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Otley Grand Prix: report and results

Report and results from round 1 of the National Circuit Series

Eluned King and Matt Gibson took the victories as the National Circuit Series returned from a pandemic-enforced absence to put on a storming set of races at the Otley Grand Prix.

Featured photo: SWpix.com 2021 HSBC UK National Circuit Series – LOGCO Otley GP, Otley, England – Team Ribble Weldtite’s Matt Gibson wins the Otley GP.

Spatz Women’s Otley Grand Prix: race summary

At the start, the field remained bunched and then, just as the pace started to increase, the race was stopped temporarily for an ambulance needing access to the course – not for a rider-related reason thankfully – but the pause gave the riders opportunity to reassess strategy for the eventual restart. 

When that came, it was CAMS-Basso’s Jessica Finney who moved to the front along with Lucy Gadd (Storey Racing). Their spell at the front didn’t last long, however, as both April Tacey (Drops-Le Col s/b Tempur) and Abi Smith (Team Breeze) became the first to form a decisive break off the front with nine laps completed. 

Their lead was short-lived though, as the increasingly strung-out peloton upped the pace and reeled the breakaway duo back into the group. 

When they came back together, Tekkerz CC’s Jenny Holl took up the lead but as the field swept downhill from Birdcage Lane and into the final corner, it was Eluned King who powered to the front. 

Coming to the finish with a slender advantage, the Team Breeze rider dug into her remaining energy reserves to hold off Tacey and Holl and secure her first National A victory.

2021 HSBC UK National Women’s Circuit Series – Spatzwear Women’s Otley Grand Prix – Otley, Yorkshire, England – Eluned King of Team Breeze wins. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Property Development Men’s Otley Grand Prix: race summary

The men’s race went off on a stormer straight away, with attacking from the very start. 

There were plenty of riders taking turns leading the bunch through the Otley streets – including Frederik Scheske (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) and Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod) – and Joe Coukham (Prologue Racing Team) has a brief spell off the front. But it wasn’t until lap eight when a meaningful break was created. 

Junior CiCLE Classic winner Joshua Tarling (FlandersColor Galloo) and Rob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod) pulled clear while behind both Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling) and Josh Giddings (Z Junior Race Team) made serious efforts to bridge across. Gibson succeeded where Giddings did not and the decisive trio was formed. They quickly pulled a gap of more than 20 seconds at two-thirds distance in the 23 lap event, working cohesively throughout.

Team Qhubeka NextHash’s Harry Tanfield did his best to marshal the bunch into some sort of chase, and succeeded in pulling the gap down to around the 13-second mark with three laps remaining, but the well-organised lead trio were determined to stay ahead, stretching their lead out to 20 seconds by the following lap.

The chasing bunch began to close fast on the final lap and were hot on the heels of the leading trio by the final corner, but Gibson, Scott and Tarling had enough of a buffer to contest the sprint between them. Gibson was the first rider to hit the finishing straight and maintained his lead and edged out Scott in the sprint, with Tarling a fraction behind in third. Sam Watson (Team Inspired) led in the bunch behind.

2021 HSBC UK National Men’s Circuit Series – The Property Development Men’s Otley Grand Prix – Otley, Yorkshire, England – Ribble Weldtite’s Matt Gibson wins. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Talking points

  • Eluned King is on course for greatness. The 18-year-old is one of our under-23 riders to watch this season, and she proved exactly why in Otley. Despite a disrupted 2020, and a 2021 that is just starting to really kick-off, King added to her podium in the Women’s CiCLE Classic with a storming sprint to fend off the chasing group.
  • Joshua Tarling is having an amazing start to 2021. Winner in the Junior CiCLE Classic, 4th in the Junior Tour of Yorkshire, 6th at the Return to Racing for Big Dogs and now holding his own in a break with seasoned campaigners Matt Gibson and Rob Scott. What’s even more impressive is that he is only a first-year junior and his ride in Otley was done on junior gearing. The FlandersColor-Galloo rider might just be one of the most exciting juniors on the men’s scene – expect even bigger things from him in the years to come.
  • The cycling buzz is back! After a wash-out 2020, things are starting to get back to some sort of normality with regional, and then national, events getting British road racing back into business. Wandering around the Otley streets, the socially-distanced crowds were vocal in their support and happy to be back watching cycling. A return to some sense of normality is hopefully just around the corner…
2021 HSBC UK National Men’s Circuit Series – The Property Development Men’s Otley Grand Prix – Otley, Yorkshire, England – Joshua Tarling of FlandersColor Galloo. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Results

Women’s race

Rank#NameTeamTime
1107Eluned KingTeam Breeze33:26
217April TaceyDrops-Le Col supported by Tempurst
386Jenny HollTekkerz CCst
485Ella BarnwellTeam Breezest
560Corinne SidePro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsenst
618Alice TowersDrops-Le Col supported by Tempurst
772Amira MellorSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
8117Francesca Morgans-SladerUniversity Of Manchester CCst
91Hannah BayesAWOL OSheast
1088Abi SmithTeam Breezest
1163Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsenst
1283Ellen McDermottTeam Boompodsst
1392Lucy LeeTeam LDN – Brother UKst
148Megan BarkerCAMS-Bassost
15118Flora PerkinsVC Londresst
1628Imani Pereira-JamesBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnFormst
1779Isabel DarvillTeam Boompodsst
18101Grace ListerCero – Cycle Division Racing Teamst
19116Zoe BackstedtTormans-ACROGst
2075Lucy GaddStorey Racingst
2155Madelaine LeechPH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cyclesst
2277Beth MorrowStorey Racingst
2390Harriet DoddTeam LDN – Brother UKst
24124Rebecca SealWeston Homes-Torelli-Assurest
2589Francesca CuttsTeam LDN – Brother UKst
2658Samantha FawcettPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsenst
27112Gabriella HomerTeam Rupelcleaning – Champion Lubricantsst
2868Bexy DewSaint Piran Womensst
2913Katie ScottCAMS-Bassost
30103Sophie ThackrayGarden Shed UK-SCOTT-Verge Sportst
3133Lucy EllmoreSkoda DSI Cycling Academyst
3259Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsenst
3330Becky StorrieBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnFormst
3411Illi GardnerCAMS-Bassost
3534Melissa GreavesCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
3614Emma EdwardsCAMS-Bassost
3739Polly BurgeJadan – Vive le Velost
3871Xan CreesSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
3945Alderney BakerLoughborough Lightning TRGst
404Connie HayesAWOL OSheast
4194Nicole CoatesWeston Homes-Torelli-Assure+10
425Phoebe MartinAWOL OShea+24
4399Christina WiejakSaint Piran Womens+32
4473Abbie TaylorSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus+34
4516Emily MeakinDrops-Le Col supported by Tempur+37
46119Jayati Hine+1:14
4752Robyn ClayOtley CCst
4846Francesca HallLoughborough Lightning TRGst
497Louise ScuphamAWOL OSheast
5098Elizabeth SandersAvid Sportst
5180Hannah FarranTeam Boompods+1:16
5287Sophie LewisTeam Breeze+2:15
5382Georgia HilleardTeam Boompodsst
54105Emma JeffersJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Teamst
553Charlotte BroughtonAWOL OSheast
5662Poppy ThompsonPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsenst
5747Flora KnightLoughborough Lightning TRGst
582Olivia BentAWOL OSheast
5974Erin AvillStorey Racingst
6012Kate WoottonCAMS-Bassost
6193Danielle ShrosbreeTeam LDN – Brother UKst
6256Lily YoungPH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cyclesst
63100Rachel GallerBlaydon Cycle Clubst
6426Daisy BarnesBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnFormst
6581Amy GrahamTeam Boompods+3:11
6667Lucia BrutonSaint Piran Womensst
67102Lotta MansfieldCero – Cycle Division Racing Teamst
6841Beth Harley-JepsonJadan – Vive le Velost
6964Sarah BriggsRFDAst
70115Morven YeomanTofauti Everyone Activest

Men’s race

Rank#NameTeamTime
110Matthew GibsonRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling59:16
25Robert ScottCanyon DHB Sungod+
3116Joshua TarlingFlandersColor Galloost
498Samuel WatsonTeam Inspiredst
5106Harry TanfieldTeam Qhubeka Assosst
634Ben TurnerTRINITY Road Racingst
78Reece WoodCanyon DHB Sungodst
81Matthew BostockCanyon DHB Sungodst
994Rhys BrittonTeam Inspiredst
102Jim BrownCanyon DHB Sungodst
1112Frederik ScheskeRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
12105Tim ShoremanRT23st
1358Joey WalkerCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
1492Joshua PriceSpirit Racing Teamst
1587Tom CouzensSpirit Racing Teamst
1623Tom MazzoneSaint Piranst
1731Sam CulverwellTRINITY Road Racingst
1854Leon MazzoneCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
1930Oliver PeckoverSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
20132Struan McInnesClifton CCst
2122Oliver MaxwellSaint Piranst
2228Ross LambSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
23120Matti DobbinsRT23st
2482Isaac MundyRichardsons-Trek RTst
2511Cameron JeffersRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
2679Peter CockerRichardsons-Trek RTst
2747Alistair SlaterClancy Briggs Cycling Academyst
28121Benjamin MoodyTeam Anarto SVKst
2975Tom NancarrowNopinz Motip Race Teamst
30124Tyler HannayUtmost IOM Junior Cycling Teamst
317Andrew TennantCanyon DHB Sungodst
3273James AshcroftNopinz Motip Race Teamst
3383Steven ParsonageRichardsons-Trek RTst
34128Joshua GiddingsZ Junior Race Teamst
35127Josh HousleyWillebrord Wil Vooruitst
3691George KimberSpirit Racing Teamst
3751Toby BarnesCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
38123Neil PhillipsTekkerz CCst
3936Cai DaviesBikestrong-KTMst
4038Jamison BlainBikestrong-KTMst
41119Joe CoukhamPrologue Racing Teamst
42125Keiran SavageVC Corbas Isatisst
4356Chris SherriffsCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
449William BrownRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
4515Joe WilsonRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
466Jacob ScottCanyon DHB Sungodst
4727Alex PetersSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
4846Michael ChadwickClancy Briggs Cycling Academyst
4971Finlay PickeringFensham Howes – MAS Designst
50131Travis BramleyNopinz Motip Race Teamst
5157Ed BeecherCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
5281James JenkinsRichardsons-Trek RTst
5345Graham BriggsClancy Briggs Cycling Academyst
54142Dean WatsonClancy Briggs CAst
5580Aaron FreemanRichardsons-Trek RTst
564Charlie TanfieldCanyon DHB Sungodst
57100Matthew KingTeam PB Performance+16
5826Alexander BraybrookeSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
5929Christopher LathamSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
60101George PedenTeam PB Performancest
6142Jack BroughCero – Cycle Division Racing Teamst
6252Adam MitchellCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
6355Isaac PeatfieldCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
64122Alec BriggsTekkerz CCst
6596Alfred GeorgeTeam Inspiredst
6666Jack CrookDolan Ellesse Race Team+26
673Damien ClaytonCanyon DHB Sungodst
6850Toby TanfieldCleveland Whls RT/Catley Lakeman+36
6919Joe EvansSaint Piran+1:18
7037Bryn DaviesBikestrong-KTM+2:57
71141Harvey StrohInflite-Dynamic Rides Race Teamst
7277Matt WittsNopinz Motip Race Teamst
7399James BentleyTeam PB Performancest
7418Matthew EllisSaint Piranst
75108Liam FennerAPI-Metrow/Bodyby JRst
7624Jenson YoungSaint Piran+3:02
7793David BollandSpirit Racing Teamst
7820Iwan EvansSaint Piran+3:02
7986Farley BarberSpirit Racing Teamst
8088Clay DaviesSpirit Racing Team+3:04