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.
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.
- 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
|2||78||Beth Morrow||Storey Racing||+|
|5||76||Lucy Ellmore||SKODA DSI Cycling Academy||st|
|6||41||Eluned King||Team Breeze||+44|
|7||33||Jo Tindley||Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen||st|
|8||37||Isabel Darvill||Team Boompods||st|
|9||35||Amira Mellor||Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus||st|
|10||31||Amy Gornall||Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen||st|
|11||85||Rebecca Seal||Torelli-Cayman Islands-Scimitar||st|
|12||26||Millie Couzens||PH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cycles||st|
|13||27||Madelaine Leech||PH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cycles||st|
|14||4||Connie Hayes||AWOL OShea||st|
|15||34||Xan Crees||Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus||st|
|16||20||Mary Wilkinson||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||+1:39|
|17||19||Samantha Stuart||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|18||53||Nicole Coates||Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar||st|
|19||45||Harriet Dodd||Team LDN – Brother UK||+1:56|
|20||22||Francesca Hall||Loughborough Lightning LRT||+2:08|
|22||21||Alderney Baker||Loughborough Lightning LRT||st|
|23||2||Olivia Bent||AWOL OShea||st|
|24||49||Marine Guerin||Team Watto-LDN||st|
|25||42||Abi Smith||Team Breeze||st|
|27||54||Alice Lethbridge||Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitar||st|
|28||5||Phoebe Martin||AWOL OShea||st|
|29||28||Lily Young||PH-MAS – Paul Milnes Cycles||st|
|30||50||Maddie Heywood||Team Watto-LDN||st|
|31||23||Flora Knight||Loughborough Lightning LRT||st|
|32||1||Hannah Bayes||AWOL OShea||st|
|33||38||Georgia Hilleard||Team Boompods||st|
|34||65||Polly Burge||Jadan – Vive le Velo||st|
|35||67||Emma Jeffers||JRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Team||st|
|36||36||Abbie Taylor||Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus||st|
|38||66||Madeleine Gammons||Jadan – Vive le Velo||st|
|39||18||Melissa Greaves||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|40||7||Louise Scupham||AWOL OShea||st|
|41||44||Francesca Cutts||Team LDN – Brother UK||st|
|42||46||Lauren Higham||Team LDN – Brother UK||st|
|44||17||Sophie Earl||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|45||24||Meg Smith||Loughborough Lightning LRT||st|
|46||77||Erin Avill||Storey Racing||st|
|47||25||Chloe Vickers||Loughborough Lightning LRT||st|
|48||64||Charlotte Williams||Jadan – Vive le Velo||st|
|49||69||Eleanor Hunt||Otley CC||st|
|50||55||Jacqueline Kinsey||AWOL Worx Gailliard||st|
|52||59||Amelie Wayte||Cero – Cycle Division Racing Team||st|
Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix
|1||8||Reece Wood||Canyon DHB Sungod||59:52|
|2||4||Jacob Scott||Canyon DHB Sungod||+6|
|3||6||Thomas Mein||Canyon DHB Sungod||st|
|4||27||Alex Peters||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|5||26||Oliver Peckover||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||+8|
|6||3||Robert Scott||Canyon DHB Sungod||st|
|7||49||Joey Walker||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|8||1||Matthew Bostock||Canyon DHB Sungod||+12|
|9||44||Leon Mazzone||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|10||29||Oliver Rees||TRINITY Road Racing||st|
|11||2||Jim Brown||Canyon DHB Sungod||+19|
|12||83||Owain Roberts||Wales Racing Academy||+1Lap|
|13||11||Cameron Jeffers||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||st|
|14||86||Jack Rootkin-Gray||Team Inspired||st|
|15||40||Alistair Slater||Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy||st|
|16||90||Max Poole||Fensham Howes – MAS Design||st|
|17||91||Joshua Tarling||FlandersColor Galloo||st|
|18||42||Toby Barnes||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|19||63||Tom Couzens||Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor||st|
|20||43||Ed Beecher||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|21||84||William Truelove||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|22||89||Theodor Obholzer||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||st|
|23||45||Adam Mitchell||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|24||69||Josh Whitehead||Team PB Performance||st|
|25||68||Joshua Price||Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor||st|
|26||74||George Peden||Team PB Performance||st|
|27||66||Angus Hawkins||Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor||st|
|28||53||Matthew Taylor||Cycling Sheffield||st|
|29||71||Toby Jarvis||Team PB Performance||st|
|30||85||Oscar Nilssen-Julien||Team Inspired||st|
|31||99||Matthew Kingston||Zappi Racing Team||st|
|32||104||Joe Coukham||Prologue Racing Team||st|
|33||72||Matthew King||Team PB Performance||st|
|34||79||Joe Holt||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|35||58||James Jenkins||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|36||67||George Kimber||Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor||st|
|37||41||Dean Watson||Clancy Briggs Cycling Academy||st|
|39||24||Ross Lamb||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|40||105||Josh Housley||Willebrord Wil Vooruit||st|
|41||31||Jamieson Blain||Bikestrong KTM||st|
|42||51||James McKay||Cycling Sheffield||st|
|43||21||Will Bjergfelt||SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling||st|
|44||20||Jacob Hennessy||Saint Piran||st|
|45||18||Matthew Ellis||Saint Piran||st|
|46||54||George Wood||Cycling Sheffield||st|
|47||10||Matthew Gibson||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||st|
|48||82||William Roberts||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|49||57||Aaron Freeman||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|50||9||William Brown||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||st|
|51||103||Aidan Lawrence||Fensham Howes – MAS Design||st|
|52||102||Ben Houlihan||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|53||46||Chris Sherriffs||Crimson Orientation Marketing RT||st|
|54||36||Samuel Tillett||Bikestrong KTM||st|
|56||98||Fraser Martin||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||st|
|57||16||Joe Wilson||Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling||st|
|58||88||Jack Crook||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||st|
|59||95||Matthew Lock||TAAP Cervelo||st|
|60||78||Matthew Burke||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|61||62||Frazier Carr||Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor||st|
|62||19||Iwan Evans||Saint Piran||st|
|63||59||Aaron Stone||Richardsons-Trek RT||st|
|64||61||Farley Barber||Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor||st|
|65||107||Declan Hudson||Dolan Ellesse Race Team||st|
|66||17||Conor Davies||Saint Piran||st|
|67||81||Harvey McNaughton||Wales Racing Academy||st|
|68||76||Christopher Walkinshaw||Team PB Performance||st|