Lots of results from the 21st / 22nd November races

Results from the two Eastern Region cyclo-cross events at the weekend. WW riders were also riding the Central Cyclo-cross event on Sunday.
Will, Ollie and Imogen two wins each at the weekend
There were tough conditions for the Eastern  Region cyclo-cross League event on Saturday near Diss in Suffolk. Strong cold winds plus horizontal sleet did not deter  the Wheelers Youth riders who put up some tremendous performances. Will Raymond and Ollie Stockwell were the first and second in the Youth race plus Elspeth Grace in 10th spot and first girl. Immogen Chastell was 18th and top under 14 girl. Nathan Blackmore was also on top form taking 5th place in the youth event followed by Tom Durkin 11th and Lauren Higham 25th.
By the time the senior races got under way parts of the course could only be negotiated by riders running and carrying their bikes in the rain – Keith Stockwell was a fine 13th place in the 40+ race.
Michael Parry was 6th and third placed Junior in the Senior/Junior category race
The following day five Wheelers riders travelled to the  east coast to Southwold for the East League event – cold conditions and an excellent course saw Will Raymond and Ollie Stockwell again take the top two places in the Youth race, Joe Kiely had recovered from his problems in the Saturday race and was 8th and third under 14 rider. Immogen Chastell was once again the top under 14 girl.
In the Womens race Ellie Cadzow was 4th. Keith Stockwell had a good ride in the 40 + race finishing 13th.
With just six races to go in the East League Ollie Stockwell and Will Raymond are the top two riders in the League  separated by just one point. The Wheelers also head the table as top club followed by CC Ashwell
A number of the club riders travelled to Wokingham on Sunday for the Central League race organised by Henley CC. The racing was based on an old unused golf course using the bunkers as one of the hazards to be negotiated. Rupert Cavill and Tom Dixon fought it out for for 4th and fifth places in the under 10 race with Dillon Knott a few places back. Poppy Knot was 5th in the under 12 girls race.
For some strange reason the under 16/14 youth riders were not permitted to race on the full course used for the senior events – the club riders were really disappointed to miss out on a challenging course with bridges, sand and hurdles as they clearly had the skills and ability to race on the senior course. Tom Durkin and Gwill Park, Naomi Holt and Freya Butler all rode the under 16 race, while Tom Sharples, Michael Sumner, Alfie Aldridge and Ted Brett rode and finished in that order in the under 14 event.

Riding his first ever cyclo-cross race in the Novice event was Andy Holt who  was third in the Novice race.

John Cavill 22nd and James Robertson 26th in the 40+ race

2016 Dates for the Diary

2nd Jan  – Central Cyclo Cross Event

We will need help on the day for course builders, marshals, catering, callers, & course take down & putting things away .Let us know if you can help

30th Jan – Club Hog Roast incorporating the Annual Prize Presentations

Tickets £10 per person – currently on sale. All members & friends welcome. A Bar will be available – to be held at the new Codicote Hall

23rd Feb – Club AGM

Your chance to have your say in the running of the club & get involved.

We would also welcome members to come forward and volunteer to be on the new committee for 2016! We meet approx. 8 times a year – so it isn’t a huge commitment. You can help shape the future of your club…

25th March – Welwyn Hilly

The annual Good Friday Time Trial where we get in excess of 120 entries.

This year we need someone to step forward to coordinate the marshal duties. We will also need around 12 course marshals, someone to take charge of the catering and organise plenty of cakes!

7th May – Youth Track Omnium

We host this round of the Regional Omnium Series. As usual we will need a large number of volunteers to ensure this event runs smoothly & to time.

12th June – Welwyn Critérium du Dauphinoise Road Race

The Welwyn Road Race, on a new course this year, will be run on the Kingston circuit near Orwell. We will need help with marshals, drivers, sign on, catering etc. etc..  An early start but all done & dusted by about 12.30/1pm

19th June – GHS DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP, London North.

TT for Youth & Junior riders. We will need volunteers to marshal & sign on

Please let us know if you can help or volunteer for any of these events!

Without your help, these events can’t run!

The Welwyn Committee

Cyclocross weekend 14/15th November

Heavy rain and a very muddy course at the Kettering Central League cyclo-cross event on Saturday did not prevent the Wheelers riders from notching up two impressive victories in the under 16 race won by Tom Durkin and the under 14 race won by Ollie Stockwell. As the day progressed the parts of the course turned to liquid mud that was virtually unrideable and meant carrying the bikes on parts of the course.
Additional results In the Under 14 category – Ted Brett 7th, Alfie Aldridge 8th and Michael Sumner 10th.
In the under 10 race of 20 riders – Rupert Cavill was 6th, Dillon Knott 8th and Xavier Knott 14th. Under 12 girls Poppy Knott 3rd.
In the 40+ race Keith Stockwell was 12th, John Cavill 21st and James Robertson 26th.
The following day a few of the Wheelers riders travelled north to the Eastern League event near Fakenham in Norfolk on a more grass based course with less muddy conditions – Ollie Stockwell was third overall in the youth race and top under 14 rider, Sam Asker 5th and Joe Kiely 20th. Keith Stockwell had a good start in the 40+ race but a mechanical problem and a puncture led to his being a non finisher.
Best result of the day was Dylan Starkey who finished second in the under 10 event.

Cyclocross weekend 7/8th November 2015

Seven of the Wheelers riders travelled to Durham for Round 3 of the National Cyclo-cross series on Sunday. Star performer on a tough and muddy course  was Elspeth Grace who was third in the Youth girls race – her third top three finish in the series – Lauren Higham after a mechanical on both bikes was 13th.  Ollie Stockwell was 10th and Joe Kiely 29th in the under 14 Boys race – Imogen Chastell was 12th in the under 14 girls category.
Tom Durkin and Sam Asker were 35th and 36th in the under 16 boys event.
On Saturday a number of the Wheelers competed in Round 11 of the Eastern cross League at Bury St Edmunds. Michael Parry and Cai Davies were 9th and 14th overall  in the Senior and Junior race while Robert Bloxham was 14th in the 50+ event. In the youth race Lauren Higham was 10th and second girl.
A much larger number of the club riders travelled to the Central cross League event at Houghton Regis on Sunday – Tom Dixon and Rupert Cavill had a tremendous battle in the under 10 race finishing third and fourth in a sprint finish. Dillon Knott was 6th and Mackenzie Holt 10th. In the under 12 race Poppy Knott was 5th and Archie Bracewell 8th
The remaining races moved to a larger more interesting open field flat course with just a trace of mud and steps to negotiate – Eleanor Macardle had her best race of the season taking second place in the under 16 girls race chased home by Naomi Holt and Freya Butler in 3rd and 4th places. Tom Sharples was third, Michael Sumner 5th Ted Brett 6th and Alfie Aldridge 7th in the under 14 boys event. Gwill Park was 6th in the under 16 category
In the Senior events Ellie Cadzow was the clear winner by just over a minute in the Womens race with Rebecca Maynard 11th.
Other results – Dylan Hubble 16th and Andy Digby 20th in the Senior race – Toby Miles 7th in the Junior event and John Cavill 34th in the 40+ race
The next Central League race is at Kettering on Saturday and the Eastern League event is on Sunday at Hempton, near Fakenham

Cyclo-cross results Grafham Water & Hitchin Nomads 2015

Twenty nine riders took part in the Welwyn Wheelers Cyclo-cross Championships on Sunday as part of the East Region event at Grafham Water.
The racing got under way at 10 o’clock in cold and foggy conditions – first up were the under 10 group – new member Dylan Starkey and Fin Woodlife got away well and were in second and third places on lap 1 and they held these places until the final lap when Fin was edged out in the sprint for the line and finished 4th.
Elder brother Euan was on good form in the under 12 race and took a well earned  second place with a strong ride – Max Jackson was 14th and Isaac Whitten 19th
Next up were the 60 riders (including 20 Wheelers) in the youth race who rode the full course – Will Raymond was in the leading duo as they approached the gully at full speed after coming out of the trees – decision time – jump the gully or dismount and carry the bike – they both jumped and Will had a spectacular crash and somersaulted as he lost control – he quickly remounted and  caught the leader. They stayed in touch for two laps and Will then rode away to take the decisive victory. Ollie Stockwell and Nathan Blackmore were in the top group of chasers – Ollie with another storming ride finished 4th overall and top under 14. Nathan 6th, Joe Kiely 8th (second under 14), Tom Martin 12th. Elspeth Grace was 17th and top under 16 girl, Lauren Higham 21st and second girl. Imogen Chastell finished in 27th place and second under 14 girl.
Tom Durkin had a mechanical problem at the gully on lap when he jumped the hazard and his tyre rolled off – he recovered to finish 20th.
Other finishers were – Tom Sharples (26), Jenna Miles (43) Michael Sumner (46) Ellie Mcardle (50) and Freya Butler 53.
In the 50+ category Rob Bloxham was 22nd with Dave Martin and John Sumner further back in the field . Elle Cadzow was 4th in the Womens race
There were four club riders in full field of 80 riders in the 40 to 49 group – Keith Stockwell after a slow start worked his way into 10th place but then had to abandon the race as he had a mechanical problem losing his front tyre and unable to continue. Andy Brown was the first club rider to finish and became Senior club champion followed in by Garry Blackmore and Tim Chandler.
The final race of the day saw Cai Davies, Michael Parry and Toby Miles competed for the top Junior award as part of the Senior event – Michael Parry was well placed in the early stages, can then caaught him an they changed places lap after lap – Cai attacked in the final lap finishing in 10 place overall with Michael 70metres behind him in 11th place. Toby Miles was 26th.
A good days racing and a good competitive club cyclo-cross championship – the hard won trophies will be presented at the Social event on Saturday 30th January at Codicote
Fifteen club riders chose to ride the Hitchin Nomads Central Region League event. Tom Dixon, Rupert Cavill and Dillon Knott were 4th 6th and 8th in  the under 10 race, Archie Bracewell and Sam Newman rode the under 12 event (8th and 10th) Ben Hinchliffe and Ted Brett 3rd and 5th in the under 14 race. James Robertson, John Cavill, John Peet and Steve Grout all rode the 40-49 race while Asa Grout and Jo Puttock took part in the Novice event.