Laura Trott and sister Emma to take on the men at Elveden Estate Cycle Races tomorrow

Double Olympic champion granted permission to take part in race at Lord Iveagh's Suffolk estate

by Simon_MacMichael   May 10, 2013  

Laura Trott (copyright

Male cyclists taking part in a Category 2/3/4 race in Elveden, Suffolk this weekend will have a double Olympic champion as one of their rivals after Wiggle Honda’s Laura Trott was granted special dispensation by British Cycling to cross the gender divide to enter the event.

The 21-year-old, who won gold medals in the team pursuit and omnium in London last summer, will be joined in the race by her older sister, Emma, who is based in Belgium and rides for the Boels Dolmans team.

Both will also take part in the women’s race at the Elveden Estate Cycle Races, the third in a series of five events being held on a 5km circuit on the 22,486 acre private estate belonging to Lord Iveagh, a member of the Guinness family.

According to the Hertfordshire Mercury, Lord Iveagh, aged 43, approached British Cycling to offer a 5km paved circuit inside the Elveden Estate to be used for the series of races which began in March and finishes next month.

Referring to Trott’s presence tomorrow, he said: “We are absolutely delighted to have a rider of this calibre at day three of the Elveden Cycle Series.

“The cycling circuit has gone down extremely well with the cycling community both far and wide and to attract Laura is a real success.”

The event is organised by Ken Joliffe, with the help of Bishops Stortford CC, Mildenhall CC and West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club, who said: “Why not spend a pleasant day in the countryside? No traffic, no noise in a beautiful setting and the opportunity to see Laura Trott in action? It will be one of your few chances to see her in action in a UK race.”

He added: “This circuit is a real gem, in that it is a real but short road circuit without the traffic. We want Elveden to be thought of as something special, something more than just another race. The circuit and the setting are certainly very unique and so will the catering.”

Entry and parking for spectators is free, with the first event, a Category 4 race with a field of 100 riders, starting at 9.45am. The final event is the most eagerly anticipated one – the ten-lap senior men’s race, including the Trott sisters, which starts at 3.30pm.

Full details are available on the event website.

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I don't know how BC works having never raced in any of this Cat's. But surely they would also need a dispensation, not only on gender grounds but also they must hold Elite licenses?

But racing against 2/3/4 cat's is a bit unfair on the guys Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [9364 posts]
10th May 2013 - 11:08


22,000 acre estate?! Crikey.

Good luck to the girls? Good luck to the 2/3/4 guys they're up against, more like!

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
10th May 2013 - 12:31


They are also both riding in the Women only E1234 at 11:30

posted by RabAusten [24 posts]
10th May 2013 - 19:19


Just loving the rise of women's cycling. About time.

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

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posted by MercuryOne [1221 posts]
10th May 2013 - 21:32


MercuryOne wrote:
Just loving the rise of women's cycling. About time.

Hear hear.

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posted by Gizmo_ [1249 posts]
11th May 2013 - 0:13


Does this mean that even as a bloke I can ride in the women's event then?

posted by mbrads72 [158 posts]
11th May 2013 - 1:34


mbrads72 wrote:
Does this mean that even as a bloke I can ride in the women's event then?

No it's the same as this business of holding doors open, don't do it and you are recognising their fight for equality but do you recieve any thanks for it? Thinking

Now ducking behind the barricades.


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [734 posts]
11th May 2013 - 7:21


The main race of the day is not the men's 234 but the women's race at 11.30am which has a field of 60 riders including the Trott sisters and forms round 4 of the London Women's Cycle Race Series.

posted by o_marsden [14 posts]
11th May 2013 - 8:01