February Roundup 2018

It’s cold and wet, and wintry winds sweep across the land (Well it was when this was started!). February traditionally sees the final events of the Cyclocross season and the first rounds of Mountain Bike events for the year, the Winter Series road races come to a climax. It’s a good time to stays indoors on the turbo or take a rest. But some hardy Admiral Liv AWOL riders are still out there at weekends, racing in all conditions. And of course, it’s the ideal time for awards ceremonies and to jet away to Mallorca the Peak District for a team training camp. More to come on that one later.

Charlotte McGreevy finished off her East Kent cross season at a very wet Betteshanger Cross in the same style as she started, with another win, giving her the undisputed East Kent Cross League title. She tweeted after, “Not been well, first race back at Betteshanger country park 9th youth 1st girl Not my best race but good fun in the mud, cold and wet”.

On the same day, Iona Moir was also finishing off her Cyclocross season at Iceni Velo Duff Morgan Cross in Norfolk (Eastern League Round 15), but looked exhausted after the previous days road race, finishing in 5th place.

It’s also worth mentioning, that although she’s not riding Cyclocross for Admiral Liv AWOL, Road and MTB youth development rider Harley Pell finished 2nd in the Iceni Velo race, and then went on to win the Youth Girls category of the Eastern Cross League for 2018 with an impressive win at the Cambridge Cross final round. Harley posted on Twitter, “Great end to a really tough cyclocross season 1st youth girl today and Youth girl eastern region series winner.”

Congratulations to all Admiral Liv AWOL cyclocross riders for an impressive set of results throughout the cyclocross season.

February kicked off with the news that the team’s new Liv Envie road bikes had arrived at the Giant Docklands store and we’re being put together. And don’t they looked gorgeous! Elizabeth Marvelley looks especially happy to be collecting her’s in the featured photo at the top of this article. We are truly grateful to Liv, Giant Docklands and AWOL London for their support and sponsorship, and giving the team the opportunity to ride and promote these amazing bikes.

Despite the cold snowy and wet weather, the team headed off to the Thornbridge Outdoor Centre in the Peak District for a mid-February training camp. Almost the entire team was there for the duration, which gave them the chance to spend time together and get to know each other, ride as a group through the beautiful Peak hills with full vehicle support, have team building sessions run by the centre staff and also give DS, Pat Hayes, the opportunity to discuss team plans for the season. It was a great 4 days, and hats off (that’ll be big bobble hats off) to all the riders for the effort they put in, both on the road and indoor sessions, team building exercises (lots of competition there!) and for a lot of laughs.

While we were in the Peaks, we received notification from Jeugdtour Assen that all the Admiral Liv AWOL riders had been offered places at this year’s event, which was great news and we’re looking forward to returning back  there for the second year with the team colours, and looking forward to catching up with our Assen based kit supplier/sponsor Forte Sportswear. Admiral Liv AWOL will be represented in Assen by Connie Hayes, Emily Bridson, Lauren Higham, Hannah Graveney and guest rider Poppy Wildman at Junior level, and Charlotte McGreevy at Nieuwelingen-meisjes level.

Lauren Higham and her mum Rachel, as well as Charlotte McGreevy, have been attending award events recently. The two Higham ladies were nominated for separate awards at the Comet Sports Awards in Letchworth Garden City. Rachel for Sports Photographer of the Year, and Lauren for Youth Achievement. Charlotte won her award for last year’s success in mountain biking at the British Cycling’s “Spirit of Cycle Sport” awards ceremony in Birmingham. Congratulations to all three.

As mentioned earlier, the Mountain Bike season has started, and Harley Pell has been in action for Admiral Liv AWOL. “After a great week away on the @LivAWOL training camp. .. I raced the final round of the Kings Lynn MTB winter series. Pleased to take the win of both the round and the series.” Harley tweeted after winning Kings Lynn series. Charlotte McGreevy (who rides for WXC Racing in the MTB discipline) and Harley were 1 and 2 the following weekend at the Mud, Sweat and Gears XC Series Round 1 at Hadleigh Park.

Charlotte McGreevy leading sprint to finish up Hoggenburg (photo: Huw Williams)
Charlotte McGreevy leading sprint to finish up Hoggenburg (photo: Huw Williams)

And finally, yes, there have also been some road races!! Connie, Savannah and Zoe were in action together at the 13th round of the Lee Valley Winter Circuit Series on the last weekend of February. Not all races are about winning, especially at this time of year. Sometimes races are a good chance to try new tactics, as Connie tweeted after, “Rather enjoyed playing with my lead out skills with @zoebrookes01 today. Wasn’t perfect but at least we now have an idea about what works.” On the same day, Charlotte McGreevy was in formidable form at the Lee Valley Youth Winter Series at the Hoggenburg (Redbridge Cycling Centre) taking the win. “Great first race as a U16 made a break with Eva Callinan down to the sprint finish so happy to take the win on my new Liv AWOL bike!” tweeted Charlotte M.

March has been fairly quiet so far, with bad weather causing cancellation of a number of races on the first weekend, but at least it gives me a chance to catch up with team activities!

If you want to catch any of the Admiral Liv AWOL riders in action this weekend, then Zoe, Elizabeth and Connie with be racing on Saturday at the Milton Keynes Bowl March Criterium Series #2 (Equipe Velo). Zoe (again), along with Hannah G, Savannah and Rosie will be racing on Sunday at Crowhurst Women’s Spring Road Race in Oxted. Good luck to all Admiral Liv AWOL riders this weekend!





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