Otley women’s road racing

We reported previously about Megan Cullen being picked to ride for Yorkshire in the Youth Tour of Scotland this month and also on Helen Goldthorpe’s use of road races to train for the national 3-up TTT championships in June. Time for an update.

Helen ventured into Lancashire to ride the Maxxis 4 Racing Team Road Race 1 based at the Pimbo Industrial Estate near Skelmersdale.

Maybe not the most exciting of courses, 22 laps of a flat industrial estate, but good training nevertheless. Helen says few riders made half hearted attempts to get away but nothing stuck and after about half way they just settled in and waited for the sprint. Helen finished the event in 21st place, Felicity Gledhill of SunSpory Velo taking the victory. Full results on the BC website here.

Pictures from Helen’s Facebook page and Maxxis 4 Racing Team.


In the Youth Tour of Scotland Megan rode in the Yorkshire team with Lucy Naylor, Girls Team captain, and Olivia Ingham, the fourth rider in the Team pulling out of the event due to injury.

The 4-stage event was based in and around Perth on the west of Scotland and competitors were treated to closed roads on each stage, one on Saturday 8th April, two on the Sunday and the last on the Monday.

Although down to three riders, the team performed well. In the 1st stage, Lucy was the leading Yorkshire rider in 20th place, Megan was 29th and Olivia 40th.

Stage 2 was a Team Time Trial and despite only being at 75% strength they rode to an excellent 8th place.

The 3rd stage, held on the same circuit as the TTT, brought mixed fortunes. Olivia and Megan finished 22nd and 23rd respectively but Lucy was brought down in the sprint, ending up with her arm in a sling and unable to start the next day to try improve on her 17th place overall.

In the fourth and final stage on the Monday Megan finished 25th and Olivia 28th to give them final overall positions of 26th and 31st respectively. A great performance by the girls and good experience at the start of the season.

The overall winner was Elynor Backstedt of Wales, daughter of 1998 national road race champion and Commonwealth Games rider Megan Backstedt (Hughes) and former professional Magnus Backstedt, winner of the 2004 Paris-Roubaix and now an occasional cycling commentator on Eurosport.

Full results on the BC website and a detailed report on both the Yorkshire Girls and the Yorkshire Boys teams available from BC Yorkshire.

Photos courtesy of Ian Cullen and Philip Ingham.


With Ian Cullen

Girls and Boys teams together