Location: Great Chesterford, Essex
Event: 13-14 July 2013
The National Women’s Road Race Series reaches a potentially pivotal weekend with the Essex Giro 2 Day.
A feverishly fought series has yielded six separate winners so far and left just 55 points between the top five.
Three stages await riders in north-east London with Saturday’s 13-kilometre time trial and 65-kilometre kermesse prior to a 105-kilometre road race on Sunday.
With additional points available for individual stage honours as well as the final overall classification there is the prospect of wholesale changes in the standings.
Anne Ewing’s (Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team) absence will undoubtedly see her relinquish the lead with Hannah Barnes (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling) primed to take the 11 points needed to replace her.
Barnes followed her Curlew Cup win with second behind Elinor Barker at the Otley Grand Prix and the presence of a kermesse will be beneficial for the Tour Series winner who won the stage three criterium at the opening event in this year’s series, the City of Perth Grand Prix.
Second in the time trial in Perth also demonstrated Barnes’ versatility, as did the win in the road race stage in last year’s event, won overall by Dame Sarah Storey.
Ewing’s teammate and third place Eileen Roe is also set to miss the weekend of racing providing incentive for Charline Joiner (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling) who is 34 points adrift of Roe and 52 away from Ewing.
Cheshire Classic winner Karla Boddy will hope to rekindle the form she found in the north west.
Elinor Barker (Wiggle Honda) won at the Otley Grand Prix but is on duty with Great Britain at the Under 23 European Championships however British Cycling Olympic Academy rider Emily Kay is named for Scott Contessa Epic.
The 17-year-old won at the Hillingdon Grand Prix as well as finishing third Cheshire Classic and sitting in sixth overall Kay could drive herself into the upper echelons of the standings in Essex.
Stage one’s time trial navigates an 11-kilometre circuit taking in Elmdon and Littlebury before the afternoon’s stage two kermesse takes place over a eight-kilometre circuit.
Eight laps totalling 64-kilometres include an uphill finish on Chapel Green Lane.
Sunday’s 128-kilometre road race consists of six and three quarter laps of an 18.66-kilometre course through Radwinter, Wimbish and Thaxted.
|1 Elizabeth Malins Abergavenny Road Club 2nd|
|2 Lowri Devey Abergavenny Road Club 1st|
|3 Manon Lloyd Abergavenny Road Club 3rd|
|4 Gi llian Taylor Abergavenny Road Club 2nd|
|5 Annasley Park Abergavenny Road Club 2nd|
|6 Laura Massey Abergavenny Road Club 1st|
|7 Jayne Wadsworth De Laune CC 3rd|
|8 Delia Beddis Dirtwheel Cycles 2nd|
|9 Charlotte Roberge Dulwich Paragon CC 2nd|
|10 Claire Martin Edinburgh RC 2nd|
|11 Louise Borthwick Edinburgh RC 2nd|
|12 Mathi lde Pauls Exeter Wheelers 2nd|
|13 Elena Bremer Exeter Wheelers 2nd|
|14 Heidi Viles Exeter Wheelers 3rd|
|15 Alice Barnes Scott Contessa Epic|
|16 Stephania Magri GB Cycles.co.uk 2nd|
|17 Charlotte Turner GB Cycles.co.uk 3rd|
|18 Iona Sewell GB Cycles.co.uk 1st|
|19 Sandra Mackay GB Cycles.co.uk 3rd|
|20 Hayley Simmonds GB Cycles.co.uk 3rd|
|21 Brit Tate GB Cycles.co.uk|
|22 Bryony Board Glendene CC 2nd|
|23 Julie Erskine Granite City RT 2nd|
|24 Aimee Wright High Wycombe Cycling Club 2nd|
|25 Tanya Griffiths Ipswich BC 2nd|
|26 Keira McVitty Kings Cliffe Flyers CC 2nd|
|27 Bethany Hayward Scott Contessa Epic|
|28 Francesca Morgans-Slader Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club 2nd|
|29 Coralie Glaunes Les Fi lles Racing Team 3rd|
|30 Helen Ralston Les Fi lles Racing Team 2nd|
|31 Nicole Oh Les Fi lles Racing Team 2nd|
|32 Alexie Shaw Les Fi lles Racing Team 2nd|
|33 Kate Hewett Les Fi lles Racing Team 2nd|
|34 Tracy Corbett London Dynamo 3rd|
|35 Claire Richardson London Dynamo 3rd|
|36 Maeve Savage London Dynamo 3rd|
|37 Michelle Forster London Phoenix CC 2nd|
|38 Bella Leach London Phoenix CC 2nd|
|39 Rachael Yates London Phoenix CC 3rd|
|40 Karla Boddy MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 1st|
|41 Melissa Brand MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 2nd|
|42 Charline Joiner MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 1st|
|43 Hayley Edwards MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling 2nd|
|44 Hannah Barnes MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling Elite|
|45 Natasha Morrison MGDecor / Team Corton Bikes 3rd|
|46 Gabriella Nordin Pedal Power RT 2nd|
|47 Laura Murray Breast Cancer Care CT|
|48 Anda-Jay Burgess Sandy Wallace Cycles 2nd|
|49 Laura Wasley Scott Contessa Epic 2nd|
|50 Anna Christian Scott Contessa Epic 2nd|
|51 Emily Kay Scott Contessa Epic 1st|
|52 Amy Gornall Scott Contessa Epic 2nd|
|53 Kimberley English Scott Contessa Epic 2nd|
|54 Lisa-Jane Leonard St Ives CC 3rd|
|55 Astrid Wingler Team CTC 2nd|
|56 Adele Martin Team Hope Factory Racing 2nd|
|57 Jo Blackburn Team Swift 2nd|
|58 Erica Howe VC Norwich 3rd|
|59 Beth Coley VC Norwich 3rd|
|60 Elanor Cadzow Welwyn Whls CC 3rd|
|61 Catherine Hills WyndyMilla 2nd|
|62 Rachel Przybylski WyndyMilla 2nd|
|63 Lucy Chittenden 2nd|
|64 Amy Hill Abergavenny Road Club 1st|
|65 Natalie Grinczer Abergavenny Road Club 2nd|
|66 Maxine Fi lby Xcracer.com 2nd|
|67 Claire Elworthy Exeter Wheelers 2nd|
|68 Molly Weaver Breast Cancer Care CT 1st|
|69 Jennifer Edwards Rhos on Sea 2nd|
|70 Bethany Clumpton Hargroves Cycles 3rd|