Saturday Club Riders – Assessment day 11th July

Attention all Saturday Club Riders/Parents,

Following a recent review by club coaches we are implementing some changes to the Saturday Club. This is to ensure that we are supporting the club’s primary purpose as a Racing Club, of giving riders who wish to race the skills required to make progress in their racing.
As we have limited track time & coaching resources we need to realign the Saturday coaching groups.

To do this we will be holding an Assessment Day on 11th July where all riders will be tested to a set criteria and allocated to a new group. The aim being that with realigned groups where riders have reached the same skill levels the coaching will be more efficient & effective. This realignment will undoubtedly mean that a number of riders will be required to move groups (either up or down) and some riders in the top group may need to move to the Monday/Wednesday sessions.

The Assessment Day will be Saturday 11th July 9:00-10:45.
Please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

We encourage as many regular Saturday riders as possible to try to make this session, as all Saturday riders will need to be assessed to attend any future Saturday sessions.
Please note that for any new youth riders wishing to access the Saturday track sessions the minimum age will be 10 years.

During the Assessment Day, a training file will be created which will enable the coaches to monitor the progress of all the riders and highlight what areas need working on.
The coaches politely request that all riders/parents respect the decisions made, as they will be in the best interests of the riders.
We would also like to remind all riders that Welwyn Wheelers is primarily a Racing Club and the clubs coaching activities will reflect this with the emphasis being on developing riders to race.

If you have managed to read this far, we are looking for a few volunteers to help with admin on the day. This will involve signing on and issuing numbers/bibs as well as helping the coaches with paperwork. We would particularly welcome help from our young volunteers. Please reply to this email if you can help.

Welwyn Wheelers Coaching Team.

Additional coaching sessions Saturday mornings from 11:00-12:00.

The Welwyn Coaching Team are pleased to announce that there will some additional coaching sessions running on Saturday mornings from 11:00-12:00 every other week for club members only .
The first session will be on Saturday 18th July with the following dates of 1st & 15th August, 7th & 21st September.
These will be conditioning sessions and will be for road bikes on the track, we will also welcome TT bikes.
These will focus on training efforts and will be for competent riders, please also note that they will be restricted to Youth B riders and older, seniors most welcome.
Welwyn Wheelers Coaches.

Welwyn “One-Two” in thrilling Mud Sweat & Gears round six

Ickworth House in Suffolk played host to the Eastern Region Mud Sweat & Gears Mountain Bike series on Sunday. The recent hot and dry weather suggested a fast and dry course however the morning races started in torrential rain and the nature of the course changed dramatically.

The closest race of the day was the Juvenile girls with the leading riders battling out for series points. Race lead changed hand numerous times with three separate riders holding an advantage, behind the challengers were never far away and the race entered its last lap with all to play for.

In ever muddier conditions the final decent through the woodland saw three riders emerge together and it was Welwyn’s Lauren Higham who pulled away down the final decent and took victory, closely followed by teammate  Imogen Chastell with Harley Pell (CC Ashwell) a further seven seconds back in 3rd.

Some fantastic racing and bike handling in ever-changing conditions.

Mentions also for Joe Kiely who took the win in the U12 race, with Oscar Wade was 21st and Archie Bracewell in 36th. Charles Wade was 15th in the Sport Male Category


Report by John Chastell

Welwyn Track League Report – 3 July 2015


Sponsored by Peloton Hatfield

Tony Gibb turns back the years

3/07/15 at Welwyn Wheelers track league meeting Sponsored by Peloton Hatfield and supported by Herts County Council.

The senior A racing was dominated by Tony Gibb (Full Gas Racing Team) who eased to wins in all races and took the senior closing 10 mile race.

Ryan Green (Lee Valley) returned this week taking convincing wins in the senior B scratch and points race. Green made a tactical error in the Devil going out very early.

The youth AB racing was dominated by Louis Bilyard (Lee Valley) winning every race on offer for his age group.

Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers) won all the youth CDE races apart from the handicap, for the third week running.

 Senior A

10 lap Scratch – Tony Gibb (Full Gas RT) John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT) William Raymond (Welwyn Wheelers) Adrian Ward (Shaftesbury)

15 Lap Points – Tony Gibb (Full Gas RT) John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT) William Raymond (Welwyn Wheelers) Gavin Daley (NA)

Devil – Tony Gibb (Full Gas RT) John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT) Connor Woodford (Willesden CC) William Raymond (Welwyn Wheelers)

10 Mile Scratch – Tony Gibb (Full Gas RT) John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT) Gavin Daley (NA) Adrian Ward (Shaftesbury)

 Senior B

10 lap scratch – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Andy Digby (Welwyn Wheelers) Ben Webster (Welwyn Wheelers) Nigel Stephens (Finchley RT)

10 Lap Points – Cai Davies (Welwyn Wheelers) Nigel Stephens (Finchley RT) Tom Durkin (Welwyn Wheelers) William Hare (Spalding)

12 Lap Points – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Laurie Bone (Velo club Peloton) Andy Digby (Welwyn Wheelers) Bradley Clarke (Green Arrow CRT)

 Youth AB

8 Lap Scratch – Louis Bilyard (Lee Valley) Christian Manzi (Lee Valley) Nathan Blackmore (Welwyn Wheelers)

8 Lap points – Louis Bilyard (Lee Valley) Nathan Blackmore (Welwyn Wheelers) Christian Manzi (Lee Valley)

Devil – Louis Bilyard (Lee Valley) Christian Manzi (Lee Valley) Nathan Blackmore (Welwyn Wheelers)

7 Lap Handicap – Louis Bilyard (Lee Valley) Christian Manzi (Lee Valley) Oisin Murphy (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) Nathan Blackmore (Welwyn Wheelers)

 Youth CDE

3 lap Scratch – Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers) Joe Kiely (Welwyn Wheelers) Michael Sumner (Welwyn Wheelers)

4 Lap Points – Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers) Euan Woodliffe (Welwyn Wheelers) Michael Sumner (Welwyn Wheelers)

3 Devil – Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers) Joe Kiely (Welwyn Wheelers) Michael Sumner (Welwyn Wheelers)

4 Lap Handicap – Caitlin Loveless (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) Max Jackson (Welwyn Wheelers) Jack Emerson (Colchester Rovers) Jenna Miles (Welwyn Wheelers)