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Preview: Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix

Preview: Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix

We reach the business end of the National Road Series this weekend as the domestic peloton heads to Yorkshire for the men’s and women’s Ryedale…

Saturday, Aug 20

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We reach the business end of the National Road Series this weekend as the domestic peloton heads to Yorkshire for the men’s and women’s Ryedale Grasscrete Grand Prix.

Based in the historic Ampleforth School and Abbey, the 17 th edition of the Ryedale Grand Prix takes in circuits of the rolling Hambleton countryside, in the shadow of the hills that make up the western edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Last year’s editions were won by Alex Peters (SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling) and Illi Gardner (CAMS-Basso). Previous winners of the race include James Shaw, Graham Briggs, Ollie Wood, Ian Bibby, Anna Henderson, Laura Massey, and Nikki Juniper.

Starting and finishing in the genteel surroundings of Ampleforth Abbey, the route incorporates two overlapping, hilly circuits featuring narrow, twisty country lanes. The race opens with laps of a ‘large circuit’ before moving on to a shorter finishing circuit. Both feature some tough climbs, making for selective racing.

The women’s race is 101.4 km long and takes in two laps of the long circuit followed by three laps of the short circuit. The men’s race, meanwhile, is 161.9 km in length and includes three laps of the long circuit and five of the short circuit.

The race marks the penultimate round of the series, with plenty left yet to play for in the individual series competitions. Sammie Stuart (CAMS-Basso) took over the women’s series lead at the wind-battered Manx International last month and will line up keen to defend her lead. Her nearest challengers Lucy […]

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