The 1904s were busy this weekend.
The first chicken dinner for the team went to Mathilde Pauls, who won the Luther Cup race in Wittenberg, Germany.
The race forms part of the Mol Cup, for which she now wears the leader’s jersey.
More locally, three members of the women’s team raced at the (extremely well organised) TeamLDN/RaphaCC crits at Hog Hill.
Michelle Arthurs-Brennan competed in a small but intensely competitive 13 rider field in the E12s. Despite team mate Andy Critchlow’s suggestion to ATTACK her tactic remained to stay as hidden and out of sight as possible for the entire race.
The plan played out well enough, allowing her to exit the final climb around third wheel, unfortunately fluffing the corner and final sprint but still coming away with 8th in a field that looked like a drop fest based on the start list. The sprint finish win went to Greta Cowen of EasyCC.
Setting off 30 seconds behind was the 3/4 race – not something women’s cycling gets to enjoy often and a really important step in encouraging riders. Our team members Helen Bridgman and Carolyn Swan were tucked in amongst the 26 starters.
It was Helen’s first race back after a nasty collarbone break at the same circuit last year, but she defeated demons to come 6th in the sprint, with Carolyn not far behind in 8th. Winner Sarah King of Bianchi Dama made her move early on to take a solo victory.
Racing on the same day was Tina Reid, over at Hillingdon – she scooped up 4th in one of her first races, after making a jump for the line with one lap to go only to be chased down at the flag.
The following day, Gemma Hayes was in action at Preston Park, scooping 4th in a field of 15.
From the men’s team, Andy Critchlow was representing at the prestigious Wally Gimber road race on the Frant Circuit – which will host our parent club Norwood Paragon’s Les Ingman road race on April 14.
The race was a test of attrition, and Andy finished in the front bunch, with an estimated placing of around 30th.