Midlands Women's Time Trial Series

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2013 News Articles

Midlands Women's Series - First event of 2012 - Di Cooke Memorial

 

  The new Stafford RC team: Sue Smith, Nicola Hollywood, April Lewis and Susan Semple
  The new Stafford RC team: Sue Smith, Nicola Hollywood, April Lewis and Susan Semple
   Top three: Helen Boatman, Rebecca Slack and Rosie Armitage
   Top three: Helen Boatman, Rebecca Slack and Rosie Armitage

In the opening event of the Midlands Women’s Time Trial Series conditions were more reflective of the winter season than the beginning of May. Back on the K41/10 after last year’s move to the K10/10F, sixteen women were present to contest the various awards on offer. It was wonderful to see so many women turn up for the event including the insuppressible Gill Henshaw, however she decided not to brave the elements to race.

Bitterly cold with the odd shower of rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the girls racing however, with Rosie Armitage, Team Echelon-Rotor claiming first place in a time of 24.47. Hot on her heels came four riders, all within half a minute of each other, including new rider Samantha Anderson, Team Jewson- MI Racing just back from Israel where she came fifth in the European Duathlon Championships. Samantha finished second with 25.13, followed by Claire Hansell, Warwick Uni Tri Club, 25.20, Elizabeth Clayton 25.28, Lichfield City CC and Sue Semple, Stafford RC, 25.43. Sue was one of three Stafford riders in the series, together with Annis Moore and Nicola Hollywood, who finished in 28.35 and 29.10 respectively.

With new standard times this year, the veterans’ results are going to prove very exciting. Arja Scarsbrook, Team Echelon-Rotor now sits in third place after the first race with a time of 27.19 and Moira Goodway, Banbury Star CC, winner of last’s years Vets on Standard, in fourth place with 28.19.

Gabriela MacKinnon, Team Midland Racing finished in 28.22 just over a minute ahead of Jackie Harris, the winner of Most Improved Rider 2011, who recorded a time of 29.38. Top of the Most Improved table currently is Liz Powell, Mike Vaughan Cycles, another newcomer, with a time of 28.24 improving on her PB by 1.11. Other riders new to the series are Rosie Lee Croggon, University of Birmingham and Julie Hinds, Coventry CC with 32.44 and 37.55 respectively. Helen Howells, Leamington C&AC completed the ten mile out and back course in 30.33.

The overall winner of the women’s race which is named in memory of Diane Cooke, was Rebecca Slack, London Dynamo with 23.26 and the men’s race was won by Jon Simpkins Drag2zero in 20.39. Stafford RC won the women’s team event. Many thanks to the organizers and marshals from Coventry CC who made a special point of marking the various potholes on the course.

Miranda Harris

(read more for full result...)

Midlands Women’s TT Series 2012

Nadine, Suzy and Beth with their medals awarded by Banbury Star CC

Nadine, Suzy and Beth with their medals awarded by Banbury Star CC

Former winners - Aims - Events - Entry - Conditions - Registering - Tips for novices

Welcome to the 6th Midlands Women’s TT Series! Over the past five years more than 70 women have taken part in our Series; some have been experienced time triallists while others have been completely new to the sport. No matter how fast or slow you are the aim is to try out a variety of time trial events around the Midlands, meet other women cyclists, make some new friends and get that ‘buzz’ from racing which is like no other.

Time trialling on a bike is ‘the race of truth’ – there is no hiding once the timekeeper counts you down and you set off to try and complete the distance as fast as you can. Only you can decide how hard you’re going to push yourself. All there is between you and the chequered flag is an open road. What could be simpler? What could be a purer test of each individual rider?

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.

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

Ruth Eyles
Series Administrator
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Midlands Women's Series - Final Event and 2011 Result

In the last event of the Women's Series the weather was overcast but fortunately, although it had been threatening to rain, it stayed dry and the wind dropped compared to earlier in the day. As well as a warm evening the reception from Shirley RC was very hospitable with plenty of marshals and a results board with runners relaying the times back as quickly as possible.

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