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2021 Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy: race report

Report and results from the final round of the women's and men's National Road Series

Abi Smith and Jacob Scott were the winners at the Curlew Cup and Beaumont Trophy, both sealing the individual HSBC UK | National Road Series titles in the process. Here’s how it happened…

Featured photo: Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – Jacob Scott crosses the line to win the Beaumont Trophy.

Race summaries

Curlew Cup

Under late summer sunshine, the tenth edition of the Curlew Cup took to the country roads of Northumberland with the riders in a relatively cautious frame of mind.

A key factor in how the race played out was the cross-headwind on the Ryals, the main climb of the day. This seemingly nullified even the most concerted attempts to break away. On the first of three laps, a group of seven tried to go clear but were reeled back in on the descent down into Matfen.

Picture by Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – 26/09/2021 – Cycling – HSBC UK National Road Series – Beaumont Trophy 2021 – CAMS Basso Bikes

It was tried again a lap later, with six riders – among them eventual Queen of the Mountains winner Illi Gardner (CAMS-Basso Bikes), Abi Smith (Team TIBCO-SVB) and National Road Series leader Natalie Grinczer (CAMS-Basso Bikes).

Again they were pulled back into the peloton, which led to only one conclusion – the race was going to end in a bunch sprint.

A final ‘short’ lap kept the peloton together, and on the downhill finish into Stamfordham, Smith found a gap at the front and powered to the win. Despite complaining about her sprint prowess in her latest journal entry, Smith’s slightly earlier launch put her just clear of fellow journal contributor Charliiy Berry (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen) and April Tacey (Drops-Le Col sb Tempur). The former prevailed by half-a-wheel to clinch second. Both Berry and Tacey were on the podium the last time the race was run, with Tacey second and Berry third on that occasion.

Picture by Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – 26/09/2021 – Cycling – HSBC UK National Road Series – Beaumont Trophy 2021 – Abi Smith of Team TIBCO SVB wins the 2021 Beaumont Trophy

Smith’s victory, adding to success at the CiCLE Classic, secured her the HSBC UK | National Road Series crown – two years after her triumph in the Junoir Road Series. Fine work for a rider who missed the second of the three Series rounds altogether.

Here is what Abi had to say after the race…

CAMS-Basso, meanwhile, had disappointment to deal with, losing both the individual and team Series leads on the final day, with elite team Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen pipping them thanks to Berry’s second and Corrine Side’s seventh place.

Beaumont Trophy

Compared to the women’s race, in which all the attempted breakaways were quickly reeled back in, the Beaumont Trophy started to break up from the word go.

By the end of the first lap a determined group of nine – slimmed to eight on the second – formed a sizeable advantage of more than two minutes over a peloton disorganised in its chase thanks to other riders attempting to split away.

Consisting of riders including Jacob Scott (Canyon dhb SunGod), Cameron Jeffers (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), and Jordan Peacock (Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotor), the eight worked as a cohesive bunch until the start of the fourth lap, when the second group finally caught up and absorbed them into a bigger bunch of 20.

Picture by Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – 26/09/2021 – Cycling – HSBC UK National Road Series – Beaumont Trophy 2021 – The early breakaway

That, rather unsurprisingly, broke down going onto the final lap where eight riders struck out on their own: Rob Scott, Jacob Scott, Max Stedman (all Canyon dhb SunGod), Alex Richardson (Alpecin-Fenix), Ross Lamb (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling), Matt King (Team PB Performance), Matt Gibson, and Zeb Kyffin (both Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling).

Sensing an opportunity, Jacob Scott and Alex Richardson both attacked from that group and rapidly built up a lead of over a minute – pretty much confirming victory would come from one of them after the remaining six failed to mount a counterattack.

Indeed that was the case as Scott, riding high from his sprint and KOM jersey success at the Tour of Britain, attacked in the closing kilometre to cross the line with a few seconds in hand over Richardson – winning the HSBC UK | National Road Series in fine style. His team Canyon dhb SunGod sealed the team Series win in the process.

Third went the way of Matt Gibson (Ribble Weldtite Pro Cycling), who won the bunch sprint amongst that eight-rider breakaway on the final lap.

Hear more about Scott’s thoughts of the race, and winning the Series crown, below:

Talking points

  • Abi Smith has become an (even brighter) star. It was no secret that Abi Smith is one to watch for the future even before this race, but her dominant sprint to the line has – by her own admission – moved a self-considered weakness into the strength column. Undeterred by joining an eventually unsuccessful break, she regrouped and positioned perfectly to prevail in a massive bunch sprint. There’s not much she hasn’t got in the armoury having finished the National Road Series with a 100% win record. She has already made a stellar start at WorldTour level with Team TIBCO-SVB; it seems there is plenty more to come for the first-year senior.
  • Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen confirm their status as one of the strongest domestic women’s teams this season. Scroll down to the results section below and one of the most notable aspects of the top ten is that Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes – Heidi Kjeldsen was the only team had two riders in it. It was a result that catapulted the team to the top of the overall team standings of the National Road Series and it reinforced their status as one of the standout teams of the season. Rick Lister’s squad was only created at the beginning of the year but they have wasted no time in making their mark.
  • Domestic riders could shine at the Women’s Tour. The Curlew Cup acted as the perfect warm-up for the soon-to-start Women’s Tour, and judging by the quality and sharpness in the peloton, the riders who will be taking to the start in Oxfordshire will be right up for the fight. Don’t put it past any of the Curlew’s top three picking up stages on the Tour or at least making their presence felt.
  • Jacob Scott deserves a pro contract. Coming off the back two jersey crowns at the Tour of Britain, the Canyon dhb SunGod rider didn’t look any worse for his efforts as he played the breaks perfectly and got himself in the right position at the right time. Timing his decisive attack to perfection, Alex Richardson was tough opposition, but Scott’s confidence gave him the edge he needed to take a hard-fought victory. We think he thoroughly deserves a pro contract after yet another strong season.
  • And it’s a testament to his team… Throughout the race, Canyon dhb SunGod left only one question unanswered – exactly which member of its talented squad would take victory? The team had numbers in the breaks and makde their numerical advantage count. On the fifth and final lap, the team put itself in a prime position to ensure it wrapped up the National Road Series’ Team title and the strongest possible chance of securing individual success. The team’s future is in doubt, with the middle of October now the likely point at which a decision is made. Let’s hope for the scene’s sake that they continue.
  • Organisers should get a round of applause. Yes, it did feel odd having the National Road Series run in second-half of the year, and yes it was undoubtedly a blow for domestic teams to have such a curtailed Series. But respect where it is due, it hasn’t been easy trying to plan anything since March 2020. That means the efforts of every organiser – this time Cyclone Cycling – has to be applauded for having got a thrilling triple-header in the books.
Picture by Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com – 26/09/2021 – Cycling – HSBC UK National Road Series – Beaumont Trophy 2021 – Abi Smith of Team TIBCO SVB (1st Place) after winning the Curlew Cup

Standings

See the final HSBC UK | National Road Series standings here.

Results

Curlew Cup

Rank#NameTeamTime
199Abi Smith (U23)Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank2:42:49
241Charlotte BerryPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes -Heidi Kjeldsenst
32April Tacey (U23)Drops-Le Col supported by Tempurst
489Monica GreenwoodMacclesfield Wheelersst
532Madeleine GammonsJadan – Vive le Velost
6101Eilidh Shaw (JNR)Tofauti Everyone Activest
745Corinne Side (U23)Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes -Heidi Kjeldsenst
838Hannah LancasterLoughborough Lightning TRGst
915Natalie GrinczerCAMS-Bassost
1010Francesca Morgans-SladerAWOL O’Sheast
1165Lucy LeeTeam LDN – Brother UKst
1284Alice McWilliamGrinta Coachingst
1325Sian BotteleyBrother U.K – Cycle Team OnFormst
1461Lucy Gadd (U23)Storey Racingst
1536Francesca HallLoughborough Lightning TRGst
1642Isabel Darvill (U23)Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes -Heidi Kjeldsenst
1731Gwenno HughesCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
1872Suzetta GuerriniTeam Watto-LDNst
1952Rachel GallerSaint Piran Womensst
2088Sophie EneverLVIV CYCLING TEAM (Womens)st
21104Miriam Jessett (U23)Vredestein Bassost
22106Lulu Bartlettst
2391Robyn Clay (JNR)Otley CCst
2497Amy GrahamTeam Boompodsst
2521Jasmine JonesBianchi Damast
2685Anya Tamplin (U23)HuntBikeWheelsst
2762Beth Morrow (U23)Storey Racingst
2892Helen RalstonPaceline RTst
2967Polly MasonTeam LDN – Brother UKst
30103Beth Maciver (U23)Torvelo Racingst
3114Illi Gardner (U23)CAMS-Bassost
3230Melissa GreavesCrimson Orientation Marketing RTst
3333Beth Harley-JepsonJadan – Vive le Velost
3460Erin Avill (JNR)Storey Racingst
3568Kerry MiddletonTeam LDN – Brother UKst
3616Katie Scott (U23)CAMS-Bassost
3755Lucy EllmoreSKODA DSI Cycling Academyst
384Olivia Bent (U23)AWOL O’Sheast
3917Becky StorrieCAMS-Bassost
4020Charlotte ColcloughBianchi Damast
4198Lauren WatsonTeam Boompodsst
4224Daisy Barnes (U23)Brother U.K – Cycle Team OnFormst
4387Emma Jeffers (JNR)JRC-Shutt-Ridley Race Teamst
448Alice LethbridgeAWOL O’Sheast
457Connie Hayes (U23)AWOL O’Sheast
4674Olivia BentleyTorelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitarst
4734Sophie LankfordJadan – Vive le Velost
4875Nicole Coates (U23)Torelli-Assure-Cayman Islands-Scimitarst
4954Christina WiejakSaint Piran Womensst
509Phoebe MartinAWOL O’Sheast
5122Holly MacMahonBianchi Damast
5243Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes -Heidi Kjeldsenst
5348Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes -Heidi Kjeldsenst
543Hannah Bayes (U23)AWOL O’Shea+21
5570Matea DeliuTeam Watto-LDN+23
5673Heather MayerTeam Watto-LDN+5:26
5712Emma EdwardsCAMS-Basso+5:27
5844Jennifer PowellPro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes -Heidi Kjeldsenst
5964Ione JohnsonTeam LDN – Brother UKst
6090Georgia Bullard (U23)Natural Greatness – Vib Sportsst
6140Chloe Vickers (U23)Loughborough Lightning TRG+5:32
6286Dannielle KhanIsorex NoAqua Ladies Cycling Team+8:33
6337Flora Knight (U23)Loughborough Lightning TRGst
6496Jen McMahonSub Rosast
6539Meg SmithLoughborough Lightning TRGst
6657Morgan Newberry (U23)SKODA DSI Cycling Academy+8:36
6783Arianne HollandForth Velo+8:37
6829Sophie EarlCrimson Orientation Marketing RT+12:09
6994Sarah Briggs (U23)RFDA+17:42

Beaumont Trophy

Rank#NameTeamTime
17Jacob ScottCanyon DHB Sungod4:19:08
2109Alexandar RichardsonAlpecin-Fenix+2
310Matthew GibsonRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling+1:08
426Ross LambSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
588Matthew KingTeam PB Performancest
65Max StedmanCanyon DHB Sungodst
74Robert ScottCanyon DHB Sungodst
812Zeb KyffinRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling+1:16
922Tom MazzoneSaint Piran+1:51
1081Alfred George (U23)Team Inspiredst
1113Gruffudd LewisRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
12136Joe Hill (U23)UpShift Nutrition Race Teamst
1369Isaac MundyRichardsons-Trek DASst
1467Aaron Freeman (U23)Richardsons-Trek DASst
1579Joshua Price (U23)Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
16125Sebastian Garry (U23)Nopinz Motip Race Teamst
17130Matti Dobbins (U23)RT23st
18105Finn Crockett (U23)Wheelbase CabTech Castellist
1925William BjergfeltSwiftCarbon Pro Cyclingst
2052Isaac Peatfield (U23)Crimson Orientation Marketing RTst
21132William PerrettSpellman – Dublin Port Track Teamst
22120James JobberKuwait Pro Cycling Teamst
2398Joe HoltWales Racing Academyst
243Euan Macleod (U23)Canyon DHB Sungodst
25117David Hird (U23)Halesowen A & CC Academyst
2634Cameron Mason (U23)TRINITY Road Racingst
2741Jamieson Blain (U23)BIKESTRONG KTMst
28124Joseph BennettNetllar Telecom-Alést
2960George Wood (U23)Cycling Sheffieldst
30112Michael ChadwickClancy Briggs Cycling Academyst
3166Peter CockerRichardsons-Trek DASst
3211Cameron JeffersRibble Weldtite Pro Cyclingst
33148Matthew Houlberg (U23)Meudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RTst
3493Samuel Painter (U23)TBW23 Stuart Hall Cyclingst
35128Conor McGoldrickPrimera-TeamJobsst
3685Jacques Coates (U23)Team PB Performancest
37102Owain Roberts (U23)Wales Racing Academyst
3882Cameron Orr (U23)Team Inspiredst
39139Daniel McDermottBC Private Memberst
40104Matt ClarkeWheelbase CabTech Castellist
4172Frazier CarrSpirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
4276George Kimber (U23)Spirit Bontrager BSS Rotorst
43113Dean WatsonClancy Briggs Cycling Academyst
4443Joseph Rees (U23)BIKESTRONG KTMst
45145Miles Burtonysixfilesst
4668Julian RocheRichardsons-Trek DASst
47135Oscar HutchingsTeam Tor 2000 Kalasst
4887Toby JarvisTeam PB Performance+1:58
4921Oliver MaxwellSaint Piranst
5071Willaim ScottRichardsons-Trek DASst
5192Samuel Clark (U23)TBW23 Stuart Hall Cycling+2:02
5251Adam Mitchell (U23)Crimson Orientation Marketing RTst
5327Christopher LathamSwiftCarbon Pro Cycling+2:03
54123Jack FreemanMeudon Pedal Heaven Le Col RTst
552Damien ClaytonCanyon DHB Sungodst
5689George Peden (U23)Team PB Performancest
5719Ross HollandSaint Piran+2:17
5818Leon MazzoneSaint Piranst
5923Bradley SymondsSaint Piran+3:50
6020Steve LampierSaint Piran+7:38
6170Steven ParsonageRichardsons-Trek DAS+7:57
62107Logan Maclean (U23)Wheelbase CabTech Castelli+11:55