Cheshire Classic Women's Road Race | 27th April 2014

Cheshire Classic Women's Road Race

Sunday 27th April 2014

Part of British Cycling's National Series. Organised by Weaver Valley Cycling Club.

Star-studded line up at Cheshire Classic

Dame Sarah Storey (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International), Laura Trott (Wiggle-Honda) and Joanna Rowsell (Wiggle-Honda) headline the biggest ever Cheshire Classic Women’s Road Race to date.

The race which is part of British Cycling’s National Series and organised by Weaver Valley Cycling Club, takes place in Northwich on Sunday 27th April. The race sees riders compete over an extended race distance, taking on 12 ascents of the notorious “The Cliff” climb.

2013 Cheshire Classic winner Karla Boddy (Epic Cycles – Scott WRT) returns to defend her title alongside European Team Pursuit Champion Katie Archibald (Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International) and Junior World Team Pursuit Champion Emily Kay (Epic Cycles – Scott WRT).

This 2014 edition of the Cheshire Classic features its biggest every prize fund thanks to a wealth of new sponsors including household names Taylor Wimpey, Delamere Dairy alongside Wates and Adana Construction, Sport Cheshire, Epic Cycles, de Vere Venues and Your Sports Therapist.

Race Organiser Andy Wood commented: “We are delighted with the response. On behalf of Weaver Valley Cycling Club I thank all the riders for their entries, it means a lot to us. We had over 130 submissions for 80 places. The quality of talent at this year’s race is unbelievable. We are in for an amazing race”.

The Cheshire Classic has been organised by Northwich based Weaver Valley Cycling Club since the 1980s and has seen household names such as Lizzie Armitstead, Lucy Garner, Mandy Jones and Nicole Cooke win the race.

Andy Wood said: “It’s such a prestigious race. It has been on the British Cycling National Calendar since its inception. In these modern times we’re proud as a cycling club to continue organising the race. The race is still run as not-for-profit. Every single penny is invested back in the race. We are proud to have a prize fund of over £2000 being invested back in Women’s cycling”.

A dedicated website features full information on the race, together with an advice area with tips for beginners and interviews with star riders. Please visit for more details. Real time updates can be found on Twitter @cheshireclassic and also Facebook.


Race Start Sheet

Karla Boddy Epic Cycles – Scott WRT Elite
Anna Christian Epic Cycles – Scott WRT 2nd
Laura Massey Epic Cycles – Scott WRT 1st
Emily Kay Epic Cycles – Scott WRT Elite
Molly Weaver Epic Cycles – Scott WRT 1st
Hannah Walker Epic Cycles – Scott WRT Elite
Louise Borthwick Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 1st
Corrine Hall Matrix Fitness – Vulpine Elite
Harriet Owen Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 1st
Penny Rowson Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 2nd
Jo Tindley Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 2nd
Jessie Walker Matrix Fitness – Vulpine 2nd
Katie Archibald Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 1st
Lauren Creamer Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 2nd
Hayley Jones Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 2nd
Nicola Juniper Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 2nd
Gabriella Shaw Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International 1st
Dame Sarah Storey Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International Elite
Jane Barr Starley Primal Pro Cycling 2nd
Hayley Edwards Starley Primal Pro Cycling 2nd
Lyndsey Glazier Starley Primal Pro Cycling 2nd
Anneliese Heard Starley Primal Pro Cycling 1st
Eileen Roe Starley Primal Pro Cycling Elite
Jennifer Taylor Starley Primal Pro Cycling 2nd
George Schwiening Fusion Racing Team 2nd
Natalie Grinczer Fusion Racing Team 2nd
Elizabeth Malins Fusion Racing Team 1st
Mathilde Pauls Fusion Racing Team 2nd
Gillian Taylor Fusion Racing Team 2nd
Amy Hill Fusion Racing Team 1st
Emily Barnes Team Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport 2nd
Clemence Copie Team Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport 1st
Natalie Creswick Team Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport 1st
Louise Mahe Team Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport 2nd
Adel Tyson-Bloor Team Mulebar Girl – Sigma Sport 1st
Tamiko Butler WyndyMilla – Reynolds Elite
Mary Costello WyndyMilla – Reynolds Elite
Cassie McGoldrick WyndyMilla – Reynolds 1st
Keira McVitty WyndyMilla – Reynolds 1st
Hannah Payton WyndyMilla – Reynolds 2nd
Joanna Rowsell Wiggle Honda Elite
Laura Trott Wiggle Honda Elite
Emma Trott Boels Dolmans 1st
Tamina Oliver Endura Lady Force – WV Zeeuws Vlaanderen 1st
Lucy Chittenden East St Cycles 1st
Lowri Devey Abergavenny Road Club 1st
Tracy Best Zappi’s Racing Team 1st
Joanne Blakeley GB 2nd
Iona Sewell GB 1st
Nicola Soden GB 2nd
Brit Tate GB 1st
Delia Beddis Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
Nikki Engelbach Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
Nicole Oh Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
Helen Ralston Les Filles Racing Team 2nd
Bryony Board Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa 2nd
Lydia Boylan Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa Elite
Hayley Simmonds Velosport – Pasta Montegrappa 2nd
Jennifer Hudson VC St Raphael 2nd
Eleanor Jones VC St Raphael 1st
Vanessa Whitfield VC St Raphael 2nd
Sophie Black Bike Pure-LeMond-Aspire Velotech 2nd
Lucy Harper Bike Pure-LeMond-Aspire Velotech 2nd
Paige Milward Bike Pure-LeMond-Aspire Velotech 2nd
Lauren O’Brien RST Racing Team 2nd
Annasley Park RST Racing Team 2nd
Elizabeth Holden RST Racing Team 2nd
Eve Dixon Team 22 2nd
Jennifer Edwards Team 22 2nd
Lauren Brown Team Jadan 2nd
Victoria Hood Team Jadan 2nd
Kayleigh Brogan Team Thomsons Cycles 2nd
Elanor Cadzow Bonito Squadra Corse 2nd
Maryka Sennema Kingston Whls CC 2nd
Alice Barnes T-Mo Racing 2nd
Katie Curtis Cardiff JIF 2nd
Flora Gillies Speg – Project 51 2nd
Anda-Jay Burgess Rock And Road Cycles 2nd
Abigail Dentus Team De ver 2nd
Rachel Przybylski WyndyMilla 2nd


Reserve List

Laura Wasley Isle Of Man Cycling Association 2nd
Alice Cobb Squadra Donne 2nd
Ruth Taylor Manchester Whlrs Club 2nd
Gina Riley Chester RC 2nd
Lydia Gurley Merlin Cycles 2nd
Frances White Team Jadan 3rd
Rebecca Womersley WyndyMilla – Reynolds 3rd
Bethany Crumpton North West Mountain Bike Centre – Specialised 3rd
Bethany Coupland Mid Shropshire Whls 3rd
Victoria Grimmer Paramount CRT 3rd

Biggest Ever Prize Fund for Cheshire Classic

WatesThis year’s Cheshire Classic Women’s Road Race will host a prize pot worth over £2000 thanks to a major new partnership with Wates Construction and Adana Construction.

The race which is organised by Weaver Valley Cycling Club, takes place in Northwich on Sunday 27th April

and will see riders compete over an extended race distance, taking on 12 ascents of “The Cliff” climb.

Wates and Adana Construction join sponsors Taylor Wimpey, Sport Cheshire, Delamere Dairy, Epic Cycles, de Vere Venues and Your Sports Therapist.

Ross Gardner of Wates Construction said: “We are currently in the middle of a major re-development in the centre of Northwich which includes a state-of-the-art lifestyle centre. Supporting the local community is very important to us and the Cheshire Classic was a no brainer considering the heritage and quality of riders that will be competing”.

Race Organiser Andy Wood commented: “We are delighted that Wates and Adana have come on board. When you see the quality of sponsors it shows how important the race is to the community, and importantly the investment in Women’s cycling. This year’s prize fund is our biggest yet, an increase of 50% on last year and we hope for an explosive race”.Adana

Entries for the race close on Saturday 5th April with the race line up confirmed on Monday 7th April.

Your Sports Therapist Cyclist Case Study

For those of you who take your cycling seriously, making sure that your body is in touch condition with regular sports massage is essential. Suffering with aches, pains or niggling injuries is madness and you are just wasting opportunities not getting professional treatment, in many cases the solution can be sorted within a couple of visits!

Our sponsor Your Sports Therapist, who have a clinic in Northwich and also provide home visits too are available to help you. Sessions can be as little as £25 and are worth every penny.

Check them out on Facebook where they’ve just posted up several case studies where they’ve been supporting cyclists. They include videos of some work outs you could try too. Visit

Delamere Dairy Sterilised Milk

Delamere Dairy MilkAny cyclist worth their salt knows how important recovery is, that essential “golden hour” from finishing exercise to getting essential proteins into your system to support repair and growth. Protein powders in milk are a great way to do this and our sponsor Delamere Dairy has a long life sterilised cows’ milk product which is perfect for the job and fat free!

Available at around £1.10 a litre and found in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Co-op, sterilised milk delivers the nutrition of fresh milk but has a different taste profile – it’s sweeter due to the heat treatment process. To cut a long story short, their Skimmed variety of Sterilised Milk is a much better tasting alternative to fresh skimmed milk, offering a fat free milk with a nicer taste. Also because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, it’s great to keep in the race bag for after the race too.

A bit on Sterilised Milk

Sterilised milk is available in whole, semi skimmed and skimmed varieties. It goes through a more severe form of heat treatment, which destroys nearly all the bacteria in it. The bacteria is what makes the milk ‘go off’.

The milk is simply heat treated – there are no preservatives involved . Firstly the milk is pre-heated to around 50oC, then homogenised (this is the normal process for most milk we consume), after which it is poured into glass bottles which are closed with an airtight seal. The filled bottles are heated to a temperature of between 110-130ºC for approximately 10-30 minutes. Then they are cooled.

The sterilisation process results in a change of taste and colour and also marginally reduces the nutritional value of the milk, particularly the B group vitamins and vitamin C. Unopened bottles or cartons of sterilised milk keep for approximately 6 months without the need for refrigeration. Once opened it must be treated as fresh milk and used within 5 days. You can use sterilised milk in just the same way as you would use fresh milk

Team Sizes for 2014

We are delighted to hear that British Cycling have this week updated their regulations to set a limit of 8 riders per team enter a race. We feel this is good news for the development of Women’s cycling and we support the move.

As we had already set a limit of 6 riders per team for the 2014 race, and with many teams having already committed riders to race schedules, we are going to continue to honour this. We feel this is fair in the short period of time to the closing date for entries and we will work with the 8 rider limit at the 2015 edition. We have contacted British Cycling and they are happy for us to do this too.

Entries close on Saturday 5th April. For more information on entering please check out this post. We look forward to seeing you at the Classic!