Author: Thomas Baylis

Reflecting on Junior Track Champs Gold-rush

After an impressive opening ride in the 500m time trial (typically a sprinters event), Emily Tillett took fourth place, and warmed things up nicely for the flood of success that was yet to come. The Madison was set to be a closely thought race, with Liv CC – Epic Coaching riders competing in six separate teams for the title. Anna Docherty and Pfeiffer Georgi dominated the race. The duo won five of the eight sprints in the 80km race to take 30 points on their way to winning gold. Silver went to Lauren Dolan and Team Jadan Weldlife’s Jenny Holl, the only...

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Baylis Reflects on National Championship Silver

ONE Pro Cycling’s Tom Baylis pulled out an epic ride to finish runner up in the U23 British National Time Trial Championships. Tom, who coaches for Epic, came within a minute of taking the national title on the 22.2km course.   “Obviously I was gutted. I went there to win, and rode out of my skin to try and take the title, so to be beaten into second place was a bitter pill to swallow. In all honesty though, I was happy with my ride.”   A time-trial performance like this is testament to careful planning and preparation.  Having...

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Murphy is the 2017 National Champion

A first for women’s cycling in the UK, the National Road Race Championship for Junior Women was run as a standalone race. With a field of 68 riders, the junior women set out on the 54 mile-long circuit comprising of two ‘short’ laps of 10miles, and two ‘long’ laps of 12miles. For the first two laps of the shorter circuit, the peloton remained together, despite several attacks in the opening miles. It wasn’t until the first ascent of Flint Hill on the longer circuit, that Lauren Murphy begin to show her form. Easing away from the peloton, her advantage consistently...

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Epic Juniors Continue to Impress

At the Spokes Cycles 2-Day in Fife, Scotland, Oscar Mingay (Giant Cycling – Halo Films) continued to extend his dominant lead in the Junior National Series. Taking second place on the first stage, with a heroic final ascent to the finish line catching the lone leader (and eventual winner) Louis Rose-Davies (Canyon UK). The lunge for the line saw Rose-Davies take the win by no more than an inch, and with the pair finishing five seconds ahead of the next group, looked set to see their respective GC positions through to the podium. The second stage was more suited to...

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Shaw Strikes Gold at London Nocturne

One of the biggest races on the British calendar, the Rapha Nocturne in London hosted some strong competition. With multiple attacks firing off from the gun, a strong counter from Neah Evans (Storey Racing) saw her solo away from the peloton. After twenty-five minutes of racing, it seemed that Evans had caught the bunch napping, still maintaining her lead of around thirty seconds, whilst the bunch fragmented behind. It wasn’t until Barbara Guarischi (CANYON//SRAM Racing) and Annasley Park (DROPS) surged off the front and joined Evans, that the race seemed to light up. A lap later, Lucy Shaw (DROPS)...

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