Clemence Copie was flying the HWCC colours at the Hillingdon Grand Prix on Sunday 9th June. Her report on the racing is below – Chapeau!
Just a few hours after the London Nocturnes, the top women cyclists in the UK were racing again at the Hillingdon Circuit. This time for Round 3 of the Women’s National Series. With most of the leaders absent such as Anne Ewing (Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team) and Karla Boddy (MG-Maxifuel Pro Cycling) and many of the favourites taking time off the Tour Series such as Natalie Creswick, Louise Mahe and the Matrix Fitness riders, it was going to be an open race.
With plenty of sprints on offer, the race of 50km saw a lot of attacks, particularly from Charline Joiner of MG-Maxifuel, 3rd in National Series standings before Round 3, who was working with her teammates not to let any breaks go and Lydia Boylan and Amy Hill who each took a prime. As I was the only rider from High Wycombe CC, I stayed near the front of the race and went with all the sprints taking in primes in the process and making sure not to let any breaks go.
That was until Emma Trott (teammate to Lizzie Armistead on Boels-Dolmans squad) put in a big attack before the head wind section on the finish straight halfway through the race, I jumped on her wheel and tried to work with her thinking it might stick. Unfortunately, Coryn Rivera (professional rider and former Exergy-Twenty12 rider, pictured above on my wheel followed by Emma Trott), riding for BCC and MG-Maxifuel chased us back.
Finally, the bell rung for the last lap and it was going to be a bunch sprint so I tried to move up in second to last corner and got a nice gap on the right as I exited the last corner but with no one’s wheel to follow and a strong headwind, I decided to kick early and quickly saw Emily Kay doing the same on the opposite side but it was already too late for me to get on her wheel for a final kick so pushed as hard as I could to secure 2nd in front of Charline Joiner who now leads the National Series standings after Round 3.
|1||Emily Kay||Scott Contessa Epic|
|2||Clemence Copie||High Wycombe CC|
|3||Charline Joiner||MG-Maxifuel Procycling|