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Cycling - 08. May 2008.

Swift Racing continue winning

Swift Racing made a winning return to the UK over the bank holiday weekend
at the Bedford 2 day race.

Starting for the Swift Motorhome sponsored team were National Cyclo-Cross
Champion Helen Wyman, Gabby Day, stage winner in 2007 Alice
Monger-Godfrey, Sarah Reynolds and guest rider Juul Wigbold from Holland.


Eileen Roe was unable to make her Swift Racing debut due to illness but
hopes to be racing soon.

With the team already down to 5, the girls were nervous on the start of
Sunday mornings Team Time Trial. There only practise together was riding
to the starts, however their nerves were not necessary as they flew around
the 9.7km course in under 13 minutes, taking 41 seconds out of their
closest rivals, Luciano Cycles.

Junior rider Sarah Reynolds was the first home and was wearing the leaders
yellow jersey for the first road stage in Keysoe, Bedfordshire. With a
lot of time bonus chances on the 80km stage, team team held their own very
well, with Helen Wyman taking many of the Hill bonus seconds and points,
and Gabby featuring well in the sprints. This changed the GC to put Helen
in yellow over night, and Gabby in second.


Sarah remained in the top 3, but pulled out overnight to travel to Italy
with the GB team for a stage race in preparation for the European Champs
later this year.

The final stage on Monday was at Millbrook test track. Its an excellent
venue with so many course options its hard to know what will be waiting
for you. The team were determined to hold onto there 1-2-3 on GC, with
Alice now sitting 3rd.

Despite their best efforts to break the bunch down, it wasn't going to
happen, so again it would come to sprint. Helen had already taken the
overall victory in the Hills prize and Gabby had moved into 2nd in the
sprint prize.

Helen backed up the teams hards work with another 2nd place on a stage,
and the icing on the cake was a victory in the team prize.

The team would like to thank Jon Miles and his team for the huge work they
have put into the race. It was a big success, well supported on the road,
and we all look forward to going back next season. Thank Jon.

After a few more days in the UK seeing sponsors, Helen and Gabby will
travel down to the Tour de L'aude in France, which starts on 16th May.

Overall Results:

1st - Helen Wyman
2nd - Gabby Day
3rd - Alice Monger Godfrey
30th - Juul Wigbold

1st Team - Swift Racing
King of Mountains - Helen Wyman
Sprint Jersey - Gabby Day 2nd

Stage 1 Winners - Swift Racing
Stage 2 - 1st Susannah Osborne
2nd Helen Wyman
3rd Dani King
5th Sarah Reynols
28th Juul Wigbold
31st Gabby Day
32nd Alice Monger-Godfrey

Stage 3 - 1st - Jessica Booth
2nd - Helen Wyman
3rd - Charlotte Colclough
9th - Gabby Day
13th - Alice Monger-Godfrey
29th - Juul Wigbold

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