Road World Championship selection
Last week I received some exciting news informing me that I've been selected to represent the Great Britain Cycling Team in the Junior Women's World Road Race Championship in Innsbruck, Austria later this month. I am also first reserve in the timetrial event which starts on Monday 24th September.
This year's course is one for the climbers, the 74km race will feature loops of the 'Olympic Circuit', a 24km lap which includes 460 metres of climbing and passes through the villages of Aldrans, Lans and Igls before crossing the Innsbruck finish line.
I am due to fly out on Monday with several other riders so this give us a few days to check out the course and prepare for the big day on Thursday 27th.
2 days ago
Its been a long season.
My Road season has finally finished and on reflection it has been a season of ups with a dip at the end. I have been so lucky this year to have been invited to race for some awesome teams. The first was HMT Hospitals Trust, a super junior team took me to the Netherlands for a tough 3 days riding mostly in the gutter hanging on to the wheel in front. 3 days and one 7th place to show for it. Straight after it was a pretty long drive to the Basque Country. This was stunning - a country with so many bike fans. This was as hilly as the Netherlands were flat and I suffered but managed a 10th place in a stage. HMT then took me to Pamplona for a 4 day race which was much better. I must have done something right as HMT have asked me to race for the team for the 2019 season - which is great. In between riding for HMT I rode the Tour of Wales for the East Midlands - managed 3rd on a sprint stage. I raced at the Junior National Track champs and got the Club record for a Kilometre. I have crashed on the finish line at the Road Championships and was almost disqualified for drafting a team car back up to the bunch in Spain. I crept up some climbs and descended at speeds that would scare my Dad. I have eaten mountains of pasta and plain rice and had the mickey taken for ordering pizza in a restaurant. I have had a great year. I have travelled through Europe with a great bunch of team mates. The dip was in Belgium for my last race - The Philip Gilbert Classic. I didn't finish - I ran out of gas. Perhaps its a good thing to bomb in your last race as it just gives you something to work on in the off season. I am now looking forward to getting back in the gym. The Joe Humphries Grant has been so helpful to me this summer - by doing weights and learning to lift properly my sprint has been so much faster and more powerful. My off-season will be spent in the gym and on the bike and also in the velodrome - its all good and there is lots to look forward to. Thank you - I will check in soon.
2 days ago
A huge thank you to JHMT for giving me this award. It will be a great help towards funding my first international competition in a few weeks time. I am very excited and really looking forward towards racing in the Jersey Super League.
This weekend I raced at the British Junior Championships at Mallory Park but was disappointed with my individual race - I got distanced on the swim after being kicked in the face on the start so missed the first bike pack. It was great to be back on the Sunday to race in the relays - these are fast and furious so much fun! I had a much better race this time and am glad to be resting today before starting preparations for Jersey.
4 days ago
Ras na mBan 5 day stage race
Last week I took part in the Ras na mBan, Ireland's premier International stage race covering 391km of racing over 5 days. This would be my long stage race to date, I wasn't phased by what was to come if anything I couldn't wait to get racing.
I was guesting for Team Backstedt-Hotchillee with 4 other junior girls under the support of Magnus Backstead and Gareth Ellis.Stage 1 was 70km, I finished 27th out of 119 starters. Stage 2 was very wet and misty and as a result several riders crashed on the decent, thankfully I missed the crashes. Stage 3 was the hill top finish up Mount Leinster and as expected the bunch competely split on the climb, I finished 38th and 2 mins down on GC. Stage 4 was the hilly TT, it wasn't the result I was expecting but again another consistent performance. Stage 5 was an hour long city centre criterium race in Kilkenney, I was pleased to stay upright finishing closely behind the main bunch. By stage 6 there were some pretty tired legs, I tried to stay towards the front especially with a climb at the halfway point. In all I was pretty consistent finishing 36th overall on GC.
13th Sep, 2018
Final races for 2018
Since my last blog I am pleased to say I achieved my best result of the season – 3rd in an Overst Road Race. I then raced at Mallory Park and had a crash – not the best way to end my season, but I am recovering well. I am pleased to have progressed from a 4th category racing licence to a 3rd category licence this season and will hope to quickly gain my 2nd category licence in 2019.
I would like to thank the JHMF for their support in helping me to be involved in cycle racing in the UK this season. I have really enjoyed it and learnt so much.
12th Sep, 2018
EUC Youth European Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships Pila, Italy
I was lucky enough to be invited to join a team to ride for the East Midlands at the EUC Youth European Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships in Pila, Italy. I was super pleased when I was picked and was ready to race.
The first day was a technical offroad time trial, which was a very short course and was only about two and a half minutes long. Your finish time related to your individual gridding for the final XCO race and in the under 15's team, all our times were added up together to create our gridding number for the relay on the following day.
Moving onto the Second day was the team relay which I really enjoyed because it was a team effort. For the relay you had to do one lap of the big course that we would race that Saturday, and as you came through your lap you had to tap your partner who would be going next. Our plan was the fastest went first so they could get a good start and put the team in a good place and then all the other riders had to do was either pick off more or just hold it.
The third day was a nice rest day where we could relax and prep our legs for the next day. The girls in the two East Midlands teams all chose to have a relaxing morning whilst everyone else either did some down-hill mountain bike trails on the mountain or went for a walk for a few hours. Later in the afternoon we decided to do one easy practice lap just to make sure we were all very confident and were familiar with the course.
Fourth day soon came around and was the big XCO race everyone had been building up to. I really enjoyed it and it was such a good experience and was pleased with my result coming 24th out of 90. All these girls are selected riders who are coming top in their countries so I knew it was going to be tough from the beginning.
Giving riders another advantage was that they would have been there for a week or just a matter of days to give them the extra time to get used to the thin air because of altitude. Racing at 2000+ metres was always going to be hard.
Loving the technical course was brilliant, because you always have more fun than on a boring course. With climbs being my strength I knew I would have a slight advantage on pulling people in as it was a very hilly technical course much better than anything I have ridden in the UK. Starting in 32nd place was an ok gridding but just 5th row back and in the middle of the field. I knew if I wanted a good result then I would just need to keep catching and catching and pulling them in.
I loved every second of it and definitely want to go back next year.
Thankyou JHMT for your support in making it happen.
12th Sep, 2018
Start back training September 3rd 2018
I have started back training where the first few weeks we are doing team activities to gradually get back to fitness. Besides swimming and gym some of the activities I have done are wheelchair basketball and Jump Giants which have been fun.
My first meet of the season will be up in Manchester from October 20th to 21st this will be short course.
Looking forward to the new season and hoping to improve on my times from last season.
8th Sep, 2018
British Swimming Summer Championships July 24th - 29th 2018
At the British Swimming Summer Championships I entered three events 50m 100m and 200m Breaststroke.
The first day Tuesday July 24th was 50m Breaststroke where I made the final and came 4th.
Then on Wednesday I swam the 200m Breaststroke also making the final again finishing 4th.
I then had three days off before I swam my final race the 100m Breaststroke making the final finishing 5th.
8th Sep, 2018
Jess Lapworth Junior Indoor cricket World series 2018
Only 3 weeks until we fly to New Zealand for the Junior Indoor cricket world series! getting very excited some of the kit has now arrived:- Training shirts,caps,Hoodies and shorts.
We have had 2 warm up games one against the Ladies England team and one against the boys team.We lost both games but we learnt a lot just by playing against each team and picking up ideas of how they play and discussing with our coach what we could have done better. We got to try out different fielding positions and different batting partnerships. I was lucky enough to have a go at being vice captain in each game.
6 more training sessions til New Zealand !!!
4th Sep, 2018
National 10 mile time trial Championships
I've just returned back from Scotland having competed in the National 10 mile Time-trial Championships, my first National 10 mile TT outside of the GHS.
We drove up the day before so I could check out the course and I was pleased to fit in a course recce after my 6 +hour drive.
I woke up to drizzly rain, not ideal but at least the wind had dropped. I was off at 09.16 and after a good warm up I made my way to the start line. I felt good as I headed down to the halfway island but with several slip roads you had to very vigilant with the traffic. As soon as I'd finished I very quickly critiqued my performance and realised I could have gone harder to the halfway point, I finished 4th overall and with a season's best time of 22 mins 15 sec.
Theres certainly no let up for me as I approach the end of this year's road season. I will be travelling over to Ireland next week to compete in the Ras na mban, a 5 day stage race.
Photo by Velouk
2nd Sep, 2018