Isobel Darvill is top Brit for the Pro-noctis/Rotor/RedChilliBikes/Heidi Kjeldsen elite women’s cycling team in tBelsele-Wass 1.15A race in Belgium
The Pro-noctis/Rotor/RedChilliBikes/Heidi Kjeldsen elite women’s cycling team headed to Belguim at the weekend.
They took part in the Belsele-Wass 1.15A race at Sint-Nicklaas on Saturday and then the UCI Ranked SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour 1.1 Race on Sunday, against some of the world’s best elite riders.
On Saturday, the team excelled themselves with Newark’s Isabel Darvill taking second place in a mass bunch finish.
Her team-mates rode flat-out on the last lap to control the race to put Isabel in a winning position.
Lucy Ellmore finished in 30th place — and third best under-23s rider, Jo Tindley 32nd, Bexy Dew 34th place and Poppy Thompson in 35th place.
On Sunday, they travelled to Nijlen to ride the UCI SPAR Flanders Diamond Tour 1.1 Race.
Most of the team had never ridden in a race with this high ranking and Isabel again finished the highest-placed rider at 70th out of 114 finishers — also the first British rider to finish.
The race finished in a mass bunch sprint of over 100 riders and the whole team finished in the main group in a race that was run in hot conditions over mainly cobbled roads and at a very fast pace.
Elsewhere, Jack Levick was 11th in the RTTC men’s national 25-mile Time Trial Championships, promoted by Exeter Wheelers, on Sunday, in a time of 54 minutes and 55 seconds racing for The Rose Race Team.
Southwell’s Ian Russell (Moda RT) finished fourth in the 3rd/4th category race in round two of the HH Crit Series at the Harvey Haddon Sports Village, Bilborough, Nottingham.
He went on to win the British Masters 39-59 Category Race at Mallory Park Closed Circuit near Leicester.