This weekend the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix cycling festival took place, with the women's crit race on Saturday evening, starting and finishing on the iconic Mall.
With the race being shown live on the BBC television it was an excellent opportunity for exposure for the teams and the riders, with cycling in the mainstream media.
Over the 45minute race, there were many attacks off the front, with many riders taking the opportunity to have a dig and gain a few bike lengths. Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) was regularly highlighted by the TV commentators as "one to watch" and "the type of rider to light up this race". Archibald did make a move with three other riders, however it was reeled in and the bunch soon back together.
Going into the final lap, a large crash on the line saw chaos as the riders lost their lead out women, with many women down injured on the road.
At the finish, with a sprint going to Barbara Guarisch, there were also strong results for the Scottish riders who had avoided the earlier crash. Katie Archibald finished 6th place, and the top British rider. Recent silver medallist at the British Crit Champs, Eileen Roe (Wiggle Honda) was also in the top 10, finishing 9th.
Later that evening a two teams of Scottish youth riders took on the thrilling course in the youth crit, with a report from that to follow!