A number of the Wheelers travelled to the Cyclopark at Gravesend on Sunday for the South East and Eastern Inter Regional cyclocross championships.
The under 10s race were the opening race and the Wheelers riders were Rupert Cavill and Finn Woodliffe. A shortened version of the full course was used which still included off camber sections, switch backs, a sand pit and some ups and downs. After a tough 15 minutes in very competitive race and a large field of riders Rupert was 5th and Finlay 9th.
The under 14 and under 16s all raced together, with the girls starting one minute behind the boys. They raced the full circuit including a steep run up, hurdles and steps.
Joe Kiely was first under 14 boy, more than a minute ahead of the second placed under 14 boy. Tom Sharples was 3rd and Euan Woodliffe 5th. Ellen Bennett finished mid field in the girls event
In the under 16 boys race Oli Stockwell was unable to catch the National Champion, Ben Tulett, and finished in second place. Tom Martin was 9th and Archie Peet was 13th with Joe Bennett 3 seconds behind in 14th. Ellen Bennett was 8th under 14 girl and Lauren Higham was 1st under 16 girl.
Next race was the vet 50 men category plus 49 women combined in a massive field of 113 riders. Elspeth Grace with another superb ride dominated the womens race and finished in first place a minute ahead of the second woman. Keith Stockwell raced in the vet 40 mens race but unfortunately punctured so was unable to continue.
A good well organised event – the course had a bit of everything and the facilities at the Cyclopark were excellent. A lot of enthusiastic spectators to watch the racing and a lovely atmosphere. A cold but really sunny day and no mud.
This weekend the top riders will be at Shrewsbury for Round 4 of the BC National seriers
Go-Ride Racing Muddy Monsters
The first round of the Go-Ride Racing Muddy Monsters series of races starts at Ashwell CC this Saturday. This series of Novice Off Road races is aimed at those young riders new to racing.
The Road Bikes on the Track session will run as normal on Saturday
We will still be running a scaled down Freewheel session this Saturday. Sallie Bracewell will be going over to Ashwell to help and oversee the Muddy Monsters event.
Download Muddy Monsters information sheet here.
Eastern Region Intensive Youth Cyclo-Cross training
We will also be hosting a Cyclo-Cross “Contenders” Training session at Gosling on Saturday 10th December, 9:30am – 12pm £5 each booked in advance via me or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastern Region Intensive Youth Cyclo-Cross training session – Hosted by Welwyn Wheelers – Gosling Sports Park – Saturday 10th December 9:30am – 12pm
Welwyn Wheelers will be hosting the next Eastern Region Contenders Cyclo-Cross training session this coming Saturday. This session is designed for our best youth riders in the region to prepare them for national level competition. They are intensive training sessions that enable riders to work with others of a similar standard and identify weaknesses that can be worked on in club sessions. Where possible we will bring in expert coaches and riders to help with the sessions.
Riders are expected to be racing Cyclo-Cross regularly and have their own Cyclo-Cross bike. Riders must be in the Youth (U16 & U14) categories or first Year Juniors. Sign on @9am at Trackside Gosling Velodrome. Session Fee £5
There are still a few places available although the session is limited to 20 riders so please book in advance with Mark Wyer in advance via e-mail: email@example.com or contact me directly.
Mobile: 07831 402076
The Wheelers were hosts for Round 10 of the Central League cyclo-cross League on Saturday at Stanborough Park in ideal conditions . The event attracted a record entry of over 400 riders in the various age categories. Around 50 Wheelers members and parents were involved in making it a successful day in organising the days racing as course builders, marshals, race recorders, dealing with entries, catering and various other key roles. The course markers were on site at 06-30am and the course was ready for race 1 at 10-00am. The course was finally dismantled at around 3-30pm.
The Wheelers racing riders were in dominant form especially in the youth events – Rupert Cavill, Finlay Woodliffe and Dillon Knott opened the proceedings with a 1,2,3 in the under 10 event. Oliver Stockwell, Archie Peet and Joe Bennett took the top three places in the under 16 boys race while Imogen Chastell, Naomi Holt, Alice Mills and Holly Blaxsland were top 4 in the girls race.
In the under 14 race joe Kiely was the clear winner followed in by Euan Woodliffe 2nd with Ellen Bennett 3rd in the girls race.
Sophia Chastell was second and Rachel Dunne third in the Womens race which had a good number of riders.
The three senior events had a massive number of competitors – 80 in the 40+ race, 65 in the 50+ event and more than 60 in the last race of the day for senior riders. Keith Stockwell was 10 in the 40+ race with John Cavill 21st and Steve Dunne 22nd
Other notable performances – Xavier Knott 2nd in the under 8 category of 23 riders, Tom Dixon 12th and Beth Bennett 3rd girl – under 12 event, Gwill Park and Nathen Blackmore 2nd and 4th in the Junior race. A good days racing and a well organised event by the Wheelers
The following day at Ipswich was Round 4 of the British Cycling Cyclo-cross national series and nine Wheelers were there and on good form. Oliver Stockwell was an excellent 4th place in the 44 strong under 16 riders with Archie Peet 27th. In the under 14 group Joe Kiely was 5th, Tom Sharples 13th and Euan Woodliffe 15th
Michal Parry 11th in the Junior race and Lauren Higham a good 5th place in the under 16 girls event.
Elspeth Grace had another storming ride in the Elite Womens race of 32 riders – three riders opened up a lead and Elspeth was part of a 4 up group battling it out for 4th place and in tight rush for the line finished overall in 5th place.
Many thanks to all members who helped at the Central League Cyclo Cross event on Saturday.
It was a hugely successful event with over 400 riders taking part.
We have received some excellent feedback both on the course and how professionally the event ran. We have also received compliments on our cheerful and supportive marshals.
This could not have been done without the 50 plus members/ parents who helped out with set up on the Friday and Saturday
with set up , marshaled, worked on sign on, catering, calling, recording and take down and put away – as well as those who provided the delicious baked goods.
It is a lot of work to put on an event like this and we are grateful for all the help received. It is particularly gratifying to see some of our newer members volunteering for the first time.
Thank you to those that volunteered (in no particular order):
plus members who provided baked goods.
Club Presentation Evening – Saturday 4th February 2017
The club’s prize presentation evening will be 7pm to 10.30pm on Saturday 4th February 2017. The venue will be the John Clements Community Centre in Codicote – same as last year.
As it is the club’s 70th anniversary year it would be great to have high numbers attending across all age groups of our club.
Tickets for the event will start to go on sale next week and will be £10.
On the evening a Hog Roast, Salads, Vegetarian options and desserts will be provided. There will also be a manned bar on the night.