All posts by Welwyn Wheelers

Assen Youth Tour

Six Welwyn Wheelers (Joe Kiely, Oli Stockwell, Millie Gage, Elspeth Grace, Nathan Blackmore and Tom Durkin), plus two from Kinetic Welwyn (Kat Anderson and Anna Carter) plus families travelled to Assen in the north of the Netherlands for the 52nd annual European Youth Cycling tour.

This year there were more than 750 entrants across all age categories.Riders travelled from all over Europe (and even in one case from Australia) to take part.

The Wheelers spent Saturday and Sunday checking some of the routes and practising riding on cobbles.

The Tour got under way on Monday – the first event a 1.35km time trial. Tuesday was a town centre criterium for the various age groups, Wednesday was the ‘Classica’ road race. This included a 1.8 km stretch of cobbles for the older riders.

In the Classica first to finish was Oli. After 36km of racing, he took an excellent second place in the bunch sprint. This moved him to 6th in the overall classification for the first 3 days. Next it was the girls who raced in a combined under 17 and junior field over 61 km. Elspeth finished 23rd but Millie, Kat and Anna were all caught and eliminated by the ‘broomwagon’. Of the 66 under 17 girls racing, 28 were caught by the broom wagon.

Next up were Nathan and Tom. The steady drizzle worsened to heavy rain as they raced about 76 km. Unfortunately they too were caught by the broom wagon along with another 58 out of 140 under 17 boys racing. In the final group race Joe Kiely raced for 25.8 km and finished 5th, leaving him 9th in the overall classification.

Day 4 of racing was a 13km time trial (7.5km for Joe). The start was in a village half an hour north of Assen. The course was flat but it was windy.

Friday saw circuit races based in the village of Kostvlies, east of Assen. For the older riders the circuit was 13km long and included a short stretch of cobbles. First Welwyn riders were Millie and Elspeth, racing 3 loops. The heavens opened during the race and unfortunately Millie did not finish the race. Elspeth recovered from a puncture and finished in the first group,maintaining her position at 21st in the overall classification.

Next came Nathan and Tom’s race. Tom was caught in a crash so did not finish. He was battered but not bloodied. Nathan finished in 73rd place so improved his position in the overall classification from 93rd to 86th, Oli then raced 7 laps of a shorter 4.22 km course. Oli finished 19th, in the first group so retained his position in 7th in the general classification, Next up was Joe, who finished in third place so moving from 9th in the general classification to 5th.

The final day was a criterium race in the woods by the sports park in Assen. Nathan and Tom were first off. Due to the large number of under 17 boys their race was split into 2 heats. Nathan finished in the first group and again improved his general classification position to finish 81st. Tom struggled with a sore back following his crash the day before and finished 121st overall in the general classification.
Millie and Elspeth also raced 6 laps of the circuit. Both girls finished in the first group, with Millie in 24th place and Elspeth in 35th. Elspeth finished the week in 22nd place.

Next up was Joe in the category 6 race. He kept in with the main group until the 6th and final lap when he came round the second to last bend out the front, a position he kept, winning the stage convincingly. This cemented his position as 5th overall in the general classification. Last off was Oli, who made a break with one other rider – it was hoped he would repeat his performance at the National Championships but unfortunately was caught by the main group, finally finishing 30th. This left him 8th in the general classification.

It was a great week of racing and a superb experience for all the riders.

Club 10 TT Results 2016

Overall 2016 Club 10 TT Results

2nd August 2016 10TT

Results: 2nd August 2016 10TT

A modest field contested the penultimate club 10 of 2016.

Ex-Welwyn Wheeler and now riding for Pedal Heaven Joe Fry (riding the event as part of his preparation for the National 25 Champs on 7th August)Martin Dossett, Ben Webster and Oli Chapman.

Chatting prior to the start Joe thought his previous best on the course was 20:16 which was also thought to be the course record*

Conditions were less than ideal with a fair breeze and the threat of rain. Joe completed his first lap in a rapid 6:37 and then followed this with lap splits of 6:43 and 6:39 to finish the event setting a new course record with 19:59 – this also means Joe has this season set course records on three local 10 courses.

* there was pre-race discussion as to whether the late Peter Bissell had gone quicker but apparently the paperwork relating to the club 10s Pete rode has been lost…………………..

26 July 2016  10TT

Michael Parry made light of conditions described by several as “close and murky” to record the fastest club 10 time this year with an excellent 21:34. Martin Dossett took second place with 22:30.

Many thanks to Ben Smith,  Elspeth Grace and Bob Parry for marshalling, time-keeping and pushing-off duties in the evening.

19 July 2016 10 TT

Results: 19 July 2016 10 TT

12 July 2016 10 TT

After a day that saw torrential rain the club took place on a damp and windy evening.

Martin Dossett took first place with 22:57 whilst guest riders Alex Anderson and Toby Hunt claimed second and third places with 23.01 and 23:16 respectively.

Many thanks to Julian King for running the event.

Results: 12 July 2016 10 TT

5 July 2016 Club 10 TT

Results: 5 July 2016 Club 10 TT

28 Jun 2016 Club 10 TT

Despite continued absence of any sign of summer 3 keen souls were brave enough to face the timekeeper. The evening started coolant damp and finished with (more) rain.

Many thanks to Peter Waghorn for running the evening and to Dan Brockman, Judith Parry + Alison Hinds for their assistance.

Note: we still need someone to be organiser for Tuesday 12th July

Results: 28 Jun 2016

21 Jun 2016 Club 10 TT

On a dry but breezy evening eight riders signed on for the club 10. Although 15 seconds down on the previous week Michael Parry’s 23:06 secured 1st pace with Ben Webster at 1:06 for second place with 24:12.

Results: 21 Jun 2016

14 June 2016 Club 10 TT

There was a break in the days wet weather and the latest round of the club 10 was able to take place.

Six riders signed-on for the event on evening that was described by several riders as “fresh, breezy and damp”. Michael Parry made light of the conditions on his road bike to post the best time of the evening with 23:06. Ben Webster was 1:06 behind with 24:12 for second with Tom Durkin,  also on a his road bike, clocked 24:12 for third.


14 June 2016

7 June 2016

24 May 2016

17 May 2016

10 May 2016

3 May 2016


David Scott


In preparation for the Club’s 70th anniversary celebrations next year, a limited edition, updated replica of one of the first Welwyn Wheelers Road jerseys, worn in the early 1950s will be made available for members old and new.

Made in modern fabric to the old design, it will cost £41.00.

A first run of these jerseys will be available in sizes XS to 2XL in October with a further order planned to be placed to arrive before Christmas.

To complement the jersey, there will also be high quality “pro” plain black bib short available to order, to complete the set. These modern, multi panelled bib shorts use 2 grades of Lycra, with 60mm leg grippers, pocket on the bib and fitted PS+ Carbon Chamois. There is a Welwyn white graphic on outside of leg gripper. These will sell for £55.

Download the Order Form.