First Road Event of WERL for 2016

After a very successful training session run there the previous week, a rare Cat 4-only race was held on the lower circuit of Redbridge Cycling Center. We asked Alison Hinds to give us her perspective of the race:

“On Saturday 12th March the WERL’s held its first event of the season, a 4th cat race at Hog Hill (without the hill). 41 ladies, including me, signed up and the sun shined – it was glorious!


Alison Hinds in action at Redbridge

The race started fast, and the main bunch was riding at about 25mph. I only managed to hang in there for about 2 1/2 laps, before falling out the back and slowing. I could see another bunch coming towards me and it didn’t take too long for them to catch me up. I managed to stick with the second bunch (average speed 20mph), and finished the race falling off the bunch just before the finish line on Hog Hill.

The lower circuit is a fantastic course for ladies new to racing, and with one tight corner near the finish, was quite technical.

Congratulations to all those that took part and a big THANKS to the organisers and volunteers who did a marvellous job; it was a very well-run and friendly event 🙂 “

You can also read our league member, Kiera Tippett’s, race report for this race over at her blog.

Some photos from the day (for more, please see John Orbea’s fantastic Flickr album):

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 6th February 2016

The first race training session is now open for bookings – enter here!

We’ll only hold a 2nd session when there is a demand, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills!

New Year, New Season

The 2016 committee has now met and all decisions have been made in order to take the league forward for the year. Our first race training session has been booked and league membership will open soon. Yay!

Sponsor support

It is with great disappointment that we have to report that our TT league sponsor has had to withdraw their support from the league due to the winding up of the business. This has led to the league being short on some pretty big prizes.

Thankfully, there are some great people out there! Starley Bikes are now donating one of their awesome TT machines and we have some other amazing prizes donated by some truly generous people.

We are, however, still short of out TT league TT category winner’s prize – a carbon disc wheel and tri-spoke. We very much do not want to dissapoint our riders and not fulfill the promises we made at the beginning of the year. For this reason, we are setting up a crowd-funding page to see what we can do.

We would like to thank each and every one of our existing backers, including, Starley Bikes, Salice UK, Tri La-Tania, Mark Fairhurst, Ste Illustrates, PMR @ Toachim House, STC Teamwear, Aero Cycles and many more.

We hope to see you at our end of season celebration. Thanks for your support!

End of Season Celebration! 18th October

Awards celebrations flyer

6th March – Masters Competition Announced Thanks to an anonymous donation, we are able to introduce a Masters Competition. For riders aged 40+ on 1st January 2015, points from the top 6 races, either road or time trial, will be used within this competition. Further age groupings will be introduced for every 3 riders joining the league in each 10 year age bracket.

22nd February – Announcement of our Test Time Trial Event As we have many riders who have never done a time trial before, we have decided to run a test event for our league. Come along and give it a go, no pressure, no league points will be awarded for this event. Need help entering? Not sure what to expect? Want someone there to ask what to do? Have a go at this event to try it out Sunday 8th March CC Sudbury Mad March Hilly 22 miles. BS24/R. To enter, go to search for events in March with a distance of 22miles. The event is the first one on the list

08/03/2015 22M BS24/R 08:00 IE CC Sudbury – 22M £8.00

Click on the green + symbol to the right of the event. It will take you through the CTT registration and you can then enter the event. Any questions? We’re here to help – e-mail

19th February – New road league events added and our Leader’s Jerseys have arrived! News coming thick and fast now. Check out the events tabs for calendar of events.

Jersey back Jersey front

18th February – Our First Ever Race Training Session Opens

Entry into our race training session is now open. A limited number of places are available. Check out our “Race Training” section for details.

9th February – Junior Category announced

We have now announced that we will have a junior category for riders aged 18 and under. A mix of results from both the time trials and the road racing will count. BC and CTT rules apply.

19th January – Leader’s Jersey Design Revealed

The Road Racing League will have leader’s jerseys for the leading overall, 3rd category and 4th category riders in each event. The rider wearing the jersey will get to keep it at the end of the race. The jersey has been made by STC Teamwear, one of the road league’s sponsors.

2015 Leaders Jersey

14th January – Friends Life Women’s Tour Stage 1

This morning SweatSpot have announced the first stage of The Women’s Tour. It will be starting in Bury St Edmunds, which saw thousands of supporters turn out to watch the finish of the race last year. The route will stick to Suffolk and will finish in the seaside town of Aldeburgh.

We are proud to host the world’s best riders on our own roads.

13th January – We are Go!

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 leagues are now up and running, so you can enter both the road and the time trial league via the “register here” tab.

We are ecstatic to be working with and VO2 Sports who have provided some awesome prizes including coaching packages and a full carbon time trial bike!

The events calendar is being confirmed, so more news on that to follow. We will also be announcing other prizes as the league progresses.

See you at an event soon!

9th October 2014 – Looking ahead to 2015

We are in the process of assembling the 2015 committee. On the agenda for next year, will be ensuring that we have back-up races to replace those that are cancelled, as well as seeing if there is anything that we can do, as a league, to prevent the races being cancelled in the first place.

The exciting news for 2015, is that we hoping to hold two leagues: the WERL Road League, that will have road races and crits, and the WERL Time Trial League, that will solely be made up of time trials. Updates on this and other news, will be broadcast on our twitter and facebook accounts first, so make sure that you are following @WERLeague and Women’s Eastern Racing League.

14th June 2014 – League update

Due to two race cancellations, we are bringing the number of counting events down to 5, so your top 5 results will count towards the league. If you don’t make 5 events, all of your results will still count to towards the league. News on some prizes to follow shortly – Watch this space!

14th June 2014 – Round 5

Last Wednesday saw Round 5 of the league which took the form of an individual time trial around the Lotus cars test track in Hethel. The course is completely flat and perfectly smooth tarmac with flowing bends that can be peddled through by the more confident riders, no need to come out of aero position after the start! Although it is flat, it is very exposed, so the wind plays a big part. Remember, the trick to time-trialling is not to go slow! Push harder where you are likely to be slowest, so don’t ease off into that head-wind!

Youth rider Isla Rush showed some strong form to win here on the night, justifying her selection on the Wyndymilla Reynolds youth development squad. Isla came in 14 seconds ahead of Louise Marsden (Velo Club Norwich) who took 2nd spot, with Mandy Bunn of West Suffolk Wheelers, taking WERL’s 3rd spot. Full results here:

15th May 2014 – Round 4

Lotus cars test track played host to Round 4. A criterium race on a non-technical and wind-swept course increases the probability of the race coming down to a bunch sprint to about 99%. Despite many attempts by riders attacking and trying to break up the bunch, nothing got away and as predicted, it came down to a bunch sprint. On the wide, sweeping track, the likely-hood of getting boxed in is slim, so tactics in a sprint here is to follow a good fast wheel and try to time your sprint to come around the rider with enough time to beat them to the line. Tonight, the sprint was won by new-comer to the league Sophie Lankford of Team WNT, closely followed by current league leader, Clover Murray of Braintree Velo CRC with Renee Fox (Autostrasse Porsche RT) finishing off the podium. Full results here:

Don’t forget – there are more women’s races taking place on this course on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer, although not part of WERL, so keep an eye on the BC calendar.

5th may 2014

Round 3, Ixworth Cycle races is always a great day out for racers and spectators alike. Closed roads, races for everyone, good weather all helps to create a festival atmosphere. The burgers made by the Scouts are always good too!

This year, the women’s race was run alongside the 4th cat men, the organiser deciding to not run the masters events which usually run at the same time as the women’s. The largest field of women ever seen at Ixworth, with more than 20 riders signing on and others turned away, the organiser is going to try to run a separate race for the women next year. Larger numbers and better races is one of the aims of WERL, so the league’s success is already being felt.

With Emma Trott – pro rider for Boels Dolemans who announced her retirement from pro cycling during The Women’s Tour last weekend, on the start line, the outcome was pretty much decided from the start in many riders minds and Emma didn’t disappoint. The race was fast from the off, the pace combined with the technical nature of the circuit, meant that the race broke up pretty quickly and by half way, the chase group was down to 4 riders. Tanya Griffiths came in 2nd, a full lap down from Emma, closely followed by Evegenia Iylanskia.

It’s likely that all of the riders will be pleased if we can have a seperate race next year, so hopefully the organiser can fit this in to the already busy programme. They will also be coming up with ways to improve the result taking, with riders being lapped more than once, the current system proved to be inadequate. With these improvements in place, next year promises to be one of the top races in the region.

4th May 2014

Yesterday saw event 2 of the WERL take place at Kings Lynn CC 10 mile time trial. Full results still to come, but Clover Murray came in fastest moving her to the top of the league leaderboard. No word yet on leading 4th cat but all results will be updated shortly.

Clover is also entered into round 3 of the league which takes place tomorrow at Ixworth town centre, so we’ll be seeing if she can increase her lead. Don’t forget, it’s top 6 results counting, so our overall league winner may not have been listed on our leader board just yet. There’s still time to register and take part in the league.

3 April 2014

The results and league table after round 1 are now on the Results page. Congratulations to Ellie Cadzow who currently tops the league and to Caroline Guest who is the leading 4th Cat in 3rd place overall.

With 11 races still to go and your top 6 results counting, there’s still plenty of time to get involved!

Write ups for Ipswich RR:

First race of the league took place today with 24 riders. Top 3 were Elanor Cadzow, Maryka Sennema and Tanya Griffiths. Well done to all the riders that took part today, especially those doing their first ever race. All riders now have until 30th March to be eligible for league points and we will publish the results once calculated after this point.

Rider registration forms now available under the “register here” tab

The first season’s calendar is now complete and can be found on the events page.

First race in Ipswich confirmed as going ahead.

9 thoughts on “News

    • Hi Sam, yes we have a facebook page. If you do a search on facebook for women’s eastern racing league you should find us. We’ll be putting a link on here shortly too. If you look on the events tab above you will see the events we have lined up for the league. If you have any more questions just let us know.

  1. I’m keen to try racing this year, but I need to sort out transport and fit it (and training) around a hectic work schedule, so it’s not easy to get started. Please can you explain the various levels of British Cycling membership and different types of licence – it does seem rather complicated. (I already have ‘Ride’ membership – so would I need to upgrade that… or could I buy a ‘Day licence’ as and when I find a race that I can get to?) Thanks for explaining

    • Hi Jane

      You can buy a day licence which is a good way to see if you enjoy racing. The cost of these varies depending on whether you have Ride membership or a Provisional race licence or are a non-member. It also varies dependant on the level of race you are entering, whether it’s a road race or circuit race. Cost ranges from £5 to £20 (for national level events which includes a £10 surcharge).

      If you intend to do more than 3 or 4 races a race licence makes more sense. A full race licence is £35 a year for Seniors (18+) but you also need to have British Cycling silver or gold membership. Silver membership is £40 for the year. A link to the relevant page on British Cycling is here.–0

      You cannot score British Cycling points with a day licence or provisional licence but you will still score WERL league points.

      Hope this helps. (Tanya – please feel free to add anything I’ve missed)

  2. It does sound like a Day licence would be a sensible way for me to start off. Can I enter WERL events like that though and how much is it? (The registration form for WERL implies that I need a full licence just to register, but perhaps I’ve misunderstood?)

  3. Hi Jane, Owen is correct. You would need at least a day licence to race, which costs £10 on top of the race entry fee. You can’t earn BC points, but you can earn WERL points with this. You can upgrade your Ride membership at any point with BC.

    You can join the league with or without a licence – you will be identified as a 4th category rider. You should have been given a BC membership number when you joined BC – this is the same as any race licence number you will have in the future, so please fill this out on the form.

    We have purposely selected races that take place on weeknights, Saturdays and Sundays to ensure that there is a race for everyone where possible. If you join the facebook group (womens eastern racing league) you can post if you need a lift from somewhere and someone might be able to help.

  4. Thanks for your help explaining this. So if I understand correctly: I could turn up on Sunday and buy a Single Day licence from the organisers, show them my BC ‘Ride’ level membership card and pay them the entry fee – and then I could race?
    I guess it’s usually possible to do all that beforehand, so I could avoid the risk of organising transport, travelling all that way and then finding I couldn’t enter because it’s full or some glitch of admin? (The BC website says that Sunday’s event is fully booked, but presumably it actually means I’m too late to enter that race online?)
    Do all the other WERL events have the same entry process and costs as this one?
    One final request – please could you put this admin info on the WERL website? If you want to encourage women to give it a try, it’d really help to give us a simple guide to licences, entry fees and how/when to buy them in order to participate in WERL events. There’s quite a lot of info on the BC website, but it hasn’t really helped me to work out what’s best for me or how to get it … or how long it takes to have everything in place before a race.
    I’m sure the system gets easier to work with when you’ve been racing for a while! Hopefully, I’ll get to that state one day 🙂

    • That’s right Jane. And yes, it will be a good idea to put this info on the website, I’ll sort something out, thanks. I remember when I first started racing, I couldn’t find the information I needed on the British Cycling website either – there’s too much useful information, it all get’s lost!

      Each event is run by a different organiser, and they all have different prices for entry, but a day licence will always be £10. A CTT time trial is different again and has nothing to do with BC. You will need to be a member of a CTT affiliated club and enter using the link supplied on the race calender.

      You can enter races online up until a closing date specified, after that, it’s worth contacting the race organiser to see if there is a chance to enter on the day (generally it is for most women’s races). Again, I’ll stick all of this information on the website.

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