Last Sunday was a day of regional road race championship events, There were an astonishing nine separate National B races last Sunday, as riders up and down the land competed for regional road race championship honours. With bags of points available, the weekend promised change at the top of The British Continental national road race rankings.
See more rankings data, race results and startlists on our ever-evolving stats hub here.
Previous update: 8 June
Featured image: Ellen Isherwood
Men’s national road race rankings
There were six regional National B road races for men last weekend, covering six regions and one nation (Wales).
The big news is that we have a new leader! James McKay (Cycling Sheffield) finished second at the North West and Yorkshire Regional Road Race Championships to score 52 points, enough to usurp erstwhile leader Alex Richardson (Saint Piran), who was a DNF at the Giles Ree Memorial road race.
Jenson Young (ROKiT-SRCT) did not race but remains third – and the top under-23 – 71 points adrift of Richardson.
Ollie Peckover (trainSharp Elite) helped to create one of the images of the season when he lost out to Matt King (X-Speed United) at the East Midland Regional Road Race Championships, bent over the bars in dejection as King exploded into celebration. A consolation of sorts for Peckover, though, is that he moves up to 4th in the rankings, from 7th, just 11th points behind Young.
Four other riders moved up inside the top ten after the weekend. Olveston Grand Prix winner Marinus Peterson (Kalas Motip) rose one place to 8th, thanks to 4th at the Welsh Road Race Championship. Ben Pease (Moonglu RT) continued his progress up the rankings, moving to 9th after a 3rd at the North West and Yorkshire Regional Road Race Championships. Jordan Giles (Primera-TeamJobs) rocketed from 19th to 10th with victory at the Swindon Wheelers Centenary Road Race. He now is tied with another top-ten new entrant, Will Truelove (ROKiT-SRCT), who was second at the Welsh Road Race Championship.
In the team rankings, Saint Piran still commands a huge lead over second-placed ROKiT-SRCT. There is a new team in at number three though, as Joseph Rees‘ victory at the Welsh Road Race Championship helped Kalas Motip RT to the team’s highest position all year, knocking Cycling Sheffield off the podium. In fact, Cycling Sheffield is down to 5th, with Embark Spirit BSS moving to 4th thanks in part to Dan Gardner‘s win at the Giles Ree Memorial road race.
This weekend we’ll see the longest National B road race in the calendar, the Upton 200, takes place in Yorkshire. A timely warm-up for the National Road Championships, the race contains a strong startlist, including new rankings leader McKay, Ollie Peckover, Marinus Peterson, Will Truelove, Ollie Wood (Unattached), Josh Whitehead (Cross Team Legendre) and Matt King.
There is an equally strong field at the London Dynamo Summer Road Race in Petworth, West Sussex. Alex Richardson heads the line-up, with Rowan Baker (London Dynamo), Jordan Giles, Sam Culverwell (Dolan Ellesse RT) and Conor McGoldrick (Richardsons-Trek DAS) among the names to watch.
|1||James McKay||Senior||Cycling Sheffield||355|
|2||Alexandar Richardson||Senior||Saint Piran||332|
|4||Ollie Peckover||Senior||trainSharp Elite||248|
|5||Rowan Baker||U23||London Dynamo||231|
|6||Dexter Leeming-Sykes||U23||Wold Top The Edge Pactimo||214|
|7||Zeb Kyffin||Senior||Saint Piran||212|
|8||Marinus Petersen||Senior||Kalas Motip Race Team||206|
|9||Ben Pease||Senior||Moonglu Race Team||197|
|12||Oliver Hurdle||Senior||StolenGoat Race Team||175|
|13||Huw Buck Jones||U23||Wales Racing Academy||167|
|14||Jack Crook||Senior||Richardsons Trek DAS||163|
|=||Samuel Clark||U23||trainSharp Elite||163|
|=||Adam Lewis||Senior||Saint Piran||163|
|17||George Wood||U23||Cycling Sheffield||154|
|18||Daniel McDermott||Senior||Moonglu Race Team||151|
|19||Jack Rootkin-Gray||U23||Saint Piran||148|
|20||Matthew Houlberg||U23||Embark Spirit BSS||143|
|3||Kalas Motip Race Team||691|
|4||Embark Spirit BSS||674|
|8||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||409|
|9||Wales Racing Academy||404|
|10||Moonglu Race Team||394|
|11||Ride Revolution Coaching||374|
|12||Richardsons Trek DAS||327|
|13||Wold Top The Edge Pactimo||313|
|14||Team PB Performance||233|
|16||StolenGoat Race Team||226|
|18||Ribble rechrg Race Team||165|
|19||The Cycling Academy||165|
|20||Spokes Racing Team||150|
Women’s national road race rankings
There were three regional road race championship races for women at the weekend. With neither of the top two – Zoe Langham (Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee) and Tammy Miller (Hutchinson-Brother UK) – in action, the door was ajar for near-rivals to overtake them.
Lucy Lee (DAS-Handsling) hit the bulls-eye with victory at the Women’s Tri-Regional Road Race Championships, a second National B road race win in as many weekends. Her 60-point haul moves her from 3rd to 2nd in the rankings, just 9 points behind Langham.
Monica Greenwood was 5th at the North East, North West & Yorkshire Regional Road Championship, meaning she remains in 4th but with the gap closed to Miller in 3rd. Junior rider Cat Ferguson (Shibden Hope Tech Apex) skips up to 5th from 6th after a podium in the same race.
Frankie Hall‘s (Loughborough Lightning) comprehensive win at the combined East and West Midlands road race moves her up to 6th from 10th, while Ruth Shier (Hutchinson-Brother UK) jumps into the top 10 (in 8th) after finishing 2nd behind Lee at the Tri-Regional.
A shoutout should go to Emma Jeffers (DAS-Handsling) too, who moves into the top 20 after winning the North East, North West & Yorkshire Regional Road Championship from a chaotic sprint.
The fascinatingly close contest at the top of the team rankings continues. Hutchinson-Brother UK stays at the top with a 27-point advantage. DAS-Handsling‘s double victory moves them to second. Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee, previously the closest challenger to Hutchinson-Brother UK, drops to 3rd, with the bulk of its squad enjoying a weekend of racing in Belgium.
There are no women’s National B events this weekend sadly. And with the National Road Championships taking place the following week, the next national road race event for women will be the Women’s British Team Cup Road Race, organised by Solihull CC, on 9 July.
|1||Zoe Langham||Senior||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||293|
|2||Lucy Lee||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||284|
|3||Tamsin Miller||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||244|
|4||Monica Greenwood||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||219|
|5||Cat Ferguson||Junior||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||216|
|6||Francesca Hall||Senior||Loughborough Lightning||214|
|7||Bexy Dew||Senior||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||183|
|8||Ruth Shier||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||182|
|9||Sammie Stuart||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||169|
|10||Robyn Clay||U23||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||167|
|11||Imogen Wolff||Junior||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||161|
|12||Jessica Finney||Senior||AWOL – O’Shea||160|
|13||Ellen McDermott||Senior||Team Boompods||115|
|14||Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne||Senior||Team Boompods||115|
|15||Mary Wilkinson||Senior||Team Boompods||114|
|16||Emily Proud||Senior||Le Col Race Team||105|
|17||Emma Jeffers||U23||DAS – Handsling Bikes||105|
|18||Lizi Brooke||Senior||Wahoo – Le Col||101|
|19||Sian Botteley||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||97|
|20||Amelia Tyler||U23||Alba Development Road Team||96|
How it works
The rankings take results from National A and National B road races in the UK in 2023. Note the emphasis on road racing; results from circuit races and criteriums don’t count. And neither do points from Regional or UCI road races. The focus is deliberately narrow; we want to understand who has been performing in national-level road races in the UK across the season. And keeping it focused makes it easier for us to manage and update here at British Conti HQ.
Like any rankings system, this isn’t perfect. We aren’t pretending it will be a completely objective measure of road racing performance or ability. But we do hope it injects a bit of fun and helps create a bit of interest in national-level road racing this season, particularly at National B level.
The scoring system is very similar to the one used by British Cycling, with riders in the top 20 of races qualifying for points, with points also being awarded to stage winners.
|Position||Nat A Road||Nat B Road||Nat A ind. stages||Nat B ind. stages|