The riders and team at Admiral Liv AWOL have had a busy summer competing in bike races the length and breadth of the country, and plenty on the continent, in the Netherlands and Belgium too. It’s been hard trying to keep up with everything that has been going on, but over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be catching up with the action, looking back over the last few months of racing and events.
Youth Tour Of London 2018 (Closed Circuit – Saturday, 30 Jun 2018)
The Youth Development riders Harley Pell and Charlotte McGreevy saw June finishing with the inaugural Youth Tour of London, run jointly by Lee Valley Youth CC, Hackney CC, Redbridge Cycling Centre, and Cyclopark, Gravesend as one of the rounds of the Youth National Circuit Series. This two-day, four stage event comprised of a time-trial and circuit race at Redbridge on the Saturday, followed by two circuit races at Cyclopark on the Sunday.
Despite the sweltering heat, the action never stopped, and both riders put in great performances that saw Harley finish just outside the top 10 in 11th place, and Charlotte only 3 and a half seconds behind in 18th, out of the 55 riders in the Youth A Girls category.
Their positions in the 4 individual events were: Prologue – Harley 13th, Charlotte 22nd; Circuit Race 1 – Charlotte 14th, Harley 15th; Sprint – Charlotte 15th, Harley 24th; Circuit Race 2 – Charlotte 9th, Harley 13th.
Harley tweeted at the end of the two days, “What a great weekend of racing at the London 2 day Nationals thanks Huw Williams (organiser). Really pleased to have come away with 11th in GC. Especially after doing hog hill stuck in 1 gear!! Thanks Mum and Dad for getting my bike fixed so I could start today.”
And from Charlotte McGreevy, “Really happy to have pulled a 9th out of the final race today. Could have done better with GC 18th but a fantastic weekend of racing YToL.”
Pat Hayes (DS) also tweeted “Great results for our youth riders on the second day of National Series London Youth Tour. 9th in the final stage for Charlotte and 11th overall on GC for Harley. Great event and brilliant performances.”
The month kicked for the seniors on Sunday, July 1st with the HSBC UK National Road Race Championships 2018 in Northumberland. Unfortunately, the hot weather and the grueling 106.2km road race took its tool and the two Admiral Liv AWOL riders Hannah Bayes and Charlotte Broughton were swept up by the broom wagon.
Tuesday night and Connie Hayes was in tester mode (time-trial) at Lee Valley.
2018 Pinsent Masons Otley Women’s GP (Closed Circuit – Wednesday, 04 Jul 2018)
The Otley Town Centre Races remain one of the most prestigious criteriums in the British racing calendar, with past winners including Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Deignan (nee Armitstead). Now in its 33rd year, the race in 2018 is set to carry on the long tradition of world-class racing in Otley for both men and women.
From a start line of 55, Charlotte Broughton was highest placed in 14th, Hannah Bayes not far behind in 22nd and Connie Hayes 32nd. Lauren Higham was DNF.
Connie tweeted “Very happy with 32nd and 1st junior tonight at Otley. By far the best race on the UK calendar every year as the atmosphere is so unique”, and followed up with “Massive thank you to the brilliant
@mattfixerpayne for the great team shout out tonight. We all appreciate the support you give our little team on the mic at everything from summer crits to freezing muddy cyclocross races! Thank you!”
Pat Hayes (DS) added “Huge thanks to everyone involved in organising and running the
@otleycycleraces It is such a brilliant event, great organisation, great atmosphere, and great location” and about the team’s performance, “Great efforts by the guys last night in National Series Otley races. Charlotte 14th, Hannah 22nd and Connie 33rd (only junior to finish ) and good Otley debut for 1st-year junior Lauren. Got some points in the team competition for the first time in Women’s National Series”
Pat also praised commentator Matt Payne “Also big thank you to
@mattfixerpayne for his comments on the mike positive feedback means a lot for small teams like us ”
Guildford Town Centre Races (Closed Circuit, Surrey – Wednesday, 04 Jul 2018)
The legendary race returned to the iconic High Street for another year, with riders battling it out for line honours on the brutal cobbles with a stunning Surrey landscape as a backdrop. Charlotte McGreevy was there representing the team in the Youth A, only just being pipped into second place in the final sprint to the line.
Scarborough Cycling Festival, North Yorkshire
The Scarborough Cycling Festival has been in existence for the last 8 years after a gap of 20 years with the location of the circuit overlooking the seaside town and is famous for the motorcycle road races that have been promoted there since the 50’s, benefitting from the use of a ‘quiet’ weekend to offset the noise of the motorcycle days.
Summer Saturday Event (Cyclo-Cross – Saturday, 7 Jul 2018)
The Saturday kicked off with various events including a sportive, a hill climb, and a cyclocross race. Hannah Bayes represented Admiral Liv AWOL in the cyclocross race, finishing in 23rd place out of 36 racing in all categories, and 2nd in the women’s event.
Dave Rayner Fund Junior Women’s Road Race (Closed Circuit – Sunday, 8 Jul 2018)
Unless you have ridden the full circuit, it is hard to describe but is unlike anything else used for Youth and Junior races, hence the shorter times of the races. It is, however, not for the faint-hearted. A true hard circuit to test the future stars of cycle racing, and with the temperature gauge ramping up to its highest, the element of staying hydrated was going to add to the challenge.
The third round of the inaugural Women’s Junior Series was running alongside the HSBC British Cycling Youth National Circuit Championships.
Pat Hayes (DS) tweeted “Proud to field full team of 6 riders in Junior National Series. Scarborough is always a great event. Good luck to Emily Bridson, Poppy Wildman, Lauren Higham, Elizabeth Marvelly, Connie Hayes and Hannah Graveney. It’s going to be tough”.
There were 31 women in the race at the start, including team favourite for the event Lauren Higham, who had won the Youth A Nationals event on the same course in 2017.
Final results for the team were Lauren Higham 15th, Connie Hayes 19th, Elizabeth Marvelly 21st, Emily Bridson 22nd, and Hannah Graveney 29th.
Emily Bridson tweeted “Not my weekend at Scarborough after a less than ideal run-up, but you win some, you lose some! Lots learnt & positives taken for the next one big thanks to Admiral Liv AWOL for all of the support, especially when flying in & building a bike in a field on Saturday!”
Elizabeth Marvelly commented afterward, “Sad that I punctured from the lead group at Scarborough on the bottom of the hill 3 laps in, but happy I was able to make up some time and places solo after being several minutes down. Endless thanks
@cycleteamonform for the wheel!! Well done @AdmiralLivAWOL girls”
National Youth Circuit Championships 2018 – (Closed Circuit – Sunday, 8 Jul 2018)
Earlier on the same day, the Youth riders were racing on the same course for the chance to win the coveted British National Youth Circuit Championship crown.
Both Harley Pell and Charlotte McGreevy were racing in what can only be described as a suffer-fest, putting in very strong performances, with Harley in 16th and Charlotte 19th.
After she got her legs back, Harley tweeted “I’d forgotten how hard that hill is at Scarborough National Road Champs!! But pleased to come away with 16th.”
Charters Peugeot Farnham Town Centre Races (Closed Circuit – Sunday, 8 Jul 2018)
VC Meudon presented the Farnham Town Centre Races, returning for their second year. on Sunday 8 July, with racing starting at 17:50. With generous support and sponsorship from local businesses and organisations they were able to offer an extended programme, including Youth and E/1/2 races in addition to 3rd Cat and Women’s races.
All races were run in a reverse direction on the one-way system of the characterful Georgian market town, with the short circuit and its tight turns providing an excellent opportunity for riders to showcase their racecraft and bike handling skills.
Rosie Wallace and Zoe Brookes were the pair representing Admiral Liv AWOL with Zoe finishing in 15th in the Cat 2/3/4 Women’s race. Rosie unfortunately crashed out.
Zoe’s father Pip tweeted “
@zoebrookes01 great start to sit in with the lead bunch, dropped back to finish 15th, but multiple best heart rates, including 20 min. Rosie Wallace rode strong, despite a crash on the rough surface midway, but still smiling.”
Suffolk Cycle Racing Series #5 (Closed Circuit, Ipswich – Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018)
Isla Rush finished mid-pack, 6th out of 12 in her local series E1234 women’s race.
Hog Hill League #11 (Closed Circuit, Ilford – Thursday, 12 Jul 2018)
The 12-week summer evening racing series organised by Monument Cycling, Redbridge CC and CC London featured Issy Torrie for Admiral Liv AWOL, finishing in 14th place out of 16 in the E1234 women’s race.
HSBC UK National Circuit Championships in Stockton on Tees (13 July 2018)
Forty-four women took to the start line in the live televised Women’s National Circuit Championship, with 5 coming from Admiral Liov AWOL. Charlotte Broughton, Hannah Bayes, Zoe Brookes, Clover Murray, and Connie Hayes.
And it was Connie Hayes who set the tempo, and got the team the most prime-time TV coverage in any race so far this season, driving on the front for the first few laps. Out of the 44 on the start-line, the team’s best result came from Charlotte Broughton finishing in 14th.
Zoe Brookes tweeted after the race, “Nearly binned it twice, but happy with 27th at my first national crit champs thanks to our sponsors for the support, and my teammates for always making the racing fun. And thanks to dad for taking me again!!”
TV-star Connie Hayes also tweeted “As most people know I crashed yesterday at the national crit champs whilst in the lead group. Luckily I got away with just a few cuts. My hands were saved by my
@prendas mitts as without them my hands would have been ripped to shreds given the speed, they definitely do there job!”
From Pat Hayes (DS), post-race tweeting included “After leading the field for the first couple of laps Connie crashed out whilst still in the lead bunch and Hannah blew a tire whilst chasing on after a spill right at the start. Still smiling despite the bad luck.”
HSBC UK Junior Women’s National Road Race Championships (Road, Stamford – Sunday, 15 Jul 2018)
As Pat Hayes commented “(This was a) Busy weekend with two national championships. Women’s Circuit Race on Friday and Junior Women’s Road on Sunday, with some of the team riding both! Not to mention a Women’s National Series road race as well.”
Elizabeth Marvelly was the highest placed Admiral Liv AWOL rider out of the 55 riders who started the race. She finished in 26th place, just at the back of the main peloton at just over a minute behind the winners who made a break.
Hannah Graveney, Connie Hayes and Lauren Higham finished as a group in 37th, 38th and 39th respectively. Other team members racing included Emily Bridson, Zoe Brookes and Rosie Wallace.
Sadly, Zoe Brookes took a bad tumble. Pip Brookes tweeted “Big thanks to everyone who has messaged us and
@zoebrookes01 following her crash at the National Champs yesterday. She is well bashed up, but X-rays and CT scan came back all clear.”
Velo29 Grand Prix (Stockton on Tees, 15 July 2018)
Part of the weekend-long Stockton Festival of Cycling with senior members of the team Charlotte Broughton, Clover Murray and Hannah Bayes taking to the 55-string start line in the women’s event.
Barnsley Town Centre Races (Closed Circuit – Friday, 20 Jul 2018)
Hannah Bayes was the sole team Admiral Liv AWOL rider racing, finishing 20th out the starting 30.
HSBC UK National Cross Country Championships 2018 (MTB XC, Essex – Saturday, 21 Jul 2018)
“Great ride for 6th in MTB National Championships for our all-rounder, Emily Bridson” tweeted Pat Hayes (DS), “And 11th for Youth A rider Harley Pell”
Ipswich Bicycle Club Spring Scramble 2018 (Road – Sunday, 22 Jul 2018)
Part of the Eastern Road Race League, 21 women took to the road for this Cat 234 race, along with 3 Admiral Liv AWOL riders, Elizabeth Marvelly, Hannah Graveney and Issy Torrie.
Elizabeth Marvelly “Quite satisfied with 6th woman and 1st junior in today’s road race after getting into the break. Good fun. Well done
@AdmiralLivAWOL girls! Also massive thanks to @GiantRadlett for fixing up my bike (again!!) ”
Hannah Graveney finished in a very creditable 10th place and Issy Torrie not far behind in 21st.
Videre Race Series #1 (Closed Circuit, Bury St Edmunds – Tuesday, 24 Jul 2018)
With racing taking place on the grounds of RAF Honington, using the runway and the perimeter roads for a lap distance of approx 3.5 miles, Clover Murray beat off 8 other racers to take the win the E1234 women’s category.
Featured image is Lauren Higham on a breakaway during the National Junior Women’s Road Race Championships. The photo was taken by Simon Blackwell.