Riders wanted for Norwood Paragon Women’s Race Team

Created by Daniel Sullivan at 2018-01-19 09:34:21



Norwood Paragon is growing its women’s team and looking to recruit riders for the 2018 season.

The cycling club, which meets regularly in Reigate (Surrey), has recently recruited four Cat 2 and 3 female members, all of whom are experienced road racers planning to compete in the coming year.

Joining riders include Katharine Broadbent (joining from GB Cycles RT, road),Sophie Household (formerly Vertex-Biemme, road and time trial), Anna Marie Hughes (also Vertex-Biemme, road and track), and Gemma Hayes (East Grinstead CC, road and time trial).

Remaining with the club is Michelle Arthurs-Brennan (road, track and time trial), and riders will also benefit from the guidance of former Team GB rider Sophie Johnson – on club rides until March and virtually thereafter when she leaves us for an extended trip abroad.

The team will use the tag line #SenzaParagoni, which in English means 'unmatched', and they're hoping to live up to the title.

The 1904 established club is able to support the riders over the 2018 season, with a pot of investment that will go towards providing a discount on kit (which will be provided at trade cost from Hoste) and contributions towards race entry for target events.

All female racers looking for team mates to ride and train with in the East Surrey/Sussex area are encouraged to join.

For those interested in racing the clock, Norwood Paragon successfully launched a women’s club time trial series over the 2017 season, sometimes drawing a 50/50 gender split – this will grow with additional events into 2018.


Ringleader of the new Norwood ‘Paragonella’ group, Michelle Arthurs-Brennan commented: “I joined Norwood Paragon last year. The club has provided a fantastic base to learn from, with some excellent male racers who have really brought my riding on thanks to the well ordered, but pretty testing, club runs. But once again, as per all the clubs I’ve been in over the last six years, I was the only woman racing.

“It seems to me that, whilst London cycling clubs typically have fairly good numbers of female members, in Surrey a lot of clubs have just one or two racing women within their membership.

“The result is that these women often don’t stay for long, quickly joining teams, where sometimes their needs aren’t met – kit might be supplied but there’s no local club run or support. The goal of our new incentive is to provide women in the area with a supportive group of female club mates to train and race with.”

Club runs meet at 9.30 AM on Sunday at Maison du Velo in Reigate, with some mid-week training rides available.

The 2018 Norwood Paragon kit – which is being manufactured in Italy by Hoste - has been designed by Simon Warren, and the order needs to go in soon for a timely arrival.


Riders can join any time, but to access trade cost kit in the new design they’ll need to email michelle.arthurs@gmail.com by Tuesday January 23, listing their racing experience and plans for 2018.

Target races for the group are TBC – but will include road races and some track events.


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