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West London VR created Ladies League so that women could race in a large peleton and, potentially have more chance of sprinting with similar paced riders at the end, even if male, thus adding to the excitement. We came up with a unique formula, as follows, and it is producing some great racing for women of all abilities.
The points from your six best rides will be counted and the female rider with the most points at the end of the series will win this competition. It is possible to augment your score by bettering your current 6th best result.
The leading lady in any race gets 100 points with each subsequent female finisher getting 100 minus the number of places further back in the unisex race they finish. This keeps the incentive to beat men in the sprints because by beating men, you can score more points in the Ladies League. So, if the second lady finisher finishes twenty places behind the first, she gets 80 points and so on…. Our aim is to have Ladies Races where the girls can enjoy the benefits of the peleton, enjoy sprints and don’t end up isolated and solo on the course. It’s a unique concept we are evolving to make it more fun for everyone. The Ladies League is based on your best six results from the 13 in the series, so you don’t even have to take part in every race. There is also a Ladies Teams competion, based upon the best two riders’ results from each team in each race.
The Ladies League has got off to a fascinating start with Caroline Reuter (RIAK) and Judith Newton (West London VR) both getting a win each over the first two races. Holly Larson from the USA is just behind them in the standings. looking down the list there are some of the best characters on the scene, with great names including Laura Whittingham, Wendy ‘Wonderwheels’ Gallagher, Danielle Gaunt, Maria Witzke, Shona Fraser, Lisa West, Lynda Van Dyk, Judy Frankel and our very own Lisa Snell. Gail Robinson has only done one race as have a few others, and this contest is about your best six results, so anyone can catch up with the leaders, so look out for Jessica Hawthorn, Gesine Junker, Karen Bailey, Serena Ace, Nara Chauffe, Chantal Mendes, Annika Caers, Jessica Wight and Hanna Paice. Indeed, with another 11 races to go there are opportunities still for new riders to join and make a name for themselves. And remember that current champion Ellen Lockett hasn’t raced yet due to surgery.
As we have said, only the best six results count and the winning woman in each race is awarded 100 points. Consequently, it is conceivable that two riders could both end up with 600 points. If so, the tiebreaker will be the total points scored, such that the rider who has done the most races is likely to win.
West London VR and RIAK currently lead the Ladies League Teams Competition.
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