International success and local wins

The 1904s have been busy in May, reeling in international wins as well as dipping their toes into National series races and winning at local circuits too.

Mathilde Pauls travelled to Pontevedra, Spain, to “take part” in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Aquabike world champs on May 4.

Things went better than expected, with Pauls scooping up a win!

Pauls won the race overall, also taking first in the 35-39 category by a handsome six minutes, over second placed Felicity Joyce.

Staying in the UK, Michelle Arthurs-Brennan took on the infamous Michaelgate cobbles at Lincoln GP on May 12. The stacked field of 110 riders was whittled down to 50 by the end, with Arthurs losing contact on lap three after crossed wheels led to riders ahead coming to a stand still, making the chase back on just too big a feat.

She survived until lap six when the the comms waved the black flag at her chase group.

On the same day, we had Pauls and Tina Reid take part in a ten rider women’s field within the Thames Velo men’s road race, with Pauls overcoming a mid-race crash to stay with the bunch and achieve first female, and Reid putting in a strong performance for fourth.

Also racing that weekend, Andy Critchlow was in the pain cave for the BEC Road Race National B.

Whilst we’re focusing the lens on him, a special mention has to go to Critch’s other extra curricular activity – the Cycling Heroes podcast, where you can hear him and Paragoni Duncan Murdoch chatting about domestic racing.

Kicking the new week off with a bang, the team scored another win on May 14, with Arthurs breaking away at Goodwood Motor Circuit,Β  20 minutes into the 50 minute crit.Β  One of the 30 other riders bridged around half way through the race, with the pair riding a 2-up to the finish.

The previous week, 1904RT had four riders in the Goodwood peloton, with Carolyn Swan scoring a top ten, Katharine Broadbent putting a massive effort in to help Arthurs to a 5th place in the final lap and Gemma Hayes putting in a strong attack earlier in the race.

Bovingdon is proving to be another great hunting ground, with Reid and Helen Bridgman heading down to the circuit this week, Bridgman taking 10th in a field that split early on.

Outside of pinning on a number, a special thanks has to go to Tim Bishop for organising 1904rt’s promotion during the Surrey League 3-day this month. Bishop organised the event hall and drivers for the convoy, as well as sourcing extra marshals to ensure the race was a success.

For those looking to pin on a number without mixing it in with bunch racing, Norwood Paragon has begun its summer time trial series – get in touch via Twitter for details.

(Fyi, all of this look better on desktop as opposed to mobile, where we can’t escape the asset stripping grasp of AMP… )


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