To celebrate the 10th edition of the OVO Energy Tour Series in May, the will be asking riders, team managers, cycling experts and even race staff to pick their Dream Team from the hundreds of riders who have competed in Britain’s leading criterium series.

This week’s selector needs little introduction: having conquered the British scene, Hannah Barnes has gone on to become one of the world’s best riders. The British Road Race Champion in 2016, the 24-year-old has won stages of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and Giro d’Italia Femminile, the leading stage races on the women’s cycling calendar. Based in Girona, 2018 is Barnes’s third season with the Canyon//SRAM team.

Barnes won four individual rounds during her Tour Series days, three of which came in 2013, the year she won the individual title and sprints competition. “I’d love to come back, I always had great fun racing the Tour Series,” she said.

HANNAH BARNES Canyon//SRAM; formerly of Motorpoint, Team Ibis Cycles and MG Maxifuel

“I always liked racing at Peterborough and Stoke-on-Trent, although I never did too well at the latter. Winning in Woking [in 2013] sticks out the most from my victories; I crashed early on and didn’t realise how bad it was. I had to change my bike and I remember seeing my dad’s face in the pits – there was an ‘oh my gosh’ look on it! That was such a cool circuit, so winning there after everything that happened makes it a race I won’t forget. You can see how cut up I was from the podium pictures. I ended up needing nine stitches – but luckily I avoided having to go to A&E to get them done!”

EILEEN ROE WNT-Rotor; formerly of Team Ibis Cycles, Breast Cancer Care, Starley-Primal, Wiggle Honda, Lares-Waowdeals

“We lived together during the 2012 season when we were racing for Ibis in the Netherlands. She won in Colchester that year, too. She’s a great rider – incredibly gutsy – and therefore it’s no surprise that she’s achieved what she has in her career.”

KARLA BODDY Les Filles RT; formerly of MG Maxifuel, IKON Mazda, Drops, Corley Cycles

“Karla and I were team-mates in 2013. She finished second behind me in Colchester that year – she did a great job of controlling the chase group behind me and then celebrated in style [see above] upon clinching the one-two! I like her personality: you know where you stand with her, which is fine by me. I saw her recently – we went out riding in Girona, I loved seeing her again.”

KATIE ARCHIBALD Wiggle HIGH5, formerly Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International, Team WNT

“Katie’s a rider who can win a bunch sprint, go solo or take a victory from a small group – she’s capable of anything. She’s getting better on the road every year – she was up there in a couple of the Women’s Tour stages in 2017, too – despite it being secondary to her track career. Just imagine how hard to beat she’d be if she focused 100% on the road!”

ALICE BARNES Canyon//SRAM, formerly of Twenty3c-Orbea, Scott Contessa Epic, Drops

“I suppose I’d better put my little sister in my team, otherwise she won’t be happy! I’m proud of what she’s achieved so far in her career – she won Tour Series rounds in 2016 and 2017 – and it’s great that we’re both racing for Canyon//SRAM this year. Alice is definitely worth keeping an eye on for the future; racing in Europe is a big jump but she’s extremely talented. She’s a punchy rider, so I think she’ll make an excellent one-day racer before long.”