In 2013 American Coryn Rivera was fighting for victory with Hannah Barnes on the streets of Woking in the penultimate round of the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series. Just over four years later the, now, Team Sunweb rider sprinted to victory in the world’s biggest single-day race for women, the Tour of Flanders.

The 24-year old raced to victory in Oudenaarde at the head of a 19-rider group, which also contained former Matrix Fitness GP Series rival Hannah Barnes.

Rivera starred during her sole season in Britain in 2013, racing for the same Breast Cancer Care team as Dame Sarah Storey, but has since been back in the UK, racing in The Women’s Tour in 2015, unfortunately having to retire after riding the second stage with a broken wrist sustained in an opening day crash.

Above – Coryn Rivera (right), alongside Hannah Barnes (centre) and Roxanne Fournier (left) on the podium in Woking

“This year’s Tour of Flanders showed just how exciting women’s racing is and was a great advert for the sport,” said Tour Series Race Director Mick Bennett.

“To see Coryn Rivera winning what is one of the world’s biggest races shows her immense quality as a rider, but is also a great reflection on the Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series as a platform for developing riders.  The range of circuits we have ensures the Series is closer in spirit to a kermesse or road race, and so the perfect development ground for riders with their eyes on road racing at the top level. 

“I am sure that Coryn won’t be the last rider who has raced in the Series that will go on to win a UCI Women’s WorldTour event if you look through the fantastic range of talented riders that have come through our events.”

Rivera is the first rider to have come through the Tour Series’ Matrix Fitness GP Series and gone on to win a UCI Women’s WorldTour race.  However the Californian is in good company at the sport’s highest level, with an amazing eight GP Series race winners all performing for top level UCI women’s teams.

In addition to 2013 Series Champion Hannah Barnes (at Canyon//SRAM), sister Alice is racing for Drops and competing in events like the Tour of Flanders for the first time.

Another pair of sisters, Lucy and Grace Garner, are with Wiggle HIGH5, where they are joined by Amy Roberts. Scottish duo Katie Archibald and Eileen Roe are both with Team WNT in 2017, who are spending their first season at the UCI level.

Finally the most famous ‘graduate’ of the women’s Tour Series is Dani King MBE, now riding for Cylance.  The Olympic Champion won the first ever women’s race in Stoke-on-Trent in 2010, going on to repeat her victory in the Potteries a year later.

To find out which of this year’s Matrix Fitness Grand Prix Series riders is set to be a global star of the future, join us in Redditch, Worcestershire on Tuesday 9 May for Round One, or at any of the other seven venues below who are hosting a round of Britain’s leading, televised race series for women.