We're an expanding club based in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. The club offers many opportunities and services to the cycling community, and Welwyn Wheelers CC members participate in all aspects of cycle sport and leisure. You'll find plenty of information here about the club and what we do. If you'd like to get involved, or just find out a little more, don't hesitate to get in touch - we'd be pleased to hear from you.
Effective from 1st April fees for use of the Track at Gosling have been increased by the Sports Park Management.
As a result Welwyn Wheelers we be increasing session costs as shown below:
Two hour standard session
Youth Member £4
Youth 2nd claim & Non Member £5
Senior Member £5
Senior 2nd claim & Non Member £7
One hour session on Saturdays
All categories £4
Other adhoc targeted sessions as advised by the coach
Winter Indoor Turbo & Circuits £4
I am pleased to report that this years Track League is now on schedule and the first meeting will be on Friday 24th April starting at 7:10pm
The operation of the Track League this season has required setting up a ‘new organising team’ as the previous long standing organiser retired at the end of the 2014 League. Until a new team could be found the operation of the Track League was in doubt – however volunteers have now been found – Paul Carter, a past Track League rider with Team Welwyn has stepped into the role of Meeting Co-ordinator and the Administration role will be carried out by Jo Puttock. Our sincere and grateful thanks to both of them.
The racing programme will follow a similar pattern to previous years – with Senior A and B groups plus three Youth groups.
Please fill in a track league registration form and send it to Peter Waghorn with a cheque or bring it along to the Track League training sessions on Friday 10th and 17th April or bring it the the first Track League meeting. (It would be appreciated if this can arrive before the first meeting to avoid a log jam at the first meeting).
Accreditation - Riders who have raced in the Welwyn Track League in the last two years will have automatic Welwyn accreditation.
We look forward to a successful and busy Track League in 2015.
With the clocks going forward this weekend it's time to think about Welwyn Wheelers summer programme.
Put these dates in your diary:
When we have sufficient numbers and available resource we will schedule the first novice session(s).
We are pleased to announce that we have now two new facebook groups.
The first group has been created for Welwyn Wheeler Members Only.
Any member can add members, but an admin must approve them (If it is your child that is a member and not yourself then please message the group using the private message once you have asked to join and verify which child is the member please).
You can use this group for any questions, for selling items, and important information regarding the club, training & race information.
Please visit HERE
The second group is an open group created for anyone that comes to the Welwyn Wheelers track. You can use this group for any questions and for selling items etc. Also Information regarding the club sessions etc will also be shared.
Please visit HERE
Last Saturday six Welwyn riders (Andy, Annabel, Julian, Martin, Alex and Peter) all met in an ominous Premier Inn car park in St Neots.
The plan was to do 100 miles the first day and 85 miles on the Sunday. With weather predicted to be very windy with gusts over 30mph and chance of rain it wasn’t looking very appealing.
Once we were underway we found the wind wasn’t as bad as reported but still not exactly easy cycling, mainly side winds to deal with.
90km into the ride and we arrived at are furthest point, Rutland Water having just ridden on some of the Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic route. We unexpectedly stopped at a superb Italian restaurant for lunch which had views across the Reservoir and was run by what looked like members of the Mafia but they were very accommodating even in our mud flecked lycra.
The ride back was hard going especially after some heavy carbs, and the terrain was a little lumpier than the first half but we all made it back in once piece.
Three of the riders are training for the 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris ride in August, and after a hundred miles it was decided a curry and a few beers would be the best source of nutrition for the next day’s ride.
The next day was a sunny dry one but with stronger winds, after a hearty breakfast the first half of the ride was straight into a westerly headwind. After numerous expletives during the 40km slog into the wind the group agreed a café stop was necessary to rethink the day’s mileage.
It was agreed that we would do 50km out and return back the same route to make it a 100km day. With a 30mph tail wind it was easy to maintain a good average speed of 35kmph and enjoy the sights.
It’s likely that the gents will be doing some more longer training rides as they build up their distance for PBP - these will be open invite and advertised via the club if anyone else interested.
The 2015 Pete Bissell memorial ride is taking place on Sunday 8 March 2015.
Meet at 9:00am for 9:20am start at Gosling Sports Park (Postcode AL8 6XE) – shower, changing and cafe facilities available. Target finishing time: 12:00-12:30pm.
As in previous years, the ride will take place on the closest Sunday to Peter’s birthday. Any cyclist who knew Peter is encouraged and invited to join the club in remembrance. We plan for three “navigated” groups (depending on numbers and the weather!):
“Fast” group following a 105Km route (≈18mph)
“Middle” group following a slightly shorter route (≈15mph)
“Easy” group on a 45Km route at a pace to suit slowest rider
U16 riders are welcome but should be accompanied by a responsible adult; all riders should be appropriately equipped to mend punctures and minor mechanicals. This is NOT a race! But please join us, enjoy the ride and meet some of Peter’s old friends – on the bike or in the cafe afterwards.
And for new club members who did not have the pleasure of knowing PB: he joined aged 11 and was ultimately one of two former club members to be National Champion (U23) on the road – the other is Andy Fenn (Team Sky). For more info, and a picture of commitment for you hill-climbers see here