It has been over six weeks since our last national road race rankings update. The National Road Championships and then the National Circuit Series sucked up most of our attention during that period. And then a trip to the Tour de France Femmes for our editor Denny Gray, together with a wedding and honeymoon for our stats hub guru Martyn Jepson (Ed: congratulations!), further diverted our attention.
We’re pleased to say, however, we’ve now caught up with ourselves, crunched the numbers, and can reveal all the latest moves in the rankings. Here they are…
Previous update: 14 June
Featured image: Ellen Isherwood
Men’s national road race rankings
Since our last update, there have been five national road races on the men’s calendar: the JTOW U23 Men’s GP (9 Jul, National B), the Lancaster Grand Prix (16 Jul, National A), the superbly titled Galloway Hillbillies Road Race (22 Jul, Nat B), a crash-affected CC Hackney Road Race (23 Jul, Nat B), and Cold Dark North’s Aughton Road Race (23 Jul, Nat B).
Despite all this activity, James McKay (Cycling Sheffield) remains top, despite not having finished a national road race since early June. The same goes for Saint Piran’s Alex Richardson, who remains second, just 23 points back.
Zeb Kyffin’s Lancaster Grand Prix win propelled him up to 3rd place, just 20 points back from his Saint Piran teammate Richardson, pushing the highest-placed under-23 rider, Jenson Young (ROKiT-SRCT), down to 4th, despite Young’s 3rd at Aughton.
Jordan Giles (Primera-TeamJobs) is another mover, up to 7th from 10th, thanks to 15th at Lancaster and 3rd at the CC Hackney Road Race (one of only five finishers at the latter due to an accident behind the break). Ollie Hurdle (StolenGoat RT) is a new entrant to the top ten thanks to similar results (17th in Lancaster, 2nd at the CC Hackney race). Finally, Jack Rootkin-Gray leaps from 20th to 10th courtesy of 3rd at the Lancaster Grand Prix.
In the team rankings, Saint Piran remains the runaway leader, unlikely to be caught now this season. The race for second is far more interesting, however. The ROKiT-SRCT team is ahead of a resurgent Embark Spirit BSS team. Kalas Motip RT and Cycling Sheffield round out the top five.
This weekend, the Yomp Bonk Crew hosts the Trofeo Terrington road race. We will publish a full startlist soon, but notable names on the provisional list include rankings leader James McKay, Saint Piran’s Adam Lewis, Joe Pidcock (TRINITY Racing), East Midlands road race champ Matthew King (X-Speed United), and Mg.K VIS Colors for Peace duo Ben Granger and Matthew Kingston.
|1||James McKay||Senior||Cycling Sheffield||355|
|2||Alexandar Richardson||Senior||Saint Piran||332|
|3||Zeb Kyffin||Senior||Saint Piran||312|
|5||Rowan Baker||U23||London Dynamo||251|
|6||Ollie Peckover||Senior||trainSharp Elite||248|
|8||Ben Pease||Senior||Moonglu Race Team||237|
|9||Oliver Hurdle||Senior||StolenGoat Race Team||235|
|10||Jack Rootkin-Gray||U23||Saint Piran||223|
|12||Dexter Leeming-Sykes||U23||Wold Top The Edge Pactimo||214|
|=||George Wood||U23||Cycling Sheffield||214|
|14||Marinus Petersen||Senior||Kalas Motip Race Team||212|
|15||Samuel Clark||U23||trainSharp Elite||208|
|=||Adam Lewis||Senior||Saint Piran||208|
|17||Daniel McDermott||Senior||Moonglu Race Team||199|
|18||Harry Birchill||U23||Saint Piran||188|
|19||Jack Crook||Senior||Richardsons Trek DAS||181|
|20||Tim Shoreman||Senior||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||171|
|3||Embark Spirit BSS||769|
|5||Kalas Motip Race Team||701|
|6||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||674|
|8||Wales Racing Academy||516|
|10||Moonglu Race Team||495|
|11||Richardsons Trek DAS||472|
|12||Ride Revolution Coaching||385|
|13||Wold Top The Edge Pactimo||313|
|14||StolenGoat Race Team||286|
|15||Team PB Performance||263|
|17||Spokes Racing Team||187|
|19||Ribble rechrg Race Team||172|
|20||The Cycling Academy||165|
Women’s national road race rankings
There have been four women’s national road races since our last update, and they have resulted in a real shake-up in the standings: Solihull CC Women’s British Team Cup Road Race (9 Jul, Nat B) the Lancaster Grand Prix (16 Jul, National A), the Aughton Road Race (23 Jul, Nat B), and the Duncan Murray Wines Road Race (30 Jul, Nat B).
We have a new leader in the individual standings. Lucy Lee (DAS-Handsling) moves up one place to the top thanks to podiums at both Solihull and Lancaster. Ruth Shier (Hutchinson-Brother UK) completed a perfect month with wins at both Lancaster and the Duncan Murray Wines Road Race, shooting up from 8th to 2nd. She is now 62 points behind Lee.
Shier’s teammate Tammy Miller remains in 3rd with a consistent set of road race results, finishing 9th in Lancaster and then 4th at Aughton. This means erstwhile leader Zoe Langham (Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee) slips to 4th having not raced since June.
9th-placed Robyn Clay (Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee) is the highest-placed under-23 rider thanks to her 5th place at the Lancaster Grand Prix.
Excellent results for the likes of Shier and Miller mean that Hutchinson-Brother UK extends its lead at the top of the team standings. The team now enjoys a 106 point advantage over nearest challenger DAS-Handsling. National Circuit Series winners Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee remain in 3rd but are 219 points further back.
The Trofeo Terrington road race this weekend could result in further changes in the rankings, with Clay one of the names on the current startlist.
|1||Lucy Lee||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||404|
|2||Ruth Shier||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||342|
|3||Tamsin Miller||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||318|
|4||Zoe Langham||Senior||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||293|
|5||Monica Greenwood||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||285|
|6||Francesca Hall||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||266|
|7||Sammie Stuart||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||247|
|8||Jessica Finney||Senior||AWOL – O’Shea||245|
|9||Robyn Clay||U23||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||225|
|10||Cat Ferguson||Junior||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||216|
|11||Bexy Dew||Senior||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||208|
|12||Imogen Wolff||Junior||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||161|
|13||Amelia Tyler||U23||Alba Development Road Team||143|
|=||Mary Wilkinson||Senior||Team Boompods||143|
|15||Lydia Watts||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||122|
|16||Sian Botteley||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||117|
|17||Ellen McDermott||Senior||Team Boompods||115|
|=||Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne||Senior||Team Boompods||115|
|19||Jayati Hine||Senior||Team Boompods||113|
|20||Maddie Heywood||Senior||FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing||107|
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|