Lancaster Grand Prix British Cycling Women’s National Road series

Ruth Shier powers away on a two lap solo break to win the 2023 Lancaster Grand Prix.

Ruth Shier (Hutchinson-Brother UK) wins the Lancaster Grand Prix
Ruth Shier (Hutchinson-Brother UK) wins the Lancaster Grand Prix. Photo courtesy of Bob MacGregor

The Lancaster Grand Prix is the third round in the 2023 British Cycling Women’s National Road series. After the previous day’s storm conditions, the clouds cleared and it was blue skies and strong winds for the 111 riders.

The pace was high from the start with riders from Loughborough Lightning working hard to form a break. It was to no avail as riders from DAS-Handsling, Hutchinson-Brother UK and Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee weren’t letting anything go. Lucy Lee and Danni Shrosbree of DAS-Handsling in particular were keen to control things. The pair worked together to make sure Lee was scooping up points on every ascent of the Proctor Moss Road QOM climb.

Lucy Lee (DAS-Handsling) on her way to winning the QOM award. Photo courtesy of Bob MacGregor

Each time up the climb the bunch would accelerate as riders fought for the points. These continual accelerations were wearing the bunch down. While no break was getting away, riders were being jettisoned out the back.

Shier attacks!

Eventually something had to give and with two laps to go, sensing a lull in the pace, Ruth Shier attacked hard over a small rise. A group of ten tried to chase, but Shier had two team-mates in the group and had the power to stay away. The Hutchinson-Brother UK rider has previous form winning from breaks at the Finsbury Park CC, the Dave Peck Memorial and the Women’s British Masters RR Championship. The last was won after a six lap solo break! Using that strength and determination Shier stretched out her lead over the chasing bunch to finish a minute and two seconds ahead.

Behind, the pursuers wound up for a fast sprint which was won by Jessica Finney (AWOL O’Shea) from Lucy Lee (DAS-Handsling). Behind Lee, team-mate Monica Greenwood – who has returned to racing after a career coaching GB Olympic track riders – took fourth. A good day for DAS-Handsling with a podium and QOM for Lucy Lee. Meanwhile Greenwood’s fourth place meant she retained her lead in the British Cycling Women’s National Road series. The Combativity Award was won by Corrine Side of Pro-Noctis-Heidi Kjeldsen-200 Degrees Coffee. The next race in the series is the Ryedale Grasscrete Women’s Grand Prix on Sunday 20th August.



1Ruth ShierHutchinson – Brother UK2:36:13
2Jessica FinneyAWOL OShea+1:02
3Lucy LeeDAS – Handsling Bikesst
4Monica GreenwoodDAS – Handsling Bikesst
5Robyn Clay (U23)Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
6Corinne SidePro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffeest
7Tiffany KeepHutchinson – Brother UKst
9Tamsin MillerHutchinson – Brother UKst
10Mary WilkinsonTeam Boompodsst
11Bexy DewPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee+1:06
12Jo TindleyPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee+1:11
13Sammie StuartDAS – Handsling Bikes+1:15
14Sophie EneverAlba Development Road Team+1:18
15Abi PlowmanJadan Vive le Velo Glasdon+1:51
16Francesca Morgans-SladerAWOL OShea+2:21
17Maddie HeywoodFTP – Fulfil The Potential – Racingst
18Sannah Zaman (U23)Hutchinson – Brother UK+2:23
19Danielle ShrosbreeDAS – Handsling Bikes+2:25
20Amelia Tyler (U23)Alba Development Road Team+2:29
21Gemma MitchellTeam Boompods+2:44
22Alice LethbridgeLoughborough Lightning+2:49
23Arianne HollandAlba Development Road Team+2:50
24Amy GornallPro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees Coffee+3:07
25Morven Yeoman (U23)+5:07
26Penny Colloff+5:31
27Lauren RobinsonTeam Boompodsst
28Rachel BrownBrother UK – Orientation Marketing+5:39
29Jayati HineTeam Boompods+6:04
30Electra Morris (JR)Brother UK – Orientation Marketing+6:44
31Georgia BullardAWOL OShea+7:40
32Amelia Cebak (JR)Tofauti Everyone Active+8:38
33Emily MeakinAWOL OSheast
34Kim BaptistaAyr Roads Cycling Clubst
35Emma Jeffers (U23)DAS – Handsling Bikesst
36Miriam JessettJadan Vive le Velo Glasdonst
37Rachel GallerSaint Piran WRTst
38Beth Morrow (U23)DAS – Handsling Bikesst
39Lucy Neatham (U23)LDN-Academyst
40Molly PatchHutchinson – Brother UK+8:44
41Anya TamplinLoughborough Lightning+8:48
42Annabel Ramsay (U23)RFDA+9:12
43Annamarie LippSaint Piran WRT+9:47
Beth MaciverAlba Development Road TeamDNF
Victoria SmithAlba Development Road TeamDNF
Evie White (JR)Alba Development Road TeamDNF
Connie HayesAWOL OSheaDNF
Libby Smithson (U23)AWOL OSheaDNF
Ellen Inglis (U23)Brother UK – Orientation MarketingDNF
Hope Inglis (JR)Brother UK – Orientation MarketingDNF
Millie Jenkins (JR)Brother UK – Orientation MarketingDNF
Amber Junker-Brameld (U23)Brother UK – Orientation MarketingDNF
Grace Reynolds (U23)Brother UK – Orientation MarketingDNF
Sophie ThackrayDAS – Handsling BikesDNF
Sian BotteleyHutchinson – Brother UKDNF
Ione JohnsonHutchinson – Brother UKDNF
Harriet WilsonJadan Vive le Velo GlasdonDNF
Beth Harley-JepsonJadan Vive le Velo GlasdonDNF
Beth MacraeJadan Vive le Velo GlasdonDNF
Rebekah NashJadan Vive le Velo GlasdonDNF
Grace NormanJadan Vive le Velo GlasdonDNF
Philippa Draper (U23)Loughborough LightningDNF
Francesca HallDAS – Handsling BikesDNF
Roisin Lally (U23)Loughborough LightningDNF
Lucy Ellmore (U23)Pro-Noctis – Heidi Kjeldsen – 200 Degrees CoffeeDNF
Hannah BayesSaint Piran WRTDNF
Sophie HolmesSaint Piran WRTDNF
Elizabeth McKinnon (JR)Tofauti Everyone ActiveDNF
Mari Porton (JR)Tofauti Everyone ActiveDNF
Mia Rutterford (JR)Tofauti Everyone ActiveDNF
Adele BattersbyWahoo – Le ColDNF
Anastasia BowlerWahoo – Le ColDNF
Lauren LanghamWahoo – Le ColDNF
Melissa DenmanContiki Velo Bavarian RTDNF
Caitlin DimblebyLe Col Race TeamDNF
Matilda McKibben (JR)Liv Cycling Club – Halo FilmsDNF
Niamh Murphy (JR)Liv Cycling Club – Halo FilmsDNF
 Jamie Leigh Lloyd (JR)Liverpool Braveheart Bicycle ClubDNF
Emily Middlebrooke (JR)Otley CCDNF
Nicola GreenwoodRFDADNF
Rosie SimmonsSouthampton University Road ClubDNF
Olivia FrenchStolenGoat Race TeamDNF
Erin Avill (U23)Storey RacingDNF
Katherine HandyValley Striders CCDNF
Emma WatsonDNF

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