After the return of women’s national road racing last weekend, National B road racing continues for the women’s domestic peloton this Sunday with the Banbury Star Women’s Road Race. Read on for our mini-preview of the race and to take a peek at the provisional start list.
What is it?
A National B race put on annually by the Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club. The race forms part of the British Women’s Team Cup, a series designed to bolster the domestic racing scene for women. The series features most of the top elite women’s teams in the UK. As a result of Covid-related race cancellations, this race will be the first ‘in real life’ round of the Cup in 2021 (four virtual rounds have already been run).
Unsurprisingly, the field is strong, although with neither UCI Continental nor GB riders participating, it’s arguably not as fearsome as last weekend’s Halesowen A&CC women’s race field. Nonetheless, expect the race to be hotly contested, with teams looking to further their standings in the Women’s Team Cup and riders keen to make up for lost race time.
As with all races at the moment, Covid-19 restrictions apply, meaning the field is capped at 60 riders. A Cat 3/4 men’s event is also being held alongside the women’s race.
The race features three anti-clockwise 15-mile laps of a testing course to the north-west of Banbury, Oxfordshire. The main obstacle is the short, sharp climb of Edge Hill. At just over a kilometre long with an average gradient of 9.6% and a maximum gradient of 13%, it will provide a stiff test on each lap.
The route also features some fast descents and ends with a short but energy-sapping rise up to the finish line.
Date: Sunday, 23 May 2021
Provisional start list
|Ella||Roper||Abingdon Race Team|
|Sian||Botteley||Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm|
|Laura||Pittard||Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm|
|Becky||Storrie||Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm|
|Madeline||Verdegaal||Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm|
|Rachel||Jenkins||Cowley Road Condors|
|Kristen||Lovelock||Cowley Road Condors|
|Rose||McGovern||Cowley Road Condors|
|Lucy||Ellmore||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT|
|Melissa||Greaves||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT|
|Mary||Wilkinson||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT|
|Polly||Burge||Jadan – Vive le Velo|
|Emma||Jeﬀers||JRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team|
|Molli||Keenor||JRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team|
|Annabel||Ramsay||JRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team|
|Alderney||Baker||Loughborough Lightning – TRG|
|Francesca||Hall||Loughborough Lightning – TRG|
|Hannah||Lancaster||Loughborough Lightning – TRG|
|Chloe||Vickers||Loughborough Lightning – TRG|
|Charlotte||Berry||Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen|
|Amy||Gornall||Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen|
|Corinne||Side||Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen|
|Poppy||Thompson||Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen|
|Lucia||Bruton||Saint Piran WRT|
|Bexy||Dew||Saint Piran WRT|
|Gemma||Sargent||Saint Piran WRT|
|Christina||Wiejak||Saint Piran WRT|
|Francesca||Cutts||Team LDN – Brother UK|
|Kerry||Middleton||Team LDN – Brother UK|
|Ruth||Shier||Team LDN – Brother UK|
|Grace||Castle||Tofauti Everyone Active|
|Ella||Maclean-Howell||Tofauti Everyone Active|
|Emma Jane||Hornsby||VC Londres|
|Rebecca||Kearney||Will Houghton Racing Team|
|Ileia||Spyropoulou||Will Houghton Racing Team|
Featured photo: Bob MacGregor