Bex’s Blog Holme Valley Wheelers Two Day

beck1Last weekend was the Holme Valley Wheelers Two Day Stage Race in Holmfirth.

With some of the country’s top riders taking part, plus World & Olympic champions it was always going to be a tough weekend of racing.

Stage 1

After working in the morning, I was able to escape the office to go and race the first stage on Friday afternoon on a hilly circuit – it was a great course with some short sharp climbs followed by some long rapid descents.

After the first lap, three riders got away, though I have to say it on the Merlin website, it consisted of the three World team pursuit champions from Wiggle Laura Trott, Jo Rowsell and Elinor Barker – they stayed away for the remainder of the race putting 1min 30 into the chase group which I was in coming 11th.

1 Laura Trott, Wiggle Honda
2 Joanna Rowsell, Wiggle Honda
3 Elinor Barker, Wiggle Honda
4 Joanne Blakeley, GB Cycles.co.uk 00:01:30
5 Annabell Fisher, Bonito Squadra 00:01:30
6 Sophie Faulkner, Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 00:01:30
7 Abby-Mae Parkinson, RST Racing Team 00:01:30
8 Iona Sewell, GB Cycles.co.uk 00:01:30
9 Eve Dixon, Team 22 00:01:30
10 Amy Gornall, RST Racing Team 00:01:30
11 Elizabeth Malins, Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 00:01:30
12 Rebecca Rimmington, Merlin Cycles 00:01:30

Stage 2

An early morning start for the 10-mile Time Trial. The forecast was threatening rain and it certainly didn’t disappoint!

Having spent last year predominantly time trialling it was great to be back on the TT bike, I managed to post a time of 21.58 to finish 4th – and ultimately move up to 4th place overall on General Classification.

1 Joanna Rowsell, Wiggle Honda 00:20:50
2 Laura Trott, Wiggle Honda 00:21:00
3 Elinor Barker, Wiggle Honda 00:21:33
4 Rebecca Rimmington, Merlin Cycles 00:21:58
5 Elizabeth Malins, Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science 00:22:06
6 Joanne Blakeley, GB Cycles.co.uk 00:22:27
7 Hannah (Nina) Benson, Ilkley Cycling Club 00:22:40
8 Delia Beddis, Les Filles Racing Team 00:22:48
9 Vanessa Whitfield, VC St Raphael 00:22:51
10 Abby-Mae Parkinson, RST Racing Team 00:22:54

Stage 3

The weather certainly didn’t let us down for the final road race – after glorious sunshine for the first stage we got torrential rain for the last!

The route was rolling, with a fast twisty descent through the villages before climbing back up to the start. Lap by lap riders lost contact with the group leaving a small group at the end to contest the finish.

On the final corner with about 200-metres to go, for me the wheels fell off and the finish line couldn’t come soon enough, I knew to hold onto 4th on GC I had to keep an 8 second gap.

I counted and I just couldn’t get there in time meaning I lost 4th place on GC, I finished 7th on the stage and 5th on General Classification.

1 Laura Trott, Wiggle Honda
2 Joanna Rowsell, Wiggle Honda
3 Elizabeth Malins, Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science
4 Joanne Blakeley, GB Cycles.co.uk
5 Elinor Barker, Wiggle Honda
6 Abby-Mae Parkinson, RST Racing Team
7 Rebecca Rimmington, Merlin Cycles
8 Sophie Faulkner, Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science
9 Vanessa Whitfield, VC St Raphael
10 Amy Gornall, RST Racing Team

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Final General Classification

1 Joanna Rowsell, Wiggle Honda
2 Laura Trott, Wiggle Honda
3 Elinor Barker, Wiggle Honda
4 Elizabeth Malins, Fusion RT Gearclub Bike Science
5 Rebecca Rimmington, Merlin Cycles
6 Joanne Blakeley, GB Cycles.co.uk
7 Abby-Mae Parkinson, RST Racing Team
8 Delia Beddis, Les Filles Racing Team
9 Vanessa Whitfield, VC St Raphael
10 Amy Gornall, RST Racing Team

Keep tuned!
Bex

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