Three Welwyn Wheelers youth riders plus coaches and parents travelled to Hetton Park near Sunderland for the British Cycling National Cyclo-cross championships.
The tough slippery course with a number of technical sections required good bike handling skills and endurance for the strong fields of riders from all over the country.
Euan Woodliffe and Caelen Miller rode in the field of 60 riders in the under 14 race and got into the leading group of five riders – Josh Tarling (Wales) rode away from the group after 2 laps and led the field with Euan and Caelen in the next group. With just over one lap to go Caelen was in collision with a helper when changing bikes in the pit area and lost contact with the group and finally finished in 12th place. Eaun was in a strong position and in a real battle for the second place. In the final lap he attacked and escaped from his rival to finish in a well deserved second place behind Josh Tarling to take second place and the Silver medal.
After his win in at Ipswich the previous week Oli Stockwell was on good form in the under 16 race and got into a breakaway group in the first lap. This group broke up as the race progressed but Oli was still in the front of the race. He led by 13 seconds as the race went into the final lap but he lost the lead when overtaking a lapped rider and crashed – he chased the leader – Simon Wyllie (Halesowen) – and was just a few seconds behind him when the race was finished – unfortunately Oli had not heard the bell which signified one lap to go and as he crossed the line he thought there was still one more lap remaining. He complained to the Commissaire but the result stood.
Oli still finished in second place but was devastated and disappointed in losing out on winning a National jersey due to an unfortunate situation with the lap counter board and not hearing the bell to signify the closing lap of the race.
Nevertheless the two Wheelers riders – Eaun and Oli – had both won Silver medals in the National Championships – two great performances and best ever results by the club riders.
Dylan Starkey is leading the under 12 series in the East League with two more races to go. The final results of the Central League was a 1,2,3 in the under 12 – Fin woodliffe, Rupert Cavill and Dillon Knott. Euan Woodliffe won the under 14 series.
The final round of the British Cycling Cyclocross series was held at Trinity Park Ipswich on Sunday. Two Wheelers youth riders – Oli Stockwell and Euan Woodliffe both needed to get a good result to stay in contention for a top three position in the six event series.
Oli Stockwell was in the leaders yellow jersey as they lined up at the start on the front row of the 60 strong field of under 16 riders. Midway through lap one he was in the leading group of six riders. The race was run at a fast pace on a course which included a number of road sections plus some tricky technical sections to test the bike handing of the field of top class riders.
The leading group soon reduced to three with Oli and his main rival Alec Gregory leading the trio and upping the pace throughout the race. As they came onto the finishing straight it was down to a a flat out sprint for the line with only inches separating Oli, Alec and Simon Willey. Oli raised his hand for the win but it was too close to call. It came down to to the prize presentation before they knew the final results. When the announcer read the name of Alec Gregory in second place we knew that Oli had won the race and the under 16 series and he was presented with the Charlie Craig Memorial Trophy for a great performance. If you look at the picture of the finish you can see how close it was with Oli winning margin only a couple of inches.
In the under 14 race Euan Woodliffe and Caelen Miller were in the leading group of six riders for the whole of the 5 lap race – all watching each other and stopping any breakaway moves. Once again it all came down to the final part of the final lap as the six were still together – Eaun and Caellan had a plan which they put into effect for the last few corners before the finish – they made sure that they led the group into the last section and this enabled them to take the lead on the final bend and lead into the finishing straight to take first and second places. The win for Euan moved him up to second place overall in the series. Caelan had his best result of the series with a positive ride and strong support for Euan
A great days racing for the club youth riders with two well earned victories plus a series win for Oli in the under 16 series and second place for Euan in the under 14 series.
This coming weekend they are all off to Durham for the BC National cyclo-cross Championships.
A few club riders travelled to Rockingham for the final race of the Central League series and had a great days racing on a great course with lots of technical bits through the woods.
The day started with the U10s and U8s. Xavier Knott had a great start, they faced probably one of the most technical courses so far, with a steep decent down through the woods and a tough slippy push up a bank. Alistair Davis 6th U8, Xavier Knott 6th U10 (5th Overall in the League), Josephine Davis 6th U10 Girl. Although not racing today, Henry Landon has secured 2nd overall in the U10s Central League.
Fin Woodliffe was on good form and set off at a blistering pace, leading the race from the start and continually putting in attacks. He finished in 1st place 25 seconds ahead of 2nd place and 40 seconds ahead of Rupert Cavill in 3rd place. It was a technically tricky course compared to some of the other rides and the WW training clearly paid off. Rupert held on in 3rd place throughout the race and worked hard to chase Fin and the rider just in front of him. Fin flew down the finish straight and unclipped both feet on the line to take on the Pidcock finish pose of belly on the saddle superman style!! Quite amusing but quite justified considering he knew at that point that he had definitely sewn up the U12 series. Dillon Knott finished in 9th place. It was a great 1, 2,3 for Welwyn in the Overall League – Fin, Rupert and Dillon – great results considering they are 1st years.
Euan was feeling less on form having ridden 80K with Tom and Joe Bennett the previous day, but knew all he needed was a top 10 finish to secure the overall central league win. So happy to roll round. He led the race for quite some time. An U16 ran into the tape in front of him, the tape snapped and it drifted into Euan’s bike, wrapping itself neatly round his rear mech and cassette, meaning it was a run to the pits for his back up bike! A 2nd place for Euan today, but more than happy with that as it was enough to secure the overall central league U14 win. So a great days racing in the Woodliffe camp and proud parents – all of that travelling was worth it!
U16 Charlie Rollins was 6th ( 3rd Overall in the League), John Cavill 24th and Neil Grigson 53rd Tony Marriott 22nd (although not riding for Welwyn Wheeler.
On Saturday 23rd a large group of around 40 riders, many in fancy dress, turned up at GSP for the club Christmas road and off road ride. All eventually arrived at Hatfield Cycles via various routes for some well earned refreshment and a pre- Christmas chat.
On Thursday a large number of club riders entered the Youth Open meeting at the Olympic track at Stratford – Oli Stockwell won the under 16 Omnium and Tom Sharples won the under 14 event.
The Central cyclo-cross event at Berkhampstead run by Awol Velo saw the Welwyn Wheelers youth riders ride well and come away with some good results.
Oli Stockwell won the under 16 boys race with Archie Peet 4th Tom Sharples 5th and Louis Sutton 7th, Ellen Bennett took second place in the girls race.
Callum Moir was 4th in the under 14 event. Finlay Woodliffe celebrated his 10th birthday by finishing 2nd in the under 12 race and now leads the series with one race remaining. Rupert Cavill and Dillon Knott were 3rd and 6th. It is possible that these three under 12 riders can take the top three places in the series. It all depends on the final race at Rockingham.
Henry Landon notched up 2nd spot in the under 10 event with Xavier Knott 5th.
Also on Sunday there was an Eastern League meeting on the East coast near Southwold – Euan Woodliffe finished 3rd in the youth race and was top under 14 rider with Caelen Miller 6th (2nd undr 14), Euan now leads the under 14 series in the East League. Dylan Starkey was 4th in the under 12 race and leads the under 12 series.
On Thursday evening eight Wheelers youth riders were at the Olympic track at Stratford for the winter Track League and scored points in the under 14 and under 16 series.
Monday 18th December: 8pm Gosling Gym session – Welwyn Racing Academy members only.
Tuesday 19th December: 7pm – 9pm Cyclo-Cross Training (This particular session will be open to all ages for our Racing Club members)
Wednesday 20th December: No Training Sessions – Gosling Sports Park is closed to the public. Annual Gosling/GLL Staff Communications Day.
Thursday 21st December: 8pm Club Turbo/Roller Session
Saturday 23rd December: 9am – 10.30am – Open Go-Ride Freewheel session for our younger riders.
*9am Christmas Road & Off Road Rides
There will be no Road Bikes on the Track Session.
There will be no Training Sessions during Christmas week, including Saturday 30th December. Our normal Winter Training sessions will recommence with Club Cyclo-Cross Training on Tuesday 2nd January.
From Monday 18th December Parking Charges will apply at Gosling Sports Park.
This is a number plate recognition system and everyone will have to register their car registration number on entry and exit.
*Free parking for the first 3 hours. The parking meters will only accept cashless payments via debit and credit cards, or via contact-less cards. There will not be an option to pay with cash.