The women’s Bath CC Road Race (Nat B, 13 Aug), the men’s Clive Tiley Memorial stage race (Nat B, 18-20 Aug), and the women’s and men’s Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix races (Nat A, 20 Aug) have all offered national road race rankings points scoring opportunities over the last two weekends.
But who has found a ladder up the rankings? Who has slipped down a snake? Read on to find out more.
Previous update: 11 August
Featured image: Craig Zadoroznyj/SWpix.com
Men’s national road race rankings
James McKay (Cycling Sheffield) maintains his lead in the men’s national road race rankings but his advantage has been slashed. In our last update he had a handsome 75 point lead over Alexandar Richardson. Following the Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix, however, McKay’s lead is now just 20 points. Zeb Kyffin – 2nd at Ryedale, bagging him 85 points – is McKay’s nearest challenger, McKay having scored 10 points with 16th at the same race.
Kyffin’s teammate Adam Lewis continues to climb the rankings, now 4th after a fine podium spot at Ryedale. Another Saint Piran rider, Harry Birchill, is the other upward mover inside the top 10, rising 13 places to 6th courtesy of his Ryedale victory. Saint Piran riders now occupy 4 of the top 6 places in the rankings. Jenson Young (ROKiT-SRCT), now 6th in the standings, remains the best under-23 rider.
Lower down, Damien Clayton (Embark Spirit BSS) jumps to 11th from 18th after an excellent 8th place at Ryedale, while Wales Racing Academy’s Edward Morgan squeezes into the top 20 after finishing as the highest-placed non-Saint Piran rider at Ryedale. Incidentally, Ross Fawcett (Orwell Velo), winner of the Clive Tiley Memorial road race, now sits 23rd in the rankings after scoring a bumper 102 over the weekend.
Saint Piran is still the runaway leader at the top of the team standings. ROKiT-SRCT is still second but, after failing to score at Ryedale, the team is now just 36 points ahead of Embark Spirit BSS. Cycling Sheffield is 4th, while Wheelbase CabTech Castelli leapfrogs Kalas Motip Race Team into 5th.
There are three men’s National B road races this weekend: the Stars of the South West Road Race, the final round of the Men’s U23 National Road Series, the Simon Hook Memorial Road Race, and the prestigious Verco Victor Berlemont Trophy Road Race. We will add the startlists for all three races to our stats hub as soon as we have them.
|1||James McKay||Senior||Cycling Sheffield||417|
|2||Zeb Kyffin||Senior||Saint Piran||397|
|3||Alexandar Richardson||Senior||Saint Piran||332|
|4||Adam Lewis||Senior||Saint Piran||328|
|6||Harry Birchill||U23||Saint Piran||288|
|7||Rowan Baker||U23||London Dynamo||251|
|8||Ollie Peckover||Senior||trainSharp Elite||248|
|9||Oliver Hurdle||Senior||StolenGoat Race Team||245|
|11||Damien Clayton||Senior||Embark Spirit BSS||241|
|12||Ben Pease||Senior||Moonglu Race Team||237|
|13||Jack Rootkin-Gray||U23||Saint Piran||223|
|14||Daniel McDermott||Senior||Moonglu Race Team||222|
|16||Dexter Leeming-Sykes||U23||Wold Top The Edge Pactimo||214|
|17||George Wood||U23||Cycling Sheffield||214|
|18||Marinus Petersen||Senior||Kalas Motip Race Team||212|
|19||Samuel Clark||U23||trainSharp Elite||208|
|20||Edward Morgan||U23||Wales Racing Academy||206|
|3||Embark Spirit BSS||881|
|5||Wheelbase CabTech Castelli||805|
|6||Kalas Motip Race Team||791|
|8||Wales Racing Academy||567|
|10||Moonglu Race Team||518|
|11||Ride Revolution Coaching||509|
|12||Richardsons Trek DAS||472|
|13||StolenGoat Race Team||353|
|14||Team PB Performance||345|
|15||Wold Top The Edge Pactimo||313|
|19||Spokes Racing Team||187|
|20||Halesowen A & CC||187|
Women’s national road race rankings
Lucy Lee (DAS-Handsling) has extended her lead in the women’s national road race rankings, now holding a commanding 165 point lead over nearest rival Tamsin Miller (Hutchinson-Brother UK). Lee finished 2nd at the Bath CC Road Race followed by 5th at the Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix, picking up 110 points in the process.
National Road Series leader Monica Greenwood (DAS-Handsling) moves up one place to 4th after finishing 14th at Ryedale despite admitting to feeling ill. Bexy Dew (Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee) is the other riser inside the top 10, moving up to 8th from 11th, after scoring points at both Bath (where she was 4th) and Ryedale (18th place).
Mary Wilkinson‘s (Team Boompods) fine 3rd place at Ryedale resulted in a jump from 15th to 11th, while Ryedale’s 2nd place finisher, Tiffany Keep (Hutchinson-Brother UK), is a new entrant to the top 20, now sitting 13th. Maddie Heywood (FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing) moves from 20th to 17th with 5th at Bath, while Lizi Brooke (Wahoo-Le Col) and Emma Jeffers (DAS-Handsling) sneak inside the top 20 after solid Ryedale results (9th and 12th respectively).
The Hutchinson-Brother UK team has extended its lead in the team standings, now enjoying a 130 point lead over DAS – Handsling Bikes. Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee remains in 3rd, now 256 points adrift.
There are only four national road races left now for the women’s domestic peloton:
- Halesowen A&CC British Team Cup Race (Nat B, 2 Sep)
- Nick’s Big Race (Nat B, 9-10 Sep)
- Curlew Cup (Nat A, 17 Sep)
- East Cleveland Classic (Nat A, 1 Oct)
With 100 points available for the winners of the two National A road races, together with 60 points for the National B winners, and stage points available too at Nick’s Big Race, there is still everything to play for.
|1||Lucy Lee||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||514|
|2||Tamsin Miller||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||349|
|3||Ruth Shier||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||342|
|4||Monica Greenwood||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||300|
|5||Zoe Langham||Senior||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||293|
|6||Robyn Clay||U23||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||270|
|7||Francesca Hall||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||266|
|8||Bexy Dew||Senior||Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee||254|
|9||Sammie Stuart||Senior||DAS – Handsling Bikes||247|
|10||Jessica Finney||Senior||AWOL – O’Shea||245|
|11||Mary Wilkinson||Senior||Team Boompods||218|
|12||Cat Ferguson||Junior||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||216|
|13||Tiffany Keep||Senior||Hutchinson-Brother UK||169|
|14||Ellen McDermott||Senior||Team Boompods||167|
|15||Imogen Wolff||Junior||Shibden Hope Tech Apex||161|
|16||Amelia Tyler||U23||Alba Development Road Team||145|
|17||Maddie Heywood||Senior||FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing||142|
|19||Lizi Brooke||Senior||Wahoo – Le Col||135|
|20||Emma Jeffers||U23||DAS – Handsling Bikes||126|
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|