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Cycling: Drops win Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series

May 31, 2017

Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series came to an end this weekend and it was an emotional afternoon with Drops taking their first title, having gone so close to victory a year previously.
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Rebecca Durrell led the team to the title, winning the Stevenage race, her first ever round win, to confirm both the team and individual titles.

“Last year didn’t finish as we’d hoped as we missed out on the team win in just the last few hundred yards,”said Durrell talking afterwards.  “We did talk about that at bit in preparing for this race and we were all very honest in recognising mistakes we made and that perhaps last year we went into the race a bit too confident and so perhaps took some unnecessarily risks.  So this year we thought we’d ease it back a little bit, play a bit of a safe game but still be up there at the front of the race, getting in the mix of things.  But, it worked!”

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Drops had led the Series since Round One at Redditch, with Durrell and teammate Annasley Park riding all eight events, and taking one and two in the individual standings, ahead of Team Breeze rider Manon Lloyd.

“I’m just so chuffed with our result tonight,” said Team Manager Tom Varney afterwards.  “We said at the start of this year’s Matrix Series that we were determined to win and that’s exactly what we’ve done.  Becky really deserved her win tonight, she’s worked so, so hard over the winter.  She’s had highs and lows and tonight is certainly a high for Becky and a high for the team”.

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Also celebrating was Ejay Harris of Storey Racing who added the Eisberg Sprints jersey to her earlier race win in Croydon. Storey Racing took fourth in the standings, behind Drops, Team Breeze and Team WNT, who took the top three spots.

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