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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:

(or comment if on the FB group)

Welwyn Wheelers Guide to Cyclocross

Champion Welwyn rider Elspeth Grace has written a helpful guide to cyclocross, from buying a bike through to racing at cyclocross events.

What is cyclocross?

Cyclocross is like a mixture of mountain biking and cross country running, with races taking place across the country most weekends from September to February.

Who can race?

Cyclocross is one of the most accessible branches of bike racing. As the races and training are all off road, there’s no traffic to worry about, and as all racers finish on the same lap, there’s no need to worry about being too slow.

Read the full guide here.

Weekend Racing Results

The first round of the Central League Cyclo-cross was run at RAF Halton near Tring on Sunday and produced some fantastic results for the Welwyn Wheelers on an excellent course.

The opening Under 10 boys race saw Rupert Cavill, Finlay Woodliffe and Dillon Knott ride away from the field and take the top three places – Henry Landon was 5th. This was followed by the under 8’s which was won by Xavier Knott backed up by Mackenzie Holt 4th girl. A great start to the days racing !

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In the Under 12 group Dylan Starkey was third. Thomas Dixon 4th and Jerry Landon 13th. Beth Bennett and Poppy Knott were 3rd and 4th in the girls race. The younger age groups all rode on a small course of around 1.5kms

The remaining age groups all rode the full course of 4kms with a lap time of around 11 minutes – Oli Stockwell was the clear winner of the Under 16 boys with Joe Bennett in 5th place. Joe Kiely won the under 14 boys with Ben Hinchliffe 5th. Both Euan Woodliffe and Max Jackson punctured and failed to finish. The under 14 and under 16 girls started together – Naomi Holt won the under 16 race with a strong positive ride with Freya Butler 3rd.

The Novice race which started 4 minutes behind the youth race had a massive field of around 40 riders – Andy Holt made a good start and led the race until the final lap when he unshipped his chain and was overtaken but finished in 2nd place – Malcolm Starkey in his first ever race was 8th.

The Senior race for the 40-49 age band had an enormous field of over 80 riders – John Cavill had an excellent race and was the best placed Wheeler in 14th place – Tom Hinchliffe was 21st and James Robertson 25th. Gwill Park and Nathan Blackmore were the leaders in the Junior race but Nathan dropped back due to a puncture while Gwill retained top spot to win the race with Nathan third.

A number of the Wheelers travelled to Basildon in Essex to race in the Eastern League Cyclo-cross race – Elspeth Grace won the Womens race by a comfortable margin – Martin Dossett was 16th in the 40 + race.

U10 Girls

Sunday was the final race in the Town Centre Tour of Herts series in Hitchin on a 2km circuit with plenty of tight bends plus a stretch of cobbles to test the riders skills and endurance – Tom Sharples was second in the under 14 race and Tommy Lidyard was 7th in the under 10 event. Martin Bicknell was third in the senior Novice race. In the Womens race which started with around 20 riders Clare Fisk and Rachel Dunne were 7th and 9th.

A busy weekend plus some excellent results.


Amis Velo Cross Results

The Wheelers were in fantastic form in the Amis Velo cyclo- cross race at Colchester on Sunday notching up 5 first paces across the various age and race categories.

Finlay Woodliffe opened the proceedings in the 27 rider Under 10 race winning the race by 7 seconds. Dylan Starkey led the 26 riders in the under 12 race at the end of lap 1 and finally finished in third place

The youth race for under 16 and under 14 riders had a massive field of 64 riders – Oliver Stockwell attacked from the start and opened up a gap and led the race to the finish to win the Under 16 category. Joe Kiely was in second place for the first half of the race but was caught by Mark Lightfoot (CC Ashwell) and the two of them were still together as they approached the finish – Joe just lost out in the sprint for the line but was first rider in the under 14 category.

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The Wheelers had a number of riders in this race, all of them rode well – Tom Martin 9th, Tom Sharples 10th (3rd under 14), Euan Woodliffe 13th (5th under 14), Lauren Higham 17th – first youth girl.

The senior races followed – the 50+ race included the Women and Junior girls and had a full field of 80 riders. Elspeth Grace won the Womens race by a significant margin and was placed 19th overall.

The 40-49 group also had a full field – Keith Stockwell was in 15th position at the end of lap one and worked his way through the field to finally finish 10th with a strong ride – Martin Dossett was just behind Ketith on lap one but unfortunately suffered with a puncture which ended his race.

Last race of the day was Senior/Junior – Michael Parry was in a group of three junior riders in the top 10 positions and at the end of the one hour race Michael was 8th overall and 3rd Junior.

An excellent days racing with around 350 riders taking part in the event and good performances by the strong band of Wheelers riders