While some team members were busy racing on the Continent (more about those adventures coming soon), there was plenty of action here in the UK.
Hannah Bayes saw a return to circuit race action in April with two races. On Sunday 8th, she rode in the Star Wheelers Circuit Races in Wakefield, finishing in 5th place from a field of 10, and then the following weekend on the 15th April she was at the Darley Moor Circuit Races (round 1) in Ashbourne. Again finishing in 5th place out of a slightly larger field.
The third round of Mud, Sweat and Gears XC Series 2018 was held at Lee Valley VeloPark on the 15th, with Harley Pell competing in the Youth Female category. “Great race today MSG East, unfortunately still having chain trouble, it kept bouncing off!! Still managed 2nd place. Well done to Charlotte McGreevy for the win (riding WXC in MTB)”, Harley tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Witham Hall Junior Women’s Grand Prix was being held at Stamford, Lincolnshire, and was the first event in the new National Junior Women’s Road Race Series. Admiral Liv AWOL fielded a team of 7 for this opening event, which included Hannah Graveney, Elizabeth Marvelly, Zoe Brookes, Rosie Wallace, Connie Hayes, Savannah Hewson and Lauren Higham.
From Zoe (23rd), “Not quite how I would have planned on yesterday’s race going, but happy to come away with 23rd at the first road national. Thank you so much to all the people that worked to get a junior girls national series!”
Elizabeth (34th) tweeted “Was disappointed with the result – still lots to learn – but still quite pleased with how I rode in the first ever junior girls national series yesterday, and my first ever open road race. Looking forward to the rest of the season.”
Other results were, Connie (37th), Savannah (48th), Hannah G (DNF), Rosie Wallace (57th), and Lauren (35th) posted to Facebook “Really proud of the team yesterday Admiral Liv AWOL at the 1st Junior Women’s National road race. I was disappointed that my legs gave way to cramp in the last hill climb to the finish. But happy I stayed with the bunch to finish 35th.”
And final word on the day from Pat Hayes DS “Brilliant day at Junior Women’s National thanks to Bourne Wheelers and NEG for putting on a really good event and keeping everyone safe.”
On Friday 27th, the Spring in the Park Summer series kicked off once again for a new season at Gravesend Cyclopark. This is a youth circuit race series, and Charlotte McGreevy was there to take the win in the Youth A category. “First Spring in the Park race rocking it with the boys. Happy to take the win for the girls and a 14th in the boys.”
A full day of cycling through youth and senior categories was on the cards at The Hoggenburg (Redbridge Cycling Centre) for the Monument Spring Crits on Saturday 28th April. First up for the team, and showing off the new team kit were Charlotte McGreevy and Harley Pell in the Youth A race. The race was controlled for the first few laps and at a good pace, but the Harley decided to push out on a break from the back of the field, along with teammate Charlotte and two others. The group of four raced at speed leaving the main group well behind, with the race being contested on the final climb. Harley took second and Charlotte close behind, but just off the podium in fourth.
Harley tweeted “Love the new kit, thank you Admiral Liv AWOL. Great racing today. Pleased to take 2nd
#soclose” and from Charlotte, “Great racing The Hoggenburg. Feeling fab in the new kit. Thank you ForteSportsUK. 4 girl break with Harley, Iona and Anoushka. Not the finish I was after but things happen!”
Lauren Higham, Connie Hayes and Rosie Wallace were out in action in the Women’s race, and also proudly displaying three different versions of the new kit, short (Connie) and long (Lauren) sleeve aero suit, while Rosie was in the jacket and bib shorts. The women’s race was another tightly controlled event, until eventually a group of 4 senior riders pushed off the front, eventually riding on to the win.
Lauren and Connie couldn’t quite catch back on, but still rode on to 5th and 6th respectively, and Rosie who had slipped off the back of the main peloton earlier came through in 8th. DS Pat Hayes posted afterwards “Thanks Monument HQ for organising women’s race The Hoggenburg E123 making full use of best circuit in South East is what women’s racing needs. Hope this becomes regular event”. There’s a full set of photos of the team in action by Phil Moir on Flickr here.
CC London hosted the first ever CC London Women’s Road Race, on the 29th April on the same course, of equal distance and equal prize money as the men’s race which was held in the morning. CC London is resolute in levelling the playing field in cycling and this race is one of many steps they are taking to action that with a almost full field of 59 Cat 2-3-4 riders.
The three Admiral Liv AWOL riders competing were Hannah G, Clover and Elizabeth, debuting the new kit in its first road race, and putting in an impressive performance. Two top 10 finishes with Hannah G in 7th and Clover in 9th, and Elizabeth not far behind in 19th.
Elizabeth reflected on her performance thoughtfully in her tweet “Gutted about how my race went today on such an awesome course, but days like today happen. Heads up: don’t buy dodgy Garmin mounts, eat during races and don’t underestimate how much recovering from hard impact actually takes from your body. Onwards and upwards”. Sadly she lost her Garmin 810 during the race and appeals to anyone that may have found it (if you know anything please contact Elizabeth via the contact page).
Featured photo by Huw Williams, of Charlotte McGreevy and Harley Pell at the Monument Crits.