Oxford - June 13th
Gutteridge – Team Luciano, won the 5th of the Women’s Team
Race Series in an uphill sprint just ahead of Nina Davies – Letchworth
Velo Club on perhaps the hottest day of the year so far.
by Bicester Millennium with Stuart Caldicott the man in charge ably assisted
by partner Jeanette Tebbutt, the course took in 3 laps of a 15 mile circuit
on mainly flat roads but with enough loing drags to hurt the legs.
riders left the Quainton village hall but with barely a half lap covered
there was a crash unusually at the front of the bunch which left Nicky Slinn
and Carolyn Jennings – West Midlands and Gabby Day – Impsport Composite
A on the ground; Nicky and Carolyn both went to hospital for stitches whilst
Gabby had her wrist strapped.
first attack of the day came from Sarah Dias – VC Meudon who was away for
a while but was caught but thought she would have a second go and slid of
the front again half a lap later but was caught yet again.
race was becoming a lot faster than expected and with the various uphill
drags on the course, the effect in the hot weather was tiring.
Davies attacked the second time up the main hill getting away with eventual
winner Gutteridge and they stayed away for about 1.5 miles; they were caught
but the pair attacked again round the back of the course; “I was trying to
simulate what might happen in the National Championships” said Davies, but
they were caught again.
the last lap and again it was Davies and Gutteridge who attacked “Nina was
the strongest and I thought we would stay away this time but East Midlands
were strong chasing, ” related Gutteridge after the race, this too was
40 miles covered, Di Moss, Helen, Jeanette Tebbutt – Team Luciano, Sharon
Laws – Surrey League A, Nina and Heather Summers – East Midlands,
attacked on the last lap and got a good gap.
the group was never compatible and were caught after 3 miles of freedom.
3 miles to the finish Gutteridge attacked again with a gap of about 200
metres which held for a 1 mile;
I had to give it a go although I am not a time trailer and I normally try to
be with someone else”; said Gutteridge.
gave it everything I had but it didn’t work, I have never tried so hard on
a last lap before”. After getting caught she was able to sit in the bunch
the main bunch got to the bottom of the final climb to the finish – well,
let Nina Davies give her view of that finish; “The final sprint started
along way out, the pace got high at the bottom of the hill, it split up with
myself, Helen and Helen Shepherd – Impsport Composite A going for the
Gutteridge continued by saying “I thought Nina would go past me on the
hill, I was waiting for her to go and then I would go with her but when she
didn’t I thought I had to go myself and hope no one would come round me.
This was a great circuit, I loved the big circuit, it makes the race go
Dias – VC Meudon also enjoyed her day in the sun; “It was a challenging
course and I was pleased it was less laps although a longer distance per
lap, as a time trialist it helps me work harder in the bunch and stay with
the bunch longer”.
was pleased to attack twice today, being braver as I only started road
racing this season but I was soon swallowed up and by my second attack my
legs were getting tired and I then got dropped (she eventually finished in
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