Amis Velo Cross Results

The Wheelers were in fantastic form in the Amis Velo cyclo- cross race at Colchester on Sunday notching up 5 first paces across the various age and race categories.

Finlay Woodliffe opened the proceedings in the 27 rider Under 10 race winning the race by 7 seconds. Dylan Starkey led the 26 riders in the under 12 race at the end of lap 1 and finally finished in third place

The youth race for under 16 and under 14 riders had a massive field of 64 riders – Oliver Stockwell attacked from the start and opened up a gap and led the race to the finish to win the Under 16 category. Joe Kiely was in second place for the first half of the race but was caught by Mark Lightfoot (CC Ashwell) and the two of them were still together as they approached the finish – Joe just lost out in the sprint for the line but was first rider in the under 14 category.

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The Wheelers had a number of riders in this race, all of them rode well – Tom Martin 9th, Tom Sharples 10th (3rd under 14), Euan Woodliffe 13th (5th under 14), Lauren Higham 17th – first youth girl.

The senior races followed – the 50+ race included the Women and Junior girls and had a full field of 80 riders. Elspeth Grace won the Womens race by a significant margin and was placed 19th overall.

The 40-49 group also had a full field – Keith Stockwell was in 15th position at the end of lap one and worked his way through the field to finally finish 10th with a strong ride – Martin Dossett was just behind Ketith on lap one but unfortunately suffered with a puncture which ended his race.

Last race of the day was Senior/Junior – Michael Parry was in a group of three junior riders in the top 10 positions and at the end of the one hour race Michael was 8th overall and 3rd Junior.

An excellent days racing with around 350 riders taking part in the event and good performances by the strong band of Wheelers riders

Easter League CX Rounds 1 & 2 Report

Welwyn Wheelers cyclocross riders were treated to two Eastern Cyclocross League races last weekend. They were well represented in all races over both days and dominated the results.

On Saturday the races were held at Redbridge Cycling Centre in North London (Hog Hill). Welwyn Wheelers had riders in all 6 races, with 13 riders competing.

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In the under 10 race Rupert Cavill won, beating team mate, Finn Woodliffe, by 22 seconds. Finn crashed in the first lap but fought back to follow Rupert over the line.

Thomas Dixon rode in the under 12 category and finished 11th.

Five riders rode in the Youth race (under 14 and under 16 combined). National champion Ben Tullett (Beeline Cycles RT) held off Welwyn Wheelers Oliver Stockwell who finished second under 16 boy. Joe Kiely from Welwyn Wheelers finished third in the race and was first under 14 boy by 4 minutes. Tom Sharples had a crash and a puncture but still finished 8th overall and 3rd under 14 boy. Euan Woodliffe finished 14th (7th under 14 boy) in his first race as an under 14, moving up from 15 minute races last year to 30 minute races this year. Michael Sumner finished in 24th (13th under 14 boy).

Next up was the women (junior, women and women veteran) with the veteran men 50 + race. Elspeth Grace, riding in this age group for the first time, was first woman by a wide margin, completing 6 laps in 48 minutes 58 seconds.

Martin Dossett and James Robertson rode in the men’s 40+ race. Martin finished 14th and James 26th.

In the final race the senior and junior men raced for an hour. Michael Parry finished in 5th place, and was first junior rider. Nathan Blackmore, riding his first race in the open category, was 4th junior (13th overall).

On Sunday racing moved to Springfield Park in Chelmsford. It was an uncharacteristically hot day for cyclocross. The course included 3 sets of steps and 2 sets of hurdles. 13 Welwyn Wheelers competed across all but the under 10 race.

Dylan Starkey rode a strong race and finished 7th in the under 12s race.

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In the youth race, Oliver Stockwell again finished second behind the national champion and more than a minute in front of the third placed rider. Joe Kiely crashed but still finished 5th overall and first under 14 boy. Lauren Higham had a close race to finish 2nd under 16 girl (11th overall). Tom Sharples punctured and crashed but finished 19th (7th under 14 boy). Michael Sumner finished 24th in a field of 55.

The Womens/ Men Veteran 50+ race was sold out, with 80 rides entered. Welwyn Wheelers Elspeth Grace was first woman with Kinetic Cycles / Welwyn Racing’s Sophia Chastell almost 2 minutes behind, having slipped her chain. Elanor Cadzow from Kinetic Cycles / Welwyn Racing finished as 4th woman.

Welwyn Wheelers had 3 riders in the veteran men 40 -49 category. Keith Stockwell finished in 8th place, 2 minutes 13 seconds behind the winner. Martin Dossett finished 20th, with Alex Peake 22nd.

In the final race of the day, Michael Parry again rode strongly. After an hour of racing Michael finished 10th overall and 2nd junior.

Welwyn Wheelers riders have started the 2016/17 cyclocross season with very good results across all categories.

Welwyn Track League Results 9th September 2016


9th September 2016

Event 1 Youth CDE 4 Lap scratch

1st Euan Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Jodie Taylor Colchester Rovers

3rd Dylan Starkey Welwyn Wheelers

Event 2 Youth B 7 Lap Scratch

1st Joe Kiley Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Tom Sharples Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Abby Old Hillingdon SS

Event 3 Youth A 8 lap Scratch

1st Gwilym Park Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Oliver Stockwell Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Jamie Dene Welwyn Wheelers

Event 4 Senior B 10 Lap Scratch

1st Simon Best Full Gas

2nd Nigel Stephens Team Terminator

3rd Eric Paillet North Road CC

4th Sophie Lankford Aprire Bicycles HSS Hire

Event 5 Senior A 10 Lap Scratch

1st Andrew Perrin Full Gas

2nd Michael Parry Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Christain Manzi Lee Valley Youth Racing

4th Laurence Lisher Green Arrow CRT

Event 6 Youth CDE Devil

1st Euan Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Jodie Taylor Colchester Rovers

3rd Finlay Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers

Event 7 Youth B Devil

1st Tom Sharples Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Joe Kiley Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Freya Butler Welwyn Wheelers

Event 8 Youth A Devil

1st Oliver Stockwell Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Gwilym Park Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Joe Bennett Welwyn Wheelers

Event 9 Senior B Devil

1st Simon Best Full Gas

2nd Sophie Lankford Aprire Bicycles HSS Hire

3rd Eric Paillet North Road CC

4th Andrew Brown Welwyn Wheelers

Event 10 Senior A Devil

1st Michael Parry Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Bradley Clarke Green Arrow CRT

4th Joel Stewart Kenton RC

Event 11 Youth ABCDE 5 Lap Block Handicap

1st Joe Kiley Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Euan Woodliffe Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Tom Sharples Welwyn Wheelers

4th Oliver Stockwell Welwyn Wheelers

Event 12 Senior AB 10 Lap Block Handicap

1st Eric Paillet North Road CC

2nd Simon Best Full Gas

3rd Paul Stewart Hertfordshire wheelers

4th Andrew Brown Welwyn Wheelers

Event 13 Youth ABCDE 5 Lap Handicap

1st Tom Sharples Welwyn Wheelers

2nd Joe Kiley Welwyn Wheelers

3rd Oliver Stockwell Welwyn Wheelers

4th Joe Bennett Welwyn Wheelers

Event 14 Senior Eastern Region 10 mile

1st Adrian Ward Team Terminator

2nd Michael Parry Welwyn Wheelers (Joel Stewart Kenton RC)

3rd Nathan Blackmore Welwyn Wheelers

4th Bradley Clarke Green Arrow CRT

London CX League

London Cyclocross League Welwyn Wheelers/Kinetic Welwyn Racing Results

The Cyclocross Season has started and there was a bumper entry at the first round of the London & Sussex Cyclocross League held at Stanmer Park Brighton on Sunday.

Two of the Welwyn Wheelers squad raced in the Youth Race and honours went to Imogen Chastell who won the U16 Girls Category. Ollie Stockwell secured second behind reigning National Champion Ben Tullet.

In the Women’s race Kinetic Welwyn Racing’s Sophia Chastell was second to Les Filles’ Louise Mahe.

Go-Ride Sessions

Every Saturday 9 – 10.30am we run a novice session for young youth riders up to 16 years of age. Using their own freewheel bikes. (Mountain or Cyclo-Cross bikes are best for these sessions as they are conducted on grass as well as hard surfaces). Riders will learn all of the vital skills and techniques to help them ride safely and competitively. (Go-Ride Races will also form part of the rider progression process).

The minimum age for these sessions is 6 years, the sessions are long and get progressively more challenging which is not suitable for very young riders. All riders must be confident and “coachable”.
Due to the progressive nature of the sessions you need to ensure that you can commit to having your child attend a number of sessions.

Go Ride 2

The coach has absolute discretion on whether a child is suitable for the session & will let parents know if their child does not meet the relevant criteria.

Riders can sign on from 8:30am but MUST be ready to start at 9am with their bike in good working order. They must be self-sufficient as parents are not allowed to access the coaching area, unless invited to do so by one of our coaching team.

Compulsory Kit:
A roadworthy bike – two working brakes that the young rider can use, correctly inflated tyres, working gears (If your child cannot yet ride a bike safely using brakes and gears, then this session isn’t suitable for them). No exposed worn handlebar ends! If your child’s bike does not meet these requirements then they may not be able to take part in the session. A bike, clothing and helmet check will precede the session. (We have a very limited number of Mountain Bikes that may be available to hire on the day).

Correct Clothing:
A well-fitting, correctly adjusted helmet that meets BS standards
Cycle mitts and/or long fingered close fitting gloves. (In the winter it can get very cold!). Suitable clothing for the prevailing weather conditions on the day! Specific cycle clothing preferred. No loose fitting garments, especially trousers… Close fitting leggings and several thin layers are best…

WATER!!! Each rider should have a drink with them during the session.

This should be a fun and enjoyable session for all our young riders to gain confidence in their riding ability and go on to compete in suitable entry level novice races….