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The Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series – 2014 photo blog

The Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series, 19th May – 11th June 2015, is a women’s event that runs alongside the men’s Pearl Izumi Tour Series. It consists of five rounds on city centre circuits and, if you’re anywhere near Redditch, Motherwell, Croydon, Peterborough or Bath then I heartily recommend you take an evening out to go along and watch. Find out more here.

Last year I got a ‘back stage’ press pass for the Woking event. It was a fantastic opportunity to witness an event from warm up to post-race interviews, as well as see top riders such as Sarah Storey, Eileen Roe and Helen Wyman in action. And the sun shone, which always helps a photo pop!! My 2014 pictures are below:

Pre race: Wyndy Milla Reynolds team

Pre race: Wyndy Milla Reynolds team

Starley Primal Pro Cycling riders, pre race

Starley Primal Pro Cycling riders, pre race

Harriet Owen of Matrix Pro Cycling

Harriet Owen of Matrix Pro Cycling

Warm-up

Warm-up

Sarah Storey, Helen Wyman and Sara Olsson line up at the start.

Sarah Storey, Helen Wyman and Sara Olsson line up at the start.

Under the bridge

Under the bridge

Passing the fire station

Passing the fire station

Eileen Roe: Winner!

Eileen Roe: Winner!

Winner Eileen Roe in front of the press

Eileen Roe in front of the press

Winner: Eileen Roe of Starley Primal Pro Cycling

And again…Eileen Roe of Starley Primal Pro Cycling

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey: post race interview

Charline Joiner: post-race interview

Charline Joiner: post-race interview

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Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling team launch (and a Jens Voigt selfie!)

My photo blog from the Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling team launch, which took place in Stoke on Trent last week at Staffordshire University.

The riders from the Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling team, including Laura Trott (in white) meet the press.

The riders from the Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling team, including Laura Trott (in white) meet the press.

I grew up in Stoke – which is also where team sponsors Matrix Fitness are based – so it was great to go back there for the day, meet the riders from Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling and hear about the team’s new professional status as a UCI women’s cycling team: an incredible achievement which will allow them to race against the biggest teams in the world this year. It was good to see familiar faces including Chris Garrison from Trek and Polly Farrington from Vulpine – both brands are amongst the team’s sponsors – and Hannah Ustell from Total Women’s Cycling, who I occasionally write for.  I also spent much of the day building up the courage to ask for a selfie with special guest and cycling legend Jens Voigt (to cut a long Jens story short, he’s very nice, has incredibly long legs…and I got the selfie*).

But back to the launch, where the team of eleven Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling riders – from superstar Olympian, World and European champion Laura Trott to Development rider 17-year old Lucy Shaw – were the real stars of the day. They were joined by sponsors, the team’s families, local cycling organisations and a LOT of media. It was amazing to see so much support for this team and women’s cycling, and I can’t wait to track their progress through the season.

Below are some of my pictures from the day.

Sara Olsson is interviewed by Voxwomen, a new online women's cycling channel.

Sara Olsson is interviewed by Voxwomen, a new online women’s cycling channel.

Lucy Martin in front of the camera

Lucy Martin in front of the camera

The team wait to go on stage. Jens Voigt and Stefan Wyman are on the left.

The team wait to go on stage. Jens Voigt and team manager Stefan Wyman are on the left.

Lucy Shaw, 17 year old Development rider, interviewed in front of the team's Trek bikes.

Lucy Shaw, 17-year old development rider, interviewed next to the team’s Trek bikes.

Special guest Jens Voigt

Special guest Jens Voigt

TV coverage as the team line up for the media.

TV coverage as the team line up for the media.

Mel Lowther with support from home!

Mel Lowther with support from home.

Harriet Owen

Harriet Owen, about to meet the press.

Lucy Martin at the end of a long but really enjoyable day!

Lucy Martin at the end of a long but really enjoyable day!

*And here it is :0)

selfie