“Traditional 1st day of the season and we have riders in action at Gravesend Cyclopark and Milton Keynes” said the Twitter announcement. The action continued throughout March with most of the team getting circuit and open road experience under their belts, as well as picking up a few podium places through hard, determined team work.
Abellio-SFA RT Spring Criterium
Closed Circuit, Gravesend – Saturday, 2 Mar 2019
This Cat 234 race saw four of the Liv AWOL SPOK’D team compete around the closed circuit of the Gravesend Cyclo-Park and the race finishing with both a win for Connie Hayes and double podium success as she was joined by team mate Clover Murray in 3rd place. All team members picked up points from the 19 strong field, with Emily Ashwood taking 6th and Rosie Wallace 9th place.
DS Pat Hayes tweeted “Great team work by these guys
@Cyclopark today 1st , 3rd , 6th & 9th bit of a masterclass in lone breakaway and bunch control @GetSpokd @GiantStPauls @LivCyclingUK @Kask_cycling @FORTEsportswear“.
And Connie, “Me and
@EmilyAshwood can never take anything seriously! I think this photo sort of sums up what happened a few minutes later. I attacked off the line and was quite simply never seen again stupid I know not hey it worked! Cheers girls for controlling it all in the bunch!”
Milton Keynes Bowl March Circuit Series 2019 Round 1 (Flamme Rouge)
Closed Circuit , Milton Keynes – Saturday, 02 Mar 2019
Meanwhile, across the country in Milton Keynes, the first round of the March Circuit Series was kicking off in this category 234 race. Another 4 of the Liv AWOL SPOK’D team were in attendance, and another podium place, this time going to Lauren Higham in 3rd, with Maddie Gammons and Imogen Chastell in 6th and 8th respectively. The team tweeted “Good work by the guys at Milton Keynes today to get 3rd & 6th.
@HarleyPellRacin very unlucky to be brought down and injured in finish straight pile up really deserves some better luck! @GetSpokd @LivCyclingUK @GiantStPauls @Kask_cycling”
Lauren tweeted her respect “3rd in the Milton Keynes Women’s road race today. Thanks for a good lead out from
@MaddieGammons. @livAWOLSpokd @JWS_PE_Faculty @LivCyclingUK @gllsf @StevenageTrust @EpicCoaching @GetSpokd”
And from Lauren’s lead-out Maddie, “When you don’t have the kick or form to do the job yourself what better to do than set up a teammate. Managed to hang on to 6th myself too. Great riding by the
@livAWOLSpokd girls, heal quick @HarleyPellRacin ”
Maidenhead & District Cycling Club (2-Up TTT)
Chiltern Hills – Sunday, 03 Mar 2019
Eva Callinan loves her time-trialing, and so does her Dad, Paul. So no better way to spend a Sunday than by winning the 30-mile time trial around the Chiltern Hills in a 2-person team TT.
Eva posted the above photos, and tweeted “Watching my dad win the Maiden head hilly 2-up TT vs. Winning it with him 10 years later!!
@livAWOLSpokd @sigmasports @ForteSportsUK @LivCyclingUK @GetSpokd @Kask_cycling”
Hainault RC (Hilly)
Hainault Essex – Sunday, 03 Mar 2019
A 50 km time-trial around the south-west Essex hills. Elizabeth Marvelly returned to defend her title from last year.
Quoting Frazer Snowdon from his race report on the CTT website, “In-form Marvelly (Liv AWOL SPOK’D) clocked 1:22:35 to win the women’s prize by almost five minutes ahead of MJ Cyganowska (Rapha CC). 17-year-old Marvelly hails from Borehamwood, and went one better than the second place she secured in the previous week’s North Road CC Hardriders 21.2. Her time this year was around a minute and a half quicker than her winning time last year.” And from the team “Well done to
@egmarvelly winning the Hainault Hilly TT . A nasty day to be testing!”
Derby Arena Track League Spring 2019 #7
Track League , Derby – Tuesday, 05 Mar 2019
A 8th place in the 30-lap win & out for Isabella Torrie this week at the Derby Track League. Other events were 20-lap scratch and 32-lap points race.
Milton Keynes Bowl March Circuit Series 2019 Round 2
Closed Circuit , Milton Keynes – Saturday, 09 Mar 2019
An early morning start for the Women, with this category 234 race of 23 riders, including 4 Liv AWOL SPOK’D team members. Team tactics were the order of the day, which successfully got Elizabeth Marvelly onto podium in 3rd place. Louise Scupham and Lauren Higham cross the line together in 16th and 17th respectively, with Connie Hayes wrapping things up in 23rd.
Milton Keynes Bowl March Youth Criterium Series #1
Closed Circuit , Milton Keynes – Saturday, 09 Mar 2019
Later in the day, in the Youth A category, Charlotte McGreevy and Bethany Barnett were again racing for the team, with another team podium success for Charlotte taking third place and Bethany not far behind in 6th, out of a starting field of 14.
Milton Keynes Bowl March Circuit Series 2019 Round 3
Closed Circuit , Milton Keynes – Saturday, 16 Mar 2019
This was the first race in an 8-leg series of events in the Women’s Team Series 2019.
The team were back in Milton Keynes, with a full team of 6 riders amongst the huge field of 60 for this 1 hour 5 min category E123 race. Connie Hayes was the highest placed team rider finishing in 22nd, with Louise Scupham in 31st and Savannah Hewson in 46th. Victoria Lovett, Elizabeth Marvelly and Maddie Gammons all started the race, but did not compete the finish.
Louise posted on Instagram “2 weeks of racing at the MK Bowl and many pain faces.
Legs have been surprising me and finally starting to feel like my old self in races.
Loving being part of @liv_awol_spokd, bunch of top lasses. 💪😊”
A word about our new team helmets from Kask
A tweet from Liv AWOL SPOK’D fan (and parent!) Shirley Marvelly, “Now that Crit season is really underway I’m loving the
@livAWOLSpokd girls’ new pink @Kask_cycling Protone helmets. Great protection and very easy to spot in the bunch! They also fit over girl hair…”. A double bonus!
March Hare Classic 2019
Closed Circuit , London – Saturday, 16 Mar 2019
A double header on this day for Charlotte McGreevy, racing in the morning at Lee Valley Velopark, alongside team mate Bethany Barnett. Bethany put in a great sprint finish to take the win, and Charlotte cross the line only seconds behind in 6th, from a starting field of 13.
Milton Keynes Bowl March Youth Criterium Series #2
Closed Circuit , Milton Keynes – Saturday, 16 Mar 2019
The second round of the Milton Keynes series and the second race of the day for Charlotte McGreevy, and finished with the second 6th place of the day. Well done to Charlotte for both races!
At the end of the day, Charlotte didn’t forget who got her there “Tough day today, two races in two different regions. Big appreciation for my dad who took me from
@LeeValleyVP to Milton Keynes bowl. Had a great race with teammate @BarnettCycling at Lee Valley and hard competition at Milton Keynes @Kask_cycling @ForteSportsUK @livAWOLSpokd”.
Cycle Circuit Winter Series #4
Wakefield – Saturday, 16 Mar 2019
Round 4 of this closed circuit series, and Liv AWOL Spok’d rider Hannah Bayes was on her own amongst a field of 10, and once again just missing out on a podium finish in 4th place.
West Drayton Specialized Crits 2019 – Event 1
Closed Circuit , Hayes – Saturday, 16 Mar 2019
West Drayton Mountain Bike Club were again running a series of three closed circuit road events throughout March at the ever popular Hillingdon Cycle Circuit for all age groups and categories. Twelve women started in the category 234 event, and Hannah Graveney, like her team mate racing in Wakefield, also just missed out on podium, finishing in 4th.
Liv AWOL SPOK’D tweeted “The 2 Hannahs
@hannah_bayes & @H_Graveney pick up 4th @wakefield & @HillingdonCycle respectively well done guys @GetSpokd @FORTEsportswear @LivCyclingUK @GiantStPauls @Kask_cycling”
Mud, Sweat and Gears XC Series 2019 – R2 Henham Park
MTB XC , Suffolk – Sunday, 17 Mar 2019
Round 2 of the mountain-bike MSG XC Series, this time at Henham Park in Suffolk. Lauren Higham once again took top Junior female on the day.
Belgium – Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019
U23 riders Clover Murray and Charlotte Broughton went on a Belgium road trip for some hard continental racing, in preparation for the UCI Heathy Ageing Tour at the start of April.
Clover on Instagram “FACE SAYS IT ALL 😂 Despite crazy hail, rain, low temperatures and strong winds it’s great to have races under my belt out in Belgium already this season 🇧🇪”
Milton Keynes Bowl March Circuit Series 2019 Round 4 (Spirit Tifosi)
Closed Circuit , Milton Keynes – Saturday, 23 Mar 2019
Another round of the circuit series, and 24 riders racing in the Women’s category 234 race. Four riders representing Liv AWOL SPOK’D, with the team helping to catapult Victoria Lovett to a second place podium spot. Lauren Higham finished in 7th, Maddie Gammons in 9th and Savannah Hewson in 13th.
Team LDN – Rapha Crit Series 1
Closed Circuit , Ilford – Saturday, 23 Mar 2019
In a tough category E12 race of 15 riders, Connie Hayes took silver in the final sprint, with team mate Elizabeth Marvelly in 9th.
“Big thank you to
@CycleTeamLDN for organising yesterdays races @TheHoggenberg so important for development of womens cycling to have E12 race as well as a 3/4 @GiantStPauls @LivCyclingUK @GetSpokd @FORTEsportswear @Kask_cycling”
VTTA Kent Group 10 mile TT (Q10/24)
Time Trial – Saturday, 23 Mar 2019
@elitecyclinguk tweeted “Nice little win in the VTTA time trial today for
@H_Graveney @livAWOLSpokd after a tough training camp. She’s still learning but is showing some great talent and determination. We look forward to some great results in the future #eccoaching #ridefast #cycling #improve #motivate”
And from the CTT website, these comments in the race report “Quickest woman and event winner went to Hannah Graveney (LIV AWOL). Graveney tasted victory in her last outing on New Year’s Day this year, sharing the top spot with Charmaine Pullen. But this time, the top spot was just for her with a time of 25-05 to give her a 100% race record on in 2019.”
Hannah’s time was 25:05 at an average speed of 23.92 mph.
Seacroft Wheelers Spring Road Races
Road, Selby – Sunday, 24 Mar 2019
A 61km road race for Cat 34 women, and a field of 10, saw Hannah Bayes and Louise Scupham racing for the team and crossing the line in 7th and 8th respectively.
Louise summed up her race “So damn mad with myself. Committed tactical suicide and threw away what could have been a good result.” Next time?
The team posted on Instagram later “Busy couple of weeks for the girls with the first round of the women’s team series showing some fast! The following weekend saw Connie take 2nd at Redbridge followed by teammate Libby inside the top 10. Meanwhile Victoria also claimed a 2nd spot at the MK Bowl with Lauren in 7th, Maddie 9th & Savannah 11th. @hannahbayesx & Louise were also racing in Selby where they finished 7th & 8th
Hemel Hempstead CC 22 mile TT (F11/22)
Time Trial – Sunday, 24 Mar 2019
Lauren Higham posted this tweet “My 1st Time Trial of the year. 1st junior, 2nd woman 33rd overall (90) not bad going and trying it out on a new TT bike. Now to get my new wheels.
@livAWOLSpokd @StevenageTrust @JWS_PE_Faculty @LivCyclingUK @EpicCoaching”
Lauren’s time was 1:02:27 at an average speed of 21.137 mph.
Derby Arena Track League Spring 2019 #10
Track League , Derby – Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019
Sadly no top 8 placings for Isabella Torrie this week. The events this week included 20-lap scratch, elimination, 30-lap tempo and a 24-lap scratch.
MK Bowl March Circuit Series #5
Milton Keynes – Saturday, 30 Mar 2019
A squad of 6 Liv AWOL SPOK’D riders took to the start line in Milton Keynes, with 3 of them travelling down from the North, to join their team mates from the South. This meant the team was responsible for just over 25% of the 23 strong starting field, and giving the riders a good opportunity to become more tactically aware of each other and work on their strengths and weaknesses. Charlotte Broughton took 3rd place on the podium, closely followed by Junior Lauren Higham in 4th. Maddie Gammons was not far behind in 6th. Hannah Bayes and Connie Hayes rolled through in 11th and 12th respectively, while first year Junior Harley Pell came through in a creditable 14th place.
EMMR: Harvey Hadden, promoted by ØVB
Closed Circuit , Nottingham – Saturday, 30 Mar 2019
Rosie Wallace and Poppy Wildman represented the team. Unfortunately BC only posted the top 10 in both the men and women’s fields.
NCRA Handicap promoted by Kettering CC
Road , Walgrave – Saturday, 30 Mar 2019
This was a handicap road race promoted as part of the NCRA Spring handicap series for categories 234, with a field of 10 riders. Imogen Chastell rode to 6th place at the finish.
Pembrey Youth 2-Day N.Y.S
Closed Circuit , Llanelli – Saturday, 30 Mar 2019
The first round of Youth National Series was held in West Wales at the Pembrey closed circuit track, and run over two days with 3 stages and Liv AWOL SPOK’Ds youth riders Charlotte McGreevy and Bethany Barnett were both racing. Sadly, Eva Callinan was still out injured and unable to compete.
The Saturday morning kicked off early with a 1.5km Prologue Time Trial, with riders being set off at 30 second intervals. Kinga Ingram (Halesowen A & CC) won the stage with time of 2:12:97. Charlotte and Bethany finished in consecutive places with Charlotte narrowly ahead on 2:26:85 and Bethany 2:28:94 putting them in 26th and 27th overall.
It was obvious that on the narrow track, breaking away from the bunch in the two circuit stages would be hard so overall places were likely to remain unchanged as long as you were able to stay in the main group.
The second race on the Saturday was a 18 laps of the 1.785km circuit, ultimately covering 32.13km. Both girls finished in the group sprint, with Charlotte getting into 13th place as she crossed the line. Bethany came through in 25th.
The third and final race on the Sunday was a 27 lap effort around a slightly shorted lap of 1.505km, which included a couple of 90 degree left handers, to make it seem more like a crit and to hopefully stretch the field out. The field did break up, but still a large group contested the final sprint, with Charlotte continued to improve on her result from the day before and finishing in 7th, while Bethany finished in 25th but with the same GC time of 1:05:43.
As predicted final placings didn’t change a great deal from the positions won in the prologue, but both girls did creep up a couple of places, with Charlotte finishing in 22nd with a time of 1:59:26 (only 14 seconds from the eventually winner) and only 2 seconds behind her was Bethany in 23rd.
Charlotte tweeted afterwards “Started the weekend with a weak prologue, but made up my places in the two stage races. Happy to walk away with a 13th yesterday afternoon and a 7th today after two hard days of fast and furious racing with teammate
@BarnettCycling. @ForteSportsUK @livAWOLSpokd @Kask_cycling“.
IRIS Race Team
Road , Winchester – Sunday, 31 Mar 2019
A 42 mile, 7.5 lap open road circuit race for categories 234. Another big field for the day with over 55 riders. Two riders from the team raced, with Victoria Lovett finishing in a very good 6th place with Hannah Graveney not far behind in 13th.
DAP CC Spring Road Race
Road , Beccles – Sunday, 31 Mar 2019
An early morning start for the women, in this 76km / 47 mile road race. In a large starting field of 49, Clover Murray finished the race in 33rd.
Capernwray Road Race
Road , Lancaster – Sunday, 31 Mar 2019
A large field of over 50, including many seasoned domestic pros, set a demanding pace. Unfortunately for Liv AWOL SPOK’D rider Louise Scupham no result was posted. However, we have learnt that Louise certainly knows how to get tucked in behind other riders. Of all the photos Ellen Isherwood took on the day, this photo revealed the most of Louise!
Featured photo from Milton Keynes