Three events, 690 kilometres and one hell of a ride so far. Here's the British Cycling Elite Road Series Spring Cup in ten pictures.
1. New season, new event – the Chorley Grand Prix really put the ‘spring’ into Spring Cup; the opening trio of eight 2015 Elite Road Series events. Here the peloton passes a suitably vernal daffodil-festooned bike outside Chorley Town Hall.
2. Lancastrian Ian Bibby was delighted with his win in Chorley. The 28-year-old, who hails from just down the road in Preston, only moved from Madison Genesis to the NFTO outfit at the start of season but the 2010 British cyclo-cross champion didn’t waste time chalking up a win in his new colours.
3. A week later and round two – stage one of the two-day Tour of the Reservoir in Northumberland. The peloton cast shadows beneath sunny skies as they pass the head of the Derwent Reservoir. Each year Northumbrian Water grant race organisers special permission to use the private reservoir road, giving the race its iconic finish.
4. Blue skies belie the challenging weather conditions encountered on stage one in Northumberland. Most riders opted for shorts on day one but it was all change for the wintry stage two, which saw the winter wardrobe back out in force.
5. Erick Rowsell on his way to victory on stage one of the Tour of the Reservoir. Rowsell attacked alone on the wind-battered stage and, undeterred by the conditions, the 24-year-old Madison Genesis rider romped away to take the win, going on to record overall victory a day later.
6. Spring Cup? Winter is coming… Stage two of the 2015 Tour of the Reservoir saw the weather turned up to 11! Here a grim-faced Ian Bibby heads the pack through hail, rain, wind and snow. Conditions were so severe that several riders were treated for the effects of hypothermia following the stage.
7. ONE Pro Cycling’s Marcin Bialoblocki is congratulated for a hard-earned stage win in the horrendous conditions on stage two. It was a virgin Elite Road Series win for the team, backed by England cricketer Matt Prior, with former Great Britain Cycling Team Olympic Development Programme road coach Matt Winston (left) as directeur sportif.
8. Riders had little time to admire the splendour of Salisbury Cathedral at the third round of the Elite Road Series, the Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix. The event was the last event of the Spring Cup, with Steve Lampier of Team Raleigh going on to win the overall classification.
9. 2014 series winner Yanto Barker made a solo dig on the third lap of Cycle Wiltshire in an effort to shake off Andy Tennant, Mike Northey and Edmund Bradbury. His effort was in vain though – Tennant joining him soon after and taking the sprint in Wilton.
10. While Tennant looks confident as he crossed the line, he was far from assured at the start - “I didn’t feel good at the start and I didn’t feel good all race to be honest,” he told British Cycling post-race. Nonetheless it was a maiden road win for the new-for-2015 Team Wiggins outfit.
The British Cycling Elite Road Series takes a break until July when it returns for the Grand Prix series – the first event, the Stafford Kermesse on 4 July. Join us for live reporting, results, images and reaction.