Saturday the 22nd of April saw the elite British peloton tackling Round Two of the National Women's Road Race Series: Essex Giro.
Hosted by Cycling Club Hackney, the race took place over 12 laps of a 5 mile circuit near Haverhill in Suffolk.
Racing began at 2.30 pm with a strong field of 60 riders registered to start, including Grace Garner of Wiggle High5 - a professional women's team currently ranked second in the world.
But Tour of the Wolds winner Lizzy Banks of Sunsport Velo RT was also be ready to protect her series lead.
The course turned out to be hillier than it appeared in the course profile so we got ready for some big efforts on each climb (two every lap) and since we were going to be racing 12 laps of the course we soon knew these climbs and corners very well!
After an official start, with Grace Garner and Lizzy Banks called to the front as last year's winner and the series leader respectively, we were set off by MP Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture and the race was underway.
The pace was high from the start with Chanel Mason of Storey Sport making multiple attacks.
Sadly for Team RGB Building Supplies, glory wasn't tp be had today. Suze had a mechanical quite early in the race and Alice was held up behind a crash towards the end of the race meaning we were out of the main bunch and unable to contest for places.
Gracey went on to take the win from a successful breakaway in the final laps of the race, with Ford Ecoboost's Charmaine Porter holding on for second and Chanel Mason rounding out the podium spots.
Warm up at the Essex Giro, Round 2 of the National Women's Road Series, (after a ride around the course with @cyclingredsuze 😊) . My garmin said 25* and I was worried I would get too hot but it wasn't too bad after all... . The course was more hilly than I'd expected but they were only short and I seemed to get up them okay 👌 but with 12 laps we had quite a few climbs ahead of us! . Unfortunately I got caught behind a crash at 3 laps to go, and then a break went off the front at almost the same time - I couldn't match it. . By now the bunch was whittled down to about 30, with Grace Garner of Wiggle High5 (winner) at the pointy end along with Charmaine Porter (second) from Ford Ecoboost and Chanel Mason (third) of Storey Sport staying away to take the podium places. . . #womenscycling#fromwhereiride#lanes#lanesnotlaps#roadslikethese#devongirlscan#thisgirlcan#womenonbikes#cyclelikeagirl#BuildingPerformance#wymtm
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|1||Elizabeth Banks||SunSport Velo||2nd|
|2||Elizabeth Burrows||SunSport Velo||3rd|
|3||Hannah Larbalestier||SunSport Velo||2nd|
|4||Gabriella Nordin||SunSport Velo||2nd|
|5||Victoria Strila||SunSport Velo||2nd|
|6||Charlotte Colclough||Bianchi Dama UK||2nd|
|7||Sarah King||Bianchi Dama UK||2nd|
|8||Georgina Panchaud||Bianchi Dama UK||2nd|
|9||Alexandra Sheehan||Bianchi Dama UK||2nd|
|10||Sian Botteley||Cycle Team OnForm||1st|
|11||Anna Henderson||Cycle Team OnForm||2nd|
|12||Amy Hill||Cycle Team OnForm||1st|
|13||Charlotte Redden||Cycle Team OnForm||1st|
|14||Alicia Speake||Cycle Team OnForm||1st|
|15||Hetty Niblett||EDCO Continental||2nd|
|16||Lucy Monk||Exeter Wheelers||3rd|
|17||Jennifer Holden||Fusion RT Fierlan||2nd|
|18||Jennifer Hudson||Fusion RT Fierlan||2nd|
|19||Fiona Hunter- Johnston||Fusion RT Fierlan||2nd|
|20||Rosie Lethbridge||Fusion RT Fierlan||2nd|
|21||Maryka Sennema||Fusion RT Fierlan||2nd|
|22||Tina Hartwright||Fusion RT Fierlan||2nd|
|23||Rebecca Richardson||Hafren CC||2nd|
|24||Victoria Lovett||I-Team Cyclists Club||2nd|
|25||Tracy Corbett||Les Filles Queen of the Mountains RT||2nd|
|26||Sophie Curle||Les Filles Queen of the Mountains RT||2nd|
|27||Helen McKay||Les Filles Queen of the Mountains RT||2nd|
|28||Nicole Oh||Les Filles Queen of the Mountains RT||2nd|
|29||Hannah Graveney||LIV AWOL||3rd|
|30||Connie Hayes||LIV AWOL||3rd|
|31||Gemma Melton||Pedal Power Cycles Ipswich||2nd|
|32||Rosamund Bradbury||Sigma Sport.co.uk||3rd|
|33||Rachel Crighton||Team 22||2nd|
|34||Rosa Martin||Team 22||2nd|
|35||Phoebe Martin||Team 22||2nd|
|36||Lorna Bowler||Team Backstedt/Hotchillee||2nd|
|37||Niamh Jones||Team Backstedt/Hotchillee||3rd|
|38||Ellie Russell||Team Backstedt/Hotchillee||2nd|
|39||Karla Boddy||Team Corley Cycles||2nd|
|40||Bethany Hayward||Team Ford Ecoboost||2nd|
|41||Corrine Clark||Team Ford Ecoboost|
|42||Kelly Murphy||Team Ford Ecoboost||2nd|
|43||Charmaine Porter||Team Ford Ecoboost||2nd|
|44||Jennifer Powell||Team Ford Ecoboost||1st|
|45||Jo Tindley||Team Ford Ecoboost||2nd|
|46||Sarah Burke||Team Jadan-Weldtite||2nd|
|47||Susan Freeburn||Team RGB Building Supplies||2nd|
|48||Alice Staniford||Team RGB Building Supplies||2nd|
|49||Sophie Household||Team Vertex-Biemme||2nd|
|50||Bethany Taylor||Team Vertex-Biemme||2nd|
|51||Lydia Boylan||Team WNT||Elite|
|52||Natalie Grinczer||Team WNT||1st|
|53||Emily Kay||Team WNT||Elite|
|54||Rebecca Rimmington||Team WNT||1st|
|55||Hannah Walker||Team WNT||2nd|
|56||Rebecca Goodson||Velo Schils - Interbike RT||3rd|
|57||Nicola Soden||Velo Schils - Interbike RT||2nd|
|58||Delia Beddis||ViCiOUS VELO||2nd|
|59||Grace Garner||Wiggle High5||Elite|
|60||Amy Roberts||Wiggle High5||1st|
Reserves Lucy Horrocks Team Vertex-Biemme 3rd EJay Harris Storey Racing 1st Jen George Storey Racing 1st Chanel Mason Storey Racing 1st Laura Cameron Storey Racing 1st Chloe Fraser The Racing Chance Foundation 3rd Jayne Paine Willesden CC Laura Massey Drops Cycling 1st