Great results at Scarborough on Sunday

The final event of this year’s British Cycling youth circuit series was run at the Scarborough Festival on Sunday on a very tough hilly circuit.

Wheelers Lauren Higham won the under 16 girls race with her best performance of the year. The hilly circuit resulted in riders being detached from the field of 36 riders on each lap. Lauren was on good form and attacked on Quarry hill and was quickly joined by two top riders Kate Wooton (Lea Valley) and Amelia Sharpe , who went on to win the series. Two more riders got across to join them with 2 laps remaining. These five stayed away and contested the finish where Lauren was the clear winner in a tough race against top class riders.

In the under 14 boys race of 51 riders Joe Kiely was in attacking mode and he was joined by Max Poole (Bike box) and Finlay Pickering (Hull Thursday CC) – they formed a super strong breakaway trio who were never caught – Max Poole attacked in the finishing straight and won by 4 seconds from Joe Kiely.

Euan Woodliffe finished in a creditable 18th position at around 50 seconds as the riders finished. The under 16 boys race had a massive field of 95 riders – Wheelers Archie Peet finished in a group of riders for 17th place while Joe Bennett was 36th.

In the Junior girls race of 15 riders – a breakaway group got away and although the bunch tried to reel them in they never caught them – Elspeth Grace was disappointed to finish in 4th place.

Also on Sunday Wheelers Rachel Dunne took second place in the Masters criterium Championship on the motor race circuit at Corby.

Wheelers trip to Assen

Eight Welwyn Wheelers youth riders plus two of the clubs senior coaches Francis Gallagher and Richard Maynard were in the Netherlands for the week long European Junior Youth Tour is Assen. Over 750 riders had entered for this prestigious event with riders from 23 countries, including Australia, South Africa and the whole of Europe, taking part. A significant number of top class national champions were there for six days of racing with massive fields on closed roads for the various age groups.

Star rider for the Wheelers was Joe Kiely who was in impressive form throughout the 6 days of racing in a field of 70 riders.

He was always up with the leaders in each race but his best race of the week was the famous Classica.  He was in the breakaway group as they approached the finish where he attacked with 500m to the line and held on to win the race. In the final overall classification Joe was second place – a suprb performance in a top class field of riders

Oli Stockwell, Joe Bennett and Archie Peet were in the 140 strong Nieulingen category – they worked well together  and were in the top quarter of the results in the various events. In the final clasification Oli was 12th, Joe 37th and Archie 79th having lost a large amount of time in one race where the strong breeze split the race into a number of groups.

Euan Woodliffe was on good from in his age band taking two well earned second places in sprint finishes in the category 6 event of 80 riders–a mechanical gear problem in one race as they approached the finish cost him a number of places but he finished in 7th place overall which was a great result.

The Wheelers ‘team’ of riders, parents , coaches and helpers were delighted with the weeks activities and the racing results. Francis and Richard put in  a tremendous amount of work as team managers dealing with pre-race briefings on courses and tactics plus motivating the riders to have a  successful week.

Other news

Josie Griffin (U16 & ODA) took part in the National Youth track champs at Newport last week. She was 5th in the Scratch race, 8th in the Points and  around mid-field in the Individual Pursuit. Her highlight though was a silver in the Madison while being partnered  with CC Ashwells Sophie Lewis (also ODA) behind the pairing of Elynor (Team Backstedt-Hotchillee) and Zoe Backstedt (Maindy Flyers Youth CC).

Peter

 

Welwyn Track League 2017 Results – Round 16, 11th August

YOUTH 3 – SCRATCH

1             Cormac Nisbet   Welwyn Wheelers

2             Thomas Dixon   Welwyn Wheelers

3             Tom Oliver         Welwyn Wheelers

 

YOUTH 2 – SCRATCH

1             Alexander Saunders        Verulam – reallymoving.com

2             Jamie Maxen     Verulam – reallymoving.com

3             Jack Charlton-Hunt          LVYCC

 

SENIOR B – SCRATCH

1             Nigel Stephens  Team Terminator

2             Andrew Brown  The Bike Loft

3             Tom Martin        Verulam reallymoving.com

4             Simon Best         Full Gas RT

 

SENIOR A – SCRATCH

1             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

2             Michael Parry    Verulam – reallymoving.com

3             Andrew Perrin   Full Gas Racing Team

4             Laurie Bone        The Bike Loft

 

YOUTH 2 & 3 – HANDICAP

1             Cormac Nisbet   Welwyn Wheelers

2             Thomas Dixon   Welwyn Wheelers

3             Tom Oliver         Welwyn Wheelers

 

SENIOR A/B – 10 LAP HANDICAP

1             Michael Parry    Verulam – reallymoving.com

2             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

3             Cody Nelson       Beds Road Race Team

4             Andrew Brown  The Bike Loft

 

YOUTH 3 – 1 LAP SPRINT

1             Cormac Nisbet   Welwyn Wheelers

2             Thomas Dixon   Welwyn Wheelers

3             Tom Oliver         Welwyn Wheelers

 

YOUTH 2 – TEAM SPRINT

1             Alexander Saunders        Verulam -reallymoving.com

1             Eva McCabe       Welwyn Wheelers

 

 

SENIOR B – 10 LAP REVERSE WIN OUT

1             Nigel Stephens  Team Terminator

2             Sam Grant          Willesden Cycling Club

3             Simon Best         Full Gas RT

4             Tom Martin        Verulam – reallymoving.com

 

SENIOR A – 10 LAP WIN OUT

1             Andrew Perrin   Full Gas Racing Team

2             Michael Parry    Verulam – reallymoving.com

3             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

4             Laurie Bone        The Bike Loft

 

LADIES 3 LAP SCRATCH

1             Leslie Courtney Kinetic/Welwyn Wheelers

2             Elizabeth Marvelly          Hillingdon Slipstreamers

3             Jodie Brumhead               Cottingham Coureurs

 

YOUTH 1+2 – 6 LAP HANDICAP

1             Thomas Dixon   Welwyn Wheelers

2             Alexander Saunders        Verulam – reallymoving.com

3             Jamie Maxen     Verulam – reallymoving.com

 

SENIOR 10 MILE SCRATCH

1             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

2             Michael Parry    Verulam – reallymoving.com

3             Laurence Lisher Green Arrow

4             Matt Davey        Welwyn Wheelers

Attention Cyclo-Cross Riders

The Cyclo-cross season is now only a few weeks away. If you plan to ride the Eastern and Central League series you will find details on fixtures and other information  on their websites.

Registration for both the Eastern Cyclo-cross and Central CX League can be done via British Cycling.

Eastern League membership – Seniors £15, Juniors £11 and Youth riders £8

Central League Membership – Seniors/Juniors £10, Youth riders £5

Membership of the League gives riders a reduced entry fee for League events and also enable riders to qualify for League points

The first few Eastern League events are – Sunday September 10th – Springfield, Chelmsford, Saturday September 11th – Push Sports Corrington, Essex.

The first Central League event is Saturday September 23rd – run by Welwyn Whs at Stanborough Park (south), followed by Saturday 30th CC Luton at MK bowl

Note to all Welwyn Wheelers riders,members, helpers and parents – we will need lots of people to assist in the running of this important event –so please keep this date available and give your name to Jane Cavill – Volunteer Co-ordinator (je_cavill@yahoo.co.uk) to confirm that you are available and what time and role you can offer.

Club cyclo-cross training sessions at Gosling Sports will start on Wednesday evening 23rd August and each week after that

Now is time to check that your cyclo-cross equipment is ready for the start of a busy season

Peter