Posted by Charlotte
With much to protect and little to lose, Anna, Charlotte, Helen, Jo and Lydia signed on at the London Phoenix women’s road race on Sunday. This was ninth race in the LWCR league and the team had formulated a plan to defend both an overall lead in the series and Anna’s spot on the podium.
Charlotte and Helen took on the race from the gun, pushing hard up the 17% climb and seldom away from the front until an early break consisting of Inverse’s Nikki Juniper and LMNH rider, Jo McRae.
After 3/4 of a lap Jo came back to the bunch, but Lyds swiftly countered with another attack. Stronger riders in the peloton chased hard and she was caught as demands of the circuit and the high temperatures began to tell.
From this point the team ensured that the pace was purposeful, riding hard and marking breaks. Luckily, Sam had ridden out to the circuit and was handing up bottles. Morale and hydration levels were both kept high.
On a day when noone felt their best, there was a strong performance from Team Mum, each of the girls raising her game as required. The force of the Honey Badger was strong.
Sam met the team at the finish with cold cans of coke and to guide them back across the A24 to HQ. A little worse for wear but proud to have three riders in the top 10 and content with the day’s work, the girls happily hung round to watch the presentation and chat with other competitors.
This was a well organised race with a great circuit. The team would like to thank London Phoenix for putting on a women’s event and to congratulate Astrid, an LP rider, for her splendid 3rd place.
Thanks again to Adam Brittain (and well done to girlfriend Karla), for his lovely photos.
1st 2 Kimberley Ashton Inverse / Cyclaim RT 2W 1hr 55mins
2nd 1 Karla Boddy High Wycombe CC 2W @ s.t.
3rd 5 Astrid Wingler London Phoenix CC 2W @ s.t.
4th 19 Nicola Juniper Inverse / Cyclaim RT 1W @ s.t.
5th 17 Emma Craddock Southdown Bikes 2W @ s.t.
6th 9 Lydia Boylan Look Mum No Hands 1W @ s.t.
7th 6 Anna Grundy Look Mum No Hands 1W @ s.t.
8th 14 Emily Bagnall Kingston Wheelers 2W @ s.t.
9th 3 Dyanne Holland Inverse / Cyclaim RT 2W @ s.t.
10th 8 Charlotte Easton Look Mum No Hands 1W @ s.t.
11th 12 Vikki Filsell Pearson Cycles 2W @ s.t.
12th 18 Nikola Butler Inverse / Cyclaim RT 3W @ s.t.
13th 4 Lisa Gunn Kingston Wheelers 3W @ s.t.
14th 11 Coralie Glaunes Pearson Cycles 3W @ s.t.
15th 13 Tabitha Rendall Team Larkfield Cycles 3W @ s.t.
16th 15 Jo McRae Look Mum No Hands 2W @ s.t.
17th 20 Tracy Corbett London Dynamo 2W @ 1 lap
18th 7 Helen McKay Look Mum No Hands 2W @ 1 lap
19th 16 Sarah Odell Pearson Cycles 3W @ 1 lap