Rider results

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stockton gp
jessica finney - 1st

Sunday 3rd June 2022

Stockton played host to the second round of the 2022 National Road Race Series. After missing the first round due to sickness, our coaching team were looking forward to seeing how Jess could perform in just her second National Road Race of the season.

After a steady start to the race with all the breaks failing on the main circuit. Jess, along with Frankie Morgan-Slader of AWOL O’Shea, finally got away on the crit-style circuit. After pushing hard on a slight rise, Jess was able to distance her companion. With a healthy amount of the race left and a hard chasing peloton it was going to be a hard task for Jess to solo herself to victory. Despite the peloton being able to see the lone leader for long sections of the circuit the gap never came down. Jess finished comfortably ahead of the chasing group, finishing 20 seconds ahead of Mille Couzens of Plantur Pura who won the bunch sprint ahead of Lee Boon of Torrelli-Cyaman-Islands-Scimitar who completed the podium.

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“To see the hard work of an athlete over the winter delivering them in a good shape for the racing season is a great feeling as a coach. We knew before the season that Jess had progressed well over the winter months, developing the ability to be competitive over long stage races. It is nice to have this translated into an impressive wining performance on race day. One of many more to come I’m sure”
-Ifan Roberts-
-Endurance Coach-

“After many years of consistent results towards the top end of races, it was a well deserved moment to take the top step. It was only a matter of time given the hard work she has been putting in, on and off the bike. Her race craft was spot on. Riding solo for close to an hour is not her biggest strength. However the race craft she showed to spot the opportunity and manage the gap was what made the win even more rewarding for us.”

-Jamie Caldwell-
- Race Coach-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://thebritishcontinental.co.uk/2022/07/03/2022-stockton-cycling-festival-race-report-and-results/

Elfstedenronde Brugge (UCI/1.1)
toby barnes - 49th

Sunday 12th June 2022

A week after Toby was racing around the campus of his University, he was in Belgium, competing in his first UCI 1.1 against some of the biggest teams and riders in the world including arguably the 3 fastest sprinters in the world, Jakobsen, Ewan and Merlier. 

After numerous early breaks, including a trio escaping including Toby, an eventual break went including a WiV Sungod team mate. After that, the job was simple, help position the team's sprinter, Bostock, for the finalé. Moving his team up in the final 5Km, battling with some of the best riders in the world, Toby's job was done and could sit back for the sprint as Bostock finished in a great 8th position. 

It was great to see a LPC rider racing at such a high level, and we look forward to seeing more of this in the future. 

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Photo: James York

''It was a brilliant experience getting to race at this level with plenty of world tour riders. I definitely learnt lots which can be taken into the next UCI races where I can build on this.''
-Toby Barnes-

For full results, see the below link:

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/circuit-des-xi-villes/2022/result

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Photo: Elliot Haigh

Loughborough campus crit (nat b)
toby barnes - 1st
josh price - 2nd
dan barnes - 5th
ben bright - 1oth
matt ellis - 12th
travis bramley - 15th

Sunday 4th June 2022

''I had to ensure Toby didn't get up the road without me, so when he attacked a few laps in I knew I had to follow, so put in a big dig to make it across to him. After working well for a few laps we had a solid lead and I knew Toby was the stronger of us, so I did as little work as possible to try and even the playing field. Two laps to go he'd managed to get me on the front going into the climb, so I rode the climb as hard as possible to stop him attacking me, which worked until my legs started to give up near the top, when he attacked me. I nearly managed to catch him on the downhill, but he put in another acceleration up the hill which I couldn't follow, so rolled in for second. It was a good result for me and great  to see our training group deliver such a race.''
-Josh Price-

A race close to us in both heart and location, we wanted to showcase what Loughborough Performance Coaching is all about in our home race. No specific plans were in place apart from race hard, and this was certainly how it played out. 

Within 3 laps, Toby had decided that he wanted to go clear of the main group as per 2021 and made his move. Not to miss this opportunity, both Dan and Josh jumped across and the trio quickly made a gap over the chasing group. Unfortunately Dan didn't have the legs on the day to stay with an ever aggressive Toby, but Josh fought hard and together they extended their lead to over 60 seconds and a comfortable winning margin before then attacking each other in the last two laps with Toby defending his 2021 victory to make it two in two. 

Behind, the now much reduce group of around 10 riders had settled for 3rd position, with current National Junior CX Champ Joseph Smith eventually breaking away in the closing laps and Adam Mitchell and Dan Barnes closing out the top 5. A race animated by LPC athletes, resulting in a string of top results, makes us here all proud. 

“Although not an important race for our athletes individually, it was important for us as a group to showcase our talents in the local area and show what we are truly about. It was great to see this achieved with a dominating display. Finishing 6 coached riders, and 7 supported riders in the top 15, with 4 of them in the top 5, it was truly a successful day.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/262658/Loughborough-Cycling-Festival-incorporating-National-Youth-Series

Tour Series
dan barnes - 8th & 5th team
toby barnes - 10th & 1st team
travis bramley - 29th & 5th team
matt ellis - 45th

2nd May - 24th May 2022

One of the UK's flagship events, the Tour Series returned to full strength in 2022 with a series of 7 races from all across England and Scotland. Having 4 riders in the series, some for their first time, some returning to better their previous results, gave us an opportunity to look into criterium style racing in detail, learning how to position ourselves and tactically best perform in such events. This extra work was clear to see with some riders outperforming themselves and able to hand with the best riders in the race and nearly always making the front splits. 

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Photo: Gina Ball

Dan Barnes was one of the standout riders of the Tour Series, twice finishing first non-UCI rider and supporting his team to be first non-UCI/non-NGB over the whole Series. 

Toby enjoyed two rounds of the Series working for his team; WiV Sungod, who eventually finished in a commanding position at the top of the overall podium.

Travis and Matt were able to gain invaluable experience throughout the Series, experience they hope to bring to not only criterium racing, but also road racing for the remainder of the season.

''I feel like I learnt how to ride these races better at every round, set myself an aim after 2 rounds to get a top 10. Managed to get 8th at round 5 so feel I had a pretty successful Tour Series this year and can take learning points from this into the rest of the season.''
-Dan Barnes-

For full results and report, please see the below link:

https://www.tourseries.co.uk/2022-results/

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timmy james memorial rr
toby barnes - 1st

Sunday 1st May 2022

Sunday saw the return of the annual road race ran by Bourne Wheelers in memory of Timmy James. A rolling course presented the riders, with no hills too big for the sprinters to really struggle. An attacking race from the off, multiple groups escaped and were brought back by the peloton until the eventual winning move of 6, later joined by another 4, got away. From this group, Toby was able to work with his team mate to tactically get away from the rest of the race in the final kilometres.

''I attacked after about an hour and got a break of 6 away. With a lap to go another small group joined us including my teammate, Ben perry, meaning we could work well together in the last few kms. I got away with 1 other for the last 2km and managed to finish it off to get the win.''

-Toby Barnes-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.velouk.net/2022/05/02/result-timmy-james-memorial-rr/

U23 National Series - R1
toby barnes - 2nd
dan barnes - 17th
matthew houlberg - 18th

Sunday 17th April 2022

The introduction of the National U23 Series was always going to bring a new style of racing to the competitors, with no big teams or experienced leaders to take charge of the race. 

An early break formed which included two Academy riders; Josh Price and Matt Ellis. Behind, the peloton raced with little control, with the WiV Sungod riders forcing the pace on the inclines to gradually reduce the size of the bunch, but never fully bring back the break. 

On the final lap of the race, there were still 5 riders from the breakaway infront as Toby launched from the peloton to try and bridge, unfortunately coming up short to one lone breakaway rider.

A strong start to the series for our Academy as we certainly look for more at Round 2. 

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Photo: James York

''Really happy with 2nd to start the U23 National series. Attacked on the last lap to bridge across to the break but couldn’t quite get across to the lone leader so had to settle for 2nd. Happy with the form so hopefully I’ll carry this onto the next races.''
-Toby Barnes-

''My plan for the race was to try and get in the breakaway for the day as it's a route not very suited to me, so I attacked from the gun, and attacked a few times before a gap was stable. We worked well for the majority of the race, riding hard and keeping a good gap. The final time up the finish climb I ran out of gas having been in the breakaway for the entire race, and unfortunately had nothing left so was caught by the peloton before getting dispatched having emptied the tank helping my teammate Farley on his way to third place from the break.''

-Josh Price-

For full results and report, please see the below link:

https://thebritishcontinental.co.uk/2022/04/17/2022-yorkshire-under-23-classic-race-report-and-results/

Danum trophy
toby barnes - 1st

Sunday 3rd April 2022

After a promising start to the season with a strong showing at the Peaks 2-Day, Toby executed a smart race to lift his arms in the air for the first time, of what we believe will be many, this year. With 3 laps of the circuit to go, and countering one of Damien Clayton's relentless attacks, Toby and his breakaway companion, Adam Mitchell, rode clear of the race and working well together able to develop a strong gap on the rest of the race. Leading into the finish Toby was able to leave Adam and take home his first win of the season.

''It feels great to get my first win of the year and my first win for WiV SunGod. I have to thank my team mates for a well executed race, with Jim finishing 3rd, marking the chase group behind. A strong start to my season.''
-Toby Barnes-

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Photo: Andy Jones

“It was fantastic to see Toby make up for recent mistakes at the Peaks 2-Day and deliver a strong result as we prepare for bigger races to come. It was also exciting to see Toby and Adam working together in a break like this, after watching them both tear up the lanes of Leicestershire together over recent months at LPC training camps. I am sure that knowing each other so well only aided there efforts and I'm hopeful for more of this to come in the future.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.velouk.net/2022/04/04/result-danum-trophy-nat-b/

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BUCS National 25 Champs
travis bramley
3rd overall & 1st team

Sunday 3rd April 2022

Making a start to his 2022 time trial season with his new team, Team Spectra Wiggle, Travis took to the start line of the BUCS 25 mile time trial championships. Being his last year in university and being the last rider off, Travis was super motivated to take the win. With the lack of time trial specific training, it would take a strong ride for Travis to take the overall victory. After a well-paced effort over the 25 mile course, Travis finished in 3rd place positing a time of 51:21 min. Travis just missed out on the top and second step of the podium, finishing behind Cameron Richardson in first place and Jamieson Blain who finished second. Overall, a good result to start his season.

“It’s taken me four years to earn an individual BUCS medal, so this is a big personal goal ticked off. Although it’s not the colour I’d maybe hoped for, I gave it everything on the day and wasn’t quite good enough to match the guys ahead.”

-Travis Bramley-

“Taking the top step of the podium was always going to be a hard task with the lack of time trial specific training, however Travis produced a strong ride showing his overall strength on the bike. We’re now looking forward to completing a race specific block before moving forward to a block of racing in May and June. We're always proud to be supporting athletes who are in full time education, so achieving medals at the University Championships is always a bonus.”

-Ifan Roberts-

-Endurance Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/files/resultsheetcovers/cover_file_name/7ccc65a0-1ae1-4e76-9676-99663c466b3d/2022%20BUCS%2025mi%20TT%20Results.pdf

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Photo: Tom Austin

perfs pedal rR (NAT B)
josh price - 5th
matthew houlberg - 7th

Sunday 13th February 2022

The first National road race of the year took place this weekend, in conditions expectant in an early February British day. A strong field was named for the now infamous start to the British racing season, with former winners, former professionals and a number of riders from the Continental team Wiv Sungod. 

Two of Loughborough Performance Coaching's riders took to the start line and both made a strong start to the season finishing in 5th and 7th in the very reduced main front group fighting for 3rd place. With both U23 riders still preparing for the bigger goals of the season these results show great promise to what is ahead and gives confidence moving forwards. 

'Knowing the weather conditions were going to make it an attritional race, I went in with a plan to stay safe, conserve my efforts and make sure I was still there to fight for a result in the finale. I'm pleased with how I raced tactically and pleased to get a result this early in the season.'
-Josh Price-

'There's always some nerves starting the first race of the season, but these quickly dissipated as I got into the race. I knew the cross winds would wreak havoc at the top of the hill so made sure I was entering the hill in top 10 to give myself the best possible chances. Having only done mainly endurance work so far this winter it's pleasantly surprising to be coping so well in racing conditions and especially cross winds, so there is definitely more to come this year.'
-Matthew Houlberg-

'From a coaching perspective these two results were really pleasing, but even more so was how the athletes approached and executed the race. Being so early on in the season, I wasn't worrying about the final result but more on the process of racing, and both athletes delivered with good positioning throughout and good race craft to ensure they were still there at the end to fight for a podium. With more fitness to come, and improving on that race craft, big results are sure to follow.'
-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full race report and results, please see the below:

https://thebritishcontinental.co.uk/2022/02/14/2022-perfs-pedal-road-race-report-and-results/

BC National Championships
toby barnes - 4th/3rd(U23)
Matt ellis - 22nd

Sunday 9th January 2022

On Sunday, Crawley Wheelers played host to the 2022 National Cyclocross Championships. Fitting of Cyclocross, the course was exceptionally muddy and wet after recent weather conditions. This may not have been what our two riders, Toby and Matt, were hoping for, but both were still able to give strong performances, culminating in a podium finish in the U23 race for Toby. 

Not just letting the favorites have their way, Toby signified his intentions early on in the race, pushing the eventual winner, Thomas Mein and the Euro's podium finisher Cameron Mason. Eventually the front two riders were able to gap the small leading group which led Toby to battle with eventual 3rd place finisher Joe Blackmore all the way to the end. 

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''I'm extremely happy with 3rd U23 and 4th Elite at national champs, my first national championship podium! Mega course with plenty of mud made for a very tough race!''
-Toby Barnes-

“On a course that can be described as a constant struggle, through the mud and clouds of jet wash spray, I battled hard to 22nd place overall and 14th U23. Although this result does not reflect my previous results on albeit less boggy, more explosive and technical courses, I'm still happy with the outcome. 
After a 3 year break from cyclocross I’m pleased with how this season has gone, picking up some UCI points and experience for races to come.''

-Matt Ellis-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.velouk.net/2022/01/09/2022-british-cx-championships-day-2/

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ethias cross - essen (uci)
toby barnes - 9th

Saturday 11th December 2021

Over the past two months, Toby has been racing many of the biggest cyclocross races in the world, from Super Prestige events, to the Ethias Cross league, all the way to World Cups and Major Championships. With this, he has been racing many of the biggest starts in Cross, from Toon Aerts to Wout Van Aert. 

On Saturday, Toby was able to break into the top 10 of the Senior field of one of these major events with a very impressive race in Essen. An extremely muddy course played into Toby's strengths as a strong and technically good runner, where he was able to run past many of his rivals. This result can hopefully be a spring board for Toby to take more results like this, and could help to set him up for a contract for the 2022/23 season. 

''Really pleased to have got my first elite top 10 in a Belgian race at Essen. Loads of running suited me well and I rode a consistent race to get a result I knew was possible on the day.''

-Toby Barnes-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://cyclocross24.com/race/11117/

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East/West Mids Regionals
sam morris - 1st (west)
matt ellis - 2nd (east)

Sunday 28th November 2021

Both Sam and Matt were racing their respective Regional Champs this weekend, putting in solid performances to showcase their talents at a Regional level to go along with their solid National results.

''It's always great to come back home for some regional racing. I had a very good race from start to finish, got a good start and led from the front getting a gap early on managing to control the gap from the front. Great to finally get the hands in the air this season and to do it at regional champs is even better.''
-Sam Morris-

''East Mids champs was an incredibly technical race with a thick layer of snow covering and hiding slippy mud beneath. I was pleased with 2nd after keeping smooth and upright throughout the race after good battles with 1st place rider, James.''

-Matt Ellis-

''In general we tend to focus on the National level events and this is where our training priorities are. However it is still enjoyable for our riders to show themselves and compete in the odd regional race, and there's no better race than their Regional Championships. As we encompass both East and West Midlands, it was great to be able to make the podium in both championship events and nearly take both titles.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below links:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/249028/Shimano-Lazer-WMCCL-Round-11-incorporating-the-West-Midlands-Regional-Championships

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/248321/Forme-Notts--Derby---Markeaton---East-Mids-Regional-Championships

Clanfield cross (uci)
matt ellis - 9th
alec gregory - 21st

Saturday 11th December 2021

A new event for 2021, the Clanfield Cross race looked to bring a number of International riders to British soil to compete in a UK double UCI weekend. Unfortunately due to late imposed rules, this was not possible for many International riders, however plenty of the top British riders still turned up and made for an exciting race on this bespoke permanent cyclocross course. 

Matt Ellis was our first finisher after moving through the field and then pushing hard on the last number of laps. His hard work, not only in this race but also the training leading up to it, meant he was able to achieve his season goal of claiming a UCI point. This will set Matt up well for next year's cyclocross season. 

Alec Gregory also made a late decision to make his CX return, even if just for one weekend, and was able to ride through the majority of the field, starting from the back row of the grid to an admirable 21st. 

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“Clanfield was another great day out. Starting from the 4th row, I was soon in the top 10 and battling hard in a small group throughout the race. On the final 2 laps I pressed to take 9th place and 2 UCI points, which was my season goal.” 

-Matt Ellis-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://cyclocross24.com/race/11113/

national trophy round 4
sam morris - 12th

Sunday 21st November 2021

The 4th round of the National Trophy was based in Sunderland and it was only Sam who made the trip to this race. After an excellent Round 2, and a promising Round 3 that was hindered by a mechanical, Sam was out to fight for a top 10 result. 

Another relatively dry course led to a faster course where Sam was able to use his criterium racing strengths to good use, again coming through the field from his grid position, to finish 12th place, one better than Round 2 and his best ever Trophy result. 

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''Another good outing managing my best trophy finish of 12th, again showing promise of a top 10 finish. I had an ok start and found myself in a good group which which slowly dropped in numbers through the race. Nice to get muddy racing in again and with seconds of a top 10 .''

-Sam Morris-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/248820/HSBC-UK-Cyclo-Cross-National-Trophy-Series-202122-Round-4

european cylocross champs
toby barnes - 17th

Saturday 6th November 2021

The 2021 European Cyclocross Championships took place in Col du Vam (Holland), where Toby was once again representing Great Britain in the U23 race. With a 13th place in the 2020 edition, Toby was looking to improve on this, but with the return of the Belgian contingent (Missed the 2020 edition due to Covid) this was always going to be a tough goal. 

 

On a taxing course, finishing on a cobbled climb, Toby was able to build on his 2020 results with a 17th place. Whilst not beating his previous result, Toby was 9th non-Belgian in the race, a stat to be proud of given Belgian's dominance in this discipline.  

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''Super tough course for the European champs, plenty of climbing! Got caught in a crash at the start so was right at the back of the field but managed to get back up to 17th after chasing all race.''

-Toby Barnes-
 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://cyclocross24.com/race/10964/

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scottish national cx champs
pete matthews - 4th

Sunday 14th November 2021

In his now home location of Scotland, Pete took to the start of the Scottish CX Champs. After a long chase from the back of the grid, Pete was able to move through the field with relative ease, completing fastest laps on his way to 4th place.

“Coming into a championship race off the back of a season disrupted by injury, we agreed there was no pressure to get a result. I was surprisingly gridded last row - normally I’d have lost my head at this point, but I kept the mindset I went in with and just went about passing as many people as I could, moving up to 4th on the last lap, a ride I could be very proud of. I’ll be back for revenge next year though that’s for sure!”

-Pete Matthews-

''It's been a tough period for Pete, with house moves, illness and a long term back injury so it was good to see him get the chance to compete at the front of a Championship event. There's certainly more in Pete's engine when he gets the opportunity to fully display it and I've no doubt he'll be on the podium of the Scottish Champs in the years to follow.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/250169/2021-Scottish-Cyclo-Cross-Championships

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national trophy round 2
toby barnes - 2nd
sam morris - 13th
matt ellis - 27th

Sunday 10th October 2021

The sun was shining for the second round of the 2021/22 National Cyclocross Trophy as our riders headed up to Westmoorland Showground to compete. 

A fast course with little mud would result in few bike changes and bring a technical challenge to the riders with plenty of twisty corners along with long stretches of straight sections. 

A chaotic start to the race saw Toby take an early lead, breaking away from the front group before being joined by Joseph Blackmore. These two would duel to the end, crossing the line together for a photo finish that was awarded to Joseph. 

Further back, Sam was having a very measured and gutsy ride. Latching onto the wheel of the back starting Oli Stockwell (GB Senior Academy), Sam was able to come through the field, from outside the top 30, to finish 13th, his join best ever Trophy result. 

''It wasn't quite the result we were looking for at the front of the field, but given recent disturbances to Toby's training it was still a solid ride and a good hit out before heading out to Germany and Belgium for the winter Cross season. It was really pleasing to see the effort laid out by Sam, having a plan pre race and following it to the letter, giving him the opportunity to get his best ever result.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/248814/HSBC-UK-Cyclo-Cross-National-Trophy-Series-202122-Round-2

birmingham uni stage race
marinus petersen - 1st
travis bramley - 2nd

Saturday 16th October 2021

Both Marinus and Travis made the short trip to Birmingham to compete in the National B Stage race, including a Time Trial in the morning and a criterium in the afternoon. 

A strong showing in the Time Trial led to Marinus and Travis taking the top two spots on the overall, early in the day, before a 5th and 2nd respectively in the criterium, with little time gaps, ensured the overall placings. 

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nat rr series - overall
Isaac Peatfield - 4th/2nd(U23)
Toby barnes - 10th/4th(u23)

26th September 2021

Three top 10's, five top 20's, from three different riders, in three races. 
Two top 10's in the Overall & two of the top 4 in the U23 series. 

After a challenging 24 months for everyone, this set of results is something everyone at Loughborough Performance Coaching can be proud of. It's not come easy, it's not been without challenges, but not only the lads who took these results, but everyone else in this training group also, has helped to achieve these results. 

Furthermore, if we treated this single training group as a team for this series of races, they would have finished 2nd in the Overall Team standings, behind only Canyon DHB. For our first year supporting athletes in the Series, this is something to be hugely proud of. 

''It's a pleasure to witness the hard work these boys put in week in week out to achieve such lofty goals. There's likely to be bigger, better, goals for some riders in 2022, whilst some will be targeting the National Road Race Series, and we look forward to supporting them all again during this.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full standings, please see the below link:

https://thebritishcontinental.co.uk/2021/09/26/national-road-standings-3/

welsh rr championships
marinus petersen - 1st

Sunday 19th September

It's been a very difficult 12 months for Marinus, spending much of the winter confined to a wheelchair after a serious injury and the rehabilitation from this. Never losing sight of the big picture, it was a joy for him to not only find the Welsh Champs added to the calendar, but it to be in his home area of Pembrokeshire, South Wales. 

Racing against a strong field, including a 7 man Wales Academy team, Marinus was able to ride away solo with a lap to go after finding a surprise gap between himself and the leading group. From here on, he stuck his head down and solo'd to the finish line to take his first National title in Cycling, to add to previous titles as a Youth in his early athletics career.

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''A result like this has been a long time coming for Marinus, and something we can expect to see more of in 2022. Still relatively new to road racing, he has plenty to learn, technically and tactically, but his desire his high and has the physiology to match. I'm sure there will be more Welsh stripes coming his way in the future, and maybe plenty more.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/247211/Welsh-Road-Race-Championships

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GP de la tomate
Isaac Peatfield - 8th
alex haines - 15th

Sunday 12th September 2021

The 70th edition of this historic French race was held over 12 laps of a lumpy 12Km circuit around the town of Marmande. Both Alex and Alec were racing for their team; GSC Blagnac, whilst Isaac made the trip across the Channel to race his first Senior French Elite race. 

With the local team controlling the race, it was hard for anyone to make any meaningful moves despite their best efforts. Eventually, Isaac was able to get away in a small chase group, with Alex in a second group not far behind. 

Coming into the finish, Isaac was able to take 4th in his group for his first French Elite top 10, whilst Alex was 2nd in his group for a solid 15th place. 

''Isaac was interested in racing France in 2022 so there was no better trial of this interest then to get out and race an Elite level French race. Taking a top 10 in a different style of racing, in a different language, is testimont to Isaac's ability and flexibility to race on any terrain and any competition.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.directvelo.com/epreuve/30843/grand-prix-de-la-tomate-2021

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Ryedale gp - nat a
toby barnes - 2nd
isaac peatfield - 8th

Sunday 22nd August 2021

A week on from Lancaster GP and the boys once again showing top form at the highest level of domestic racing. A final lap break saw Toby sprint out the win and lose by just half a wheel to former professional rider Alex Peters, with Ollie Rees finishing in 3rd.

 

Behind, Isaac attacked the peloton into the last few Km and was able to take 8th on the day, placing him as lead U23 rider in the Series. 

A phenomonal effort from both lads, two of the few riders in the top 10 who are either in full time education or have a full time job whilst still training and racing. 

''I knew after Lancaster that I could compete at the front of the race, but made sure to conserve more energy this time and waited for it all to kick off more on the last lap. I was able to position myself well throughout the race, and followed wheels until the decisive moments. This is certainly my best result so far on the road, and am really happy with that.''

''It was another strong effort from the lads and testimont to the hard work they both put in. Although there was nothing wrong with how Toby raced last week, being in the long break, it was good to see him reflect on his race, understand how to potentially improve his tactics and then implement that for his first Premier Calendar podium. One of many more to come I'm sure.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/242488/The-Ryedale-Grasscrete-Grand-Prix

tour des landes
alex haines - 4th/1st(U23)

27th-29th August 2021

Over in France, Alex competed in the 3 stage Tour des Landes in the Aquitaine region. The race consisted of a short town centre prologue before two point to point stages over flat to rolling terrain. 

A stage that Alex was targeting, the short prologue was tight and extremely fast around the town of Dax. A strong ride placed Alex in 6th position, just 4 seconds from the lead going into the following days stages. 

A large bunch finish faced the riders on stage 2, where Alex was able to stay safe after some late moves, and come home in 12th position, keeping the overall jersey in sight. 

In stage 3 Alex made sure he made the final selection of 18 riders, sprinting it out for the win as it came to the line and finishing in 4th place on the day. 

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This placed Alex in 4th position overall and first young rider, just 1 second off the yellow jersey. A strong few days for Alex as he continues his path in France. 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.directvelo.com/epreuve/31822/tour-des-landes-2021

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Tour series round up
toby barnes - 5th/14th
Josh Price - 14th/16th

8th August-12th August 2021

This week saw the very reduced UK Tour Series return for 2021. With just three rounds in the 2021 series, it would need to be a steep learning curve for both Toby and Josh, Josh making his first Tour Series starts since 2019 and Toby making his first appearances at the event. 

Both lads found their way in Round 1 at Guisborough with top 30 finishes, but the hunger and ability for more was clearly there. 

Heading to Sunderland for Round 2, the course looked like it would suit a large bunch finish, however Toby was able to start the move that would result in the winning break. A small break of 9 riders, including Toby, were then able to stay away to the finish, with a strong 5th place result  in the finalé.

The final race in Castle Douglas proved the hardest of the three, with Canyon and Ribble fighting for the overall victory. Both Josh and Toby made the front group of around 20 riders and battled hard for a well earned 14th and 16th places, rounding off a solid Tour Series, but with bigger ambitions for the 2022 Series.

''As a group we put in a lot of homework and classroom time after the relative disappointments from Otley and Ilkley. We knew the form was there for both Josh and Toby to be mixing it at the front of these fields, but there's a lot more than just form when it comes to racing such technical, tight and fast circuits. This clearly paid off with multiple top 15 places and the excellent top 5 for Toby.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/244795/Tour-Series-Sunderland

Lancaster GP - Nat a
isaac peatfield - 4th

Sunday 15th August 2021

Lancaster played host to the first of three rounds of the 2021 HSBC National Road Race Series. A renowned hilly circuit over 160Km would be the first real test many of the domestic riders would have faced for over 12 months. 

Toby was the main animator of the day, going away early solo before being joined by Jacob Scott. This gave the opportunity for Toby's Crimson team mates to have an easier time in the peloton and wait for the finalé. Coming into the last lap, Toby and Jacob were caught by a counter move, including Isaac, which was to be the decisive move. Striking out on the final climb to the finish, Isaac was able to take 4th place in his Premier Calendar event debut. 

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“I'm really pleased with this race and the form I've come into it with, all things considered. A lot of time and sweat has been poured out over the turbo over the last 6 weeks and it's now paid off. I hope to keep this form for the remaining Nat A races and challenge for the U23 overall title.”

-Isaac Peatfield-

''Only 6 weeks ago Isaac broke his elbow whilst out training and has had a remarkable recovery to just be on the start line for this race. To see the effort he has put in behind the scenes to be in this kind of shape after this injury has been truly humbling. As a coach, I couldn't have asked more from Isaac over this period, and it's great to see it pay off. 

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/242956/Lancaster-Grand-Prix

rider results

loughborough cycling festival - nat b crit
toby barnes - 1st

Monday 31st May 2021

Racing on home roads at Loughborough University, Toby rode a criterium masterclass, showing why he is an International level cyclist. Breaking away solo on lap 3, Toby built up a 60 second lead on the rest of the field and kept this for the entire 75 minutes worth of racing. A course built for criterium, or perhaps even cyclocross, riders with plenty of elevation gain and a mix of fast and slow 90 degree corners, it proved a challenge to the entire field, with only around 20 riders remaining in the main peleton, all chasing the lone leader. 

This result was even more special as was organised by our own Head Coach; Phill Maddocks, in conjunction with Loughborough University

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“I went on the attack on lap 3, kind of hoping to force a small group clear, but when I looked behind and saw I had a gap I just kept pushing. It was special to be essentially at my home race here at the University and to have the amount of support we did. Was also special to get my first win for the new team and be able to wear these new colours with pride.”

-Toby Barnes-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/237289/Loughborough-Cycling-Festival-incorporating-National-Youth-Series

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Big dogs return to racing
isaac peatfield - 5th

Sunday 23rd May 2021

This weekend saw the UK's return to National level racing. Organised by Giles Pidcock, an extremely talented field came together to celebrate the return to racing over a hilly 55 mile race in the heart of Yorkshire. 

The hard work our group had put in over the winter months was shown right from the off-set with Isaac getting in the winning move and taking an impressive 5th place from a strong group. The race was won in a tight group sprint by Theodor Obholzer with noticeable ex Team Sky rider, Alex Peters, in second. 

Toby Barnes also made his return to road racing after an impressive cyclocross season finishing in 14th.

''It's comforting to see the lads hard work over the very long winter, has delivered them in decent shape for the new road season, especially against such tough competition. More importantly, it's really positive to see this return to National level racing and we thank Giles and his team for working alongside British Cycling to get the ball rolling. Here's hoping a more normal season ahead in 2021 with plenty of opportunities for riders to showcase their talents.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/240454/Link-my-Ride-Return-to-Racing-for-Big-Dogs-

Merlin Cycles CTT Classic Circuit Series Round One Travis Bramley – 5TH

Friday 2nd April 2021

Kicking off his 2021 season with his new team (Nopinz Motip Race Team), coached rider Travis Bramley took to the start line of the first round of the Merlin Cycles CTT Classic Circuit Series on Good Friday. Being one of the first races of the year this event attracted a strong field of riders, including a number of GB Senior Academy riders. Travis paced his effort well over the 22-mile sporting course, finishing 5th place with a time of 45:42. Team Bottrill’s Phill Williams took the win in 43:36. A strong start to the season for Travis, where he hopes to build on this result and impress in both road and TT throughout 2021. 

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Photo: Paul Lawton (BNECC)

“I was happy to go one better than my seeded position to finish fifth, a handful of seconds behind GB Academy rider Will Tidball and a minute or so off the win. With it being my first race of 2021, I’m confident that my pacing, race-specific fitness and position on the bike can only improve from here on in.”

-Travis Bramley-

 

“This was a very promising start for Travis in his first race of the season, finishing high up in a strong field of riders. We knew before the race that Travis had progressed well over the winter months, and it is nice to have this translated into a strong performance on race day. It is now time to put together the finishing touches in preparation for the start of the road racing season alongside the time trials.”

-Ifan Roberts-

-Endurance Coach-

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/22025#anchor

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u23 World Championships

toby barnes - 21st

Saturday 30th January 2021

This past weekend saw the 2021 UCI World Cyclocross Championships happen in Ostend, Belgium. Tight Covid restrictions made for a different looking Worlds than we are used to seeing, but our very own Toby Barnes was on the start line of the Men's U23 race, the first race of the Championships. 

On a course that would be unfamiliar to most UK riders, with long sand sections and large bridges, Toby was able to finish his season on a high with a strong 21st position. 

A race that was once again dominated by the Dutch and Belgian riders, saw the GB trio of Ben Turner, Thomas Mein and Toby Barnes take the 3rd spot in the team classification. To back up a strong solo performance, being a counter in the GB's podium team made all the more for a better weekend.

''Racing my first world championships was an amazing experience. I had been aiming for this race for a long time so I’m really happy to have had a strong ride on such a tough course with lots of sand sections which we don’t get in the UK races. A brilliant way to end my season​.''

-Toby Barnes-

''Although there have been few races, it has felt like a long season to all with racing starting in September and continuing to now. Toby has been able to use this season to really show himself on both the National and International stage and prove he is worthy to represent Great Britain in Cyclocross. World's was a really difficult, and intriguing course, but it was great to see all the planning, the extra sand sessions and the months of running all coming together for a great performance. We can all hang our Cross bikes up now and look to what the summer may bring.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:

https://www.uci.org/cyclo-cross/results

Sunday 29th November 2020

Toby was once again in Europe representing GB, this time at the first round of the U23 World Cup in the Czech Republic. 

An extremely cold weekend meant for another very quick course, with numerous short climbs to test the riders top end power. 

Toby spent much of the race battling out in a group fighting for top 5 placings, however slightly faded at the back end of the race to still finish an excellent 8th place, less than 90 seconds down on the leader; Thomas Mein. Toby once again finished 3rd British rider, cementing his position as one of the countries top cyclocross riders. 

''We know from training and testing that the fast courses suit Toby best, where he's able to deliver his raw power and speed that he also shows on the road, so we knew that if things went well Toby could deliver another top result in Tabor. However, to place in the top 10 in his first U23 World Cup exceeded our expectations, and Toby is really seeing the return from all the countless hours he's spent devoted to cycling over the last year. It really is fantastic to see an athlete deliver what we know they are capable of doing so.''

-Phill Maddocks-

-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:
https://www.uci.org/cyclo-cross/events/uci-cyclo-cross-world-cup

u23 world cup - tabor

toby barnes - 8th place

Toby was once again in Europe representing GB, this time at the first round of the U23 World Cup in the Czech Republic. 

An extremely cold weekend meant for another very quick course, with numerous short climbs to test the riders top end power. 

Toby spent much of the race battling out in a group fighting for top 5 placings, however slightly faded at the back end of the race to still finish an excellent 8th place, less than 90 seconds down on the leader; Thomas Mein. Toby once again finished 3rd British rider, cementing his position as one of the countries top cyclocross riders. 

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''We know from training and testing that the fast courses suit Toby best, where he's able to deliver his raw power and speed that he also shows on the road, so we knew that if things went well Toby could deliver another top result in Tabor. However, to place in the top 10 in his first U23 World Cup exceeded our expectations, and Toby is really seeing the return from all the countless hours he's spent devoted to cycling over the last year. It really is fantastic to see an athlete deliver what we know they are capable of doing so.''

-Phill Maddocks-

-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:
https://www.uci.org/cyclo-cross/events/uci-cyclo-cross-world-cup

Sunday 29th November 2020

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u23 european champs

toby barnes - 13th

Sunday 8th November 2020

On Sunday, coached rider Toby Barnes took to the start line of the European U23 Championships in The Netherlands. This was Toby's first GB call up since riding as a Junior, showing the progress he had made over the past 12 months. 

Toby battled hard on a relentlessly quick course against the best riders in Europe and finished in a valiant 13th position and 3rd Brit on the day behind Thomas Mein and Cameron Mason. This was a strong effort to kick-start his return to International racing and will hopefully be a sign of things to come. 

''Making the GB team for this race was one of my key goals I discussed with Phill early on in the year and it was a great feeling to be on good form and deliver a strong result for the team.

''We've had a really good training block coming into this race and I felt like I was in the perfect shape to be battling with Europe's best.''

-Toby Barnes-

''We knew before the season started that Toby had progressed well over the Summer and would have a shot for International selection, so getting the call up was a real boost to morale and proved all the hard work was worth it. To top that off with such a strong race against such tough competition shows how Toby has not only matured physically, but also mentally, as racing for the first time at this level is a lot to take in.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

 

For full results, please see the below link:
http://www.uec.ch/resources/2020%20Events/2020%20cyclocross/liste/cro_mu_results.pdf

National TT Open Road Circuit Championships

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Following from a 6th place and strong performance at the National TT Closed Circuit Championships a few weeks ago, coached rider Travis Bramley was looking for an equally strong performance at the National Open Road Circuit Championships. With little wind or technical features to challenge the riders, the day's outcome would be a test of pure strength and TT prowess. Travis paced his effort well over the two 12.5mile laps, finishing joint 3rd with fellow U23 rider; Sebastian Garry. John Archibold and Christopher Fennel took the top two spots on the day. This was a great performance for Travis to finish his first year of time trailing.

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“I am extremely happy with this result and still can’t quite get over how nuts this is, winning my first Senior National Medal less than 6 months after my first ever time trial. It’s been five years since I won my last National medal as a triathlete, so I think this means my transition to cycling is finally complete.''

-Travis Bramley-

 

“Taking home a National medal is a great way for Travis to finish his first time trial campaign. Considering he only completed his first time trial in March, this result highlights his hard work and fast learning of the discipline over the past 12 months. We hope to have a strong winter and to translate this to bigger performances both on the road and in time trials in 2021”

-Ifan Roberts-

-Endurance Coach-

For full results, see the below link:

https://www.cyclingtimetrials.org.uk/race-results/20999#anchor

Sunday 18th October 2020

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cyclocross national trophy - round 1

Sunday 4th November 2020

On Sunday, four coached riders took to the start line of the first round of the National Cyclocross Trophy at Westmoorland Showgrounds in Milnthorpe. 

With a very different feel to the day due to Covid regulations with no pit crews and no spectators, tensions soon rose as all riders knew this had the potential to be the only round of the 2020/21 Series. Adding to the nerves was the fact the riders knew they would have to complete the race, the course being very muddy by the time the Senior race started, with only one bike change. 

After a fast start, Toby found himself competing in a duel at the front of the race against Jenson Young, but was soon able to put in an attack that saw him gain a comfortable advantage, and from then on Toby was able to control his pace, and his gap to 2nd place, to the finish line, taking the first National Trophy win of his career and become leader of the Series. 

Meanwhile, Alec Gregory was making his first appearance in the United Kingdom for his new team; GSC Blagnac, and was able to bring back some of his old Cyclocross form and place in 12th on the day, a strong start to his Senior CX career. Behind, Sam Morris put in his best every Trophy result with 14th whilst Pete Matthews settled into 24th after cramps had held him back. 

''With no summer racing I was able to concentrate more on my cross season and I was really pleased for that to pay off with my best ever National Trophy result.''

-Sam Morris-

''It was great to have 4 riders on the start line of the National Trophy and we couldn't prouder of all the lads. To have three riders in the top 15 in possibly the biggest race of the cyclocross domestic calendar this season is a massive achievement and shows what a summer of hard work and dedication can bring. We hope to keep this form going into the rest of the winter and hope we get to show it off in more races.''

-Phill Maddocks-
-Head Coach-

For full results, see the below link:
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/232650/HSBC-UK-Cyclo-Cross-National-Trophy-Series-Round-1

carcassonne gp

alec gregory - 2nd

Sunday 6th October 2020

Whilst our group in the UK enjoyed the weekend together on a training camp, Alec took the most of being in France by taking his first podium in Europe having only lived there for less than a month. Alec is our second rider to have taken a podium in French races this year after Alex Haines taking numerous podiums in this short season. 

A 2 hour criterium race round a 2km loop in the center of Carcassone with tight corners, fast speeds and continuous attacks suited Alec's style of racing, transferring his strengths from cyclocross to the road. After a breakaway of riders formed part way through the race, Alec was able to keep pushing forcing further splits and finally sprint to second place, narrowly missing out on his first win. 

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“Taking my first podium in France so quickly is quite a relief, it removes a lot of pressures and confirms in my mind that I am capable of racing on the continent and will only push me to further successes.''

-Alec Gregory-

 

“It's a big step for an 18 year old to move out to Europe by himself, live away from home for the first time and have to race against completely unknown riders. To break his duck and get his first podium so soon will serve as a massive boost to his confidence and show his new team that they made a good decision in offering him a contract for 2021. Hopefully we get to see more of Alec on podiums in Europe in the coming years.''

-Phill Maddocks-

-Head Coach-