Two Great Results by A&T Riders

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photo of Reece Pollit

Astley & Tyldesley hosted this year’s final rounds of the Men’s and Women’s Battle of Britain and HSBC UK Elite Grand Prix series at Gin Pit over the weekend.

Two great results by A&T riders saw Emily Burgess win the overall HSBC UK Elite British Women’s Grand Prix series, and Reece Pollitt finish runner-up in the overall corresponding Men’s series.

The Men’s events were held on Saturday. The Midlands team won the Battle of Britain match, beating the North & Scotland team by three points, to win this year’s Battle of Britain series, truncated due to early season Covid pandemic restrictions. Astley & Tyldesley’s Reece Pollitt was best for the North & Scotland team, dropping just two points. The North & Scotland team finished 2nd in the series, ahead of the South East & Eastern team, with the South & South Wales team fourth.


Men’s Battle of Britain – Round 4 result
Midlands 61 North & Scotland 58 South East & Eastern 47
Men’s Battle of Britain – Overall Series result
Midlands 8 pts North & Scotland 4 pts (108 race pts) South East & Eastern 4 pts (104 race pts) South & South Wales 3 pts.

The final round of the HSBC UK Elite Grand Prix series followed. Birmingham’s Chris Timms started the day as the series leader and he made no mistake in the match, riding superbly to record a 20 points maximum, and regain the title which he won in 2018. Ipswich’s Ben Clarke was runner-up, with A&T’s Reece Pollitt in third place. Pollitt finished 2nd in the overall series, with Ipswich’s Ashley Hill third.
Men’s HSBC UK Elite Grand Prix – Round 4 top 3 placings
Chris Timms (Birmingham) 20, Ben Clarke (Ipswich) 19, Reece Pollitt (Astley & Tyldesley) 18.
Men’s HSBC UK Elite Grand Prix – Overall Series top 3 placings
Chris Timms (Birmingham) 50 GP points, Reece Pollitt (Astley & Tyldesley) 31, Ashley Hill (Ipswich) 28.

It was the turn of the Women to take to the track on Sunday, and there was a much bigger turn out of riders. The South & South Wales team won the Battle of Britain match, with the Midlands team pipping the North & Scotland for second place and the South East & Eastern team finishing fourth. Astley & Tyldesley’s Emily Burgess top scored for the North & Scotland team, scoring 18 points plus one bonus. Team mate Lucy Grantham made her debut at this level and scored 2 points.

The top five riders in the overall GP series, with Emily Burgess centre

Women’s Battle of Britain – Round 4 result
South & South Wales 69 Midlands 61 North & Scotland 56 South East & Eastern 53
Women’s Battle of Britain – Overall Series result
South & South Wales 7 pts North & Scotland 6 pts Midlands 5 pts  South East & Eastern 2 pts.

The final round of the HSBC UK Elite Grand Prix series followed. A&T’s British Women’s Champion Emily Burgess started the day as the series leader and she rode superbly to jointly top score in the qualifiers, before winning the Grand Prix ‘A’ Final, to clinch the HSBC UK Elite British Women’s Grand Prix title. Poole’s Sandra Tamborska was runner-up, with Leicester’s Lizzie Rigley in third place. The three women finished in the same order in the overall series.


Women’s HSBC UK Elite Grand Prix – Round 4 top 3 placings
1st Emily Burgess (Astley & Tyldesley), 2nd Sandra Tamborska (Poole), 3rd Lizzie Rigley (Leicester).
Women’s HSBC UK Elite Grand Prix – Overall Series top 3 placings
1st Emily Burgess (Astley & Tyldesley), 2nd Sandra Tamborska (Poole), 3rd Lizzie Rigley (Leicester).

In the Women’s Intermediate Grand Prix Round, Astley & Tyldesley’s Lucy Grantham finished in 7th place, with team mate Harriet Belt ninth. Poole’s Nataleigh Goulden won the Intermediate Grand Prix ‘A’ Final and overall Intermediate series.

Men’s photo of Reece Pollitt supplied by Alan Davies.

The Women’s photo of the top five riders in the overall GP series, with Emily Burgess centre, courtesy of Corrie Burgess.


Mike Hack
Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club Press Officer