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Scottish RR Champs: women to watch?

Last year the Scottish Women’s RR championships was incorporated in a National race that was part of the Dumfries Bikefest. This year it is a standalone race, which is a great development for women’s racing in Scotland.

The level of women’s cycle racing in Scotland is steadily rising and the event should allow the riders only one of a few chances this year to race in an all-women’s event in Scotland, the results could be unpredictable and should provide an interesting race.

The ladies event includes last year’s champion and Commonwealth Games rider Jane Barr (Velocity 44) looking to retain her title. She was interviewed by Vortex RT ahead of the race- click through to read.

image © Cheryl King, used with permission
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Scottish Women’s Road Race Champion 2010: Jane Barr

Jane Barr of Stirling Bike Club won the Scottish women’s road race championship last Sunday in Dumfries.

The Women’s National road race, was run as part of the Dumfries Bikefest which included events in the mens and women’s National Circuit race series, and the fourth round of British Cycling’s Premier Calendar Series. These races attract the top road cyclists in the UK, and the women’s field included semi-professionals such as Catherine Williamson (Rapha Condor CC), and Hannah Barnes (Motorpoint Marshals Pasta).

The race was run over three laps and a total of 52 miles. On the second lap, on the longest hill on the course, a group of five riders broke away from the main bunch. At the crucial moment, in Jane’s words, “it was pretty brutal and I had to dig deep to stick with them”. However she hung on to the wheels of the breakaway group, which managed to gain five minutes on the rest of the field.

This lead group included two English girls, a Welsh rider and two Scots. The winner of the Scottish National Road Race would come from one of these two Scottish women, so on lap 3, when Claire Thomas, the other Scot in the group fell away, Jane knew she had the championship won if she could hang in with the other three leaders.

They worked together to stay away until the finish, where three riders contested a sprint for the race win. Kara Chesworth (Dysynni CC ) came first, from Natalie Creswick (Twickenham CC ) and Catherine Williamson (Rapha Condor CC ) in a photo finish. Jane Barr crossed the line in 4th place and was crowned Scottish Women’s champion.

Jane said: “my legs had nothing left at the end so I finished 4th, but was ecstatic at winning the Scottish championship!” Jane has been training with Scottish Cycling’s Gold 4 Glasgow development squad, building up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and she added: “All my training and race tactics definitely came together at the right time and the pain during the race was well worth it!”

image © Cheryl King http://www.ckingimages.co.uk/

The images above was kindly donated by Cheryl King, whose cycling photography has been used by pro teams and news organisations. She is keen to support women’s racing and waived her usual fee to allow me to blog this image, to send it as part of a press release to local newspapers, and to use it on the Stirling Bike Club homepage. Many thanks Cheryl.

Caroline Alexander: British Cycling Hall of Fame

Caroline Alexander, a Scottish champion cross-country mountain biker was inducted into the British Cycling Hall of Fame in 2009. The official induction will take place at a Gala Dinner, which will be held at Manchester Central on 20 February 2010.

She will be inducted with 50 other cycling heroes including Beryl Burton, Robert Millar, Graeme Obree, Tom Simpson, Barry Hoban and many others.

She was British National Mountain Bike Champion (XC) six times, National Cyclocross champion four consecutive times: 1994-1998, and 1995 European Cross Country Champion. She won numerous other World Cup and National events, although a World Championship medal eluded her.

I mentioned her in Notable Others my Top 10 Scottish Cyclists of All Time (scroll to bottom). All I know of her was what was mentioned on her wikipedia entry and on some cycling forums.

Caroline Alexander racing in Canada in 2001

Caroline Alexander racing in Canada in 2001