The Wheelers cyclo-cross riders had a choice of two events on Sunday – the Eastern League at Colchester or the Central League at RAF Halton in the Chilterns. Most riders decided to go to RAF Halton event. The course had been revised compared to last year by the addition of a large ‘sand trap’, a different start area and a few more climbs. Riders had to carry their bikes through the sand trap as riding through on the soft sand was impossible.
Henry Landon finished just 7 seconds behind the winner of the under 10 race to take second place with Xavier Knott 4th and Megan Hughes 10 (second girl), George Nutall 14,Josephine Davies 16th Fin Woodliffe was second and Rupert Cavill 3rd in the under 12 category followed home by Dillon Knott 8th, William Pollard 13, Tom Dixon 16. Lena Alford 24, Elice Whitaker 25th.
Euan Woodliffe took a comfortable victory in the under 14 race with a winning margin of well over a minute. Beth Bennett and Sasha Blendis were 3rd and 4th in the girls race.
Archie Peet was second in the under 16 race with Charles Rollins 8 and Louis Sutton 11th. Ellen Bennett second and Eva McCabe 5th in the girls event. Molly Marriott was brought down in a crash with a senior rider but recovered to finish. There were a large number of punctures in this race and the over 40s event most caused by a metal edge on one of the corners.
Jamie Dene was on good form in the Junior boys category with 2nd place.The Womens race had 41 riders in the various age band groups – Freya Butler was second junior girl.
Caelen Miller chose to ride in the London League race and won the under 14 event.
Six Wheelers riders travelled to the Eastern race at Colchester – the top performers were Daniele Elliot first in the under 8 race while Dylan Starkey won the under 12 race.
On Thursday evening a group of Wheeler youth riders competed in the second round of the winter Track League event at Stratford Olympic track – Archie Peet, Euan Woodliffe, Joe Kiely, Tom Sharples, Caelen Miller, Tom Dixon and the Moir duo. They all rode well came away with some great results – Tom is now the points leader in the under 14 series
This coming weekend a number of riders will travel to the Gravesend Velo Park for Round 4 of the BC CX series. Oli Stockwell currently leads the under 16 group and Euan Woodliffe is second on the Under 14 series.
Reults Summary – R9 RAF Halton
Alastair Davis 11th
Megan Hughes 2nd
Josephine Davis 4th
Henry Landon 2nd
Xavier Knott 4th
George Nuttall 11th
Lena Alford 10th
Elise Whitaker 11th
Finlay Woodliffe 2nd
Ruport Cavill 3rd
Dillon Knott 6th
William Pollard 8th
Thomas Dixon 9th
Beth Bennett 3rd
Sasha Blendis 4th
Euan Woodliffe 1st
Jeremy Landon 19th
Ellen Bennett 2nd
Eva McCabe 5th
Molly Marriott 7th
Archie Peet 2nd
Charles Rollins 8th
Louis Sutton 11th
Tom Sharples DNF
Rizwan Hameed DNF
Freya Butler 3rd
Jamie Dean 2nd
Ben Smith 57th
Vet Men 40-49
James Robertson 35th
Robert Dixon 77th
John Cavill DNF
A tough but rewarding days racing at ShrewsburyRound 3 of BC National cyclo- cross series was run at Shrewsbury on Sunday on a difficult muddy course which resulted in lot of riders falling off, many mechanical problems and crashes on the wet and very slippery course.
In the under 16 race after a fast start Oli Stockwell worked his way onto the front of the leading group of 6 riders and opened up a useful lead on the field. The conditions were gruelling on a wet and muddy course requiring bike changes every time they
passed the pits keeping the pit crews hard at work . After completing lap one the lead rider of the group of 6 clipped a marker post and caused 5 of the 6 riders in the group to collide with each and fall. In the collision Oli suffered a front tyre blow out caused by a chainring cutting clean through the tyre. Oli then ran a third of a lap before he could change his bike in the pits. Having dropped to 6 th place he then chased down the riders for the remaining 2.5 laps, gradually working his way through the group and though he was closing down on the 2 leaders he finally ran out of time and finished in a well earned 3rd place. This enabled him to retain the leaders jersey and increased his lead in the series competition. Archie Peet finished in 20th place
Euan Woodliffe and Caelen Miller rode in the under 14 category. Euan finished in 4th place and moved up to second place in the overall results after 3 races. Caelen Miller finishd 9th.
Joe Kiely travelled to Belgium, the home of cyclo-cross, to ride the Telenet Super Prestige event at Gavere. He finished in 22nd position on another muddy course.
Shuttleworth College near Biggleswade on Sunday had a massive entry from the club riders as this race was used to decide the winners of the clubs cyclo-cross trophies.
Daniell Elliot got away to a good start in the under 8 race and was the clear winner on the day with a positive ride. Henry Landon was second in the under 10 race of 21 riders with Xavier Knott in 9th place and Megan Hughes 16th.
There was a positive 1, 2 in the under 12 event with Dylan Starkey going into the lead from the start and opening up a good lead, Fin Woodliffe took second place followed by Dillon Knott 7th, Rupert Cavill 8th (on a borrowed bike) and Thomas Dixon 9th. Elise Whitaker came 8th in U12 girls.
The youth race for under 14 and 16 riders was run on the large course which contained a steep climb. Oli Stockwell and Joe Kiely were at the BC ODA training day so it was all to play for the under 16 riders – Tom Sharples got away with a good start in the leading group and as the race developed, he was in second place going into the final lap and finished just 5 seconds behind the winner. Archie Peet was 4th, Louis Sutton 6th , Rizwan Hammed 8th.
Another 1, 2 in the Under 14 race with Euan Woodlife and Caelan Miller leading the way, Callum Moir 8th, Max Jackson 16th – Ellen Bennett took second place in the under 16 girls event with Beth 4th under 14 girls.
The various senior races completed the days programme – John Cavill was 25th in the massive 40+ race of 98 riders, Tom Hinchliffe 39, James Robertson 51st and Malcolm Starkey 82nd.
Jamie Dene put in a great ride to win the Junior race and used his climbing skills to win the race by a good margin. Joe Bennett crashed out over the hurdles and ended up in hospital (4 stitches and recovering on crutches).
Elspeth Grace won the Women’s race by well over a minute in a field of well over 30 riders. Ellie Cadzow 17th and Freya Butler 2nd Junior.
Chris Murphy retained his championship status in the 50+ category, 38th in the 70 strong field. Matt Davey was the leading club rider in the Senior race in 34th place Peter Draper 61st.
The Novice race had a number of club riders/parents – Richard Blaxland 7th, Rob Dixon 10th, Ronan McCardle 14th and Declane McCabe 16th.
The cold wind plus the hilly course made for a tough days racing.
On Saturday a few Wheelers riders travelled to Bury St Edmunds for the Eastern League event – Joe Kiely won the under 16 race with Archie Peet 4th while Euan Woodlife and Caelen Miller had a 1, 2 in the under 14 category race. Dylan Starkey was third in the under 12 group and Daniell Elliot was first in the under 8 class.
Round 2 of the BC National cyclo-cross series was run at Abergavenny at the weekend and the five club riders who made the journey came away having achieved a great set of results.
Euan Woodlife won the Under 14 race and got into a leading group of 4 riders in the first few laps – opening up useful gap. Euan lost contact when hefell off on a tricky corner but fought back to rejoin the leaders. He sat in for a lap to recover his strength and then put in a hard attack in the final lap, opened up a gap and crossed the line with ahead of 15 seconds for a great victory. Caelen Miller
had another good race finishing 6th.
In the under 16 event Oli Stockwell was in the leading group and was on for another good result as the race progressed – he lost out by a few bike lenghts in the finishing dash for the line and finished second . He has now scored two second places in the first two events of the series and now holds the leaders yellow jersey. Joe Kiely was 5th and Archie Peet 13th.
There were a number of Wheelers at the Eastern League event at Grafham Water on a hard bumpy course – Fin Woodliffe and Dylan Starkey had a 1,2 in the under 12 race with Rupert Cavill 5th.
Euan Woodliffe fresh from his win on Saturday at Abergavenny was 7th in the youth race and 1st under 14 rider, Louis Sutton 8th, Michael Sumner 23rd. Ellen Bennett was first under 16 girl.
Nathan Blackmore and Joe Bennett scored a 1,2 in the Junior race while Danniell Elliot was first in the under 8 boys event.
Another group of riders rode in the Central League race near Hillingdon also on Sunday (organised by Kingston Wheelers) – Rizwan Hameed won the under 16 race. Henry Landon and Xavier Knott 2nd and 5th under 10, and Sasha Blendis 2nd under 16 girl.
Full Summary of Results from the Central League Race Organised by Kingston Wheelers :
Henry Landon 2nd
Xavier Knott 5th
Dillon Knott 2nd
Jeremy Landon 9th
Sasha Blendis 2nd
Rizwan Hameed 1st
Molly Marriott 3rd
Vets Male 40-49
James Robertson 33rd
Vets Male 50
Chris Murphy 29th
Caelen Miller travelled to Happy Valley near Brighton to compete in the London League event. He notched up another victory in the Under 14 event.
This Sunday the Wheelers cyclo-cross championships will be run in
conjunction with the Central League event at Shuttleworth College near Biggleswade.