THIRTY FIVE RIDERS LINED UP UNDER A HOT SURREY SUN FOR THE 2010 EDITION OF THE WOMEN’S SOUTH EAST ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY, 22ND MAY.
Roads were quiet and the pace of the race began at a fairly low tempo as riders had been advised of poor road surfaces on some parts of the course. After two laps, the riders were settled in and Emily Bagnel (Kingston) started the attacking and was joined by Claire Beaumont (Rapha Condor) and Nikki Juniper (Ciclos Uno).
With some five laps to go, it was a testament to the good legs in the chasing peloton that the break wasn’t able to escape. Soon after, attacks came thick and fast with a representation from all the main teams including Zappi's, Rapha Condor, Kingston Wheelers and Pearson's. Nikki Juniper (Ciclos Uno) was one of the main drivers of the race along with Maryka Sennema (Kingston Wheelers) and as they tried to force breaks with other teams as did Rapha Condor.
Into the final laps and the flat course profile meant that the split was not going to happen. The riders realised that a bunch sprint would decide the race and the attack subsided. With one lap to go, Clare Galloway of team Zappi stepped up the pace and strung out the rest once more, wearing down riders legs and reducing the group to around 20 riders who would be left to contest the final sprint.
Into the final bend, there was a kick from Team Zappi and Emma Patterson (London Dynamo) as the sprint wound up from quite a way out. The eventual winner of the South East Champs title was Lucy Chittenham with Pearson's Elise Laverrick claiming second over Rapha Condor's Claire Beaumont.
Rapha Condor women’s team is in full support of the BC campaign to keep racing on the road. Register your support here. Rapha Condor riders and DS would like to thank today's commissaire for running a safe race and the motorbike out riders for aiding the race.