A number of the Wheelers youth riders were at the Hog Hill closed road circuit at Redbridge on Sunday for Round 1 of the British Cycling Roadseries.
One hundred riders lined up for the 90 minute Under 16 race on the main circuit including the tough Hog Hill which had to be climbed every lap. The pace was fast and furious throughout and a number of riders lost contact from the bunch each lap .
Lewis Askey (team RTS) broke away and Oli Stockwell rode
across to join him in the lead – after two laps he eased up and dropped back to join a break away group of three. The group worked well together sharing the pace and gained time
on the main bunch. They stayed together for the rest of the race. At the finish Lewis Askey won alone by 30 seconds – Oli was totally exhausted as he crossed the line in an excellent fifth place two minutes ahead of the main bunch. Jamie Dene rode well and finished in the bunch. Only 50 riders finished the race. Joe Bennett and Archie Peet were non finishers having been involved in mid event
The under 14 race had 93 riders for the one hour race – there were numerous attempts to set up a break away group but none succeeded and as the race entered the final lap only 35 riders were in contention – ascending the final hill in the correct position was crucial to a obtaining a good finishing position. Tom Sharples used his power and tactics to good effect and crossed the line
in 5th position with a superb ride. Joe Kiely was 27th and Euan Woodliffe 28th
Lauren Higham finished in the bunch in the under 16 girls race.
In the under 12 category event, Dylan Starkey was dropped from the bunch after the 3rd of 6 times up the hill but settled into a small chase group and finished about 23rd-25th out of 49 starters.
Excellent results in a highly competitive days racing on a tough course with a massive number of competitors in each race. Round 2 will be in tne Isle of Man in late April.
We are at capacity in our storage facilities at Gosling track, so we are freeing space by removing six of the track hire bikes that are used less frequently. These are older bikes in sizes suitable for adult (or perhaps larger youth) riders, roughly 5ft6in – 6ft in height (174-180cm).
We will give these away to anyone who will use them, in return for a donation to club funds, and we are offering club members first refusal.
If you would use a track bike in this size range, PLEASE DO NOT JUST TAKE A BIKE! That would be theft!….instead discuss with Francis Gallacher at a Gosling training session and he will identify which of the club bikes are available.
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Muddy Monsters Results – Round 7 & Overall Tables
Muddy Monsters Results – Round 6
The Winter Indoor Track season continues to see good form shown by our Youth riders.
Icebreaker Round 2
Josie Griffin and Imogen Chastell represented the club at the second Round of the Icebreaker Series in Newport on Saturday.
The Icebreaker Omnium events attract large entries from around the country and with 41 Youth U16 Female riders on the start list competition is fierce and the standard very high.
Amongst the highlights of the day were Josie and Imogen finishing 3rd and 5th respectively in the qualifying Scratch Race and then in the Scratch final Josie securing an excellent 4th place, with Imogen 12th.
Both riders qualified comfortably for the Points final and in the Points race final it was Imogen impressing to take 6th with Josie securing 8th.
In the overall Omnium standings Josie finished 7th and Imogen 11th both outstanding efforts in a high quality National class field.
London Youth Track League Round 9
The penultimate round of the London Winter Youth Track League produced some great results for Welwyn riders.
In Group 3 Euan Woodliffe picked up a brace of second places in the 1km Dash and Points and was 3rd in the Elimination.
In Group 2 Archie Peet had a fine evening winning both the Elimination and Points race. Tom Sharples impressed as he took 7th in the 1km Dash
In the Youth/Junior Female Group Imogen Chastell picked up third in both the 1km Dash and Points.