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):
Another good weekends cyclo-cross results for the Wheelers youth riders at Kettering in the Central League and at Diss in the Eastern League on Saturday.
The under 10 race at Kettering was another 1,2,3 for the Wheelers trio of Rupert Cavill, Finlay Woodliffe and Dillon Knott as they rode away from the field with another terrific performance. This was backed up by Xavier Knott 4th in the under 8 race and Beth Bennett 2nd girl in the under 12 event in a field of 27 riders Euan Woodliffe was 2nd in the under 14 race with Tom Sharples 3rd and Ellen Bennett 2nd girl Archie Peet won the under 16 boys race with Joe Bennett 3rd while Freya Butler won the under 16 girls event.
The Eastern League event at Diss produced another impressive set of performances by the youth riders – Oli Stockwell easily won the under 16 race with Tom Martin 4th, Joe Kiely was 3rd and top under 14 rider with Lauren Higham 10th and leading under 16 girl. Dylan Starkey was second in the under 12 race.
In the senior events – Keith Stockwell was 10th in the 40+ race while in the combined Womens and over 50’s race Elspeth Grace finished 9th and first Woman with a lead of almost five minutes over the next female rider in a field of more than 50 competitors
Michael Parry was 5th and second Junior rider in the Senior/Junior category event
Both the above events were held on Saturday so rather than have a free Sunday Oli Stockwell and Joe Kiely travelled south to race in the Wessex League race and notched up wins in the under 16 and under 14 events to conclude a busy and successful weekend.
On Saturday the Wheelers are hosts to the Central League race at Stanbrough Park (South) – the first race will be run at 10-00am and the last race for the Senior riders will start at 2-15pm.
A busy cyclo-cross weekend with the Eastern League at Bury St Edmunds on Saturday followed by the Central League at Shuttleworth College on Sunday which was used to determine the Club Cyclo-cross Champions for 2016.
Dylan Starkey scored his first cyclo-cross win in the Under 12 race at Bury and this was followed by wins for Oli Stockwell (under 16 boys), Joe Kiely (under 14 boys) and Lauren Higham (under 16 girls).
Elspeth Grace was 13th overall in the 80 strong entry in the combined 50+/Womens race and yet again comfortably won the top womens prize. In the Senior/Junior event Michael Parry was 12th and third Junior while Martin Dossett was 22nd in the 40 + category event.
The race on Sunday used a brand new venue at Shuttleworth College, near Biggleswade – an excellent site with good facilities (apart from the cold blustery wind and the driving rain for the final race). The results gained in this event were used to determine the winners of the club cyclo-cross championship so it was all to play for and a large number of club riders competed in the various events.
The youth riders dominated the racing and the results on Sunday were even better than the previous day – Xavier Knott opened the proceedings by winning the under 8 race Rupert Cavill, Finlay Woodliffe and Dillon Knott scored a 1,2,3 in the Under 10 boys race with an impressive ride on the small twisty course, Henry Sandon 6th. In the under 12 event Dylan Starkey was fourth, Tom Dixon 8th and Tommy Lidyard 15th, Jeremy Sandon 16th and Harry Eagle 18th. Beth Bennett was on the podium with a third place in the girls race with Poppy Knott 9th.
The youth race was another Wheelers demonstration ride – Oli Stockwell rode away from the field to win the under 16 boys race (Joe Bennett 5th) and Joe Kiely matched this by winning the under 14 boys event with Tom Sharples 2nd, Euan Woodliffe 4th and Max Jackson 11th. In the under 14 girls race Ellen Bennett 3rd, Molly Marriott 7th, Lauren Higham and Naomi Holt were first and second under 16 girls with Freya Butler 4th.
In the Junior race Michael Parry and an Ipswich rider broke away from the group and opened up a useful lead –they shared the pace throughout the race and at the finish Michael took second place.
The Womens race had a massive field of 28 riders – Elspeth Grace was soon in the lead and ran out the clear winner with yet another strong ride on a tough course.
In the other Senior events there were six Wheelers in the 40+ group – Keith Stockwell was 17th, John Cavill 27th, Tom Hinchliffe 30th Alex Peeke 44th and James Robertson 45th, Andy Holt 62nd
Chris Murphy was 33rd in the 50+ race losing a few places in the final lap when his gear mechanism got tangled up with stray course tape. Roan McCardle rode in the Novice race of 33 riders and finished in an excellent 9th place in his first cyclo-cross race.
A good weekends racing and an excellent set of results.
A number of the club riders will be traveling north at the weekend for Round 3 of the National series at Houghton le Spring near Sunderland.