Fantastic start to the cyclo-cross season

Twenty Wheelers raced in the cyclo-cross event in the various age category events at the Eastern League meeting at Chelmsford on Sunday 10th September.The course included 3 sets of steps to be negotiated plus series of uphill and downhill sections.
The total number of riders who competed in the days racing was well over 300 – a good start to the season

Dylan Starkey led the Under 12 race from start to finish in a field of 35 riders for the first Wheelers victory of the new CX season. He was followed in by Rupert Cavill 7th, Finlay Woodliffe 9th, Tommy Liddiard 21st and Harry Eagle 26th. George Nutall was 23rd in the under 10 race

Next up were a field of 80 riders in the Youth event for under 16/14 . Oli Stockwell attacked from the start and opened up a lead and was never headed winning the race by one minute with an impressive ride. Archie Peet rode well to take 4th place, Tom Sharples 7th and Euan Woodliffe 8th and first under 14 rider. Ellen Bennett was 4th under 16 girl.

The 50+ race also had a field of 80riders which included the junior and senior women riders. Elspeth Grace took first place in the womens category with Ellie Cadzow 3rd.

The 40+ race had four Wheelers senior riders in yet another massive field – Keith Stockwell rode well to finish in 14th spot with John Cavill 22nd , Malcolm Starkey and James Robertson further down the field.

The final race of the day was for senior and junior riders, Joe Bennett was 9th in the junior race.

On Saturday Joe Bennett and Lauren Higham competed in the GHS 10 mile Time trial final a few miles north of Huntingdon. Joe Bennett was 46th in a time of 23.54 while Lauren was second in her age group in a time of 25.43. The event was won in a time of 21.40.

Peter

Attention all track, road and cyclo-cross riders.

The track racing season is now almost over and the following switch to the use of road bikes and cyclo-cross is now under way.

MONDAYS – the last track training session on track bikes will be on Monday 4th September. Monday evening sessions will then cease and riders should attend the open road bike sessions on Wednesday evenings.

TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY – cyclo-cross training is now under way and will continue through until March 2018. (Senior and 14+ youth age group on Tuesdays and the younger group – minimum age 9 years on Wednesdays).

WEDNESDAY – from 30th August Road bikes on the track will replace the track bike sessions.

FRIDAY – last track league meeting of the year – Friday 8th September.

SATURDAY mornings – track bikes will replaced by road bikes as from Saturday 9th September – 14 years and above (last track bike session is 2nd September). Go Ride free-wheel sessions will continue as normal. Off road and road rides will also be organised.

Welwyn Track League 2017 Results – Round 18, 25th August

Youth 3 – Scratch                          

1             Dylan Starkey    Welwyn Wheelers

2             Calum Moir        Barking & Dagenham CC

3             Thomas Dixon   Welwyn Wheelers

                             

Youth 2 – Scratch

1             Joe O’Brien         Hillingdon SS

2             Iona Moir            Barking & Dagenham CC

3             Jack Charlton-Hunt          LVYCC

 

Youth 1 – Scratch                          

1             Joe Kiely              Welwyn Wheelers

2             Oisin Murphy     Hillingdon Slipstreamers

3             Michael Sumner               Welwyn Wheelers

 

Senior B – 10 Lap Scratch                          

1             Tom Boulton      DiMascio

2             Michael Skipsey BRRT

3             Andrew Brown  The Bike Loft

4             Joshua Maynard              TU Delft

 

Senior A – 10 Lap Scratch                          

1             John McClelland              Bush Healthcare CRT

2             Alexi Edwards    Clay Cross RT

3             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

4             Andrew Perrin   Full Gas Racing Team

 

Youth 3 – 1 Lap Dash                    

1             Fin Woodliffe     Welwyn Wheelers

2             Ethan Stori         CC Ashwell

3             Dylan Starkey    Welwyn Wheelers

 

Youth 2 – 4 Lap Points                  

1             Joe O’Brien         Hillingdon SS

2             Iona Moir            Barking & Dagenham CC

3             Jack Charlton-Hunt          LVYCC

 

Youth 1 – 1 Lap Dash                    

1             Rizwan Hameed Hillingdon Slipstreamers

2             Joe Kiely              Welwyn Wheelers

3             Michael Sumner               Welwyn Wheelers

 

Senior B – Keirin Final                   

1             Andrew Brown  The Bike Loft

2             Simon Best         Full Gas RT

3             Joshua Maynard              TU Delft

4             Tom Zittel           Willesden Cycling Club

 

Senior A – Keirin Final                  

1             John McClelland              Bush Healthcare CRT

2             Cai Davies           Finchley RT

3             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

4             Toby Miles          Finchley RT

 

Youth 3 – 4 Lap Reverse Win Out                            

1             Dylan Starkey    Welwyn Wheelers

2             Cormac Nisbet   Welwyn Wheelers

3             Thomas Dixon   Welwyn Wheelers

 

Youth 2 – 1 Lap Dash                    

1             Iona Mior            Barking & Dagenham CC

2             Joe O’Brien         Hillingdon SS

3             Toby Brown        Welwyn Wheelers

 

Youth 1 – 8 Lap Points Race                       

1             Joe Kiely              Welwyn Wheelers

2             Oisin Murphy     Hillingdon Slipstreamers

3             Rizwan Hameed Hillingdon Slipstreamers

 

Senior B – 10-Lap Block Handicap                           

1             Chris Lodge        Finsbury Park CC

2             Ryan Savage       Crest CC

3             Elizabeth Marvelly          Hillingdon SS

4             James Johnson  Welwyn Wheelers

 

Senior A – 12-Lap Points Race                   

1             John McClelland              Bush Healthcare CRT

2             Andrew Perrin   Full Gas Racing Team

3             Riley Searle        Nuun Sigma Sport London RT

4             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

 

Youth 3 – 4 Lap Handicap                           

1             Ethan Storti         CC Ashwell

2             Bobbie O’Brien  Hillingdon SS

3             Finn O’Brien       Hillingdon SS

 

Youth 1&2 – 6-Lap Handicap                     

1             Archie Peet         Welwyn Wheelers

2             Joe O’Brien         Hillingdon SS

3             Oisin Murphy     Hillingdon Slipstreamers

 

Senior A&B – 20 Lap Scratch                     

1             John McClelland              Bush Healthcare CRT

2             Andrew Perrin   Full Gas Racing Team

3             Ian Hayter           Contour Cycles Racing Team

4             Alexi Edwards    Clay Cross RT

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