Neah Evans and Katie Prankerd rode impressively at the final of the Revolution Champions League in London on Saturday to win the first ever Elite Women’s Championship for Podium Ambition.
The team has lead the competition since the conclusion of Round 2 of the UK Championships in Glasgow, where a domination in the Women’s races from local girl Katie Archibald and Evans shot them to the top of the table above Voxwomen.
Evans said, “It’s been great for me, I’ve managed to race every single round, but importantly it’s been a real team effort. There’s been quite a few different riders racing at each round, Katie [Prankerd] tonight, Katie Archibald at the first two rounds, Sarah [Storey] and Monica [Dew] came out as well and everyone put in a lot of effort so it’s great to get the win.”
Unfortunately, Archibald wouldn’t return to action for the team again, a break in her wrist at the World Cup event in Glasgow would see her rendered unable to ride the rest of the season.
Strong partnerships won the team the Championship, winning perhaps was never in doubt when Evans partnered with multiple Paralympic gold medallist and team leader, Dame Sarah Storey at Round 1 of the Champions League in Manchester. She said, “It’s the first time we’ve actually raced together, and we just worked well together straight from the start it was so good having her up there with me.”
The team faced tough competition across all the rounds from second placed Voxwomen. Boasting appearances from World Road Race Champion Amalie Dideriksen, Italian Road Race Champion Elena Cecchini, Lotte Kopecky and Laurie Berthon.
A testimony to the strength of Evans and the team, came when it was time to fend off competition from four-time Olympic gold medalist Laura Kenny, beating her to first place in the Omnium at the final round London.
There were also strong performances from the girls from Great Britain, including Ellie Dickinson, Manon Lloyd and Emily Kay.The final standings for the Women's Championship can be found here.