Excited is a bit of an understatement when describing Team WNT Pro Cycling’s announcement that it would be taking part in the Women’s Tour de Yorkshire on Saturday 29th April. Covering 122.5 km of Yorkshire’s ‘grippy’ roads between Tadcaster and Harrogate it is a chance for ‘local rider’ Gabriella Shaw to shine. “I can’t wait to race in the Tour de Yorkshire, I am familiar with the roads as I put in lots of training miles on them, it’s going to be one very special race. I’ve already done a recce of the full route, it’s going to be tough, but I am used to these types of grippy, hard roads. I’ll be passing on my local knowledge and little insights into the route with the team” says Gaby. Yorkshire is also home to WNT (UK), which is based in Sheffield making the Tour de Yorkshire even more important for the team.
WNT will have a big presence at the event and it will also be a fantastic opportunity for our supporters to come along and meet and greet the riders at the finish in Harrogate. All you have to do is register your interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, you will be able to get photos with your favourite riders and grab an autograph or two.
Before Team WNT gets to Yorkshire, though, there is plenty of racing to deal with. First up is the five-day Healthy Ageing Tour in the Netherlands (5th-9th April) and the first round of the HSBC National Series, Tour of the Wolds (9th April). The Healthy Ageing Tour, which takes place in the Netherlands includes a Team Time Trial, four road stages and an individual time trial. Team WNT Pro Cycling is fielding a strong team with Eileen Roe, Becca Carter, Gaby Shaw, Elise Maes, Keira McVitty and Hayley Jones. The first stage starts tomorrow (Wednesday 5th April) with a 16.9km individual time trial, followed by a 77.6km road stage in the afternoon. Thursday will consist of a 19.3km team time trial in Baflo, with the last three days being road stages, the longest of which is 154.4km.You can watch LIVE everyday following this link http://www.podium.tv/nl/live
Back to the UK for the Tour of the Wolds where Josie Knight, Hayley Simmonds, Natalie Grinczer, Bex Rimmington, Anna Badegruber and Hannah Walker will take to the start line for what looks to be great addition to the women’s calendar in 2017. This race will mark the UK racing debut for our Austrian Under 23 Hill Climb Champion, Anna Badegruber who says: “I’ve never raced in the UK before, so I am excited and at the same time nervous. I have no idea what to expect and Lincolnshire is not known for its hills! That said, we have a strong team of six racing, so I am sure it will be a successful debut for me on the British roads and also a good race for the team.” You can follow the race on twitter using the hashtag #WomensRoadSeries