Tour Series Woking 2011 - an action-packed scorcher of a day!
The sun was shining and heat was certainly on for the grand final of the inaugural women's Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series and the nail-biting penultimate leg of the men's Halfords Tour Series 2011 on Tuesday 14 June.
As the races got underway, thousands of spectators lined the streets to watch the thrills and spills of the high-speed action. First on the podium was sixteen year-old Lucy Garner from Motorpoint Pro Cycling who sprinted to victory and snatched pole position from rival Hannah Rich (Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo).
However, the win wasn't enough to overhaul Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series leader Helen Wyman, who took the title and the final leader's white jersey by just three points. Wyman came fourth on the night, behind the podium of Garner, Hannah Rich and Hannah Barnes, with the latter taking a narrow victory in the Series Sprints competition on count back.
The last race of the day - the men's penultimate leg of the Halfords Tour Series - was a closely contested battle of blood, sweat and gears. After an hour of wheel-to-wheel fast and furious track action, Ian 'Superman' Wilkinson from Endura Racing completed his comeback from an early season injury to lead home team-mate Scott Thwaites in an Endura Racing first and second place finish, which also handed the Scottish squad the team win on the night.
Everyone's a winner!
As well as the thousands of spectators that enjoyed the event, our two lucky competition winners and their guests lapped up the five-star treatment in the official Halfords VIP area. Pictured right in the backstage TV interview area are winning father and son team, David and Alexander Loader.
Talking about the event, our second VIP ticket winner Simon Jackson, said: "Maria [Simon's wife] and I really enjoyed the cycling last night in the VIP area. We had a walk around part of the course and saw that so many people were enjoying the action and atmosphere; it really justified the determination to go ahead with the event this year and Woking should be proud of its involvement. Thank you for the prize - it made the evening a lot more fun!"
Schoolchildren from Greenfield School in Woking also enjoyed the limelight and star treatment as the Tour Series mascots. The group, kitted out in the different team's branded jerseys, joined the women and men riders on the starting grid and winners' podium.
Talking about the event, Woking Borough Council's Project Manager, Geoff McManus, said: "For the third year running, the Woking round of the Tour Series has been fortunate enough to be bathed in sunshine adding a real sparkle to the event. Early estimations indicate that in excess of 12,000 spectators turned out to soak up the electric atmosphere and watch the crème de la crème of the UK's professional cyclists thrash it out for pole position on the streets of Woking.
He continued: "Next year, we are looking forward to welcoming back the Tour Series in the Olympic year and reinstating the popular community races and Freewheel event."
An afternoon packed with 'wheelie' good activities!
Throughout the afternoon and in the build up to the professional races, visitors to Woking's Town Square were treated to an array of `wheelie' fun activities and demonstrations by Mountain Bike Trials Triple World Champion, Ben Savage, at the Halfords Hub Arena. Ben and fellow stunt artist, James Highland, wowed the crowds with exhilarating stunts and daredevil tricks as they tackled the VooDoo Bikes Stunt Rig.
The crowds enjoyed visiting stalls located in Mercia Walk and Peacock Walk. Halfords, the Tour Series official sponsors, were also on hand to offer free bike services and checks, whilst Cycle Woking and Surrey Police registered bikes for free to national property database, Immobilise.
View photos of all the action here.
Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Final results
1) Lucy Garner, Motorpoint Pro Cycling
2) Hannah Rich, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
3) Hannah Barnes, Motorpoint Pro Cycling
4) Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing
5) Amy Roberts, for Viored Brookvex
6) Penny Rowson, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
7) Sarah Byrne, VC St Raphael
8) Harriet Owen, Motorpoint Pro Cycling
9) Ella Sadler-Andrews, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo
10) Joanne McRae, Look Mum No Hands
Motorpoint Pro Cycling
Hannah Barnes, Motorpoint Pro Cycling
Final Individual Standings, after Round Four
1) Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing 83pts
2) Lucy Garner, Motorpoint Pro Cycling 80pts
3) Hannah Barnes, Motorpoint Pro Cycling 72pts
4) Hannah Rich, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 66pts
5) Penny Rownson, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 63pts
6) Rohan Battison, for Viored Brookvex 48pts
7) Dani King, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 47pts
8) Sarah Byrne, VC St Raphael 47pts
9) Annie Simpson, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 46pts
10) Amy Roberts, for Viored Brookvex 42pts
Final team standings, after Round Four
1) Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 219pts
2) Motorpoint Pro Cycling 199pts
3) For Viored Brookvex 147pts
4) Condor Cycles 66pts
5) Mule Bar Girls 6pts
6) Inverse Cyclaim Women's RT 5pts
Final sprint standings, after Round Four
1) Hannah Barnes, Motorpoint Pro Cycling 24pts
2) Hannah Rich, Horizon Fitness RT Prendas Ciclismo 24pts
3) Helen Wyman, Kona Factory Racing 18pts
The Halfords Tour Series results - Round Seven, Woking
1) Endura Racing
2) Rapha Condor Sharp
3) Motorpoint Pro Cycling
4) Sigma Sport - Specialized
5) CyclePremier.com - Metaltek
6) Team UK Youth
7) Twenty3c Orbea
8) Pendragon Le Col Colnago
9) Team Raleigh
10) Wilier GoSelfDrive.com
1) Ian Wilkinson, Endura Racing
2) Scott Thwaites, Endura Racing
3) Dean Windsor, Rapha Condor Sharp
4) Steve Lampier, Sigma Sport - Specialized
5) Johnny McEvoy, Motorpoint Pro Cycling
6) Simon Richardson, Sigma Sport - Specialized
7) Ian Bibby, Motorpoint Pro Cycling
8) Dean Downing, Rapha Condor Sharp
9) Jack Bauer, Endura Racing
10) Tobyn Horton, Motorpoint Pro Cycling
Boardman Bikes Sprints winner
Steve Lampier, Sigma Sport - Specialized
Team standings, after Round Seven
1) Rapha Condor Sharp 67pts
2) Endura Racing 61pts
3) Motorpoint Pro Cycling 46pts
4) Sigma Sport - Specialized 42pts
5) Team UK Youth 36pts
6) Team Raleigh 34pts
7) CyclePremier.com - Metaltek 32pts
8) Pendragon Le Col Colnago 29pts
9) Twenty3c Orbea 29pts
10) Wilier GoSelfDrive.com 9pts
Boardman Bikes Sprints standings, after Round Seven
1) Kristian House, Rapha Condor Sharp 27pts
2) Steve Lampier, Sigma Sport - Specialized 27pts
3) Marcel Six, Twenty3c Orbea 18pts
Many thanks to the following local organisations who supported the Halfords Tour Series Woking 2011.
Ambassador Theatre Group
Peacocks and Wolsey Place Shopping Centres
Turner & Townsend
Mayer Brown Ltd