14th March 2002
TEAM LETCHWORTH GOES DUTCH
By Jon Miles
With top riders Joanne Cavill and Sara Waller (Dean) being snapped up by the WCPP for the Great Britain team plus Katy Middlehurst with the Helly Hanson MTB team, Team Letchworth-Extran have taken a different approach to the 2002 season as they replace those riders.
“Whilst we are pleased that Joanne and Sara have proved the ability we knew they had and Katy follows her first love of mountain bikes, and have been able to progress whilst with the team, it can be disruptive for the team when, after a season together we lose riders and have to start again” said manager Iain Scott.
With the Commonwealth Games approaching new team members such as Ann Bowditch from Guernsey with 3 Gold Medals and 3 Silver Medals in the Island Games and representing The Channel Isles in the Commonwealth Games, Mary Boyd and Suzanne Hamilton from Northern Ireland on the short list for the Games
join World Championship rider Susan O’Mara as they prepare for the coming season. Juvenile Jenny Middlehurst stays with the team as does Tina Codling;
whilst Suzanne Lawrence and Corri Farquharson move over from sister club Letchworth Velo. There are still at least two places in the team for riders who want to improve and show ‘the right stuff’.
Another new departure is that Team Letchworth will combine with Dutch team BikeShop Twente run by Han Leunk, for their European race calendar.
“Han Leunk is an old friend of the team and when he approached us with plans to join with BikeShop Twente, it made a lot of sense with his knowledge of the European race scene”, said Jon Miles. “We will be riding in several stage races in Holland such as GP Wevershoof , Ster van Walcheren, GP van Boekel, plus a stage race in France, and, it is expected the Tour of Holland in September, for these races Team Letchworth will be strengthened by top riders from BikeShop Twente”.
“The same Dutch riders will then join the team for races in this country such as the International Bedford 2 day at the end of May and some Bruton Series races and the Dublin 2 day. This is probably the first time ever that this kind of arrangement has happened in women’s racing in this country”
A definite plus will be that the same team members will continue for season 2003 building their experience with no losses to the GB squad.
The first stage race in Holland will be at Wevershoof during the first week of May although the home calendar will also figure highly.
Team Letchworth will target the Bruton National Series as winners in 2001 and the Women’s Team Race Series.
Supported by Extran, Mango Helmets, Impsport and First Signs, Team Letchworth look to be going in the right direction with this new initiative.
The team have their own web site at and regular contributions will be made to what will be come the only web site that will carry all women’s race results and reports in full from the UK and around the world - .
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