Midlands Women's Time Trial Series

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2013 News Articles

Women's Series - Correction to date

The Banbury Star CC event in the Women's Series is on Wednesday July 24th (not the 25th, as previously stated).

Midlands Women’s TT Series 2013 - Event 4: Team Echelon-ROTOR 10

Womens Series 2013 Event 4 RidersThe fourth event in the Midlands Women’s TT series was held on Thursday 27 June on the K33/10D course. A wet and windy evening, and traffic problems on the motorway meant a reduced field. 15 women took part, of whom 10 are participating in the Women’s TT series.

The battle for first, second and third was very close. Rosie Armitage of Team Echelon-ROTOR was the winner in 24:11, just 2 seconds ahead of Sue Smith (Stafford RC) in 24.13, and 11 seconds ahead of Liz Powell of Mike Vaughan Cycles in 24.22. The rest of the women’s field was a little more spread out than in previous races, possibly due to the weather conditions, which made some of the recorded times up to a minute slower than the times for the Janet Kelly Memorial 10 on the same course earlier this year. Moira Goodway of Banbury Star CC bucked this trend, recording a time that was 28 seconds quicker than her time at the Janet Kelly Memorial 10.

In the series rankings, Rosie Armitage remains in the overall lead (with two wins and a second place), with Helen Boatman (Team Milton Keynes) and Liz Powell also remain in second and third respectively. Annis Moore (Stafford RC) leads the most improved rider rankings, followed by Liz Powell and Alice Saltmarsh of Cult Racing. Your writer has slipped down the most improved category, having sat out the last two events, but hopes to rectify that this weekend! Helen Boatman retains the lead in the series rankings for vets on standard, with Sue Smith and Annis Moore also remaining in second and third respectively.

The men’s event was won by Richard Berriman of Leisure Lakes Bikes in 20.58.

Anna Wordsworth

(Read full article for detailed results)

Midlands Women’s TT Series 2013 - Event 3 Stafford RC 9-mile TT K7/9, Wednesday 5th June 2013

 

 Helen Boatman  
 Helen Boatman event winner
 

The Women’s Series riders received a very warm welcome from the Stafford RC at their club event near Penkridge. Ten women took part of whom seven are registered to collect points for the Series. The K7/9 is a course for the stronger riders with a steady 2-mile uphill effort initially before the last, gently-rolling 7 miles.  Conditions were favourable with only light wind but the temperatures were a little cool and the sun only came out after the event was over.

Nevertheless it was a night when the women’s course records tumbled. Firstly Annis Moore of the host club, who is making startling progress this season, broke her own club record on the course, a record she stole from Susan Semple a fortnight previously. Then visitor Helen Boatman (Team Milton Keynes) took the outright women’s course record, improving 50 seconds on the time set by Samantha Anderson in the Women’s Series event in 2012. Home rider Susan Semple completed the podium positions with another very good performance. Tea/coffee and cakes all went down well at the end, supplied by Stafford RC’s generous sponsor.

Many thanks to everyone at Stafford RC. Photos from the event can be seen here

Read more to see the result...

Updated - Midlands Women’s TT Series 2013 Event 2: Janet Kelly Memorial 10

Rosie Armitage

Just two weeks after the series opener, the second event in the 2013 Midlands Women’s TT series, the Janet Kelly Memorial 10m TT was held on the K33/10D Salford Priors course. Weather conditions were pretty good for time trialling – slightly overcast with a little bit of breeze. A field of 22 women was an excellent turn out. The event was beautifully organised by Beacon RCC, with a special mention for the excellent marshalling, which helped allay concerns about some of the busier junctions on the course.

Midlands Women’s TT Series 2013 - Event 1: Diana Cooke Memorial 10

Rosie Armitage, Rebecca Slack, Helen BoatmanThe May Day Bank Holiday weekend saw the first event in the 2013 Midlands Women’s TT series, the Diana Cooke Memorial 10m TT on the K41/10 Wolvey course.  Weather conditions were a little more spring like than last year, although along with the sunshine, there was a fairly strong breeze.  A field of 33 women was also an improvement on last year, when the wintry conditions put many off.  The new HQ, at the Wolvey  CofE school, meant that riders could change and warm up in comfortable conditions.  A new road surface on the bottom half course, with many of the familiar potholes filled in, was also a pleasant surprise.  As always, the event was smoothly organised and marshalled by Coventry CC.

Midlands Women’s TT Series 2013

Welcome to the 7th Midlands Women’s TT Series! 

Started back in 2007, our TT Series has become an eagerly-anticipated competition amongst the sporting female cyclists in the Midlands. It’s a competition aimed at any woman who wants to test herself against the clock in a relaxed and friendly environment and although some of the riders take their sport seriously, train hard and have dedicated bikes, these are definitely not requirements. Any rider, fast or slow can come and have a go – time trials are a perfect way to be competitive without having to worry about keeping up with others. Everyone has their own goal, their own aspirations and can go at their own pace.

Claire, Rosie and Suzy with their medals from the Banbury Star CC event in July 2012
Claire, Rosie and Suzy with
their medals from the
Banbury Star CC event in
July 2012

This year, to add to the trophies and medals on offer to the competition winners we have the generous sponsorship of Trek Bicycle Coventry who are donating a bike-fitting to the winner of each of the separate three competitions. Our thanks to Clair Parfrey who has made this sponsorship possible.

So do come along and give the Women’s Series a go but be warned that this can lead to an all-consuming obsession!

All the details you need to know about the Series and the individual events should be here but if you are unsure about anything please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you are a newcomer and you would like to get involved, drop me a message and I’ll make sure you get a warm welcome and all the email communications about the Series.

Come and join in and I hope to see you at an event soon. 

Ruth Eyles
Series Administrator
Contact me here

Midlands Women’s TT Series - Tips and Information for Novices

If you are new to time-trialling and you have concerns about coming to ride the Women’s Series events you may find the following answers to frequently asked questions helpful.

Midlands Women’s TT Series - Registering

To register for the Women’s Series and compete for the Series trophies and medals you will need to complete a Series entry form and pay the Series entry fee of £10.

An entry form and details of where to send it with your entry fee can be found here.

Alternatively you can complete a form at an event and give it to the Series Administrator (or her representative) with your entry fee.

Midlands Women’s TT Series - Conditions

1) The Midlands Women’s Series is open to any female cyclist who is at least 12 years of age.

2) The Series comprises 7 events as published at the start of the season. If for any reason the organising club does not hold an event as planned, an alternative event may be selected by agreement with the same or another promoting club. This change would be communicated through the Midlands DC website.

3) Event results will be published on the Midlands DC website as follows:

Midlands Women’s TT Series - Entry to Events

Courses

In time trialling each measured course which is used for racing is represented by a course code. In the Midlands District all the courses start with a ‘K’. You can find the details of the courses here.

Types of Events

There are two types of events in the Series – Open Events and Club Events. Entry to each type of event is different so please note carefully the following:

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