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Banbury Star Women’s Road Race: race preview

Mini-preview and start list for the first 'in real life' round of the 2021 British Women's Team Cup

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?

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 route

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

Start: 13.30

Provisional start list

First NameSurnameTeam
EllaRoperAbingdon Race Team
JasmineJonesBianchi Dama
HollyMacMahonBianchi Dama
NatashaReddyBianchi Dama
SianBotteleyBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm
LauraPittardBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm
BeckyStorrieBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm
MadelineVerdegaalBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnForm
RachelJenkinsCowley Road Condors
KristenLovelockCowley Road Condors
RoseMcGovernCowley Road Condors
LucyEllmoreCrimson Orientation Marketing RT
MelissaGreavesCrimson Orientation Marketing RT
MaryWilkinsonCrimson Orientation Marketing RT
PollyBurgeJadan – Vive le Velo
EmmaJeffersJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
MolliKeenorJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
AnnabelRamsayJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team
AlderneyBakerLoughborough Lightning – TRG
FrancescaHallLoughborough Lightning – TRG
HannahLancasterLoughborough Lightning – TRG
ChloeVickersLoughborough Lightning – TRG
RebeccaHairMagspeed Racing
CharlotteBerryPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
AmyGornallPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
CorinneSidePro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
PoppyThompsonPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen
LuciaBrutonSaint Piran WRT
BexyDewSaint Piran WRT
GemmaSargentSaint Piran WRT
ChristinaWiejakSaint Piran WRT
DanielleShrosbreeTeam LDN
FrancescaCuttsTeam LDN – Brother UK
KerryMiddletonTeam LDN – Brother UK
RuthShierTeam LDN – Brother UK
MateaDeliuTeam Watto-LDN
DebraKelsallTeam Watto-LDN
HeatherMayerTeam Watto-LDN
GraceCastleTofauti Everyone Active
EllaMaclean-HowellTofauti Everyone Active
ClaireHammondTW1 Racing
GabriellaNordinTW1 Racing
VictoriaStrilaTW1 Racing
Emma JaneHornsbyVC Londres
AmberJunker-BrameldVC Londres
FloraPerkinsVC Londres
NicoleCoatesWeston Homes-Torelli-Assure
IsabelEllisWeston Homes-Torelli-Assure
RoisinLallyWeston Homes-Torelli-Assure
AliceLethbridgeWeston Homes-Torelli-Assure
RebeccaKearneyWill Houghton Racing Team
IleiaSpyropoulouWill Houghton Racing Team

Featured photo: Bob MacGregor