Mid-May Roundup 2018

First action of the month came on the evening of Wednesday 2nd, from Savannah Hewson, who was back on her Time Trial bike for the first time in a while, riding in the Westerly 10 mile TT. To quote her tweet “1st Women and 1st Junior. 16th overall (beating 30 men) at the Westerly 10mile TT. Great to be back on the TT bike.”

Clover and Connie warm up at Hog Hill (photo: Pat Hayes)
Clover and Connie warm up at Hog Hill (photo: Pat Hayes)
Isla Aimee Rush - back on her bike near Holkham Hall
Isla Aimee Rush – back on her bike near Holkham Hall

On Thursday 3rd, it was great to hear that Isla is back on the mend and out on her bike. She posted the photo above and commented on Instagram, “Rode to one of my fave spots today. Sooo happy that I managed just under 3 hours for my second ride back, and even more amazed how good I feel on the bike considering I wasn’t able to ride properly for 2 months. Also can we all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this bike is!!”

This month’s racing kicked off that evening with Redbridge CC and CC London hosting their 12 week long Summer Hog Hill League. In a field of 15, Clover and Connie were representing the team, finishing 11th and 12th respectively.

Peloton - CC Hackney Primavera 3
Peloton – CC Hackney Primavera 3

On the 5th of May, the first Saturday on the month, it was back to Lee Valley Velopark for the third round of Cycling Club Hackney’s Primavera Circuit Race series, and the team fielded three riders, Hannah Graveney, Connie Hayes and Clover Murray.

Connie Hayes - CC Hackney Primavera 3
Connie Hayes – CC Hackney Primavera 3

Connie finishing in 20th place tweeted, “Spent the whole race attacking yet none of them stuck. Unlucky I got pushed out in the bunch sprint but that’s racing. Ready to start my fight at tour series starting on Thursday!”

Hannah Graveney - CC Hackney Primavera 3
Hannah Graveney – CC Hackney Primavera 3

DS Pat added, “Really good field for Women’s 1234 race at Lee Valley VP huge thanks to organisers . Really good 4th place for Hannah G in bunch sprint and our guys animated the race with lots of attacks and counter.” Clover also finished top 10, in eighth place.

Start line - MSG 2018 - R4 Phoenix Bike Park (photo: Higham)
Start line – MSG 2018 – R4 Phoenix Bike Park (photo: Higham)

Meanwhile, over at the Phoenix Bike Park for round 4 of the Mud, Sweat and Gears XC Series 2018 were Lauren Higham and Harley Pell, who successfully took the wins in their respective categories.

Lauren Higham - MSG 2018 - R4 Phoenix Bike Park (photo: Higham)
Lauren Higham – MSG 2018 – R4 Phoenix Bike Park (photo: Higham)

Lauren tweeted after “Loved doing MTB today having not touched the bike since last season, even when I flew down an A line whilst leading and crashed at the bottom after it! Lost a lot of my lead, but still carried on and won my 1st junior MTB race.”

Zoe Brookes 4th - Bordeaux-Paris Track Meeting
Zoe Brookes 4th – Bordeaux-Paris Track Meeting

And not to be left out, and in yet another discipline was Zoe Brookes who was riding in the 50k Bordeaux-Paris Meeting in Reading (in the UK, not France). [See featured photo] As she tweeted later, “Bit of a rocky start yesterday at Bordeaux-Paris omnium, but pulled it back with a decent IP and a win in the points race for 4th overall! Happy to have got my 2nd cat”.

Admiral Liv AWOL Team - CICLE Classic Recon
Admiral Liv AWOL Team – CICLE Classic Recon

Prior to the first round of the Tour Series, Admiral Liv AWOL riders Connie Hayes, Charlotte Broughton, Clover Murray and Poppy Wildman (guest) got together with NJC’s rider Maddie Gammons for a recon ride around the CICLE Classic course for 2018.

Connie Hayes - Midweek 10 mile TT Lee Valley Velopark
Connie Hayes – Midweek 10 mile TT Lee Valley Velopark

Connie was out at Lee Valley Velopark for a midweek TT on the 8th May. She tweeted, “Got to love a mid week 10! 24:40 wasn’t expected in those conditions and the fact that I haven’t done a 10 mile TT for well over 6 months. Cheers to Epic Coaching as the training is working! Let’s hope this form stays ready for The Tour Series starting on Thursday”.

And on the same evening, Hannah Graveney was taking on 15 other Elite & Cat 1/2 women in the first round of the Dulwich Paragon CC Crystal Palace Crits for 2018, finishing in 9th place.

Harley Pell winner - Ashwell Grass Track (photo: Pell)
Harley Pell winner – Ashwell Grass Track (photo: Pell)

Mixing up the activities, Harley was out at her former club’s grass track racing on the 12th, and took the win in the women’s category. She tweeted, “Great to be back on the grass, first grass track race of the season CC Ashwell. Raced up a category in the women’s omnium against a really strong field including the National Champion. Really pleased to take the win.”

The latest news from the Helen 100 campaign is that there are now 9 Admiral Liv AWOL riders included on the list: U16: Charlotte McGreevy; Junior: Lauren Higham, Elizabeth Marvelly, Harley Pell and Emily Bridson; U23: Hannah Bayes, Rosie Wallace, Connie Hayes and Sarah Lomas. Congratulations everyone for being awarded a place.

In addition to these activities, in May Admiral Liv AWOL will be focusing on their participation in the OVO Energy Tour Series, which started last week in Redditch, moved on to Scotland this week. There is also the  HSBC UK National Women’s Road Series licking off in May, and last week saw the first round held at the Lincoln Grand Prix. Separate blogs will cover these events, but make sure you’re catching up with activities online here on TV (ITV4 for the Tour Series and Eurosport for Women’s Road Series).

And there will be an end of month catch up blog

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