Unlike some of the more seasoned members of NLTCBMBC this is my first season racing and I have been very nervous but also excited about getting involved. I started entering road criteriums in January at the Dulwich Paragon Winter Series at the Lea Valley Velopark. The people I met in my first races were all really supportive and I had caught the bug, I wanted to race more!

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It was at the Winter Series races that I first heard about London Women’s Racing and I was encouraged to join the upcoming Spring League, LWR’s aims are simple:

-To provide a competitive environment in which to race, learn, develop and achieve regardless of racing category or experience.

  • To provide a platform for women to attend training sessions to encourage them to put a race number on and keep it on.
  • To provide spring and summer leagues for women of all levels to race in. Whether you want to compete in your first race, hone your skills or chase your first cat licence – we want you to be there.
  • To create a forum for women who are passionate about improving women’s racing in the region, who run the league and much more.
  • Source: London Women’s Racing

They are doing an excellent job of raising the profile of women’s cycling and this is something I felt I should support in any way I can.

The LWR Spring League was formed from races from the existing race calendar and there were separate categories for Cat 2, 3 or 4 riders. Before the Spring League kicked off LWR organised an excellent race training day at Cyclopark in Kent at the end of February. The day included comprehensive training sessions covering all aspects of racing techniques including cornering and riding in a bunch. The whole day was brilliant and it really spurred me on to get more serious about my training and racing.

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The Spring League has just finished and I had an amazing time racing at some well-organised races along with many other women who were all very friendly and supportive. Throughout the league I raced at Cyclopark in Kent, Redbridge Cycling Centre in Essex and also closer to home at the Lea Valley Velopark. Over the duration of the league I improved my skills and I learned something new every race, something I know will continue in all my future races!

I may not be the fastest yet but I absolutely love racing and I look forward to upping my training in order to climb my way up the ranks. With the release of the Spring League results I was overjoyed to find out that I have been awarded the “most improved rider” prize. It feels great that I was recognised in such a way and it has given my confidence a massive boost!

I’m very thankful to everyone involved with London Women’s Racing for all the hard work they have put in to organising the Spring League and I can’t wait to start the Summer League soon.

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Source: John Orbea