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British criterium championships - NE
Curborough and Horwich, Great Britain, June 17-18, 2006
By Gerry McManus
Both the men’s and women’s British circuit race champions will be crowned on the weekend of 17th and 18th June. The women’s event runs on Saturday in the northern town of Curborough in Staffordshire and the small town of Horwich in Lancashire hosts the men’s event not far from the Manchester Commonwealth Games road race circuit in Rivington.
Elite Women’s Criterium Championship
43 entries in the women’s event will race for an hour to see who will succeed last year’s winner Amy Hunt. Former champions Helen Gutteridge (Team Luciano (2003) and Clare Goss (Fat Birds Don’t Fly) (2004) both race on the tight circuit where fitness will be tested to the limit.
Laura Bissell (GS Strada) will look to emulate her brother Peter who won his first champion’s jersey in the U23 road race recently and her vast experience on the track may just make the difference. Bissell currently sits third in the British Cycling Elite women’s ranking ahead of fourth placed Gutteridge. Last year’s runner-up Kim Blythe (Raleigh-ERV) will be looking to step up to the gold medal but has needs to improve on her recent performances. So far this season Blythe has scored only once in the BC women’s road race series but championship events can have the effect of bringing out the best in some competitors.
Joanna Rowsell (VC Londres) has proved the most consistent in the BC women’s series with two second places and a third in the first four counting events and she leads the series with one race to go. Watch out too for Leda Cox (Team Rapha/Condor) who showed form when she won bronze in the Derny paced championships at the beginning of the month.
Elite Men’s Criterium Championship
Rob Hayles (KLR) goes into the championship event with a firm lead in the BC circuit series after three events. He will be the firm favourite after winning the recent Crawley town centre event. Hayles also finished second at Brentwood but won’t have to worry about the winner Mariusz Wieisak who is ineligible due to his Polish nationality, as is New Zealander Warrick Spence (London Dynamo) and two of Plowman Craven’s team. Mark Cavendish is unable to defend the title he won last year as he is away on international duty in the U26 version of the Giro D’Italia.
Plowman Craven still have potential winners in Malcolm Elliott, Tony Gibb and James Taylor and cyclingnews has heard that the team have been putting in some serious training. All three have the credentials to push for medals.
Simon Gaywood (CC Luton) has not raced in the BC series yet this year but has put in some good road performances notably finishing second in the Central Divisional road race championships and won the bronze medal in the Derny Paced British championship. Roadmen Kevin Dawson (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) and Mark Lovatt (Planet X) will certainly ensure that the criterium specialists won’t have it entirely their own way and juniors Adam Blythe and Peter Kennaugh (Glendene CC) may surprise their seniors. Shaun Snodden is the 75th entry for the hour long event and the only one for the Recycling.co.uk team who are spending most of their time on the European continent this year.
The event is part of the Horwich Carnival and there are a number of other support races. Organisers are accepting entries on the line.
Asda British Cycling Elite Circuit Race Championships (4.00 pm)
Women 1 Katie Curtis (Cardiff Ajax CC) 2 Sara Burling (CC Giro) 3 Elizabeth Clayton (CC Giro) 4 Carolyn Jennings (CC Giro) 5 Rebecca Stubbs (CC Giro) 6 Karen Byrne (Cyclestore.co.uk) 7 Sarah Byrne (Cyclestore.co.uk) 8 Amy Thompson (Evans RT) 9 Gabriella Coates (EvansCycles RT) 10 Tracey Fletchor (Fat Birds Don't Fly) 11 Clare Gross (Fat Birds Don't Fly) 12 Lindsay Margaret (Clarke (Fenland Clarion CC) 13 Laura Bissell (GS Strada) 14 Rebecca Jones (Hub Racing) 15 Kelly Moore (Interbike RT) 16 Ann Robinson (Lichfield City CC) 17 Cherie Pridham (Merlin Development Squad) 18 Ann Stayley (Plan B Racing) 19 Janet Birkmyre (Planet X Cycling Plus) 20 Lizzie Armitstead (Raleigh-ERV) 21 Kim Blythe (Raleigh-ERV) 22 Lisa Hollingshead (Raleigh-ERV) 23 Marie Stuart (Raleigh-ERV) 24 Tanja Slater (Scienceinsport.com) 25 Jenny Copnall (Subaru-Gary Fisher) 26 Louise Mahe (Sutton CC/De Ver Cycles) 27 Anna Watson (Team Fat Birds UK) 28 Lizzy Goodband (Team FBUK) 29 Femke Van Schelven (Team FBUK) 30 Helen Gutteridge (Team Luciano-Kuota) 31 Diane Moss (Team Luciano-Kuota) 32 Heather Summers (Team Luciano-Kuota) 33 Charlotte Colclough (Team QCP) 34 Cayley Ennett (Team QCP) 35 Leda Cox (Team Rapha/Condor) 36 Caroline O'Neill (Team Scottish Provident) 37 Antonia Burt (Twickenham CC) 38 Melissa O'Reilly (Twickenham CC) 39 Joanna Rowsell (VC Londres) 40 Jo Tindley (VC Londres) 41 Nikki Wheeler (Velocity) 42 Sarah Collins (Websterscycles.co.uk) 43 Lorna Marlow (Welland Valley CC Men 1 Daniel Davies (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 2 Gyles Wingate (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 3 Duncan Urquhart (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 4 Kevin Dawson (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 5 Graham Briggs (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 6 James Williamson (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 7 Neil Coleman (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 8 Alex Higham (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 9 Gary Hand (Agisko-Dart-Cycling TV) 10 Tom Smith (Awcycles.co.uk) 11 Vince Halpern (Awcycles.co.uk) 12 Mark Davies (Barnsley RC) 13 Mark Dziobon (Bontrager - Rudy Project) 14 James Millard (Bouwelse Wielervienden Polydak) 15 Simon Gaywood (CC Luton) 16 Marcus Smith (Cleveland Wheelers) 17 Andy Collis (De Rosa RT) 18 Paul Wilkes (De Rosa RT) 19 Matthew Charity (De Rosa RT) 20 Adam Weaver (Doncaster Wheelers) 21 Jody Crawforth (Evans Cycles) 22 Justin Hoy (Evans Cycles) 23 Ian Holt (Evans Cycles) 24 Ross Muir (Evans Cycles) 25 Christian Tune (Evans Cycles) 26 Nathan Fox (Fox's Cycles RT) 27 Mark McKay (Glendene CC) 28 Ben Hallam (Glendene CC) 29 Peter Kennaugh (Glendene CC) 30 Roy Holmes (Hewitt RT) 31 Paul Oldham (Hope Factory Racing) 32 Adam Wood (Horwich CC) 33 Gary Adamson (Kuota-Biemme) 34 Thomas White (Kuota-Biemme) 35 David Williams (Kuota-Biemme) 36 Simon Lawman (Lancashire RC) 37 John Bellamy (Lancashire RC) 38 James Stewart (Lecoq Sportif) 39 Jon Mozley (Merlin Development Squad) 40 Adam Blythe (Pinarello RT) 41 Mark Lovatt (Planet X RT) 42 Malcolm Elliot (Plowman Craven RT) 43 Adam Norris (Plowman Craven RT) 44 Anthony Gibb (Plowman Craven RT) 45 James Taylor (Plowman Craven RT) 46 Wesley Cole (Plowman Craven RT) 47 Tom Smith (Plowman Craven RT) 48 Andrew Guy (Preston CC) 49 Darren Tiffen (Private Member) 50 Tony Parkinson (Rochdale Tri Club) 51 Nick Craig (Scott UK) 52 Paul Whatmough (Shepherds Cycles) 53 Matthew Stephens (Sigma Sport) 54 Simon Howes (Sigma Sport) 55 Mike Harrison (Sigma Sport) 56 Andy Gott (Sportstest.co.uk) 57 Rob Hayles (Team KLR) 58 George Richardson (Team Kona UK) 59 Chris Debens (Team Lloyds TSB) 60 Karl Freeman (Team Milton Keynes) 61 Adrian Mawdsley (Team Raleigh) 62 Richard Williamson (Velo Sportif Quimper) 63 Richard Hepworth (Wakefield CC) 64 Mark Hammersley (Wills Wheels) 65 Martin Freeman (Wills Wheels) 66 Chris Siepen (Wills Wheels) 67 Alistair Kay (York Cycleworks) 68 Alistair Rutherford (Wills Wheels) 69 Daniel Duguid (Sigma Sport) 70 Chris Doel (Pacific Racing) 71 Ian Wilkinson (SiS / Trek) 72 Phil Dixon (SiS / Trek) 73 Tim Lawson (SiS / Trek) 74 Jack Woodward (SiS / Trek) 75 Shaun Snodden (Recycling.co.uk)