City of Perth GP - Womens' 2 day stage Race

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City of Perth GP - Womens' 2 day stage Race

Postby Andy D » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:49 am

Fiona is racing as a sole representative of Ythan cc at this prestigious event as part of the Womens' National RR series.

Report from Stage 1 Courtesy of British Cycling:

Anne Ewing took the win on the first stage of the City Of Perth Women’s GP, a round of the British Cycling Women’s National Road Race Series on Saturday.

The Breast Cancer Care rider escaped with team mate Ciara Horne on the long climb towards Ochil on the final lap of ten to claim the leaders jersey in a time of 1:58.30. Hannah Barnes outpaced the main bunch to take third spot just seven seconds off the race winners time.

Early action saw Kelly Moore crash out of the race after hitting a fallen rider on a grit strewn descent leaving the MG-Maxifuel rider nowhere to go but to the paramedics car.

As expected strong riding by the likes of MG, Scott-Contessa and Breast Cancer care teams soon shaped the race and a turn of speed soon had a good number of the field searching for some extra leg speed.

With a main bunch of around half the field the opening six laps of the 6.6 kilometre Forteviet circuit didn't throw up any real attacks from anyone but it was Scott Contessa's Alice Cobb who tried for a lone attack with four to go but MG and Breast Cancer Care were soon on top of things and pulled the rider back to the group.

With three laps remaining Elinor Thorogood made the jump and got a useful looking twenty seconds on the main group but the attack proved unfruitful and the MG girls reeled the rider back in.

It was the penultimate lap that saw the bunch twitch, coming into the small village of Forteviot Eileen Roe went for the lone ride but once again the bunch were on top of things and the attack was quashed.

A group of four counterattacked, Kayleigh Brogan, Katie Archibald, Hannah Barnes and Amy Gornall went for glory and looked as though they could stay away but as the race approached the bell Brest Cancer Care had organised the chase down and the field started its final lap as one.

It was at the foot of the final Jackchairs Wood climb that Ewing and Horne upped the pace and with the rest of their team dictating the bunch it would be a time trial run in to take the chequered flag and a Breast Cancer Care 1-2.

What they said

Stage one winner Anne Ewing said: “The plan today was to bring back any moves but nothing seemed to stick for most of the race so I went to the front of the bunch to try and get our sprinters in the right place for the finish.

“Then Ciara came up to me and she upped the pace, she isn't the person to go with but I went with her and we really nailed it and we worked really well together to get to the finish.

“Everyone in the big group were looking really strong and the climb didn't seem to be troubling anyone so to get away when we did really worked well, the team had good communication today. We have the time trial tonight and the crit on Sunday but this result is a pretty good start for the team.”

Results: (Top 10)

1 Anne Ewing Breast Cancer Care CT 1:58.30
2 Ciara Horne Breast Cancer Care CT @ same time
3 Hannah Barnes MG-Maxifuel @ 7sec
4 Charline Joiner MG-Maxifuel @ 9sec
5 Laura Wasley Scott-Contessa Epic @ st
6 Anda-Jay Burgess Sandy Wallace Cycles @ st
7 Karla Boddy MG-Maxifuel @ st
8 Louise Borthwick Edinburgh Road Club @ st
9 Amy Gornall Scott-Contessa Epic @ st
10 Fiona Duncan Ythan CC @ st

Fiona said she found the race to be pretty tough, as you would expect but was happy to just stay in the bunch and see what happened towards the end. She and GCRT's Julie Erskine were unlucky to be brought down in a crash with about a lap and a half of the 10 laps remaining. Fiona battled back into the bunch in time for the finish and managed, quite briliantly, to get up to 10th (according to the BCF report) for the bunch sprint, ahead of many of the riders supported by teams at this event. Julie wasn't able to get back in to the mix it would appear and I think she might have sustained an injury, but she still got up into the top 20 or so at the finish.

All results are available via this link:

A bit of confusion as Fiona believed initially that she was 12th, the BCF reckons 10th?!? Great rides in the RR stage from several riders including Louise Borthwick from Edinburgh Road Club who has benefitted from Ythan's Youth Racing events in recent years, well done Louise with a very good finish in the 1st stage.

There was a short TT (1 mile) on a very technical course to follow the 1st Road Stage and Fiona rode reasonably well but perhaps felt she couldn't 'get it all out', especially on such a short, technical circuit. The effects of chasing a galloping bunch to secure her finish in the 1st stage was maybe a contributing factor.

Fiona was 9th in some good company. Laura Murray from Breast Cancer CCT was in ahead of Fiona, probably the first time that has happened in a TT of any type but a great ride from Laura in any case, who finished a bit further down the order in stage 1.

Fiona reckons she is up to about 7th on GC going into today's Perth City Centre Criterium after the 1st 2 stages.
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Re: City of Perth GP - Womens' 2 day stage Race

Postby Andy D » Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:39 pm

Third and final stage was a city centre crit around the Perth City Centre in foul conditions.

Not really a criticism, more an observation but organisers only allowed a couple of laps prior to the race and some confusion about start time meant that little time to warm up and get a feel for the course for most of the riders served to make this an even bigger challenge than the wet, wintery weather alone.

Fiona said she stayed up at the front initially but found that the girls racing to the corners, braking sharply and then accelarating again made this a trecherous affair, she dropped back with a few other strong riders like Katie Archibald who is a phenomenal young rider, letting the leaders in the bunch to play. Fiona wasn't willing to take the risk of the inevitable crash ruling her out of upcoming international commitments.

The crash did happen at the final corner, taking down some of the main players but Fiona, Katie and a few others were out of danger and came in down the order. Hannah Barnes (MG-MaxiFuel) taking the win.

Fiona dropped significantly down the GC but was not too worried about that, as the 80km Road Race was the target for the learning experience/RR practice for upcoming tandem events in Europe.

Full event results and report from British Cycling here: ... Perth-GP-0
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