Chestnut Homes Lincoln Grand Prix winner Rebecca Durrell believes that she and her team-mates will have to be inventive to combat the various threats they will encounter over the rest of the HSBC UK | National Road Series, as they continued their perfect start.
Durrell won at Lincoln for a second year in a row on Sunday, crossing the line before national road race champion Jess Roberts (Team Breeze) to earn Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm another series victory.
That followed team-mate Anna Henderson’s win at the East Cleveland Klondike – round one of the series – where Durrell also helped her team fill three of the remaining four top five places.
With Brother UK – Tifosi p/b OnForm now holding a commanding lead at the top of the team standings after two rounds, Durrell said:
“You definitely feel like you’re being marked when you’ve had success, but that’s part of racing and you need to come up with ways of combatting that. I think that with the team we have, we possess lots of strength and lots of options, so I think we can be fairly confident.
“You always go into a race feeling optimistic, but the standard is getting stronger and stronger each year. Women’s racing is in a great place, building year-on-year. Every year you think you’re getting fitter, but then each year the racing seems to get harder!”
Despite that ever-increasing standard, Durrell ensured that she was still the one watch at Lincoln, as she secured her second consecutive win on the city’s streets on Sunday.
Impressive climbing on the iconic Michaelgate, coupled with a perfectly-judged tactical performance earned Durrell the win in front of watching friends and family at her home event, which again drew huge crowds and reinforced its place as one of the undoubted highlights of the British domestic calendar.
Of the event, Durrell added:
“The support for the race is so good. All the people who come out, all the kids who come out – they all add to the atmosphere of the race. There’s a bit of everything for everyone.”