Midlands Women's Time Trial Series

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2013 News Articles

Midlands Women’s TT Series - Aims

The aims of the Midlands Women’s Series are:

  • To create more opportunities for novice and experienced women cyclists in the Midlands to race against each other in local time-trials.
  • To provide a season-long competition for women taking part in time trials.
  • To provide women cyclists in the Midlands with opportunities to meet informally, to make contacts and to initiate friendships.

The Series will appeal to:

Women's Time Trial Series Event 7

In the last race of the series, both the final position for the Series and the Vets competition were affected by the final results. The only table where there were no last minute changes was the Most Improved rider with Liz, Sam and Jackie taking the top three positions. However for the other two competitions, it was nail-biting stuff right up to the last minute.

Women's Time Trial Series Event 6

After the event was rearranged due to appalling weather in June, the sixth race of the series proved to be worth the wait for young Suzy Patience, who clinched her first win of the Series by just 20 seconds.

Womens Time Trial Series Event 5

Banbury event winnersAfter a very hot day, the evening of the fifth event was cool with a light breeze. Banbury Star CC made everyone very welcome, with a village hall booked for refreshments post-race. Although locals doubted it was a night for a ‘floater’, times produced by the six riders were pretty special.

In fact, two riders broke the course record which was held by Suzy Patience. First was Claire Sadler, who finished in 31.52 and was able to revel in the glory for a couple of minutes before Rosie Armitage went twenty seconds quicker to take first place for her fourth time. Rosie now looks pretty comfortable with maximum points and no-one is really coming close to her.

Womens Time Trial Series Event 4

Midlands Championships winnersThe fourth event of the series was a repeat of event two, but with much kinder weather and of course, several weeks further into the season when riders were fitter and naturally faster. Without exception all ten riders who rode the second event, went quicker. The biggest improvement came from Liz Powell, who knocked over two minutes off her time to record 24.26. She sits in first place in the Improvement table and third overall.

The event was held on the K33/10D, which was organised jointly by Alex Laycock and the University of Birmingham CC. Although breezy, conditions were reasonable and suited Rosie Armitage well enough for her to finish in 23.24, 93 seconds up on her first attempt. This gave her another maximum 100 points, to put her clear at the top of the Actual table. Snapping at her heels was Claire Sadler with 24.09, also over a minute quicker than last time. Claire is in fifth place overall. Four seconds behind Claire, and 77 seconds quicker than before, was Suzy Patience.

Womens Time Trial Series Event 3

(This article was originally called "Event 4".  Event 3 - Team Midland - was cancelled due to bad weather so the organisers are now calling this event 3.)

Stafford Road Club (SRC) hosted event 3 in the series on the K7/9 a rather tough 9.2 mile course.

As the earlier good weather deteriorated into rather cool and drizzly conditions so did the traffic on the M6.  4 of the women’s series riders got caught up in the chaos, spending over 2 hours stuck in the jams.  Fortunately they arrived in time to sign on but didn’t have much opportunity for a warm up.

First series rider off was Liz Powell, Mike Vaughan Cycles who completed the course in a very impressive 23:47 consolidating her PB Improvement position.  Next to go was Samantha Anderson, Team Jewson-MI Racing who recorded an event winning time of 23:12 and a new women’s course record.  Next off were the two Coventry CC riders Julie Hinds and Clair Parfrey finishing in 30:11 and 32:06.  A great ride by Julie considering she rode the night before in awful conditions.  I was the final rider off and came 3rd with a time of 23:50.

Home riders unable to ride today’s event included Annis Moore who is currently nursing a broken collarbone but she did come along to cheer us all on.

As usual SRC provided all riders with a hot cuppa and a cake provided by our sponsor Patisserie which due to the cold damp conditions was well received by all.

Event 5 takes place on Sunday 22nd July on the K33/10D hosted by University of Birmingham CC and hopefully I’ll see you all there.

Susan Semple, SRC

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Womens Time Trial Series Event 2 Janet Kelly May 2

Beacon 10 PodiumThe course for event two in the Series was the K33/10D, a 'new' course for Beacon RCC, but one which is used frequently for open time trials in this area. For faster times the wind needs to be against the riders for the first stretch down to Norton roundabout, with a tail wind pretty much all the way home after the turn and specially down the dual carriage way.

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