Halesowen A&CC Women’s Road Race
Hats off to Hutchinson Brother UK taking the team win at Halesowen and for the 2023 BWTC Competition!
by Lisa West
The last race of the Team Cup competition where the trophy and prize teddies were to be presented was superbly organised by Will Fotheringham and his team at Halesowen A&CC. Dry and warm conditions promised to provide favourable racing conditions over 4 laps of the Astley circuit.
With a good team turn-out from both Hutchinson-Brother UK and Brother UK-Orientation Marketing we waited to see if it was a numbers game.
On Lap 1 Savannah Morgan (LDN-Academy), Lydia Watts (Hutchinson Brother-UK), Gemma Mitchell (Team Boompods) and Isabel Darvill (Team Spectra Cannondale) were trying to string out the bunch. It was great to see Isabel at the sharp end of the race as just before the start she was distraught as a wheel issue threatened a race abandon but she managed to get a last minute fix and stuck out the full race finishing 5th. This elevated Spectra Cannondale from 11th place in the overall standings to 8th meaning her team will get a share of the Team Cup Top 10 prize winnings!
On lap 2 there were a number of attacks mainly by Series Leaders Hutchinson-Brother UK but at the end of the lap, the bunch was still together as they rolled past the finish line with Jayati Hine (Team Boompods) on the front.
However by lap 3 France Owen (Wahoo – Le Col) and Tammy Miller (Hutchinson-Brother UK) had broken away with a 30 second lead on the bunch that can just see in the distance. Frances deserves special recognition for her determination to make it to the race as she abandoned her car when she got stuck amongst Stourport carnival traffic and rode to the race arriving just in time to sign-on so it was thrilling to see her in the breakaway. Listen to the post race interview at the end of this report to hear how the race played out for her.
By the end of the 4th lap Frances and Tammy had built up a 3 minute lead over the bunch. Tammy powered on to take the win and Frances sits up to concede.
Sian Botteley (Hutchinson-Brother UK) broke away on the final climb to take 3rd.
Hutchinson-Brother UK continued to dominate the result as Ione Johnson won the bunch sprint to take 4th. With team-mate Lydia Watts finishing in the bunch at 7th, they earned 435 points to comfortably take the team win with Wahoo – Le Col placing 2nd and Brother UK-Orientation Marketing 3rd.
A job very well done by Hutchinson Brother-UK who have also won the 2023 British Team Cup competition overall – post race picture below of Tammy and Team Manager Watto.
Race podium left to right, Sian Botteley 3rd, Tammy Miller (1st), Frances Owen (2nd) and Race Organiser Will Fotheringham
1 Hutchinson-Brother UK 435
2 Wahoo - Le Col 171
3 Brother UK-Orientation Marketing 137
4 Team Boompods 108
5 LAKA Pedal Mafia RT 107
6 Team Spectra Cannondale 90
7 Tactic UK WRT 80
8 LDN-Academy 71
9 AWOL Worx Galliard 59
10 Saint Piran WRT 55
11 Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon 52
12 Army Cycling Union 49
1 Hutchinson-Brother UK Tamsin Miller
2 Wahoo - Le Col Frances Owen
3 Hutchinson-Brother UK Sian Botteley
4 Hutchinson-Brother UK Ione Johnson
5 Team Spectra Cannondale Isabel Darvill
6 Tactic UK WRT Georgina Oakley
7 Hutchinson-Brother UK Lydia Watts
8 Team Boompods Jayati Hine
9 LAKA Pedal Mafia RT Rebecca Babbage
10 Saint Piran WRT Rachel Galler
11 Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon Emily Chilton
12 Army Cycling Union Laura Furness
13 LAKA Pedal Mafia RT Isabella Johnson
14 Brother UK-Orientation Marketing Harriet Graham
15 Team Boompods Gemma Mitchell
16 Wahoo - Le Col Anastasia Bowler
17 LDN-Academy Savannah Morgan
18 Hutchinson-Brother UK Molly Patch
19 Hutchinson-Brother UK Charlotte Berry
20 Brother UK-Orientation Marketing Hope Inglis
21 LDN-Academy Jasmine Cornelius
22 Brother UK-Orientation Marketing Amy Harvey
23 AWOL Worx Galliard Freya Evans
24 AWOL Worx Galliard Amelia Southall
25 Brother UK-Orientation Marketing Ellen Inglis
DNF Brother UK-Orientation Marketing Lily Brindle
DNF Wahoo - Le Col Laura Nagi
DNF FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing Sasha Smith
DNF FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing Vivienne Tomlin
DNF Hutchinson-Brother UK Team B Amy Marks
DNF Not in a registered team Catherine Coley
DNS Not in a registered team Helen Auden
DNS Le Col Race Team Caitlin Dimbleby
DNS LAKA Pedal Mafia RT Rebecca Hair
DNS StolenGoat Race Team Lena Kane
DNS FTP-Fulfil The Potential-Racing Floren Scrafton
DNS AWOL Worx Galliard Libby Smithson