Eastern Cyclo-Cross

Thank you to all those who helped at the Eastern Cyclo-Cross event on Sunday. It was a long and at times very wet day. It was also good to see some new faces among the group of volunteers as well as the stalwarts.

We ran a very successful event with some positive feedback from riders.

In addition a big THANK YOU to all our cake bakers – it is the home made cakes which always go down very well with supporters and riders.

We will be running the Central Cylco-Cross event on Saturday 26th November so when our volunteer coordinator sends out another plea for help please volunteer to help out and ensure the success of another event

Thanks to all those on the list below who made the event happen for the 280 riders that took part on Sunday.

Monsal hill climb

A clear sky and gentle tail wind greeted the riders at the 86th Monsal hill climb event on Sunday 2 October. This is a very popular hill climb in the Peak District which attracts a lot of top riders and has an impressive list of past winners, including Tommy Simpson, Malcolm Elliot (who still holds the course record from 1981), Adam Blythe and Russell Downing.

The course itself is only 675 yards but, after a fast opening section, kicks up to 20% as it heads into the barrier section with the crowds both sides cheering and the cow bells ringing right to the finish. This year there were 155 starters going off at 1 minute intervals, including Ben Swift of Team Sky, who had raced the Tour of Lombardi the day before.

Jamie Dene and Joe Bennett (in his first hill climb event) both started early and posted great times, which after a long nervous wait watching the other riders, resulted in 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the youth category. In the overall places, Russell Downing posted a course PB, but still only finished 3rd, with Adam Kenway the winner. Big Malc (his record safe for another year) was on hand to present the prizes.

Weekend CX Results

The Wheelers cyclo-cross riders had another good series of results at the various races last weekend.

The Central League event at Milton Keynes saw another 1 and 2 in the under 10 boys race – with Dillon Knott and Finlay Woodliffe on the podium and Rupert Cavill 5th. Poppy Knott  came 4th in the under 12 girls category while Thomas Dixon took 9th spot in the under 12 boys race after a late crash. Xavier Knott came in with excellent 3rd place in under 8 boys.

Oli Stockwell was the runaway under 16 winner with Euan Woodliffe taking second place in the under 14 boys race. Naomi Holt and Freya Butler scored a 1,2 in the Youth Girls race.
The senior events all had very large fields – John Cavill 26th in the 40+ group with Chris Murphy 13th in the 50+ category.

Also on Saturday a number of riders travelled to Hadleigh to ride the Eastern League race held on a very difficult course where parts of the course were more suitable for mountain bikes than ‘cross bikes. Elspeth Grace won the Womens race while Lauren Higham won the Youth Girls event.

Joe Kiely was the early leader in the under 14 race but mechanical problems dropped him down the order eventually finishing 14th. Tom Sharples was 8th overall and third under 14 rider.

The following day the Eastern League race was held at Colchester on a good fast grass based course. Dylan Starkey opened the series with second place in the under 12 group.

In the 50 strong Youth race Oli Stockwell got away on lap 1 and was never headed – Joe Kiely was third and top under 14 rider, Tom Martin 9th, Tom Sharples 14th (3rd Under 14).
Martin Dossett finished 28th in the 40+ race but Keith Stockwell was all set for a 10th place but had a mechanical problem in the final lap and failed to finish. In the final Senior race of the day Michael Parry was 10th and 3rd Junior.

A number of riders will be travelled to Derby at the weekend for round 1 of the British Cycling Cyclo-cross series.

Truck & Cycle Awareness Active Workshop

Saturday 8th October 2016
12:30pm 2:30pm

Host Company Delivering the Workshop:
Grace Foods UK Ltd
Grace House, Centra Park, Bessemer Road, WGC AL7 1HW

This Truck & Cycle Awareness Workshop has been arranged especially for Welwyn Members.

Senior & Young Riders who regularly ride on the road are encouraged to attend.

Numbers are limited so please confirm attendance . There is no charge for this workshop.
Riders attending this workshop are expected to be on a bike and in Welwyn Kit.
After a brief introduction the workshop will be conducted in the main depot Car Park where 3 Trucks of different sizes will be set up in various scenarios. Riders will also sit in the cab and see for themselves the view point from the driver’s perspective.

To register and confirm your attendance please contact:
Francis Gallacher: Tel: 07831 402076 e-mail: gallacherf@aol.com

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