It’s been a busy month for the team after riding Tour of Yorkshire just over 4 weeks ago. The Tour Series kicked off in Redditch and was quickly followed by the first round of the HSBC|UK National Women’s Road Series at Lincoln Grand Prix.
A less than ideal start in the Tour Series was temporarily forgotten when the team produced a superb performance to ensure Lincoln based, Becks Durrell, had her best race ever in securing the victory. It was 3rd time lucky for Becks who had been on the podium in the first edition of the race and in an almost race long solo breakaway last year. Backed by 6 other riders, including Emily Nelson who joined her in the break and delivered a textbook lead out, Becks stormed to victory in impressive style on the 8th and final ascent of the Michaelgate.
Returning to the Tour Series the team suffered bad luck with Neah crashing in Motherwell and with results below where everyone wanted them to be, the team were fired up for round 3 in Aberdeen. This round saw team victory before another challenging time in Durham when despite producing some of their best power files the team were on the back foot. A crash for Beth Crumpton in Aberystwyth saw the lead drop further out of their grasp but the fighting spirit and support remained as the final week of the event saw 3 races in 4 days.
Stevenage was a very close run round but again the team were pipped to the round victory by Team Breeze who looked to have an unassailable lead in the competition. With Team NJC in second, the Storey Racing riders were determined to keep pushing for maximum points and a very wet race in Wembley looked to be right up their street. EJay Harris had triumphed in challenging conditions in Croydon last year and once again showed her grit as she took the race on and soloed to victory. The team behind were marred by crashes and again the team victory alluded them but finishing second behind Team OnForm ensured they were gaining points on their closest contenders.
The final round in Salisbury threatened more wet conditions, but despite the rain dances and hopes for bad weather the race was dry. Starting out in a fairly defensive manner the team started to trade attacks with a strong Team Breeze and this split the Team NJC riders somewhat. With 3 riders in the front group working against 3 Team Breeze riders, the finish was a really nail biting affair, but the team victory on that evening was secure and although the points gained weren’t enough to surpass the Team Breeze tally they were enough to finish ahead of Team NJC and claim second overall. A satisfying improvement on the 4th place of 2017.
There was barely time for a warm down after Salisbury before the team had to head off again as the next round of the HSBC|UK National Women’s Road Series resumes on Sunday with the Cicle Classic.
Alongside the racing the team have also been finalising the signing of Melissa Lowther who joined the team as of June 1st. A British Cycling squad member who recently competed in the Commonwealth Games, Mel is a strong time trial rider as well as being a great road racer. Looking to gain selection for GB at the Road Worlds in Austria in September, Mel will hope to make her mark in the next few weeks as she gets stuck in to the racing with the team straight away at Cicle Classic.