Megan Barker (Team Inspired) won a crash-marred women’s race with a powerful long-range sprint on the esplanade at Redcar. In the men’s race that followed, teamless Ollie Wood took a commanding win, crossing the line solo with a handsome lead in the Redcar rain.
Featured photo: SWPix
The women’s race proved to be a race of two halves, literally.
Just over 70 riders rolled out from the start/finish line on Redcar seafront under overcast skies.
The race was frenetic from the start. Frankie Hall (Loughborough Lightning) raced like a woman on a mission in the early laps, pushing the pace so hard that riders were already dropping off the back. Junior Cat Ferguson (Shibdeb Hope Tech Apex) was in close attendance, along with a gaggle of DAS-Handsling riders, looking ominously threatening.
Moves from Katie Archibald (Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team) and Sammie Stuart (DAS-Handsling) were neutralised. But when Archibald tried again with a searing attack a few laps later, she opened up a large gap very quickly, her rivals seemingly unable, or unwilling to respond.
Archibald was fully committed and before long her lead was 17 seconds, the bunch behind not able to fully coordinate a chase, despite DAS-Handsling and Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee having numbers.
Archibald was perhaps too committed, however, overcooking it on a corner and sliding to a halt against the barriers. She was up quickly but was unable to get her bike back functioning, eventually realising her race was over as the bunch sped past her. A let off for her rivals.
Not long after there was drama. A touch of wheels at the start/finish line led to a huge crash, tens of riders brought done or held up. With some serious injuries apparent, the race was quickly neutralised.
The British Continental’s former journal contributor Charlotte Broughton (AWOL – O’Shea) and Stuart were the worst-affected riders, both taken to hospital for checkups. We send our very best wishes to both riders.
Once the race eventually resumed, the commissaires announced there would be just ten laps left to race to decide the 2023 national circuit race champion.
The race remained high in these ten, final, tense laps, Emily Proud (Le Col RT) at the front of the race almost constantly, Ferguson, Jeffers and Monica Greenwood (DAS-Handsling) among those prowling behind.
As the riders hit the bell it was still all together. Jenny Holl (Tekkerz CC) and Megan Barker (Team Inspired) both moved up to the front, and it was Barker who took control.
She was first into the final corner, and, supported by a tail crosswind, began the long drive for home. Close behind, Ferguson, Maddie Leech (Lifeplus-Wahoo) and Sophie Wright (DAS-Handsling) clamoured to get onto her wheel. Ferguson got there, but couldn’t get around Barker, leaving the track specialist to claim her first national circuit race title.
17-year-old Ferguson claimed second, with U23 time trial champion Leech finishing third.
|1||63||Megan Barker||Team Inspired (UCI Track Team)||1:23:46.01|
|2||53||Cat Ferguson||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||1:23:46.02|
|3||36||Madelaine Leech||Lifeplus Wahoo||1:23:46.05|
|4||19||Sophie Lewis||DAS – Handsling Bikes||1:23:46.08|
|5||17||Emma Jeffers||DAS – Handsling Bikes||1:23:48.04||+0:02.34|
|6||16||Monica Greenwood||DAS – Handsling Bikes||1:23:48.07||+0:02.62|
|7||35||Emily Proud||Le Col Race Team||1:23:48.09||+0:02.81|
|8||24||Flora Perkins||Fenix-Deceuninck Development Team||1:23:49.00||+0:02.92|
|9||68||Jenny Holl||TEKKERZ CC||1:23:49.01||+0:03.03|
|10||28||Samantha Fawcett||Hutchinson-Brother UK||1:23:49.07||+0:03.59|
|11||65||Isabel Darvill||Team Spectra Cannondale||1:23:49.07||+0:03.59|
|12||46||Corinne Side||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||1:23:50.09||+0:04.82|
|13||42||Robyn Clay||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||1:23:51.00||+0:04.90|
|15||56||Imogen Wolff||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||1:23:51.05||+0:05.38|
|16||54||Lucy Glover||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||1:23:53.01||+0:06.99|
|17||43||Bexy Dew||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||1:23:53.03||+0:07.22|
|18||57||Erin Avill||Storey Racing||1:23:55.01||+0:09.05|
|19||62||Lauren Robinson||Team Boompods||1:23:55.02||+0:09.16|
|20||8||Francesca Morgans-Slader||AWOL- O’Shea||1:23:55.03||+0:09.20|
|21||39||Francesca Hall||Loughborough Lightning||1:23:55.04||+0:09.30|
|22||14||Alex Morrice||CANYON – SRAM RACING||1:23:55.04||+0:09.31|
|23||55||Isabel Mayes||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||1:23:55.05||+0:09.42|
|25||69||Amy Perryman||TEKKERZ CC||1:23:56.01||+0:09.97|
|26||64||Xan Crees||Team Spectra Cannondale||1:23:56.01||+0:10.01|
|27||61||Gemma Mitchell||Team Boompods||1:23:56.04||+0:10.27|
|29||45||Amy Gornall||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||1:23:57.03||+0:11.19|
|30||27||Sian Botteley||Hutchinson-Brother UK||1:23:57.07||+0:11.65|
|31||3||Arianne Holland||Alba Development Road Team||1:23:57.08||+0:11.76|
|32||31||Beth Harley-Jepson||Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon||1:23:57.08||+0:11.76|
|33||51||Hannah Bayes||Saint Piran WRT||1:23:57.10||+0:11.87|
|34||22||Sophie Thackray||DAS – Handsling Bikes||1:24:01.00||+0:14.92|
|35||2||Sophie Enever||Alba Development Road Team||1:24:01.05||+0:15.42|
|36||48||Jo Tindley||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||1:24:01.07||+0:15.65|
|37||34||Suzetta Guerrini||Le Col Race Team||1:24:51.04||+1:05.30|
|DNF||21||Sammie Stuart||DAS – Handsling Bikes|
|DNF||5||Charlotte Broughton||AWOL- O’Shea|
|DNF||44||Lucy Ellmore||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee|
|DNF||20||Grace Lister||DAS – Handsling Bikes|
|DNF||4||Amelia Tyler||Alba Development Road Team|
|DNF||15||Katie Archibald||Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team|
|DNF||41||Anya Tamplin||Loughborough Lightning|
|DNF||40||Amber Harding||Loughborough Lightning|
|DNF||60||Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne||Team Boompods|
|DNF||29||Laura Davies||Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon|
|DNF||76||Philippa Draper||Loughborough Lightning|
|DNF||1||Daisy Barnes||Alba Development Road Team|
|DNF||13||Harriet Graham||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing|
|DNF||58||Nicola Soden||Tactic UK WRT|
|DNF||66||Josie Knight||Team Spectra Cannondale|
|DNF||38||Eva Callinan||Loughborough Lightning|
|DNF||59||Jayati Hine||Team Boompods|
|DNF||25||Elizabeth Sanders||FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing|
|DNF||10||Maddie Wadsworth||AWOL- O’Shea|
|DNF||67||Lucy Nelson||Team Spectra Cannondale|
|DNF||18||Lucy Lee||DAS – Handsling Bikes|
|DNF||12||Lily Brindle||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing|
|DNF||47||Millie Skinner||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee|
|DNF||30||Lola Ellis||Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon|
|DNF||75||Victoria Smith||Alba Development Road Team|
|DNF||32||Abbie Taylor||Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon|
|DNF||71||Beth Maciver||Alba Development Road Team|
|DNS||6||Georgia Bullard||AWOL- O’Shea|
|DNS||7||Jessica Finney||AWOL- O’Shea|
|DNS||9||Libby Smithson||AWOL- O’Shea|
|DNS||11||Ellen Bennett||Brother UK-Orientation Marketing|
|DNS||26||Charlotte Berry||Hutchinson-Brother UK|
|DNS||33||Katie-Anne Calton||JRC-INTERFLON Race Team|
|DNS||37||Kate Richardson||Lifeplus Wahoo|
|DNS||49||Amira Mellor||Ribble Collective|
|DNS||50||Ella Barnwell||Saint Piran WRT|
|DNS||52||Sophie Holmes||Saint Piran WRT|
|DNS||72||Sasha Smith||FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing|
|DNS||73||Polly Milsom||Hutchinson-Brother UK|
The early stages of the race were cagey, pre-race rain making conditions slippery. Newly-crowned elite men’s time trial champion Josh Tarling (Ineos Grenadiers), Sam Watson (Groupama-FDJ) and local favourite Charlie Tanfield (Saint Piran) were among those patrolling the front and pushing the pace.
There were a number of probing moves that looked dangerous but were quickly closed down. Defending champion Matt Bostock (Black Spoke Pro Cycling) was involved in one such foray, pulling clear with a seated acceleration, pulling Tarling with him. Before they could get too far, however, Watson sprinted to shut the move down.
When the move did go, it was remarkable in how easy Ollie Wood made it seem. Accelerating with Tarling on his wheel, Tarling either decided not to follow or couldn’t. His hesitation was infectious, the entire bunch, letting Wood move seemingly effortlessly clear.
Perhaps the pack felt Wood wouldn’t have the legs or the mental fortitude to make the move stick – especially because many of the Redcar circuit’s straights were long enough for the chasers to see Wood as he ground out his consistent tempo. Or perhaps, with 40 minutes left of racing, they believed there was plenty of time to bring him back. Either way, they were wrong.
Indeed, such was his persistent pace, he opened up an increasingly large advantage. It came almost in stages. For a few laps his advantage was just five seconds, a few laps later it jumped to double figures. Closing in on the final 10 minutes of the race and he stretched it out to 20 seconds.
In the final few minutes before the 5-lap countdown began, the chasers finally sprung to life. A counterattacked formed, involving Joe Holt (Tekkerz CC), Josh Giddings (Lotto Dstny Development Team), Sam Watson (Groupama-FDJ) and Will Tidball (Saint Piran). They set off in pursuit, the bunch hot on their heels, just as the rain looming on the horizon finally hit the coast and dumped a moody sky’s worth of rain on the peloton, adding an extra frisson of excitement to what was already an enthralling contest.
Not long after, however, Tidball lost his wheel on the first lefthander after the start/finish line, coming down, with Watson and Giddings following suit. The chase disrupted, Wood’s lead ballooned yet further. By the time he took the bell he enjoyed a lead of 40 seconds, his final lap a victory parade.
The battle behind was scrappy, the riders still standing battling it out for silver and bronze. As they reached the esplanade, the finish line in sight, last year’s champion Matt Bostock launched his sprint early, holding it to the line.
The fight for the final place on the podium went down to the finest of margins as elite rider Tim Shoreman (Wheelbase CabTech Castelli) was just one-tenth of a second clear of Harry Tanfield, who was agonisingly close to a podium on home roads.
|2||1||Matthew Bostock||Black Spoke Pro Cycling Academy||1:03:37.03||+25.00|
|3||68||Tim Shoreman||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||1:03:37.06||+25.00|
|4||50||Harry Tanfield||Tour de Tietema-Unibet||1:03:37.07||+25.00|
|5||11||Noah Hobbs||Groupama-FDJ La Conti||1:03:37.09||+25.00|
|7||46||Alec Briggs||TEKKERZ CC||1:03:38.01||+25.00|
|9||37||William Roberts||Saint Piran||1:03:41.03||+28.97|
|10||62||Huw Buck Jones||Wales Racing Academy||1:03:41.04||+28.97|
|11||43||Kieran Riley||Team PB Performance||1:03:41.05||+28.97|
|12||16||Harry Green||Kalas Motip Race Team||1:03:41.07||+28.97|
|13||6||William Perrett||Embark Spirit BSS||1:03:41.07||+28.97|
|14||2||Henry Lawton||AG2R Citroen U23 Team||1:03:42.05||+28.97|
|15||14||Joshua Tarling||Ineos Grenadiers||1:03:42.06||+28.97|
|16||47||Joe Holt||TEKKERZ CC||1:03:42.06||+28.97|
|17||15||Cai Davies||Kalas Motip Race Team||1:03:44.05||+32.17|
|18||67||Lee Rosie||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||1:03:48.03||+36.03|
|19||69||Jacob Smith||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||1:03:48.03||+36.03|
|20||40||Harry Macfarlane||TAAP Endura||1:03:48.06||+36.03|
|22||63||Griff Lewis||Wales Racing Academy||1:03:48.07||+36.03|
|23||28||Conor McGoldrick||Richardsons Trek DAS||1:03:50.06||+38.30|
|24||35||Leon Mazzone||Saint Piran||1:03:53.06||+41.25|
|26||19||George Spooner||Le Col Race Team||1:05:44.05||+ 2:32.19|
|27||44||Daniel Barnes||Team Spectra Cannondale||1:05:44.05||+ 2:32.20|
|28||65||Edward Morgan||Wales Racing Academy||1:05:44.05||+ 2:32.20|
|DNF||55||William Smith||Trinity Racing|
|DNF||39||William Tidball||Saint Piran|
|DNF||9||Samuel Watson||GROUPAMA – FDJ|
|DNF||20||Joshua Giddings||Lotto Dstny Development Team|
|DNF||38||Charlie Tanfield||Saint Piran|
|DNF||17||Cameron McLaren||Kalas Motip Race Team|
|DNF||61||Jim Brown||W.V. Zeeuws Vlaanderen|
|DNF||48||Finn Crockett||The Cycling Academy|
|DNF||42||Harry Paveley||Team PB Performance|
|DNF||25||Nicholas Cooper||Nordic Sports Academy S. C.|
|DNF||3||Dylan Hicks||Development Team DSM|
|DNF||36||Tom Mazzone||Saint Piran|
|DNF||10||Ben Askey||Groupama-FDJ La Conti|
|DNF||41||Tom Palfrey||Team PB Performance|
|DNF||5||Sam Kettlewell||Embark Spirit BSS|
|DNF||75||Callum Laborde||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli|
|DNF||74||Benjamin Bright||Wales Racing Academy|
|DNF||29||Alex Peters||Richardsons Trek DAS|
|DNF||66||Aaron King||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli|
|DNF||79||Louis Moore||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli|
|DNF||33||Rhys Britton||Saint Piran|
|DNF||34||Lucas Jowett||Saint Piran|
|DNF||77||Keir Gaffney||Spokes Racing Team|
|DNF||80||Jack Jee||LVC Racing|
|DNF||72||Jacob Avery||Ride Revolution Coaching|
|DNF||21||Sebastian Grindley||MAS Design – Fensham Howes|
|DNF||71||Jonny Britton||Prologue Racing Team|
|DNF||49||Ciaran McSherry||The Cycling Academy|
|DNF||18||Monte Guerrini||Le Col Race Team|
|DNF||27||Hugo Lutz-Atkinson||Ribble rechrg Race Team|
|DNF||24||Ben Pease||Moonglu Race Team|
|DNF||45||Theodor Obholzer||Team Spectra Cannondale|
|DNF||52||Matthew Webster||trainSharp Elite|
|DNF||51||James Bevan||trainSharp Elite|
|DNS||4||Toby Barnes||Dolan Ellesse Race Team|
|DNS||7||Joe Wilson||Embark Spirit BSS|
|DNS||8||Lewis Askey||GROUPAMA – FDJ|
|DNS||12||Matthew Gibson||Human Powered Health|
|DNS||13||Luke Rowe||Ineos Grenadiers|
|DNS||23||Ross Birrell||Mini Discar|
|DNS||26||Oliver Moors||Projectbouw Borgonjon Pessemier nv|
|DNS||53||Robert Donaldson||Trinity Racing|
|DNS||54||Oliver Rees||Trinity Racing|
|DNS||56||Callum Thornley||Trinity Racing|
|DNS||57||Max Walker||Trinity Racing|
|DNS||58||Zachary Walker||Tudor Pro Cycling Team 23|
|DNS||64||Fred Meredith||Wales Racing Academy|
|DNS||70||Finlay Tarling||Willebrord Wil Vooruit|