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2022 Ilkley Cycle Races: report and results

Eluned King and Sam Watson were the winners at the second round of the National Circuit Series

Eluned King (Le Col-Wahoo) won the Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix with a fine sprint from a reduced bunch finish, pipping Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) to the line.

In the men’s race, a farcical finish saw Sam Watson (Groupama-FDJ Continental) after the leading five riders got caught up with a large group of backmarkers as they reached the finish.

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Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix

The people of Ilkley came out in their numbers to enjoy the racing on a warm summer’s evening, with cheers, whistles and the clanging of cow bells spurring the riders on as they tackled the tough 1.5 km circuit with its 32 meters of climbing.

The rain clouds that had showered quite heavily on the MAS Design U16 race had been chased away allowing the sun to break through and dry the course for the elite women’s race.

68 riders took to the start, with the winner of the first National Circuit Series round in Otley, Charlotte Broughton (AWOL – O’Shea), one of the key omissions. Broughton told us earlier today that she was resting up after feeling ill, hoping to recover in time for Sunday’s Stockon Cycling Festival Grand Prix.

2022 National Circuit Series – Round 2: Ilkley Cycle Races – Flora Perkins of Le Col – Wahoo in action during the Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

The race started with Le Col-Wahoo leading the charge up the climb for the first time. The pace remained hard with everyone packed together for the entire circuit. There was a large group still together on completion of the first lap with Lucy Lee of Team LDN – Brother UK taking pole position with her teammate Tiffany Keep just behind. By the second lap, the pack began was already beginning to thin, with some riders being dropped by the hard pace set by the large front group.

At about 18 minutes in to 45-minute race the first attack of the evening came from Flora Perkins of Le Col – Wahoo, accelerating away on the Riddings Road climb. She powered on to create a significant distance between her and her pursuers. CAMS – Basso led a concerted chase, however, and managed to reel Perkins back well ahead of the closing stages. With all the leaders all back together again the women continued to race hard.

2022 National Circuit Series – Round 2: Ilkley Cycle Races – Riders in action during the Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix. Photo: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

Our pre-race pick Lucy Ellmore (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen) animated the action on the climb on the 10th lap but was unable to get clear.

On the penultimate lap Mary Wilkinson (Team Boompods), the Yorkshire road champion, drove on the front, trying to shake off the sprinters. She continued to lead on the final ascent but was unable to lose her rivals.

It left a reduced front group of around 15 riders to hurtle towards the finishing straight, with Le Col–Wahoo hitting the front first. The frantic sprint that ensued saw Eluned King (Le Col–Wahoo) pip Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Redchilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) to the line, with King’s teammate Perkins in third.
Wahoo into third.

2022 National Circuit Series – Round 2: Ilkley Cycle Races – Eluned King of Le Col Wahoo wins the Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix ahead of Jo Tindley of Pro Noctis Rotor Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

The result means King now takes over as the leader of the National Circuit Series, six points ahead of Perkins, With Amira Mellor (Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus) in third. Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen now lead the team standings and enjoy a 30-point margin over second-placed Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus.

Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix

85 men lined up at the start line to contest the second round of the men’s National Circuit Series. As soon as the racing started the bunch strung out, the pace frantic. Unluckily for them and the spectators, the rain that had stayed away from the women’s race now made a return visit, and soon the road was slippery under wheel and umbrellas lined the way.   

The men’s national champions jersey was in full view as Matt Bostock of WiV SunGod dominated from the front, taking first place across the line on the first lap. 

A small group of four riders gained an early advantage, including Bostock and his teammate Robert Scott, Sam Watson (Groupama-FDJ Continental) and Ollie Rees (TRINITY Road Racing). Despite the fast pace set by the men, WiV SunGod pair Jacob Scott and Jim Brown managed to bridge across, adding to the team’s numerical advantage.

2022 National Circuit Series – Round 2: Ilkley Cycle Races – Matt Bostock of WiV Sungod in action during the Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix wearing the National Champion’s Jersey. Photo: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

As the race progressed, gathering rain on the road added to the jeopardy on the climbs and descents. Bostock showed his strength by leading the break on consecutive laps, helping the six to pull out a significant lead. It soon became apparent that this group was not prepared to give up their position without a fight.

Just after the halfway mark Rob Scott gritted his teeth and put in an attack to try and split the group, passing lagging riders to his right, who were happy to move out of the way. Just two riders managed to keep hold of his wheel: Watson and Rees. Bostock, who had dominated for so much of the race until then was now noticeable by his absence. 

The three worked together well, combining their efforts to move clear from the pursuers who were not that far behind. Frequent looks over their shoulders confirmed to the trio that their place out front was far from secure. 

2022 National Circuit Series – Round 2: Ilkley Cycle Races – Oliver Rees of Trinity Road Racing in action during the breakaway of the Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix. Photo: Simon Wilkinson/SWpix.com

Disaster nearly struck for Rees, an issue with his rear derailleur threatening his position with the leading group. Adopting as aero position as possible he reached down and fiddled with the mechanism. Luckily for him with a little bit of manual manipulation, he managed to resolve the issue and stay out front. 

It was then Rees who was the first to break up the harmony of the trio with an attack on the Riddings Road climb. An exchange of glances between the two left behind followed, and they worked together to put in a big dig to close Rees down.

With cracks appearing in the harmony of the lead group with 4 laps still to go, and the chase group of three WiV Sungod riders close behind, the certainty that the win would come from the front group was diminishing. 

The leaders passed dropped rider after dropped rider as they came to their penultimate lap. The cooperation between them had vanished with Scott and Watson not coming through to take their turns on the front, leaving the work to Rees. But with a look over his shoulder to the WiV chasers behind, Watson took to the front to help pull.    

Bostock nonetheless powered through to catch the trio as they turned on to the descent for the final time, his teammate Jim Brown close behind him, also latching on to the back.

2022 National Circuit Series – Round 2: Ilkley Cycle Races – Samuel Watson of Groupama FDJ wins the Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

What should have been a straight sprint to the line for the five leaders, however, turned to disaster. Between the race leaders and the finish line was a large group of back riders and a motorbike. With nowhere to go and their sprint impeded it was carnage. Bostock surged ahead and squeezed himself between the barriers and the backmarkers seemingly about to take the win, before Watson fought his way through the chaos to nip in front of him. In the melee of bodies and wheels behind, Jim Brown went down hard and hands were raised in protest from the WiV SunGod team. 

If the sprint had been a clean one, would Bostock have taken his first victory in his national circuit race champions jersey? Would Watson have held him off? Would Rees or Brown come around them both? We just won’t know. 

2022 National Circuit Series – Round 2: Ilkley Cycle Races – Jim Brown of WiV Sungod crashes at the finish line. Photo: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com

Following protest and discussions with race officials, the race was awarded to Watson with WiV SunGod given second and third respectively with Bostock and Rob Scott.

Watson now leads the National Circuit Series standings, six points ahead of Otley winner Jake Scott, with Jim Brown and Ollie Rees tied in third a further four points back. Wiv SunGod continues to dominate the team standings, with Saint Piran moving into second place ahead of Groupama-FDJ.

Results

Ilkley Cinema Women’s Grand Prix

Rank#NameTeamTime
189Eluned KingLe Col – Wahoo41:34
252Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen+
390Flora PerkinsLe Col – Wahoost
467Amira MellorSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
546Isabel DarvillPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsenst
616Grace ListerBrother UK-Orientation Marketingst
721Samantha StuartCAMS-Bassost
848Lucy EllmorePro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsenst
981Lucy LeeTeam LDN – Brother UKst
1091Millie CouzensPlantur-Purast
1138Ella JamiesonLiv Cycling Club – Halo Filmsst
1277Mary WilkinsonTeam Boompodsst
1323Beth MorrowCAMS-Bassost
146Kate RichardsonAlba Development Road Team+4
1510Connie HayesAWOL- O’Sheast
1620Jessica FinneyCAMS-Basso+27
1749Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen+28
1847Bexy DewPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsenst
1962Christina WiejakSaint Piran WRT+48
2063Xan CreesSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus+1:38
2182Heather MayerTeam LDN – Brother UK+2:03
2211Alice LethbridgeAWOL- O’Sheast
2342Amber HardingLoughborough Lightningst
2414Jessie CarridgeBrother UK-Orientation Marketing+2:09
2533Beth Harley-JepsonJadan – Vive le Velost
2660Elizabeth SandersSaint Piran WRT+2:11
2735Emma JeffersJRC-INTERFLON Race Team+18:26
2861Gemma SargentSaint Piran WRTst
2968Madeleine NuttSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
3039Matilda McKibbenLiv Cycling Club – Halo Filmsst
3194Jessica RobertsTeam Coop-Hitec Products+4Laps
3283Dannielle WatkinsonTeam LDN – Brother UK+4Laps
3313Ellen BennettBrother UK-Orientation Marketing+4Laps
3480Tiffany KeepTeam LDN – Brother UK+4Laps
352Arianne HollandAlba Development Road Team+4Laps
3670Erin AvillStorey Racing+4Laps
3785Libby SmithsonAWOL Worx Galliard+4Laps
3853Sarah BriggsRFDA+4Laps
3932Suzetta GuerriniJadan – Vive le Velo+4Laps
4019Emma EdwardsCAMS-Basso+4Laps
4150Millie SkinnerPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen+4Laps
4231Kirstie DrakefordJadan – Vive le Velo+4Laps
4396Elizabeth McKinnonTofauti Everyone Active+4Laps
444Beth MaciverAlba Development Road Team+4Laps
4544Emily TillettLoughborough Lightning+4Laps
4615Ellen InglisBrother UK-Orientation Marketing+4Laps
4758Emily ChiltonSaint Piran WRT+4Laps
485Erin MurphyAlba Development Road Team+4Laps
4999Adele BattersbyWahoo Endurance Zone p/b Le Col+4Laps
509Maisy VasicAWOL- O’Shea+4Laps
5156Freya WhitesideRFDA+4Laps
5254Katie HadnumRFDA+4Laps
5334Bethany BennettJRC-INTERFLON Race Team+4Laps
5484Jacqueline KinseyAWOL Worx Galliard+4Laps
5537Shona MosleyJRC-INTERFLON Race Team+4Laps

Lister Horsfall Men’s Grand Prix

Rank#NameTeamTime
185Samuel WatsonGROUPAMA – FDJ58:55
23Matthew BostockWiV Sungod+
36Robert ScottWiV Sungodst
44Jim BrownWiV Sungodst
598Oliver ReesTRINITY Road Racingst
67Jacob ScottWiV Sungod+10
761Joshua GiddingsTeam Inspired+1:00
878Callum ThornleyWheelbase CabTech Castellist
963Jack Rootkin-GrayTeam Inspiredst
1044Theodor ObholzerSaint Piran+2:09
1182Alex BeldonFensham Howes – MAS Designst
1249Cooper SayersSaint Piranst
1371William TrueloveWales Racing Academyst
14109Jacob BushFensham Howes – MAS Designst
1520Tom CouzensEmbark – Bikestrong+1:05
1652Isaac MundySpectra Wiggle p/b Vitusst
1738Conor McGoldrickRichardsons Trek DASst
1821Cai DaviesEmbark – Bikestrongst
1937James JenkinsRichardsons Trek DASst
2013Adam MitchellCycling Sheffieldst
2117Matthew TaylorDolan Ellesse Race Teamst
2297Alec BriggsTEKKERZ CCst
2365Toby JarvisTeam PB Performance+4 Laps
2499Sam KettlewellTS Racing+4 Laps
2524David HirdEmbark – Bikestrong+4 Laps
2648Bradley SymondsSaint Piran+4 Laps
2791Matthew EllisSRCT MUC-OFF+4 Laps
2888Jordan GilesPrimera-TeamJobs+4 Laps
29100Chris Sherriffs+4 Laps
3039Steven ParsonageRichardsons Trek DAS+4 Laps
3118Joe WilsonDolan Ellesse Race Team+4 Laps
3272Matthew FoxWheelbase CabTech Castelli+4 Laps
3335Samuel AskerRichardsons Trek DAS+4 Laps
3412James McKayCycling Sheffield+4 Laps
3547Leon MazzoneSaint Piran+4 Laps
36108Ben MewesX-Speed United Continental Team+4 Laps
37103Benjamin TuchnerTEKKERZ CC+4 Laps
3854Josh HousleySpirit BSS+4 Laps
3941Sean MullenRichardsons Trek DAS+4 Laps
4043Michael GillSaint Piran+4 Laps
4115Jack CrookDolan Ellesse Race Team+4 Laps
4246Oliver HucksSaint Piran+4 Laps
4355Thomas PriceSpirit BSS+4 Laps
4477Tim ShoremanWheelbase CabTech Castelli+4 Laps
4564William TidballTeam Inspired+4 Laps
4625Joseph ReesEmbark – Bikestrong+4 Laps
47105Lucas JowettFlandersColor Galloo+4 Laps
4894Nicholas CooperSweden Cycling Academy+4 Laps
4975Fraser MartinWheelbase CabTech Castelli+4 Laps
5083Ben WigginsFensham Howes – MAS Design+4 Laps
5119James BevanEmbark – Bikestrong+4 Laps
5296Harvey StrohTAAP Cervelo+4 Laps
53104Felix WhetterMid Devon CC+4 Laps
5416Declan HudsonDolan Ellesse Race Team+4 Laps
5523Iwan EvansEmbark – Bikestrong+4 Laps

National Circuit Series standings

Women

Individual

RankNameTeamPoints
1Eluned KingLe Col – Wahoo54
2Flora PerkinsLe Col – Wahoo48
3Amira MellorSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus42
4Isabel DarvillPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen36
5Grace ListerBrother UK-Orientation Marketing32
6Charlotte BroughtonAWOL- O’Shea30
7Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen29
8Jenny HollTEKKERZ CC28
9Emma JeffersJRC-INTERFLON Race Team26
10Robyn ClayOtley CC20
11Mary WilkinsonTeam Boompods19
12Samantha StuartCAMS-Basso18
13Monica GreenwoodTeam Boompods16
14Lucy EllmorePro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen16
15Lucy LeeTeam LDN – Brother UK14
16Millie CouzensPlantur-Pura12
17Ella JamiesonLiv Cycling Club – Halo Films10
18Jessica FinneyCAMS-Basso10
19Francesca Morgans-SladerAWOL- O’Shea9
20Xan CreesSpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus9
21Beth MorrowCAMS-Basso8
22Kate RichardsonAlba Development Road Team7
23Jessica RobertsTeam Coop-Hitec Products7
24Connie HayesAWOL- O’Shea6
25Niamh MurphyLiv Cycling Club – Halo Films6
26Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen4
27Abbie TaylorSheffield Dirt Society4
28Polly BurgeJadan – Vive le Velo3
29Bexy DewPro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen3
30Sian BotteleyTeam LDN – Brother UK2
31Christina WiejakSaint Piran WRT2

Team

RankTeam Points
1Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Redchilli Bikes by Heidi Kjeldsen81
2Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus51
3AWOL- O’Shea45
4CAMS-Basso36
5Brother UK-Orientation Marketing32
6JRC-INTERFLON Race Team26
7Team LDN – Brother UK16
7Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films16
9Alba Development Road Team7
10Jadan – Vive le Velo3
11Saint Piran WRT2

Men

Individual

RankNameTeamPoints
1Samuel WatsonGROUPAMA – FDJ56
2Jacob ScottWiV Sungod50
3Jim BrownWiV Sungod46
4Oliver ReesTRINITY Road Racing46
5Callum ThornleyWheelbase CabTech Castelli36
6Robert ScottWiV Sungod35
7Matthew BostockWiV Sungod28
8Finlay PickeringGROUPAMA – FDJ28
9Tom MazzoneSaint Piran18
10Joshua GiddingsTeam Inspired18
11Leon MazzoneSaint Piran16
12Robert DonaldsonTeam Inspired14
13Jack Rootkin-GrayTeam Inspired14
14Max RushbyAcrog-Tormans12
15Theodor ObholzerSaint Piran12
16Matthew FoxWheelbase CabTech Castelli10
17Alex BeldonFensham Howes – MAS Design10
18Cooper SayersSaint Piran9
19William TrueloveWales Racing Academy8
20Oliver PeckoverRibble Weldtite Pro Cycling8
21Jacob BushFensham Howes – MAS Design7
22Bradley SymondsSaint Piran7
23Tom CouzensEmbark – Bikestrong7
24Cai DaviesEmbark – Bikestrong7
25Matthew TaylorDolan Ellesse Race Team6
26Isaac MundySpectra Wiggle p/b Vitus5
27Alistair SlaterClancy Briggs Cycling Academy5
28Conor McGoldrickRichardsons Trek DAS4
29David HirdEmbark – Bikestrong3
30James JenkinsRichardsons Trek DAS2
31Chris Sherriffs2
32Adam MitchellCycling Sheffield1

Team

RankTeam Points
1WiV Sungod139
2Saint Piran62
3GROUPAMA – FDJ54
4Wheelbase CabTech Castelli46
4Team Inspired46
6Fensham Howes – MAS Design17
6Embark – Bikestrong17
8Richardsons Trek DAS6
8Dolan Ellesse Race Team6
10Cycling Sheffield1