Video: Getting ready for the Women's Tour with Matrix Vulpine's Jessie Walker

Biggest women's race ever in the UK looms for 19-year-old

by John Stevenson   May 7, 2014  

Jessie Walker (right) training with team-mate Penny Rowson.png

Vulpine Matrix is one of the scrappy underdog teams in the Women’s Tour, up against international powerhouses like Marianne Vos’s Rabo Liv squad, Orica-GreenEdge and Wiggle-Honda.

One of just three elite British teams in the race, Vulpine Matrix is also the youngest. Four of the six riders in the Women’s Tour are still teenagers, though they have super-experienced and canny worlds cyclocross bronze medalist Helen Wyman as team leader to steer them right.

Sponsor Vulpine commissioned this little film about one of the youngsters, Jessie Walker, daughter of ex-pro Chris Walker. Only 19, the film shows her preparation for the Tour, including winning a race on her local roads of Yorkshire.

Vulpine boss Nick Hussey said: “This is a huge day for our young team, for women’s cycling in the UK and for women’s cycling Worldwide. I’m freaking out that I get to see the riders up against the best in the World. I hope they enjoy it as much I will!”

The Women’s Tour started in Oundle Northamptonshire this morning, and will take in five stages in the east of England, finishing in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

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She says in the video, she needs to work on her sprints, She was the first rider for Martix home on Stage 1...18th, still a bit of work required then Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8698 posts]
7th May 2014 - 14:46

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Top twenty? Good for Jessie.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1031 posts]
8th May 2014 - 7:27

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Ahah no way! I'm in that vid!

Psyched for Jessie, yesterday must've felt amazing! Hope she goes just as well today Big Grin

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
8th May 2014 - 12:56

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