The Welwyn Wheelers youth riders were out in force at the Milton Keynes circuit race on Saturday with riders in all of various age category events.
The under 16 boys race had a big field and was run at a fast pace – breakaways were all chased down and it was a bunch sprint finish for the field – Sam Asker and Tom Durkin finished in the pack. Nathan Blackmore was brought down in a crash with two laps remaining and was unable to finish.
The next event for under 16/14 girls contained three Wheelers riders – Lauren Higham was forced into the grass with 5 laps to go, derailed her chain and lost contact with the field but chased for two laps to regain contact with the race. Elspeth Grace, Lauren and Jenna Miles all finished in the pack.
In the under 14 boys race Olie Stockwell rode near the front of the race throughout and marked all breakaway attacks – it all came down to a very tightly contested sprint finish for three riders which Olie won by inches with a well timed burst in the final metres to take the victory. Joe Kiely finished in the middle of the bunch in 12th place. In the under 12 race there were two Wheelers riders – Euan Woodliffe and Isacc Whitten. Once again it all came down to a bunch finish and Euan took a well deserved second place.
The under 10 category race – Dylan Starkey 4th, Thomas Dixon 6th, Rupert Cavill 8th and Finn Woodliffe 9th
At the Redbridge circuit race at Hog Hill on Saturday the Welwyn/Kinetic ladies team lined up for their first event of the season – Sofia Chastell and Caia Casciello rode well and stayed in the main bunch for the whole race – Sofia was 15th and Caia 17th at the finish in a tough good quality race.
On Sunday a number of the Wheelers competed in the Hemel Hempstead Hilly Time Trial – top placed rider in 8th place was Andrew Digby. Annabell Sill and Lauren Higham were 2nd and 3rd in the ladies section.
On Good Friday the Wheelers are promoting a 50km Hilly Time Trial on a course starting in Codicote and covering a circuit via Hitchin, Whitwell, Kimpton and finishing in Codicote. A good entry of 96 riders will be taking part in this annual event.
Two of the Wheelers Ladies – Lesley Courtney and Claire Fisk rode in the E1234 Women’s race at the Cyclopark with a field of 30 riders. Lesley rode really well to finish her first circuit race and Claire finished in 6th place.
Kinetic Cycles Welwyn Racing made their debut in the Women’s Team Series at the Redbridge Cycle Circuit on Saturday.
The large and strong field included the 2015 series champions the Army Cycling Union and Nikki Juniper, the reigning National Criterium Champion, riding for Ford EcoBoost.
The Kinetic Welwyn team featured strongly in the early stages of the race with Kathryn Anderson and Elanor Cadzow helping drive the early pace. By mid-race the main bunch had been thinned to around 35 riders, with Welwyn’s Sophia Chastell and Gaia Casciello working well together to negate frequent attacks from the Army and Liv-Epic teams.
As the race entered its final lap Chastell and Casciello remained in the leading group and in the final sprint Sophia secured 17th and Gaia 19th. Ellie followed in 29th with Rachel Heptonstall and Anna Carter, in their first races at the Elite level 39th and 40th respectively.
Unfortunately Kathryn Anderson suffered repeated mechanical issues and was forced to withdraw towards the end of the race.
The team collected 117 series points for the race and are placed 7th in the early season table.
The Team Series moves on to Surrey next and the Dave Peck Memorial Race at Virginia Water on the 3rd April.
Welwyn Wheelers rider Fin Woodliffe (8 yrs) was at BBC Three Counties this this week teaching a 22 yr old how to ride a bike for Sport Relief!
Rebecca Maynard was presented with the Eastern Region Young Volunteer of the Year Award at the Go Ride Conference on March 13th, by GB British Cycling Senior Academy riders Ryan Owens (a former Welwyn Wheelers member) and Jack Carlin.
The award was in recognition for her outstanding contribution as a volunteer both at a national & local level.
Rebecca has recently completed a second term on the National Youth Forum which advises British Cycling on raising awareness of the sport in the community to cyclists and non-cyclists alike.
She has volunteered an international and national events most recently acting as a Results Assistant at the World Track Championships and as a Team Attache for the Eastern Team at the UK School Games.
On a local level she has officiated at races, provided assistance to coaches at training sessions and sits on the Welwyn Wheelers committee as the Youth Representative.
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