Curlew Cup, Results and Report

The Curlew Cup was the final round in the British Cycling Women’s National Road Series. Corinne Side took the win, Monica Greenwood won the overall series and DAS-Handsling the team prize.

Starting and finishing in Stamfordham, Northumberland, the Curlew Cup was the final round of the Women’s National Road Series. The course featured a challenging mix of climbs, fast descents, and technical B-roads. The riders would tackle three laps of the 40.8 kilometre circuit, with a total race distance of 122.4 kilometres and 1,593 metres of elevation. The main climb of the day was the Ryals climb at the heart of the course. This is a 2.7km ascent with a series of steps and gradients hitting up to 13% in places.

A wet start to the Curlew Cup and a challenging course face the riders
A wet start to the Curlew Cup and a challenging course face the riders

A wet start for the Curlew Cup

Rain in the early part of the race kept the bunch together until Ellen McDermott (Team Boompods) attacked on the second lap. She had a 1’14” lead over the bunch as the bell rang for the final lap, but it wasn’t to be and the bunch reeled her in. This set off a number of counter-attacks, but none were successful and with three kilometres to go, a bunch sprint was on.

Series jersey holder Greenwood, keeps watch at the front of the Curlew Cup
Series jersey holder Greenwood, keeps watch at the front of the Curlew Cup

The Sprint is on!

As the bunch hit the finishing straight, Corinne Side (Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee) jumped and created a gap, holding on to take the Curlew Cup. First-year under-23 Emma Jeffers (DAS Handling) was second, with junior rider Sophie Smith (Cycling Club Isle of Man) taking third. Fourth place went to McDermott, who had recovered from her lone break to feature in the sprint. National Series leader Monica Greenwood (DAS-Handsling) finished fifth to seal the overall in the Women’s National Road Series. Greenwood’s team also took the overall team prize in the Series, beating Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee by 78 points.

Corinne Side wins the Curlew Cup
Corinne Side wins the Curlew Cup

Quotes from DAS-Handsling

National Road Series WInner, Monica Greenwood said: “For me my biggest goal was to secure the National Series and even though I had a nice lead into the last round, with the new points structure just one problem meant I could still lose the series. So I rode up front all day, staying safe and out of trouble. For me I’d like the race a bit harder on the climbs to whittle the group down more, as it was a big bunch into the finish. I just knew I had to stay safe and upfront, so stuck with the plan to secure the individual and team prize overall.”

We also spoke to DAS-Handsling DS Simon Howes, who said: “Winning the individual and team competition is just reward for our riders, support team and sponsor’s commitment. The Series is spread over the whole season with different courses so involves different riders for different terrain which means the whole team have contributed to the success which gives me the most joy.
The national series win was a primary goal at the start of the season. Monica started that momentum in the very first round, the Cicle Classsic. With the support of her team mates she continued to be very consistent, placing in all the rounds. Not only has she achieved great results throughout the season, her experience has also helped her team mates in achieving success.”

Curlew Cup Results

1Corinne SidePro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee3:17:17
2Emma Jeffers (U23)DAS – Handsling Bikesst.
3Sophie Smith (JR)Cycling Club Isle of Manst
4Ellen McDermottTeam Boompodsst
5Monica GreenwoodDAS – Handsling Bikesst
6Grace Lister (U23)DAS – Handsling Bikesst
7Charlotte Hodgkins-ByrneTeam Boompodsst
8Eilidh Shaw (U23)Alba Development Road Teamst
8Robyn Clay (U23)Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
10Harriet GrahamBrother UK – Orientation Marketingst
11Beth Harley-JepsonJadan Vive le Velo Glasdonst
12Lauren RobinsonTeam Boompodsst
13Bexy DewPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
14Rachel GallerSaint Piran WRTst
15Sophie EneverAlba Development Road Teamst
16Elizabeth Hermollest
17Beth Morrow (U23)DAS – Handsling Bikesst
18Penny Colloffst
19Caitlin DimblebyLe Col Race Teamst
20Ruby Oakes (JR)Cycling Club Isle of Manst
21Sian MarshTeam Boompodsst
22Megan AndersonTactic UK WRTst
23Francesca HallDAS – Handsling Bikesst
24Emma Watsonst
25Lauren LanghamWahoo – Le Colst
26Erin Avill (U23)Storey Racingst
27Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
28Zoe LanghamPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
29Annabel Ramsay (U23)Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
30Amelia Tyler (U23)Alba Development Road Teamst
31Arianne HollandAlba Development Road Teamst
32Natalie LyeMuckle Cycle Clubst
33Maddie HeywoodFTP – Fulfil The Potential – Racingst
34Millie SkinnerPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
35Gemma MitchellTeam Boompodsst
36Alice LethbridgeLoughborough Lightningst
37Rosie SimmonsSouthampton University Road Clubst
38Lizi BrookeWahoo – Le Col+7
39Ruth ShierHutchinson – Brother UKst
40Savannah Morganst
41Jayati HineTeam Boompods+18
42Molly PatchHutchinson – Brother UKst
43Dannielle WatkinsonHutchinson – Brother UKst
44Nicola GreenwoodRFDAst
45Emily ChiltonJadan Vive le Velo Glasdonst
46Victoria SmithAlba Development Road Teamst
47Lydia WattsHutchinson – Brother UKst
48Cecilia HimeParadigm Cyclesst
49Lauren WatsonTeam Boompodsst
50Amber Junker-Brameld (U23)Brother UK – Orientation Marketingst
51Kirstie Drakeford (U23)Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdonst
52Hannah BayesSaint Piran WRT+22
53Maya Branfoot (U23)Wahoo – Le Col+3:15
54Roisin Lally (U23)Loughborough Lightning+5:18
55Charlotte BerryHutchinson – Brother UK+8:29
56Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee+21:48

Women’s National Road Series Final Standings

1Monica GreenwoodDAS – Handsling Bikes199
2Robyn Clay (U23)Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee162
3Corinne SidePro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee159
4Mary WilkinsonTeam Boompods137
5Bexy DewPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee131
6Emma Jeffers (U23)DAS – Handsling Bikes122
7Tiffany KeepHutchinson – Brother UK122
8Grace Lister (U23)DAS – Handsling Bikes120
9Sophie EneverAlba Development Road Team111
10Sammie StuartDAS – Handsling Bikes101
11Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee101
12Charlotte Hodgkins-ByrneTeam Boompods101
13Jessica FinneyAWOL OShea98
14Lucy LeeDAS – Handsling Bikes88
15Ruth ShierHutchinson – Brother UK82
16Ellen McDermottTeam Boompods80
17Tamsin MillerHutchinson – Brother UK74
18Eilidh Shaw (U23)Alba Development Road Team72
19Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee70
20Beth Harley-JepsonJadan Vive le Velo Glasdon69
21Amelia Tyler (U23)Alba Development Road Team65
22Sannah Zaman (U23)Hutchinson – Brother UK64
23Francesca HallDAS – Handsling Bikes63
24Danielle ShrosbreeDAS – Handsling Bikes60
25Zoe LanghamPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee52
26Millie Couzens (U23)Fenix-Deceuninck50
27Alice LethbridgeLoughborough Lightning46
28Flora Perkins (U23)Fenix-Deceuninck Development Team46
29Sophie Smith (JR)Cycling Club Isle of Man46
30Danielle KhanSaint Piran WRT45

Overall Team Standings

1DAS – Handsling Bikes595
2Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee517
3Hutchinson – Brother UK438
4Team Boompods395
5Alba Development Road Team266
6AWOL OShea163
7Jadan Vive le Velo Glasdon138
8Saint Piran WRT108
9Shibden Hope Tech Apex87
10Loughborough Lightning80
11Brother UK – Orientation Marketing73
12Wahoo – Le Col66
13Tofauti Everyone Active48
14Team Spectra Cannondale44
15LAKA Pedal Mafia RT43
16Liv Cycling Club – Halo Films24
18FTP – Fulfil The Potential – Racing8

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