With the weather improving and the women’s team taking their first season by storm, we’re loving following Team WattCycle’s weekly road cycling adventures.
Both the men’s and women’s teams post regular updates via Facebook and Twitter for those keen to follow their progress but these are a few highlights of the last month.
February saw the close of the Velo 29 Winter Series and the team picking up their first ever piece of silverware as Team of the Series.
On 7th March Nikki Metcalfe secured her first podium place at the Highfields Godleys race, and Joel McGlynn’s strong start to the season continued with a 2nd place finish at Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit.
The following day saw members of the team racing in Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Northumberland, with the Team WattCycle women competing in their first road race. An amazing team performance was capped by Angela Hibbs winning the sprint to take 1st place.
The girls’ success continued on 22nd March with a podium finish for Ellen McDermott, taking 3rd place in the COTC race in Stirling.
Members of the men’s team enjoyed some warm weather training in Spain and Kyle Whitfield secured a fantastic top 20 finish in the Tour of Malta, before Russell Wright and Luke Wilkinson secured their first podium places of the season with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Middlesbrough Race Circuit Cat. 4 outing on 28th March.
March closed in a wet and windy Lancashire for the THR Racing and Lancaster Cycling Club Capernwray Road Races. On the first of four laps, Team WattCycle’s Angela Hibbs and Aspire HSS Hire’s Amy Gornall broke away to forge a substantial lead which they held for the remainder of the 52km race, with Angela taking the win in a tense final sprint.
This was an excellent performance against a quality field including ex-GB junior world championships team member Amy Gornall, last year’s winner Jo Blakeley and multiple national hill climb champion Lynn Hamel in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively
Jennifer Batey finished a creditable 10th, with other team members in the top 20, suggesting that the Team WattCycle women have an exciting season ahead of them.
Check back for more next month!