It wasn’t all about MG Maxifuel in Redditch, as Team Hope Factory Racing’s Adela Carter helped animate the race.

Top mountain biker and cyclo cross rider Adela Carter was one of the stars of Round Three of the Johnson Health Tech Grand Prix Series. The 30-year-old sports scientist won the evening’s Sprints competition and was rewarded with the Combativity Award for her aggressive riding throughout.

Despite not being able to breakaway, Carter took fourth in the final sprint, her best result in the Series to date, and also the best performance by a Hope Factory Racing rider, one of only two squads to be racing for both men and women's honours in 2013.

“I think it’s fair to say that this is the first time I’ve really shone in a Johnson’s round.  I don’t think I’ve changed my riding between rounds, it’s just that I stayed in the front group this time as opposed to having to work my way through from a back group.

“I normally do cyclo-cross and some MTB in the summer. I think the big climb helped sort the group out and on such short climbs I’m ok, I’m more used to those from my other cycling disciplines. And it was different being up at the front, I really enjoyed it!

“Tonight I picked up the Combativity award and won both sprints. With cyclo-cross and MTB’s you tend to change speed quite frequently and in ‘cross there’s lots of short sprints out of corners so, although I’m quite new to criterium racing I knew I could use those skills. Previously though I’ve tried to keep out of the way so as not to get hurt!

“The course was incredibly hard and to begin with the group stayed together. I think it was difficult for a solo attack to stay away because it was such a difficult course. But I’ll come back for more, I’ll definitely give it a go.”

Thanks to VeloUK / Gordon Wiseman for the quotes.