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Weekend Track Results

On Saturday the Welwyn Wheelers hosted Round 2 of the London Youth Track Omnium series at Gosling Sports. A massive entry of 138 riders had entered for the event covering the under 16, under 14, under 12 and under 10 age groups with each group competing in five cycle race disciplines.

Racing in the under 16 group was incredible fast and was dominated by the Team Corley – Ethan Vernon and Theo Modell taking the top two places overall. Wheelers Will Raymond put in a strong series and finished in 4th spot in the 30+ field. Tom Durkin was 14, Sam Asker 15th, Nathan Blackmore 22nd and Joe Bennett 26th. The under 16 girls proved to be a battle between Millie Gage, Josie Griffin and Alice Matravers who won the first Omnium at the Olympic park. After the completion of the five events it was Alice Matravers, followed by Josie Griffin and Millie Gage to take the top three podium places. Wheelers Lauren Higham and Elspeth Grace were 8th and 12th. Eleanor McCardle was 14th.

In the strong under 14 category Olli Stockwell was in contention throughout and finished 5th with Tom Sharples 19th and Michael Sumner 25th. VC Londres took the top three podium places Imogen Chastell rode in the under 14 girls events and was pleased with her 5th place overall with a series of positive performances Euan Woodliffe was on good form in the large under 12 boys category – he won the one lap time trial by two seconds and followed up with top places in the remaining events to finish in second place overall. Max Jackson was 12th and Toby Brown 20th. In the under 10 category Dylan Starkey 4th, Rupert Cavill 9th and Fin Woodliffe 10th.

A tough day for both the riders and the Wheelers race team in the hot conditions with the race programme lasting over 6 hours. A well organised and successful event run by a strong team.

The following day Round 3 of the Omnium was held at the newly re-opened Preston park track in Brighton however a number of riders opted out two days of competitive racing plus the travel and the entry list was less than the record numbers at the Welwyn event. (5 riders had entered the event but only 77 riders raced in the Omnium.

Six Welwyn riders travelled to the third round of the Youth Omnium Series . Racing was run in perfect conditions and four Welwyn riders secured podium positions on another highly competitive days racing.

Leading the way was Josie Griffin taking second in the U16 Girls category with strong Devil, Scratch and Points races. Millie Gage was 10th U16 Girl.

Imogen Chastell was third U14 Girl, strong Scratch, Sprint and Points performances securing her a podium place.

William Raymond was also third in the U16 Boys Category, with good Devil and Sprint placings backed by a good Points race..

Sam Asker also impressed to finish tenth in the U16 boys, with seventh place in the Scratch race the highlight.

In the U12 Category Euan Woodliffe continued his impressive form to take second place. His fastest category Time Trial time of the day was followed by fine performances in the Scratch and the Sprint.


Hillingdon Slipstreamers Interclub TT

At Slipstreamers, we are having our annual Time Trial competition on Saturday 21st May. We haven’t had any Welwyn Wheelers entries this year, so our publicity may not have reached everyone.

We have a “book it” page here

We don’t take payment through the bookings page, it’s pay on the day. We will also take entries on the day, but the booking site is a great for helping me to prepare the start sheets in advance.

If any of the Welwyn are free that afternoon, it would be great to see them at Hillingdon.


Sunday Club Runs

As a club one of the things we are currently missing is the Club Run – a regular meet up & ride which always leaves from the same place & at the same time each week.

Prospective new members often ask about our Club Runs & currently although many members go out on a regular basis it is more of an adhoc arrangement.

With this in mind we are asking if any of our senior members would be willing to navigate/ lead one or two rides (or more if you are available) over the coming months. The intention would be to try & have two rides going out each week on a Sunday Morning:
Club Run Pace Ride ( 13 -16 mph) and a Faster Pace Ride.

Rides should be for 2.5 – 3 hours in duration & will always leave at 9.15 am from GSP.

Please sign up on the poll, to navigate/ lead a ride using this link – please insert your full name (including surname) & tick the ride you could lead/ navigate (the current poll goes up to July 31st).

Steve Milton has kindly agreed to sign up for the first two Club Run Pace rides on May 8th & 15th – but we do need others to volunteer.

If you are going to be going out anyway – why not go out with a few club mates & lead/ navigate one of these rides for the club?

If you have any questions please just ask…

Many thanks for your help with getting the Club Run re-established

Welwyn Wheelers Committee

Welwyn Track Novice Sessions‏

There is no 10:30am Novice session this Saturday (7 May) as we have the Youth Omnium. (The Improvers session will run 9am – 10:30am).

The next three Saturdays (14, 21 & 28 May)  will have a “Novice” slot from 10:30am – 12pm.  This will mainly be for the existing novice riders.

Novice track riders will need to be at the track before 10am to register and sign on. Riders will then be allocated a bike where possible. (Some bikes may still be being used in the earlier “Improvers” session). There will be a short rider briefing before riders enter the track centre. Riders will then be split into two groups to start the session.

Rider Info:  Minimum age 8 years

Session Fees:

Senior non Welwyn Members £7

Senior Welwyn Members £5

Youth U18 Non Member £5

Youth U18 Welwyn Member £4

Required: It is mandatory to wear a cycling helmet and track mitts/gloves whilst riding on the track. Riders are requested to provide their own helmet and track mitts. (Helmets must conform to safety regulations).

Track bikes are available to hire on a first come first served basis at £4 per session, subject to size availability.

We recommend the following:

Legs: Padded cycling shorts are best but normal sports shorts and/or close fitting track suit/jogging bottoms or leggings would be fine; they must be close fitting so they do not catch the wheels or chain!

Upper Body: A lightweight long-sleeved top with a t-shirt or base layer underneath is suitable. Shoulders must be covered. Long or short sleeve cycle jerseys would be the best option. (Be prepared for the prevailing weather conditions on the day!).

Shoes: You can wear normal trainers for track sessions as the hire bikes are fitted with Toe clips and Straps or if you wish to bring your own cycle shoes, with fitted cleats, we use Look Keo pedals, so shoes fitted with Look Keo cleats can be worn. Please note that other makes are not necessarily compatible – even if they say that they are! You may not bring your own pedals for use on our hire bikes.

Please note: if the Track is wet, the session may need to be cancelled and re-arranged for a later date.

Ideally riders will need to confirm their interest to take part via e-mail to providing details, as described on the novice registration form, or complete the online form below.

Nutrition Workshop

Attention Welwyn Racing Members!

Nutrition Workshop

Thursday 5th May 7pm – 9pm

Collingwood Suite, Gosling Sports Park

You are all invited to attend the first Welwyn Racing club Workshop of 2016.

The Welwyn Coaching Team would like to see as many of our Racing members, Senior & Youth; along with parents, to attend this workshop. The Workshop will be focusing on the importance of Nutrition to aid rider performance.

The workshop will be presented by a highly qualified Nutritionist, Charlotte Kennedy and supported by ETIXX Sports Nutrition.

There will be a small charge of £5 for adults & £3 for U18’s. Only “Racing” members attending will be expected to pay an entry fee. Parents of Racing members come free.

If you have any specific nutrition related questions you would like to ask prior to attending the workshop; please direct these to Head Coach Francis Gallacher via e-mail to: Enter in the Subject Box: “Nutrition Question”

We will then try to answer as many of these questions as possible during the presentation. There will also be a question & answer session during the workshop.

Club Clothing Secretary, Jax Rooney  will be on hand to sell and take orders for Club Clothing at the beginning and at the end of the workshop. So we would encourage members to arrive early; anytime from 6:45pm.

Download flyer HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you there, Francis

Welwyn Wheelers – Coach Coordinator