Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Series final positions

The series drew to a conclusion on Sunday at the National Circuit Champs up at Cranfield University and the scores are now on the doors!

Thank you to everyone who took part in the series and helped to make it a success - but a big thank you too to our generous sponsors Rapha and Look Mum No Hands!

The final positions by category are as follows:-

Road Bike
1st Fiona Inskip (Newcomers CC) - 500 points
2nd Dalila Lecky (Dulwich Paragon) - 314 points
3rd Jo Sloman (Dulwich Paragon) - 310 points

Road Bike - vets
1st Harriet Somers (VC Meudon) - 500 points
2nd Julie Chasin (Kingston Wheelers) - 461 points
3rd Martina Ben-Shaul (Dulwich Paragon) - 175 points

Cat 4
1st Laura Cubiss (Cowley Road Condors) - 492 points
2nd Jane Dennsyon (London Phoenix) - 398 points
3rd Kathryn Morris (Dulwich Paragon) - 367 points
Vet - Laura Cubiss

Prizes also to Vikki Filsell (359 points) and Gemma Hayes (235 points)

Cat 3
1st Katie Crowe (Dulwich Paragon) - 456 points
2nd Madeleine Lee-Smith (Oxted Cycle Club) - 400 points
3rd Sophie Household (VC St Raphael) and Philippa Jenkins (Southborough & District Wheelers ) 280 points
Vet - Madeleine Lee-Smith

Cat 2
1st Kate McNeill (Drag2zero) - 480 points
2nd Mathilde Paul (Fusion RT Gear Club) - 475 points
3rd Claire Campbell-Smith  (Born to Bike/Bridgtown Cycles) - 460 points
Vet Claire Campbell-Smith

Cat 1
1st Maryka Sennema (Paceline) - 450 points
2nd Alice Lethbridge (GB Cycles) - 350 points
Vet Maryka Sennema

All the category winners will receive their SEWTTS trophies through the post in due course - and riders who weren't at Sunday's final event will also have their prizes posted!

Happy prize winners with their lovely Rapha goodies!

Monday, 14 September 2015

SEWTTS #12 results - National Circuit Champs

SEWTTS #12 was a little off the normal patch but was included in the series as it provided another opportunity for ladies to compete with the creme de la creme of domestic time-trialling. And the roads surrounding Cranfield University proved to be exceptionally quiet by comparison with those in SEWTTS' traditional catchment area!

The course was a relatively benign course by some circuit championship standards and only called for one trip to the little ring in each of the two 10 mile laps. There were plenty of twists and turns though but an absence of wind making for near perfect conditions.

It was great to see the SEWTTS women's names appearing alongside the likes of Sarah Storey (the eventual event winner) and many off them got treated to her whizzing by as it was a 2 lap affair.

Congratulations to the category winners - it all went to form bar the 4th cats where Jane Wiley did a top drawer ride to overcome the in-form Laura Cubiss.

Cat 1: Maryka Sennema (Paceline RT) - 49:23
Cat 2: Mathilde Paul (Fusion RT Gear Club) - 48:50
Cat 3: Eva Nyirenda (...a3crg) 53:46
Cat 4: Jane Wiley (7 Oaks Triathlon Club) - 55:24
Road Bike: Fiona Inskip (Newcomers CC) - 56:04
Road Bike Vets: Harriet Somers (VC Meudon) 57:20

Jane Wiley - Cat 4 victor

Category Winners - Maryka Sennema, Fiona Inskip, Harriet Somers, Mathilde Pauls

Photos of the event are available here:- Kimroy website

Monday, 24 August 2015

SEWTTS #11 - Dulwich Paragon 10m

Well not only is the series hotting up, but the weather did too for this one!!! 29 degrees and just light breezes (which inevitably felt like gales to the riders) were the order of the day which made a pleasant change from early season conditions.

The G10/42 is the same course used for SEWTTS #5 and both events had 9 riders in common - chasing the coveted best improvers title and the bottle of bubbly that went with it! Inevitably it's usually the same riders we see taking the category honours at these events so it's nice to see how riders can rise to the challenge of chasing a course PB.

The podium honours in the Improvers category went to the following:-

1st Katie Crowe (Dulwich Paragon) - 2:40 faster!
2nd Gemma Hayes (East Grinstead) - 2:10 faster!
3rd Jo Sloman (Dulwich Paragon) - 2:00 faster!

That is a great achievement. Well done ladies!

A beaming Katie Crowe. 2:40 faster on the day!

The overall standard of the event was very high - featuring 2 x national hill climb champion Maryka Sennema and Kate McNeill - 2nd in this year's National 25. Both did impressive 22 minute rides - as did Mathilde Paul - a great result considering the course is hardly the V718!

Category honours were as follows:-

Cat 1: Maryka Sennema (Paceline RT) - 22:59
Cat 2: Kate McNeill ( 22:21
Cat 3: Katie Crowe (Dulwich Paragon) 23:47
Cat 4: Jane Dennyson (London Phoenix) 25:11
Road Bike: Fiona Inskip (Newcomers CC) 25:46 *
Road Bike Vet: Julie Chasin (Kingston Wheelers) 26:47

Category winners - Maryka Sennema, Kate McNeill, Katie Crowe, Jane Dennyson, Julie Chasin, Fiona Inskip

Commiserations to Olivia Campbell who went off course on her first attempt. However with dogged determination, she returned to the start line and did a restart in a DNS slot a few minutes later recording an impressive 25:16. That would have earned her the category win. It's hard to know how to score this fairly - after much deliberation, I awarded the SEWTTS prizes and podium honours in the road bike category to the following:-

1st Fiona Inskip (Newcomers CC)
2nd Julie Chasin (Kingston Wheelers)
3rd Heidi Shepherd (Dulwich Paragon)

I then awarded points to all the lady road bikers as if Olivia had DNFed (i.e. giving Fiona 100 points etc) - but recognising that Olivia did put in the fastest ride of the day also awarded her 100 points. Other riders did confirm to me that the marshall in question had done some ambiguous hand signals which had tempted them to dead turn at the wrong roundabout.

A special mention also to poor Clara Jones doing her first ever time trial. She managed to snap off her rear mech during the warm up and was unable to compete. Although I offered to include her time in the SEWTTS results if she could arrange a late start on a borrowed bike, she was loath to borrow one in case she broke that as well! I was delighted to see that she had no shortage of offers of assistance back and HQ - her knight in shining armour shortened her chain for her allowing her to single speed it home! Bad luck Clara!

Thank you to Dulwich Paragon for a lovely friendly event.
Smiley Paragonettes - including the doomed Clara Jones (waving on the right)

Thursday, 20 August 2015

SEWTTS #10 - North Hampshire 25

Our tenth fixture was held on the popular Bentley course and attracted a whopping 48 women. Conditions were good - warm and not too windy although I hear the traffic count was a little higher than average.

There were no surprises in the results as the series lead contenders continue to reign supreme! Perhaps the ride of the day was from young Sophie Household, who just missed out on going under (1:00:11) riding a road bike with clip ons!

The category honours were as follows:-

Cat 1: Alice Lethbridge ( 57:43
Cat 2: Kate McNeill ( 56:41
Cat 3: Sophie Household (VC St Raphael) 1:00:11
Cat 4: Laura Cubiss (Cowley Road Condors) 1:04:40
Road Bike: Fiona Inskip (Newcomers CC) 1:06:57
Road Bike Vet: Julie Chasin (Kingston Wheelers) 1:06:45

58:37 for Elise Sherwell in her first open TT on a TT bike

Smiley rider of the day award goes to Stephanie Chang!

Cat 1 winner: Alice Lethbridge in 57:43

Great ride by Jane Wiley: 2nd in the Cat 4s

Mathilde Paul: 3rd SEWTTS rider

Embracing the pain with a smile: Julie Chasin! RB winner

The ever consistent Laura Cubiss - Cat 4 winner

Sophie Houshold: Cat 3 winner

Smiley prizes winners at HQ: Dalila Lecky, Kate McNeill and Laura Cubiss

Fiona Inskip - Fastest of the senior Road Bikers
The full results are available here:-

Photos of the event are available here (Facebook account holders only): North Hampshire 25 photos

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Course info for SEWTTS #12

SEWTTS #12 will be the last event in the series and I hope to see as many of you there as possible. It's the National Circuit champs so should attract some big names - but there will also be lots of women riding who won't be competing for the top honours so please don't be put off by the mention of the world "National". And it's a little north of our normal patch - as it's close to Milton Keynes, but easily accessible straight from the M1! All women are very welcome. As I always say, it's a case of "the more the merrier!".

Entries close for this on 18th August, so don't delay!

Course/HQ details as provided by the organiser.

"The HQ for the event will be at Cranfield University Sports Hall (which is about 4 miles from the M1 J13), and the course will be starting about a mile or so north of that, soon after the junction with the road to Astwood. It goes to Astwood, then left along the A422 to Chicheley, left to North Crawley and then left back to Cranfield, turning back past the start on Astwood Road. It is just over 10 miles around and it will be 2 laps. It is quite quiet for traffic, although busier on the A422.
There are basically 2 draggy climbs - to Astwood and to North Crawley and a shortish drag just before Chicheley. There is a
straight long shallow descent (2-3%) that is before the climb to Astwood. It isn't that technical at all and almost certainly not as lumpy as the National 25 course!"