The HSBC UK | National Road Series concludes in Ryedale this weekend, with two new champions set to be crowned.
Both the men’s and women’s peloton will have one final opportunity to make their way up the overall standings in what will be the 15th running of the Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix.
The women get the action under way at 9:30am, when runaway series leader Rebecca Durrell (Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm) will take to the road along with her team-mates, who also lead the team standings.
Leah Dixon (second) and Anna Henderson (ninth) also occupy places in the top ten of the individual standings after what has been a dominant season for Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm).
Elizabeth Bennett (Campinense – Velo Performance) is third in the overall standings, and she will be looking to consolidate that position in Ryedale. Behind her and fourth-placed Joss Lowden (Drops) there is a tight battle for fifth, as Jennifer Powell (Bianchi Dama) and Claire Steels (Brother UK Fusion RT) are currently separated by just a point.
A strong contingent from Team Breeze – including former national champion Jess Roberts – will also take to the start line this weekend, as will Crystal Lane Wright (Isorex NoAqua Ladies Cycle Team) who is fresh from double gold at last weekend’s UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup.
On the men’s side, Madison Genesis’ Matthew Holmes is, like Durrell, guaranteed to top the individual standings.
The team standings have been convincingly won by Canyon DHB p/b Bloor Homes, who will again be strong in Ryedale, with circuit series champion Matt Bostock, Lincoln Grand Prix winner Tom Stewart and Max Stedman – currently fifth in the overall standings – in their ranks.
SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling sit in second after their fantastic season which has also seen Jacob Scott all-but guarantee himself second place in the individual standings. He’ll line up in Ryedale along with team-mates including Pete Williams and Ben Hardy.
John Archibald (Ribble Pro Cycling) who took a sensational solo victory at the Stockton Grand Prix, and Steve Lampier (Saint Piran), currently sixth overall, will be among those also looking to finish off an impressive series with a strong result.
The men’s race gets under way at 2pm, and will take place over 150km, while the women will race over 94km.