HMT supported JLT Condor and Storey Racing riders secure podium places at the Tour of the Wolds
The Tour of the Wolds cycling event, held in Louth, attracted hundreds of cyclists who came out to enjoy a day of riding in the sun.
Saturday 8th saw sportives get the weekend underway with routes taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There were four distances for participants to choose from (from 91 miles down to 30 miles), ensuring that the Tour of the Wolds Sportive was accessible to riders of all abilities.
The Tour of the Wolds Sunday event saw some of the country’s top male and female cyclists take to the saddle to battle it out for victory in their respective rounds of the British Cycling national road series. First on the road was the women’s race, held over 62miles, including 3450ft of climbing, again in the picturesque Lincolnshire Wolds.
95 riders took on the demanding 100km route which included short sharp climbs, draggy sections and a number of fast descents making for a thrilling ride. Lining up from Storey Racing were six riders who despite having only ridden together for three weeks gelled excellently and made an impressive impact on the race.
Lizzy Banks for the SunSport Velo took the winning spot on the podium closely followed by Anna Christian of Drops CT and Chanel Mason from HMT supported Storey Racing.
Soon after the women’s race finished, it was time for the men to gear up for a tough race which saw them explore the Wolds with three circuits of loops around Caistor, before moving onto a smaller finishing circuit. The route was a tough 102miles which included 4900ft of climbing, ensuring that this would be a challenging route for the elite men.
A number of HMT supported JLT Condor riders were among the riders in Lincolnshire which was the second round of British Cycling’s Elite Spring Cup and is part of the qualification process for the Tour of Britain.
The race was characterised by frequent attacks and a number of breakaway chances that bought riders from all the leading teams to the forefront. Eventually a seven man group including riders from HMT supported JLT Condor managed to escape to fight out the victory.
Australian native, Brenton Jones took the win in his first UK appearance for JLT Condor with One Pro Cycling rider Steele Von Hoff close behind coming in second place in the sprint finish. Seasoned pro, Russ Downing rounded off the podium and Alex Frame crossed the line in fourth position ensuring that three JLT Condor riders were in the top five.
HMT has supported JLT Condor for a number of years, providing medical support to riders. This ensures that should an injury or concern arise, HMT will be on hand to provide fast, high-quality health care within our state of the art hospital.
JLT Condor furthermore helps to support the HMT Cycling Team, a junior team where riders are provided with the support, expertise and training needed to ensure that they develop their cycling skills and technique to the highest standard and allowing them to compete in some of the most prestigious races across Europe.
Supporting local racing events such as Tour of the Wolds is something which is hugely important to us at HMT St Hugh’s. Over the coming few months we have a number of exciting community and fitness events including Ride with the Pro’s, the Great Grimsby 10k and the Sheffield Grand Prix.
We’d like to congratulate JLT Condor and Storey Racing on their performances over the weekend, if you would like to watch highlights from the event please click here.