Welcome to this week’s digest:
Monument Spring Crits entries open; the 2019 British National Championships routes are revealed; eRacing Nationals qualifiers; the road season is heating up.
Ed Bradbury wins in Mallorca
With the demise of the JLT-Condor team at the end of 2018, many of the best riders in the country were left without a team. While we’ve seen some of the riders signed to other teams in the UK, others have decided to head further afield.
Former JLT-Condor rider Edmund Bradbury, winner of the 2016 Chorley Grand Prix, signed with the Finnish Continental team Memil – CCN Pro Cycling for 2019. If you were wondering how he was getting on, don’t fear! He has got his this year’s campaign off to a good start with a win in the Trofeu Cala Millor in Mallorca.
Bradbury took a solo victory two minutes ahead of fellow brit Simon Wilson (Ribble Pro Cycling), Tom Fitzpatrick led the bunch home in 6th place.
Monument Spring Crits
The start of the Monument Cycling race calendar will soon be upon us!
The Monument Spring Crits will be held at Redbridge Cycling Centre on Saturday 13 April. As always with our events, you can expect great prizes, great atmosphere, and great racing.
The day sees a change of format from 2018, where we had races throughout the whole day. This year, we will be hosting adult races in the afternoon, while Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club will be providing their normal youth events in the morning.
If you’re interested, there are races for E/1/2 men, 3/4 men, and E/1/2/3 women. There is scope to alter the race schedule slightly to have a women’s 3/4 race and E/1/2 race provided there’s enough interest – if that is something that you’d like, do get in touch!
Entries for the men’s races are now live, and you can find out more details on our events page, or enter now on the British Cycling website. The women’s entries will go live next week, which gives us time to gauge demand for additional races.
National Road Race Championships
The routes for the 2019 British Cycling National Road Championships have been revealed.
Tom Caldwell, Director of Golazo Cycling UK, announced ‘a great milestone for the Great British Cycling Festival [that] really whets the appetite for what promises to be a fantastic weekend of cycling.’
The road race routes will head North from Norwich towards the Norfolk coastline, following the coast roads before turning sharply inland for a spectacular finish in the historic city.
The time trials will start and finish at Sandringham Hall, taking in the scenic countryside as the riders race against the clock.
You can read more on the British Cycling press release here.
Emily Nelson Interview
Ever wondered what World Champions do when they aren’t riding for the national team? Emily Nelson, one half of the defending World Madison Champion pairing, is riding for RST/Cycle Division in 2019. She was on hand at the team’s first get together to tell VeloUK more about the return of the Madison at the 2020 Olympics:
I need to be able to do what I need to do to make the team for the Olympics and not be in a team where I am being told what to do and have to travel to events. I will be doing some of the national races this year as I really enjoy the road but I need to focus on the Olympics which is not far away now…
Read more over on VeloUK.
eRacing National Champs qualifying
With the e-racing well and truly under way, the competition is heating up as the first ever eRacing British National Championships draw closer.
The first eRacing Championships qualifying race took place on Sunday. In the men’s race, a group of around 30 riders dominated a race that came down to a thundering bunch sprint where Steve Young (Team Canyon ZCC) took the win ahead of Adam Labbett and James Phillips.
The women’s race saw a small group of 8 riders break away from the main field to contest the finish, where Illi Gardner sprinted to victory. Mary Wilkinson and Sharon Bird rounded out the podium.
The top 10 from each race will be invited to the live championship finals in London at the end of March, with more details to be released soon.
Full results here.
Clayton Spring Classic
The 2019 Clayton Velo Spring Classic saw a surprise winner in Oliver Rees, only the second junior rider to win the traditional handicap event.
The Elite group were unable to bridge to the leading juniors, who had begun to jump away from the main field after only two laps. Even a concerted effort by Scott Thwaites (Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK) and Jake Womersley (Crimson Performance RT) couldn’t bring back the leaders, leaving the Oliver Rees and Dylan Westley to take a 1-2 for HMT Hospitals Giant RT ahead of Isaac Peatfield (Green Jersey RT).
Mikey Mottram of Vitus Pro Cycling (one to watch in part 3 of the Monument Cycling team previews) took a well deserved victory in the Primavera RR in Hatherleigh on Sunday ahead of 2018 Lincoln GP winner, Alex Richardson (Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes).
In Mikey’s own words:
The race had a typical fairly fast start with early attacks and about 10 kilometres in, a strong group of five of us got away on and over the top of the main drag on the circuit we were building a small gap. Unfortunately, there was a large crash which forced the race to be stopped and restarted with a slightly shorter distance. The gap was not reinstated.
The restart was very fast and it was strung out for 5-6km and I followed a counter move by Alex drawing a group of five of us out. We were driving this break quite hard and soon opened a large gap and whittled the break down until it was just Alex and myself left for the final 15-20km. We both just played to our strengths and worked well together. The speed was always high so there wasn’t much opportunity to attack each other. I had good confidence in my finish so we took it to the line in a two up sprint I managed to win.
Read more here.
Memes never die.