Sunday, 24 May 2015

There was a really disappointing entry from SEWTTS women for this event which is a real shame given the effort the organiser went to. Those that did attend say this was an amazing event organised by Sally Smith of Medway Velo, and they were handsomely rewarded in prize money and goody bags! It's a shame that the course is so far away for most SEWTTS women, but given the number of Kent based women registered for the series, it seemed appropriate to include a fixture on their home turf! And trust me, trying to find one that didn't start at crack of dawn proved very tricky indeed!

Our category winners are very worthy winners - I hear there was a bit of a wind blowing on parts of the course!

Category 2: Mathilde Paul (Fusion RT) - 23:31
Category 3: Katie Crowe (Dulwich Paragon) - 25:36
Category 4: Gemma Hayes (East Grinstead) - 28:25
Road Bike Vet: Sheila Woollam (Kent Velo Girls) - 27:40
Road Bike: Jen Crouch (Velosport) 25:40

Category winners - Jen Crouch, Sheila Woollam,  Mathilde Pauls and Katie Crowe - missing Gemma Hayes

Gemma Hayes - Cat 4 winner

Yummy cake on offer!

SEWTTS category prizes

The Paragonettes on tour!

Goody bag contents!
Full results here:-

Once again, I'd like to say a VERY big thank you to Sally Smith for her efforts organising this great event.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Julie Chasin
Jane Dennyson

SEWTTS #3 was blessed with glorious weather - as the same fixture was last year. However a minor car accident on the course (just before the finish) meant that the course had to be shortened to one lap thereby reducing the chance of sun burn! While most of the men appeared frustrated to be racing only 15 miles instead of 31, the women were typically rather cheery at the prospect! In fact there were some audible sighs of relief emanating from the women's camp!
Madeleine Lee-Smith
Jacinta Moore
Clare Campbell-Smith
Well done to all the ladies who successfully negotiated this challenging course. It's very technical but great fun to ride, and as one lady pointed out, it's hard to find a more scenic course in the south of England.

The category winners were as follows:-

Category 2: Clare Campbell-Smith, Born to Bike - Bridgtown Cycles 44:03
Category 3: Madeleine Lee-Smith, Oxted Cycle Club 41:41
Category 4: Jane Dennyson, London Phoenix CC, 45:28
Road Bike: Harriet Somers, VC Meudon, 45:28

Full results here:-

There are some great piccies of all the riders in the event here:-
Madeleine Lee-Smith, Jane Dennyson, Clare Campbell-Smith and Harriet Somers
The overall podium was dominated by the Pearl Izumi-Sports Tour International-BOBC team - A very jet lagged Dame Sarah Storey kindly assisted in the SEWTTS prize giving.

Clare Campbell-Smith
Event podium - Anna Turvey, Dame Sarah Storey and Katie Archibald

Jane Dennyson

Harriet Somers

Monday, 11 May 2015

The weather gods were in a better mood than last year, resulting in pleasant temperatures throughout the event (c12-14 degrees) and just a stiff breeze (c10-12mph) rather than seemingly hurricane force winds that blasted the A31 in 2014! 33 ladies entered, down from 49 last year which is a shame, but with an increasing number of opportunities for women in cycling these days, fixture congestion is an inevitable consequence.

The lady in form heading into this was Alice Lethbridge, but she knew she had her work cut out with Cynthia Kunschke - who is lightly raced this year by comparison, and professional triathlete, Parys Edwards also on the start sheet. Despite a mild lurgy, Alice did a great ride to come in just 62 seconds behind Cynthia in 2:01:48. Parys failed to find her legs and was disappointed with her power output on the day, although she admits it did come on the back of a big training week last week. Third spot went to former Cambridge rower, Mathilde Paul who powered round with impeccable pacing in 2:03:18.

The road category was poorly represented in this event which is surprising given the number of SEWTTS ladies who don't have TT bikes and how many we saw in action in SEWTTS #1! Elise Sherwell of Look Mum No Hands! RT went out at a cracking pace but rather faded in the last 10 miles, dropping about 5 minutes from her early predicted time. Still, a 2:11:13 is a jolly decent time for a road bike over 50 miles - but better nutrition might have seen that olympic engine of hers do a 2:06! Harriet Somers continued her domination of the Road Bike Vet category with another 100 series points and a time of 2:19:43. Chapeau Harriet!

Category winners were as follows:-

Road Bike Senior:- Elise Sherwell (Look Mum No Hands! RT) 2:11:13
Road Bike Vet:- Harriet Somers (VC Meudon) 2:19:43
Cat 1: Alice Lethridge ( 2:01:48
Cat 2: Mathilde Pauls (Fusion RT Gear Club) 2:03:18
Cat 3: Madeleine Lee-Smith (Oxted Cycle Club) 2:07:03
Cat 4: Jane Wiley (7 Oaks Triathlon Club) 2:13:16

It was great to see Mathilde, Madeleine and Jane pick up category honours in their first SEWTTS fixtures! They are clearly better than their PBs suggest given their category domination!

Full results can be found here:-

Category Winners, Mathilde, Elise, Madeleine, Jane, Alice and Harriet

Down at the start - Alice waiting to start, followed by Mandy Hibberd

Kate McNeill - who finished in 4th place in her first open solo TT