With the clocks turning back an hour this month, the days getting shorter and the weather colder and wetter, most of the Admiral Liv AWOL team are taking a well-earned break from the body and mind draining effort of daily training and weekly competitive riding. So this month sees a few of them wrap up the season with a few off-bike tweets. But for some, they persevere the conditions and the weather as the cyclocross season ploughs on.
Just before October kicked off, Emily Bridson took part in the Red Bull Foxhunt. This eventRachel Atherton To get an idea of the action, watch this incredible 360-degree view video shot from Rachel’s helmet cam. Unfortunately (or fortunately for that matter), you won’t catch a glimpse of our own Emily, as she was one of 40 who beat Rachel to the finish line. In fact, Emily finished in a fantastic 16th place overall. A pretty good effort as one of the youngest in the field (this is the first year she has been old enough to compete).
Earlier in the month, U23 rider Charlotte Broughton (sponsored by Ford) tweeted, “So it’s time to say farewell to my little Ford Fiesta. Thank you so much to @forduk for supporting me this year by lending me this fantastic little car. Would’ve been so stuck without it. Great to see a big company actually supporting female cyclists. THANK YOU!”
And we echo Charlotte’s thanks to Ford and all the team’s sponsors this year. You really do make a huge difference and help to provide the opportunity to race with the team and at races that just normally wouldn’t be on offer.
Derby Arena Track League Autumn 2018 #4 (Derby Arena – Tuesday, 2 Oct 2018)
This is a mixed gender track omnium of 4 races, split into 4 groups. Charlotte Broughton was racing in Group B, finishing 6th in the 20 lap scratch, 3rd in the 40 lap points, and 7th in the 30 lap scratch. She missed out on a top 8th place in the Elimination.
HSBC UK Cyclo-Cross National Trophy Series Round 1 (Derby – Sunday, 7 Oct 2018)
A dry, bright winter’s day saw two Admiral Liv AWOL team members competing in the first round of the National Trophy Series. Injuries prevented a number of other team members from taking part in the opening round, although we hope to see some back to compete in the later rounds. In the end, Lauren Higham took 6th Junior (16th Woman overall) and Harley Pell 14th Junior (34th overall) out of a field of 21 juniors who finished (51 in the women’s event finished).
Derby Arena Track League Autumn 2018 #5 (Derby Arena – Tuesday, 9 Oct 2018)
Still in Derby, Charlotte Broughton was back on the boards for the next round of the Track League. This time, the race results for Charlotte included 3rd in 20 lap scratch, 4th in 32 lap points and 4th in the 36 lap scratch. Again, only one event where she didn’t finish in the top 8, and that was the 40 lap tempo.
Maddie Gammons announcement – 12 Oct 2018
New team member Maddie Gammons tweeted “Pleased to announce I will be riding for @AdmiralLivAWOL for the remainder of the Cyclo-Cross season & also on the road in 2019!”
Forme Notts & Derby League #4 – (Cyclo-Cross, Nottingham – Saturday, 13 Oct 2018)
And no sooner was she in the team than she was getting podium results. New rider, Maddie Gammons took 2nd place from a start line of 40 women. Congratulations Maddie!
HSBC UK British Cycling National Women’s Omnium Championships (Derby Arena – Sunday, 14 Oct 2018)
Some weeks it just not meant to be. Charlotte Broughton summed up her National Omnium Championships performance. “Utterly heartbroken with how I felt physically yesterday at Omnium Champs. A simply *&%! performance. Didn’t feel myself. Didn’t do myself justice. Deeply disappointed. This really is the tough part about sport but hey, knock me down 9 times and I’ll get up 10 ✨ But for now.. time to unwind and FINALLY have some decent time off the bike and away, up across the border 🙌🏻 Photo thanks to Graham Hind”.
I think teammate Zoe Brookes’ wise words of encouragement sum it up best, “You can’t be at your best every day, but every day you do your best and that’s all anybody could ever ask. So proud of you still!! X”
It has been a very long and tough season for Charlotte, leading the team on road through the OVO Energy Tour Series and the Women’s National Series, and spearheading efforts on track, so a break is long overdue. Relax and enjoy it!
Scunthorpe – Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross #3 (North Lincs – Sunday, 14 Oct 2018)
In her second race of the weekend, in the Senior Women’s category, Maddie Gammons took her first win for Admiral Liv AWOL from a start line of 15 riders. She summed up her weekend tweeting, “Finally finding some form coming away with a win and 2nd place this weekend in two very different races as I made my debut for Admiral Liv AWOL.”
Welwyn Cross – Eastern League #6 (Welwyn Garden City – Sunday, 14 Oct 2018)
Despite all the efforts to present a beautifully manicured cross track (editor. “I spent two hours with a lawn mower in the “sun” on the Saturday trimming the corners of the course so they would look nice!”), it poured with rain on race day. And I mean bucketed down! However, this didn’t affect Admiral Liv AWOL’s Eastern Cyclocross Junior duo of Lauren Higham and Harley Pell who took the top 2 Junior spots, with Lauren taking the win in both the Senior Women’s and Junior’s category, and Harley 4th in the Senior Women, 2nd in Junior.
And then, just to get in some more practice, the two riders took to the course for a second time to ride in the Senior (& Junior) Men’s race, finishing in 46th for Lauren and Harley in 56th.
Mistley Cross – Eastern League #7 (Mistley – Sunday, 21 Oct 2018)
Harley Pell was back in double action once more at Mistley Cross, round 7 of the Eastern Cross League, finishing 2nd to teammate Lauren Higham in 1st, who opted to ride only one race this weekend. Harley finished 38th in the Senior & Junior men’s race.
National Closed Circuit Time-Trial Championships -21 Oct 2018
Savannah Hewson summed up her day “Personal bests for watts, speed and time. Age Cat-18 winner. 4th overall. Missed key season goal of the podium by 1 second. Very disappointed!! .. but that’s bike racing. And well done to @egmarvelly !!!”
And from Elizabeth “Nice to finish the 2018 season at closed-circuit champs. Silver! Now for time off the bike before getting into winter. Great ride by @PetersCycling for the win, and lovely seeing teamie @SavannahHewson7 who won her age category.“
Zoe Brookes race season came to a crashing halt at the HSBC UK Junior Women’s National Road Race Championships in Stamford back in mid-July. Sadly Zoe is still suffering the effects of that crash and has been diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome. Despite this, Zoe continues to be the most caring and supportive team-mate for those still riding, notable with her encouragement posted on social media, and in October she took the time to show her appreciation for the support she has had this year in a series of tweets, which she was happy for me to repeat here.
“This season has turned out to be a bit of a disaster, picking up a head injury at nat champs in July that’s still got me a long way off my day to day life let alone back on my bike. But I got to do some awesome stuff in the first 6 months including Tour Series and jnr Nations Cup.”
“I also got an 8th at a round of jnr nat series and a win in the points race at Bordeaux Paris omnium. Huge thanks to @AdmiralLivAWOL for the fab opportunities I’ve had this year, thank you to Pat+Brent for all your time &my teammates for being great to race with and so supportive.”
“Massively grateful to all our sponsors for giving us the backing so we could have such brilliant opportunities. So thank you so much to @LivCyclingUK @GiantStPauls @AdmiralUK @AwolInfo @PerkinsGarages @FORTEsportswear @CadoMotus @LiFEResProperty ”
“And thank you to my coach @huw_williams1 ,I’ve improved massively since I’ve been working with you so thanks for all your guidance& support! Also thank you to my parents for taking me to all the races + being so supportive and thanks to everyone else who has helped me this year!”
Zoe Brookes (@zoebrookes01)
And in response to Zoe. The team and everyone who supports and follows Admiral Liv AWOL wishes you all the very best on your road to recovery and look forward to seeing you back on your bike in due course, along with you fun and cheeky mannerisms!
It was a week of off-bike tweets, with one from Lauren Higham. “
#Proud to have received my prestigious award and receiving my @ArkwrightTalent scholarship yesterday. They gave a big shout out to my cycling team @AdmiralLivAWOL“. Congratulations Lauren!
And also, on the 25th Elite Cycling Ltd tweeted, “Great first test with @H_Graveney @AdmiralLivAWOL Always good to get some baseline figures in which will be a great year of building knowledge and strength for her. Well done @Lucaswigmore for getting her to this point
#eccoaching #improve #performance #win – at Elite Cycling Ltd”
St Ives Cross – Eastern League #8 (Huntingdon – Sunday, 28 Oct 2018)
With National Trophy Series running in Scotland this weekend, only Harley and Connie were representing the team in Eastern. Harley Pell finished 3rd (1st junior), and Connie Hayes still returning back to health and fitness, finished 8th from a start field of 31.
Good news from Connie Hayes with her tweet, “So nice to be back on my bike. Far from where I want to be, but with only a week’s training after being unable to do anything for 4 weeks and everything else I can’t complain. Well done to @HarleyPellRacin for smashing it”
HSBC UK Cyclo-Cross National Trophy Series Round 2 (Irvine – Sunday, 28 Oct 2018)
Only two Admiral Liv AWOL team members made it north across the border for round 2 of the National Trophy. Beautiful weather in a fantastic location made for a great race, albeit the mud enthusiasts were a bit disappointed that Scotland did not deliver on the rain. Somewhat of a surprise! However, in the Women’s race, Lauren Higham finished 9th Junior (23rd overall out of 43), and Bethany Barnett, who was riding in her last race in her Kings Lynn kit, finished 16th out of a field of 29.
And to finish off, Charlotte McGreevy sent her teammates a postcard from Japan, “Happy to be on the road to recovery visiting Japan before getting back to full strength Thank you to my sponsors for all there support throughout the year @AdmiralLivAWOL @ForteSportsUK @GiantStPauls @PerkinsGarages”.
We’re looking forward to seeing Charlotte and all the other riders in the team back on the road, track or mud soon!
The featured photo is “Harley Pell – Mistley Cross CX 2018 (photo © John Orbea)”