only 1 week to go before the HSBC UK National Track Championships for Liv AWOL’s Charlotte Broughton and she seems to have found a happy place to be. “1 week until my first National Track Champs since 2014 got me feeling like 😄 Super excited to be back racing on the boards, completely fallen back in love with the sport and can’t wait to see what I can do.” she posted on Instagram. And she goes on to say, “Big thanks to @mark_lyon74 for the awesome bike as ever, really appreciate the continued support through the years. 🙌🏻”, and has to be reminded to say thanks to the photographer, @ali.fielding (Great Britain Cycling Team Junior Academy). Hope you don’t mind us using your photo, Ali, and good luck to both riders at Nationals next weekend.
Full Gas Cycling’s Winter Series switched to Lee Valley Velopark last weekend, and saw another team member taking to the circuit in Liv AWOL colours for the first time. Zoe Brookes teamed up with Rosie Wallace, taking 4th overall with Rosie in 12th. Zoe tweeted, “Great first race in @LivAWOL colours today with Rosie, coming away with 4th overall and 1st 3rd cat rider. Thanks @fullgascycling for the event”
Last Saturday, Liv AWOL’s Savannah Hewson, may have been having time off the bike, but it was still an evening of cycling. CTT Championships Awards! Savannah tweeted “CTT championships night! 25mile age cat. 17 champion and 2nd in Jnr Champion of Champions. Thank you @LivAWOL @RichJLang and @geordaa for all the support. Looking forward to an injury free 2018!!”
Another team member in her first outing for Liv AWOL last weekend was Youth Development rider, Harley Pell, competing on mountain bike in the Revel Outdoors Winter Series Round 3, and taking the win. Well done Harley, and great to have you on the Liv AWOL team.
Finally, and also on mountain bike, the Jersey XC MTB Series continues to run, and Jersey based Emily Bridson was in action and winning, having not been able to travel to Cyclocross National Championships. Emily tweeted, “Pleased to take another win in women’s at the Jersey XC series yesterday, after a difficult mechanical I managed to chase back up to 12th overall including men’s elite 👍thanks to @LivAWOL for the support and @jerseycycling for a great event”.
And that wraps up the last few weeks of (non-cyclocross) action and news across team Liv AWOL. Good luck to all riders in this weekend’s races, and especially to Charlotte Broughton for the UK National Track Championships.
Featured photo by Team NCC Group-Kuota-Torelli