The club were were hosts for Round 1 of the British Cycling Youth Omnium Track series at Gosling Sports Park on Sunday.
Riders in each of the Under 16, under 14 and under 12 competed in five different racing events and the finishing positions in each event were added together to produce the final result. Just under 90 riders competed in the days track events.
Unfortunately rain resulted in early finish as the final event for most groups to be cancelled as the wet track was unsafe for racing.
Tough competition in the 24 strong under 16 group produced some excellent racing – Wheelers Oii Stockwell finished in third place just 8 points behind the winner – Oscar Nielson – Julien (VC Londres).
Tom Sharples was 6th and Rizwan Hameed 8th.
In the under 14 boys group Euan Woodliffe had a battle for top honours with Jed Smithkin (Works factory racing) – Euan won the two lap Time trial and finished second in the other four events to take second place overall in the 24 strong field, Caelen Miller was 8th but lost out due to a puncture in the elimination race
Dylan Starkey took second place in the under 12 boys group with Fin Woodliffe 5th and Tom Dixon 7th.
In the girls series – Iona Moir and Ellen Bennett were 6th and 8th in the under 16 girls series, Beth Bennett and Sasha Blendis 4th and 5th in the under 14 girls,
A well run event by organiser Susi Sharples together with a large band of club parents who assisted in various roles to make a successful event with some top class racing – next Sunday the riders will be at Herne Hill for Round 2 of the series.
Top class results in Round 1 of the British Cycling Youth Road series at Torbay on Sunday.
Oli Stockwell won the under 16 race with a fantastic finishing sprint from a group of around 40 riders. With 20 metres left he looked to be in third spot but his finishing speed took him over the line in the last few metres to win by the narrowest of margins for a great victory. Clubmate Archie Peet finished in 15th place in a strong field of 80 riders which was reduced by half at the finish.
In the under 14 race the Wheelers duo of Caelen Miller and Euan Woodliffe were in a breakaway grouo of 8 riders in the early part of the race but they were reeled in as the race neared the finish and 30 riders approached the finish in one group. A good position was needed coming round the last bend with just 200m remaining – Caelen and Euan got into a good position and finished in 4th and 5th position for another great result.
On Saturday a number of the Wheelers rode the March hare circuit race at Stratford – Tom sharples won the undr 16 race with a well judged sprint , Dylan Starkey won the under 12 race with Fin Woodliffe 4th and Beth Bennett was 4th in the under 14 girls event.
On Good Friday the club are promoting the annual 50km Time Trial on a course based on Codicote/Hitchin and Whitwell.
Conditions for the 50km Welwyn Hilly on Good Friday were bad due to heavy overnight rain which resulted in a number of the roads having large and deep puddles and lots of pot holes to be avoided.
A large number of riders were non-starters out of the 105 entries.
Oli Stockwell put up another outstanding performance in winning the event in a time of 1-14-16 – it is around 30 years since the last time a club member won the event – Robert Ephgrave.
Oli’s victory was well deserved and confirmed his excellent fitness and endurance. He was presented with the Dave Woodward Memorial Trophy at the prize giving.
Joe Bennett and Naomi Holt took the awards for the top male and female young riders. Other Wheelers times- Keith Stockwell 1-23-49, Fraser Hillcoat 1-28-28, Andy Brown 1-33-43, Alex Peeke 1-36-23. Thanks to Andy Porter for promoting the event and all the marshals and helpers who contributed to a successful event.
Also on Friday a number of riders rode at Hog Hill in the Alan Rosner Memorial event –the lower part of the course was flooded so a shortened course was used which involved climbing the Hogenberg hill a large number of times for all of the age related races. Tom Sharples and Archie Peet 5th and 6th in the U16 race which climbed the hill 22 times , Caelen Miller 2nd under 14, Dylan Starkey 2nd under 12 and Megan Hughes 3rd in the under 10 girls race.
Iona Moir was 4th in the Under 16 race at Castle Coombe.
Bitterly cold conditions for both parents and competitors did not deter the Wheelers youth riders from competing at the Milton Keynes Bowl circuit on Saturday.
Oli Stockwell was on good form in the under 16 race when lapping the field twice for a comfortable victory – Tom Sharples 7th Joe Kiely 9th.
In The under 14 race Eaun Woodliffe attacked on the final hill and opened up a 15 metre lead to win the race – Caelen Miller was placed 4th in the bunch sprint. Fin Woodliffe finished 4th in the under 12 event.
On Sunday 25th March a number of the top youth riders will be in Torbay for Round 1 of the British Cycling national road series run at 5 venues. Hopefully it will be a lot warmer than last week.
Due to the current freezing weather conditions, it has been decided to cancel tomorrow’s Go-Ride Saturday Club Freewheel session at
Gosling Sports Park.
Hope to see all our regular riders next week as normal.