Clear skies and the warmth of a summer’s evening greeted the riders in Barnsley. It was a stark contrast to the weather that they had found in Stockton two weeks prior.
The Series leader and winner from the previous round in Ilkley, Eluned King, was not on the start list in Barnsley. However, lining up instead was a strong field of motivated riders. Her Le Col – Wahoo teammate, Marjolein van’t Geloof, was ready to make the race hard, and former National Champion, Jo Tindley (Pro-Noctis – Rotor – Red Chilli Bikes p/b Heidi Kjeldsen) had a score to settle at this race, having missed out on the win in 2019.
The flag dropped and the race exploded into life straight away. Jo Tindley attacked from the gun, stretching out the bunch and gaining a small lead in the process. Tindley’s cornering skills are widely noted and she put them to good use on the tight circuit.
The bunch soon stretched into a long, thin line, and the pressure caused splits in the bunch, Amira Mellor (Spectra Wiggle p/b Vitus) notably caught on the wrong side at one point.
As the pace slowed, it seemed that the elastic had snapped – only 14 riders were left at the front of the race. The lone figure of Amy Gornall, Tindley’s teammate, was chasing hard and, as she made the junction, Pro Noctis had the numerical advantage in the front group.
There were notable attacks from Emma Jeffers (JRC-Interflon), the national circuit race champion, […]