Odd Down Women’ Summer Series – Week Two Wrap

Lee steps up to dominate again

India Lee made short work of the fourth cat race last week and repeated the trick again this time around with the E/1/2/3 race, taking the win in dominant fashion with an early attack. Lucy Driver (Forever Pedalling) was able to hold the Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s rider’s wheel the longest and got her reward with a second place finish, despite being caught by the main chasing bunch.

Lee did not hesitate, lighting the race up on the very first lap and stretching out the bunch behind her. Marking the step up Lee has made from fourth cat, the bunch were not rolling over and held the gap to the flying leader to only a handful of seconds for the first couple of laps. But as the elastic finally snapped, Driver was the only rider who was able to stay with Lee as the bunch fractured into small groups behind. Lee was not going to settle to ride with company for long however, and finally dispatched Driver a short while later with another attack to go solo; a lead she would hold and extend all the way to the chequered flag.

Driver’s task was now to hold off a regrouping bunch behind, as Charlotte Berry (VeloVitesse) and Aimee Parsons (Avid Sport) were reeled in by the chasing group of Molly Hodges (Avid Sport), Ashia Fenwick (VC Venta) and Stephie Prince (VeloVitesse). These five riders set to their task well, and as Driver started to stall out in front it looked like the catch would be made in the final laps.

Indeed, second place was up for grabs as Driver was caught with just over one lap to go; it looked like a fantastic opportunity for last week’s runner up Berry to take the sprint. However, Driver has won a Winter Series round at Odd Down from a bunch sprint and showed her speed again, despite all the laps ridden on her own, to pip the group in a close finish. Berry came in just behind in third.

In the fourth cat race, there was another dominant solo victory, this time from Avid Sport’s Fran Bromley. Aided by the presence of her teammate Joanna Goodhead, Bromley was well protected in the group until she made her move approaching halfway through the race. Bromley jumped clear and in similar fashion to Lee last week, rode her lead out significantly as the race wore on to take a comfortable win.

The group behind were content to fight it out in a sprint finish, with Laura Wells (Mickey Cranks CC) taking second ahead of Janet Horton (UCY).

The Master’s race took a similar form to last week; Miriam Whitehurst (Somer Valley CC) and Maria Powell (Radeon-Cycology RT) taking out an early lead against Karen Whyte (VeloVitesse) and Karen Spiteri (Avid Sport) and setting up what resembled a 2-up pursuit race. The final sprint for the win went the same way as well, with Whitehurst beating Powell to the line, whilst Spiteri took the sprint for second from the chasing group.

These results make things very tight at the top of the series standings, with Berry and Driver now tied on 85 points, only five ahead of Lee in third. A strong showing and good numbers from Avid Sport and VeloVitesse also sees them move up the order at the top of the team standings; with Avid Sport retaking the overall lead from Bristol RC and VeloVitesse climbing from fifth after the men’s races on Tuesday back to third overall. Driver’s second place moves Forever Pedalling up to fourth.

4th Cat

Pos No First Name Last Name Club / Team Name Member No. Series Points
1 11 Frances Bromley Avid Sport 1251227 30
2 5 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC 1307645 25
3 4 Janet Horton Merthyr CC 1103172 20
4 6 Naomi Eaton 1354656 15
5 3 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport 1445415 14
6 12 Sally Crocker Salt & Sham Cycle Club 1305793 13

Masters

Pos No First Name Last Name Club / Team Name Member No. Series Points
1 4 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 717051 30
2 2 Maria Powell Radeon-Cycology RT 893915 25
5 3 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport 921309 20
4 5 Karen Whyte VeloVitesse 879437 15

E/1/2/3

Pos No First Name Last Name Club / Team Name Member No. Series Points
1 5 India Lee Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 962042 50
2 2 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling 1144183 45
3 8 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse 1259806 40
4 4 Molly Hodges Avid Sport 1173752 35
5 3 Ashia Fenwick VC Venta 933490 30
6 7 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse 1325279 25
7 9 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport 1449722 20
8 1 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union 1279010 15
9 6 Rosie Nunnerley DAS RAD KLUB 1337012 14
10 10 Joss Winter Athletique 1365465 13

Series Standings

Position Name Surname Team Licence Round 1 Round 2 Series Points
1 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse 1259806 45 40 85
2 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling 1144183 40 45 85
3 India Lee Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 962042 30 50 80
4 Molly Hodges Avid Sport 1173752 35 35 70
5 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 717051 30 30 60
6 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse 1325279 30 25 55
7 Maria Powell Radeon-Cycology RT 893915 25 25 50
8 Lauren Johnston Avid Sport 1422901 50 50
9 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union 1279010 25 15 40
10 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport 1449722 20 20 40
11 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport 921309 14 20 34
12 Jen Horton UCY 1103172 13 20 33
13 Karen Whyte VeloVitesse 879437 15 15 30
14 Frances Bromley Avid Sport 1251227 30 30
15 Ashia Fenwick VC Venta 933490 30 30
16 Rosie Nunnerley DAS RAD KLUB 1337012 12 14 26
17 Sally Crocker Salt & Sham Cycle Club 1305793 12 13 25
18 Megan Dickerson Forever Pedalling 1232745 25 25
19 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC 1307645 25 25
20 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport 1445415 10 14 24
21 Stephanie Parsonage Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) 1445128 20 20
22 Amanda Karlsson VeloVitesse 1294362 20 20
23 Elizabeth Sanders University of Exeter Cycling Club 1242646 15 15
24 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol 1349269 15 15
25 Naomi Eaton 0 1354656 15 15
26 Lucy Rowe DAS RAD KLUB 1046011 14 14
27 Alexandra Sheehan Bianchi Dama 722367 14 14
28 Heidi Blunden The Racing Chance Foundation 961952 13 13
29 Joss Winter Athletique 1365465 13 13
30 Claire Lawrence Sodbury Cycle Sport 11 11
31 Lauren Booth Camac Planet X 705816 11 11
32 Nicki Carr Tri UK 1091227 10 10
33 Deborah Sterling 9 9