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Ilkley Cycles Races: report and results

Report and results from round 2 of the National Circuit Series

Megan Barker (CAMS-Basso Bikes) and Reece Wood (Canyon dhb SunGod) won the second and final rounds of the National Circuit Series at the Ilkley Cycle Races.

Featured photo: Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com – 23/07/2021 – British Cycling – HSBC UK National Men’s Circuit Series – Men’s Ilkley Grand Prix – Ilkley, Yorkshire, England

Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix: race summary

The women’s race was a tough, attritional affair. The ramp of Riddings Road quickly took its toll and the bunch was whittled down to around 15 riders quite early on.

CAMS-Basso Bikes were well-represented in that group, so it was no surprise when two of their riders – Megan Barker and Illi Gardner – were in the first meaningful break. They were joined by Otley Grand Prix winner El King (Team Breeze) and Beth Morrow (Storey Racing).

The four worked well together and quickly pulled out a solid lead. The pace they set on the climbs was too tough for King, however, who was dropped after a few laps. With the leading trio’s lead stretching out to over 30 seconds by the half way stage, it quickly became apparent that the winner would come from these three riders.

Barker made a probing attack after the halfway mark but was quickly reeled back in. The three then stayed together all the way to the finish. Morrow and Barker edged clear on the final descent back to the finish, with Barker edging the win in the sprint. Gardner finished third, with Jess Finney leading in the chase group to complete a 1-3-4 for CAMS-Basso Bikes, enough to seal the series win in the team competition. El King came in 6th to take the individual National Circuit Series win.

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 23/07/2021 – British Cycling – HSBC UK National Women’s Circuit Series – Women’s Ilkley Grand Prix – Ilkley, Yorkshire, England – Megan Barker of CAMS-Basso wins

Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix: race summary

If CAMS-Basso Bikes were the form team in the women’s race, Canyon dhb SunGod absolutely crushed the race men’s race.

After brief forays from riders like Josh Tarling (FlandersColor Gallo), Canyon dhb SunGod quickly set about ripping the field to shreds with a dominant team display. Setting a fierce pace, they pulled an eleven-man group clear of the race, dropping Series leader Matt Gibson and his Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling teammates in the process.

The lead group included no less than six Canyon dhb SunGod riders: Matt Bostock, Jacob Scott, Rob Scott, Reece Wood, Jim Brown and Thomas Mein. With them were Ollie Peckover and Alex Peters (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Joey Walker and Leon Mazzone (Crimson Orientation Marketing RT) and Ollie Rees (TRINITY Racing).

With Canyon forcing the pace at the front it wasn’t long before the lead group started to splinter. First Thomas Mein was dispatched off the front of the group in an early test of the chasers’ resolve before being reeled back in after a handful of laps alone at the front.

There were various attempts to get clear. Thomas Mein got a good gap for a while before being closed down by Ollie Rees. Walker attacked and took Mein and Peters with him. But nothing stuck. But, as legs started to tire through repeated ascents of the wickedly steep Riddlings Road, Reece Wood put the lead group to the sword as he made his decisive move. 

Riding clear of the pack – helped by his Canyon dhb SunGod team-mates becoming spoilers in any attempts to bridge the gap – Wood quickly opened up a gap of more than 10 seconds. 

SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling’s Alex Peters and TRINITY Road Racing’s Oliver Rees made fruitless attempts to try and reel in Wood but ultimately the 23-year-old pulled off what is arguably the biggest success of his career to date as he cruised to victory in Ilkley. Behind, Canyon dhb SunGod rammed home their dominance taking a 1-2-3, with Jacob Scott second and Mein third. With teammate Rob Scott 6th, Wood’s victory also earned him the individual series win, on countback. Canyon dhb SunGod took a resounding team win the series.

Picture by Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com – 23/07/2021 – British Cycling – HSBC UK National Men’s Circuit Series – Men’s Ilkley Grand Prix – Ilkley, Yorkshire, England – Reece Wood

Talking points

  • Puncheurs’ delight. The course proved to be far tougher than the Otley circuit, favouring punchy riders. And with a technical course and tight bends, positioning was also crucial. If you weren’t at the front of the race from the off, you could easily miss the moves and wave goodbye to any race victory hopes. It made for entertaining racing worthy of the National Circuit Series, in front of enthusiastic crowds. We hope Ilkley retains its National A status in future years.
  • CAMS-Basso Bikes hit back. We said in our preview that UCI Continental team CAMS-Basso Bikes would have a point to prove after a disappointing outing in Otley. And boy did they do it. Aggressive from the off, they bullied the race from start to finish.
  • Reece Wood comes of age. Reece Wood has always been a hugely talented bike rider. A fast finisher who can get over the lumpy stuff, he has regularly bagged strong results over the years. But his first National A road race win against a stellar domestic field is arguably his best result yet.


See the final series standings here.


Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix

18Megan BarkerCAMS-Basso49:19
278Beth MorrowStorey Racing+
311Illi GardnerCAMS-Basso+3
410Jessica FinneyCAMS-Basso+32
576Lucy EllmoreSKODA DSI Cycling Academyst
641Eluned KingTeam Breeze+44
733Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsenst
837Isabel DarvillTeam Boompodsst
935Amira MellorSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
1031Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsenst
1185Rebecca SealTorelli-Cayman Islands-Scimitarst
1226Millie CouzensPH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cyclesst
1327Madelaine LeechPH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cyclesst
144Connie HayesAWOL OSheast
1534Xan CreesSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
1620Mary WilkinsonCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+1:39
1719Samantha StuartCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
1853Nicole CoatesTorelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitarst
1945Harriet DoddTeam LDN – Brother UK+1:56
2022Francesca HallLoughborough Lightning LRT+2:08
219Emma EdwardsCAMS-Basso+1Lap
2221Alderney BakerLoughborough Lightning LRTst
232Olivia BentAWOL OSheast
2449Marine GuerinTeam Watto-LDNst
2542Abi SmithTeam Breezest
2613Katie ScottCAMS-Bassost
2754Alice LethbridgeTorelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitarst
285Phoebe MartinAWOL OSheast
2928Lily YoungPH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cyclesst
3050Maddie HeywoodTeam Watto-LDNst
3123Flora KnightLoughborough Lightning LRTst
321Hannah BayesAWOL OSheast
3338Georgia HilleardTeam Boompodsst
3465Polly BurgeJadan – Vive le Velost
3567Emma JeffersJRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Teamst
3636Abbie TaylorSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
3772Sarah BriggsRFDAst
3866Madeleine GammonsJadan – Vive le Velost
3918Melissa GreavesCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
407Louise ScuphamAWOL OSheast
4144Francesca CuttsTeam LDN – Brother UKst
4246Lauren HighamTeam LDN – Brother UKst
4371Josie CramPMRRst
4417Sophie EarlCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
4524Meg SmithLoughborough Lightning LRTst
4677Erin AvillStorey Racingst
4725Chloe VickersLoughborough Lightning LRTst
4864Charlotte WilliamsJadan – Vive le Velost
4969Eleanor HuntOtley CCst
5055Jacqueline KinseyAWOL Worx Gailliardst
5182Ria Mobbsst
5259Amelie WayteCero – Cycle Division Racing Teamst
5373Katie HadnumRFDAst

Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix

18Reece WoodCanyon DHB Sungod59:52
24Jacob ScottCanyon DHB Sungod+6
36Thomas MeinCanyon DHB Sungodst
427Alex PetersSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
526Oliver PeckoverSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+8
63Robert ScottCanyon DHB Sungodst
749Joey WalkerCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
81Matthew BostockCanyon DHB Sungod+12
944Leon MazzoneCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
1029Oliver ReesTRINITY Road Racingst
112Jim BrownCanyon DHB Sungod+19
1283Owain RobertsWales Racing Academy+1Lap
1311Cameron JeffersRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
1486Jack Rootkin-GrayTeam Inspiredst
1540Alistair SlaterClancy Briggs Cycling Academyst
1690Max PooleFensham Howes – MAS Designst
1791Joshua TarlingFlandersColor Galloost
1842Toby BarnesCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
1963Tom CouzensSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
2043Ed BeecherCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
2184William TrueloveWales Racing Academyst
2289Theodor ObholzerDolan Ellesse Race Teamst
2345Adam MitchellCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
2469Josh WhiteheadTeam PB Performancest
2568Joshua PriceSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
2674George PedenTeam PB Performancest
2766Angus HawkinsSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
2853Matthew TaylorCycling Sheffieldst
2971Toby JarvisTeam PB Performancest
3085Oscar Nilssen-JulienTeam Inspiredst
3199Matthew KingstonZappi Racing Teamst
32104Joe CoukhamPrologue Racing Teamst
3372Matthew KingTeam PB Performancest
3479Joe HoltWales Racing Academyst
3558James JenkinsRichardsons-Trek RTst
3667George KimberSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
3741Dean WatsonClancy Briggs Cycling Academyst
3894Tim ShoremanRT23st
3924Ross LambSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
40105Josh HousleyWillebrord Wil Vooruitst
4131Jamieson BlainBikestrong KTMst
4251James McKayCycling Sheffieldst
4321Will BjergfeltSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
4420Jacob HennessySaint Piranst
4518Matthew EllisSaint Piranst
4654George WoodCycling Sheffieldst
4710Matthew GibsonRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
4882William RobertsWales Racing Academyst
4957Aaron FreemanRichardsons-Trek RTst
509William BrownRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
51103Aidan LawrenceFensham Howes – MAS Designst
52102Ben HoulihanWheelbase CabTech Castellist
5346Chris SherriffsCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
5436Samuel TillettBikestrong KTMst
5593Matti DobbinsRT23st
5698Fraser MartinWheelbase CabTech Castellist
5716Joe WilsonRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
5888Jack CrookDolan Ellesse Race Teamst
5995Matthew LockTAAP Cervelost
6078Matthew BurkeWales Racing Academyst
6162Frazier CarrSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
6219Iwan EvansSaint Piranst
6359Aaron StoneRichardsons-Trek RTst
6461Farley BarberSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
65107Declan HudsonDolan Ellesse Race Teamst
6617Conor DaviesSaint Piranst
6781Harvey McNaughtonWales Racing Academyst
6876Christopher WalkinshawTeam PB Performancest