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Week 4 Wrap: Johnston takes the win in harsh conditions to keep the pressure on Berry at the top of the standings

Horrific rain and a freak crash test the rider’s mettle

Photo: Jon Curle

After so many weeks of pleasant weather at Odd Down, round four of the women’s series faced torrential rain and a cold, murky evening of racing. With the race restarted following an early crash after a rider snapped her chain attacking out of the group, the bunch was not together for long as the strongest riders drove the pace. The wet corners and spray turned it into a test of grit and nerves as the battle for the overall took shape.

Lauren Johnston (Avid Sport) and Charlotte Berry (VeloVitesse) were looking to take advantage of the absence of series leader Lucy Driver (Forever Pedalling) and third overall Molly Hodges (Avid Sport) to establish their overall position. And it was this pair that set about shrinking the group with only Aimee Parsons (Avid Sport), Elizabeth Pressage University of Bath) and young Laura Curle (Liv Halo CC) able to make the selection.

Berry was still not content though, and with three laps to go she attacked with Johnston on her wheel. With an Avid Sport teammate in the chasing group, it was clear that the pair wouldn’t be caught and Johnston was able to come off Berry’s wheel in a repeat of the round one result to take the win. Berry’s second place sees her move up into first place overall on the series standings and Aimee Parson’s best result of the series in third sees her move up into fifth place overall as she took the sprint from group two.

Laura Wells (Mickey Cranks CC) has been frustrated in rounds two and three, finishing second behind Avid Sport’s Fran Bromley. But with her rival out with illness, Wells was able to seize her opportunity to claim her first win at Odd Down. Wells had shown her sprinting legs in both the previous weeks, and despite the bad weather was happy to trust her turn of speed to take the win this time around. Olivia Hall (Performance Cycles) was her closest challenger in second with Joanna Goodhead (Avid Sport) taking her second podium in two weeks ahead of Sally Crocker (Salt and Sham CC).

Berry now takes the overall series lead with 165 points, fifteen ahead of Johnston who moves from fourth to second. Despite not racing this week, Lucy Driver still sits in third place overall.

Results:

4th Cat

1 5 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC
2 4 Olivia Hill Performance Cycles
3 3 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport
4 2 Sally Crocker Salt & Sham CC
5 7 Frankie Durbin University of Bath Cycling Club
6 8 Mia Hawkins University of Bath Cycling Club
7 6 Janet Horton UCY

E/1/2/3

1 4 Lauren Johnston Avid Sport
2 10 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse
3 5 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport
4 14 Elizabeth Pressage University of Bath Cycling Club
5 12 Laura Curle Liv Halo CC
6 9 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC
7 1 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union
8 11 Heidi Blunden Racing Chance Foundation
9 3 Imogen Hutchings VC Venta
10 8 Emily Slavin IRIS Race Team
11 13 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport
DNF 6 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse
DNF 7 Elena Shaw Cardiff Ajax

Series Standings:

1 Charlotte Berry VeloVitesse 45 40 35 45 165
2 Lauren Johnston Avid Sport 50 50 50 150
3 Lucy Driver Forever Pedalling 40 45 45 130
4 Molly Hodges Avid Sport 35 35 40 110
5 Aimee Parsons Avid Sport 20 20 25 40 105
6 Miriam Whitehurst Somer Valley CC 30 30 25 85
7 India Lee Hargroves-Ridley-Montezuma’s 30 50 80
8 Laura Wells Mickey Cranks CC 25 25 30 80
9 Stephie Prince VeloVitesse 30 25 11 66
10 Joanna Goodhead Avid Sport 10 14 20 20 64
11 Frances Bromley Avid Sport 30 30 60
12 Sophie Barnes Army Cycling Union 25 15 20 60
13 Karen Spiteri Avid Sport 14 20 11 12 57
14 Maria Powell Radeon-Cycology RT 25 25 50
15 Jen Horton UCY 13 20 12 45
16 Sally Crocker Salt & Sham Cycle Club 12 13 15 40
17 Elizabeth Pressage University of Bath Cycling Club 35 35
18 Joss Winter Athletique 13 20 33
19 Karen Whyte VeloVitesse 15 15 30
20 Ashia Fenwick VC Venta 30 30
21 Rebekah Nash University of Bristol 15 15 30
22 Clare Parkin Elitevelo Kalas Sportswear CRT 30 30
23 Laura Curle Liv Halo CC 30 30
24 Heidi Blunden The Racing Chance Foundation 13 15 28
25 Rosie Nunnerley DAS RAD KLUB 12 14 26
26 Megan Dickerson Forever Pedalling 25 25
27 Olivia Hill Performance Cycles 25 25
28 Lauren Booth Camac Planet X 11 12 23
29 Stephanie Parsonage Army Cycling Race Team (ACRT) 20 20
30 Amanda Karlsson VeloVitesse 20 20
31 Elizabeth Sanders University of Exeter Cycling Club 15 15
32 Naomi Eaton 0 15 15
33 Lucy Rowe DAS RAD KLUB 14 14
34 Alexandra Sheehan Bianchi Dama 14 14
35 Frankie Durbin University of Bath Cycling Club 14 14
36 Imogen Hutchings VC Venta 14 14
37 Olive Holliday Somer Valley CC 13 13
38 Mia Hawkins University of Bath Cycling Club 13 13
39 Emily Slavin IRIS Race Team 13 13
40 Claire Lawrence Sodbury Cycle Sport 11 11
41 Nicki Carr Tri UK 10 10
42 Elena Shaw Cardiff Ajax 10 10
43 Deborah Sterling 9 9