Wheelers Race Results

The Wheelers riders had a busy weekends racing at various venues.
Six riders plus coaches and helpers travelled to the Isle of Man for the British Cycling 3-day youth tour. In the Under 16 Boys group were Will Raymond and Tom Durkin while in the Under 16 Girls race were Josie Griffin, Millie Gage and Lauren Higham. Will Raymond was 7th on Day 1 but had a bad second stage on the mountainous
course which dropped him down the overall situation. He recovered to take 3rd place on day 3.

In the girls race Lauren Higham was 7th on Day 1 and 17th on Day 2 and finished 21st overall. Millie Gage and Josie Griffin were non finishers on the hilly stage on Day 2 but were permitted to ride the final stage but were not classified in the final standings. Oli Stockwell had a very successful series in the Under 14 boys group –
starting with 3rd place on Day 1 – he followed this up with a 5th place on Day 2. He continued by winning the sprint for 4th place on the final stage . His consistent performances over the three days paid off with well earned 3rd place overall.

On Bank Holiday Monday a number of riders raced in the town centre closed road circuit at Ixworth in Suffolk – in the first race of the day Michael Parry was in the leading group of riders throughout the 40 minute race for Category 3 Seniors plus Juniors finally taking a well earned 6th place in the final sprint of 10 riders. The under 10/8 race was next and Dylan Starkey led the race for a number of laps as the field split up on the tricky course – he finished second just losing out in the two rider sprint. In the under 14 race Joe Kiely was on good form and was in the 6 man group that broke away in the early stages and became a good working group that built up a useful lead over the field. In the final sprint for the line Joe took a well earned 4th place. In the under 16 race the boys and girls started together – a fast pace was set from lap 1 and held throughout the 30 minute race – Nathan Blackmore and Elspeth Grace held their positions in the main bunch as weaker riders lost contact. In the final lap two riders broke away – Nathan and Elspeth finished in the main bunch with Elspeth taking the prize for the leading girl rider – beating a number of the boys with a great and positive ride.

The opening meeting of the Welwyn Track League was run on Friday evening at Gosling Sports Park – the field had a good number of riders spread among the various categories. The Wheelers riders scored a number of wins and places in the three age related youth events (see separate report).

On Sunday the club promoted the Norlond Combine 30 mile Time Trial on one of the A1 based courses. Cold conditions for the early morning start.

The opening round of the Club 10 mile series was run on Tuesday evening – Martin Dossett recorded the fastest time in 22-52 from the 10 rider field (remaining results to follow).

On Saturday the club is hosting Round 2 of the National Youth Omnium London series – 138 riders have entered the event which gets under way at 12 noon. The following day a number of the leading riders who wish to qualify for the National Final in Cardiff in July will need to be at Brightons Preston Park for the third race in the London series. The next round is at Herne Hill he following weekend. The top 5 riders in each age group need to count all four results to qualify for the National Final.

Track League Results – 29th April 2016

WELWYN TRACK LEAGUE – 29th April 2016 Results

Senior A

10 lap Scratch – Ethan Vernon Corely Drops RT, John McClelland Bush Healthcare CRT, Mark Smith Pro Cycle Hire UK RT, Cameron Gutteridge Finchley RT

15 Lap Points – Mark Smith Pro Cycle Hire UK RT, Ethan Vernon Corely Drops RT, Cameron Gutteridge Finchley RT, Alex Pierce Willesden CC

Devil – Ethan Vernon Corely Drops RT, John McClelland Bush Healthcare CRT, Mark Smith Pro Cycle Hire UK RT, Cameron Gutteridge Finchley RT

10 Mile Scratch – Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon, Tom Zittel Willesden Cycling Club, Ethan Vernon Corely Drops RT, Mark Smith Pro Cycle Hire UK RT

Senior B

10 lap scratch – Alex Pierce Wilsden CC, Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon, Tom Zittel Willesden CC, Ian Foulkes Cycle Club Ashwell

10 Lap Points – Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon, Tom Zittel Willesden Cycling Club, Ian Hayter Welwyn Wheelers, Steven Edwards DRCC

Devil – Conor Woodford Willesden CC, Ian Hayter Welwyn Wheelers, Steven Edwards DRCC, Michael Skipsey TMG Horizon

Youth A

8 Lap Scratch – Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers, Sam Asker Welwyn Wheelers, Gwilym Park Welwyn Wheelers

8 Lap Points – Sam Asker Welwyn Wheelers, Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers, Gwilym Park Welwyn Wheelers

Devil – Sam Asker Welwyn Wheelers, Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers, Gwilym Park Welwyn Wheelers

7 Lap Handicap – Sam Asker Welwyn Wheelers, Joe Kiely Welwyn Wheelers, Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers, Oisin Murphy HSS

Youth B

6 Lap Scratch – Tom Sharples Welwyn Wheelers, Joe Kiely Welwyn Wheelers, Max Bolton Lee Valley Youth CC

6 Lap Points – Max Bolton Lee Valley Youth CC, Adam Lightfoot CC Ashwell, Oisin Murphy HSS

Devil – Oisin Murphy HSS, Max Bolton Lee Valley Youth CC, Joe Kiely Welwyn Wheelers

Youth CDE

3 lap Scratch – Joe Obrien HSS, Euan Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers, Jodie Taylor Colchester Rovers

4 Lap Points – Euan Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers, Joe Obrien HSS, Jodie Taylor Colchester Rovers

Devil – Euan Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers, Joe Obrien HSS, Dylan Starkey Welwyn Wheelers

4 Lap Handicap – Mark Lightfoot CC Ashwell, Jack Emerson Colchester Rovers, Finlay Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers, Rupert Cavill Welwyn Wheelers

Latest youth calendar‏

Please find a the latest version of the youth calendar. It shows what races are available for youth riders up until September. I have only put down those that take place on a weekend – there are others that run during the week (see the BC website).

I have also added a selection of time trials – note that you have to be 12 or over to compete in these. As the number of circuit races seems to have declined this year you may want to think about the Victoria CC series of time trials. Although these can be ridden solo they can also be ridden as a pair or a three and makes a good introduction to time-trialling (or good practice for riding in a break!). If you are interested in riding in any of these let me know and I will see if I can find a ‘volunteer’ to ride with you.

Graeme – Youth Coordinator

Lee Valley Youth Omnium – Round 1

The Wheelers youth riders were out in force to ride in the British Cycling Youth Omnium series at the Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday. The 5 event Omnium consists of a Time Trial, Elimination race, Sprint, scratch and Points race with placings in each event to count. The combined results of all four meetings will be added together and the top five riders in each age group will qualify for the final in Cardiff in July. The next two rounds will be at Gosling Sports Park on Saturday May 7th and the following day at Brighton.
The final results from Lee Valley are awaited.

Will Raymond finished 3rd in the tough and highly competitive under 16 Boys category in a field of 28 riders with a good set of results – the winner was ex Wheelers Ethan Vernon who won all five races.

The Wheelers had four riders in the 20 rider under 16 girls group with Josie Griffin and Millie Gage being placed second and third in this group.

Oli Stockwell had a tough time in the under 14 category – he was second in the opening 1Km time trial but an error by the race officials saw him taken out in lap 3 of the elimination race – his name was displayed on the overhead board so he left the track. He was in the front of the race but the officials put up the wrong number on the board so he was eliminated. He fought back to take 3rd spot in the scratch race and with positive rides in the Kieren and points events he eventually finished 5th overall but was disappointed to have been wrongly eliminated in race 2 when in a good position to finish in the top three overall.

Imogen Chastell took a fine 6th place in the under 14 girls category and Euan Woodliffe was 4th in the under 12 boys event
Final results from the Lee Valley event will be published later


Kinetic Welwyn Round Up‏

It has been a very busy fortnight for the Kinetic Welwyn racing team, with strong performances in road, circuit and time trials.
On the weekend of the 16th and 17th of April Ellie Cadzow and Gaia Casciello travelled to Northumberland to compete in the Tour of the Reservoir, part of the National Road series. Gaia rode strongly on both days to finish 55th in the general classification.
Time Trial specialist Annabel Sill continued her fine early season form in the Finsbury Park Hilly TT, securing the first Woman prize in a time of 28:39, knocking almost a minute off her previous year’s best.

Rachel Heptonstall is now placed 10th in the National Category 3 riders rankings with a recent 5th place Cyclopark and a 6th ‎Hog Hill.
Ellie Cadzow also secure a 5th place at the midweek Abbeygate Development series race at the Milton Keynes Bowl and second place at the N&DCA 10M Time Trial on Sunday 24th April.

Also on Sunday Rachel, Gaia and Junior Anna Carter raced in the Essex Roads round of the Women’s Eastern Road Race League. Over the East Hanningfield circuit it was Gaia who was the leading Welwyn rider contesting the bunch sprint for a top ten finish, Anna was the leading Junior.

The team now travel to the popular Bedford Three Day event this coming weekend, part of the Women’s Team Series, it comprises of five stages over the bank holiday.

John Chastell

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