End of May – Roundup 2018

While May was dominated by the OVO Energy Tour Series and Lincoln Grand Prix, there were still team members riding in plenty races and events in the mixed disciplines that we’ve been accustomed to hearing about.

Lauren Higham with her mini me model (photo: Rachel Higham)
Lauren Higham with her mini me model (photo: Rachel Higham)

But off the track, there was a surprise for one team member with a pre-Series debut and pre-GCSE gift. Rachel Higham presented her daughter, Lauren, with a mini-me model of herself on her new Liv bike in the old Liv AWOL kit! And we agree it looks fantastic. There is another model on its way in new kit, but they’re just having to wait a little longer. We can’t wait to see that one too.

Hannah Graveney - Hackney Primavera 19 May 2018 (photo: Graveney)
Hannah Graveney – Hackney Primavera 19 May 2018 (photo: Graveney)

On the evening of Thursday 17th, while one group of team riders were in Aberdeen racing in round 3 of the Tour Series, Hannah Graveney was at round 5 of the Cyclopark Summer Race Series. Although it wasn’t a big field, it was good for Hannah G to get the win.  Hannah was back in action on the following Saturday the 19th, at Lee Valley Cyclopark for the fourth and final round of the Hackney Primavera Series. This obviously was proving to be a pleasant distraction from exam revising, as she tweeted this message to go with the photo above “Waiting for exams to be over!”.

Charlotte McGreevy - Hackney Primavera 2018 #4 (photo: Toby Willis)
Charlotte McGreevy – Hackney Primavera 2018 #4 (photo: Toby Willis)

Charlotte McGreevy was also in action in the Youth A category, putting on a very strong display, staying with the leading group of Youth A boys right to the end for a clear and uncontested win.

With the sun shining and races on, why stay indoors revising. Hannah G was out again the following day, at the 80km Verulam (reallymoving.com) Road Race 2018 for Cat 2/3/4 Women. I’m not sure where she finished, but photographer John Orbea got these cracking photos of her (and she definitely crossed the finish line)!

Elizabeth Marvelly - winner Bovingdon round 2
Elizabeth Marvelly – winner Bovingdon round 2

Wednesday 23rd and this time it is the turn of Elizabeth Marvelly for some midweek racing, fresh from her OVO Energy Tour Series debut in Scotland, at round 2 of the 2018 HHCC Bovingdon Bomber Criterium Series.The Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club (HHCC) run the series at its club track – the popular Bomber Circuit. The Bomber is a 1 kilometre long super smooth and grippy purpose built racing circuit. It is fast, hard, sweeping, flat and technical and produces good safe racing. And there is some serious prize money on offer for the series too. Elizabeth took the women’s win, but victory was even sweeter, as she explained in her tweet “First time racing at Bovingdon circuit, so much fun to ride! Happy to have won and finally got enough points for my 2nd cat. Thanks to the volunteers for putting these races on!”. Congratulations Elizabeth on your reaching Cat 2!

Friday 25th, and the opening round of the Lee Valley 2018 Women Only Circuit Series, a 45 min race, offering a no-pressure, relaxed environment for women to race in. And who do we expect to see representing Admiral Liv AWOL. None other than Hannah Graveney! A 21 rider string field started, and Hannah finished with a good 7th place overall.

Zoe Brookes - Womens National Omnium 2018 Herne Hill
Zoe Brookes – Womens National Omnium 2018 Herne Hill

Only one weekend left in the month, and away from road racing were two very different events. Zoe Brookes was racing on track at the 2018 National Women’s Omnium, and put on a fantastic display of effort despite being in between tour events. She tweeted “Had a great time at Herne Hill women’s national omnium series today. Happy with 9th overall and chuffed to have got 5th in the pursuit. Thanks to organisers, volunteers and comms for a great day.”

Harley Pell and Charlotte McGreevy - MSG round 5 and MTB Regional Championships
Harley Pell and Charlotte McGreevy – MSG round 5 and MTB Regional Championships

And on dirt, at the Carver Barracks for round 5 of the Mud, Sweat and Gears MTB Series were the team’s youth development riders, but this time riding in different team colours. Admiral Liv AWOL’s Harley Pell took second place by a couple of minutes to road-team mate and winner on the day Charlotte McGreevy (riding for WXC World Racing). But the second place was enough for the regional title and thanks go to Charlotte for making it possible. Harley tweeted, “Regional MTB championships today. I split my tyre at the start of the practice lap. Thank you Charlotte McGreevy for lending me your spare. Started the race not having done a proper sighting lap. So pleased to come 2nd, taking Eastern Region MTB Championship title.”

Featured photo by Rachel Higham.

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