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Welwyn Wheelers Club Track Championships

A brief note to remind everyone that the Welwyn Wheelers Club Track Championships will he held at as follows:

Venue: Gosling Sports Park

Wednesday June 22nd – 7pm – Under 14 – under 12 – under 10/8
Wednesday June 29th – 7pm – Vets/Senior/Junior – Under 16

Format: Four event Omnium with all races to count
Events: Time Trial, Elimination, Sprint  and Scratch race
The events are open to male and female members of the club

If you wish to ride please email your name to Entries will be accepted on the day but it would assist the organisers if pre-entry was indicated.

We will need some a number of volunteer Officials to run the events so please let us know if you are available.

Peter Waghorn

Wheelers at VeloPark

Saturday 28th May saw a small group of Welwyn members take advantage of the 8am club session at the Lee Valley VeloPark (LVVP).

The riders were divided into two groups and for many of the younger ones this was their first taste of riding indoors.

Here is an update from Welwyn Wheeler Max Jackson:

“On Saturday the 28th May I went to Lee Valley VeloPark. When I first saw the building I thought it looked like a giant Pringle. Inside I saw the track, it looked so cool! I was amazed by how steep it was and how high it was. I was a bit nervous because if you weren’t going fast enough you would slip down the track, but I soon got used to it. I loved how fast you could go. Overall the day was great fun and I was very grateful that I got to go and I hope we can go as a club again.”

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Should the club be lucky and manage to get another session booked it will be advertised on our Facebook page as well as the website.

Big thank you to Ellie Cadzow for organising the event and providing coaching for the riders on the day.

Support for both women racers and talented young riders

Welwyn Wheelers are pleased to announce two exciting projects to support both our increasing number of women racers and also our talented young riders.

Kinetic Welwyn Racing – Women’s Cycle Race Team

Welwyn Wheelers and Kinetic Cycles have joined forces to form Kinetic Welwyn Racing; a women’s cycle race team for riders based in the Eastern region. Thursday 19th May 2016 saw the official launch of the team. The team of eight riders (comprising six riders already members of Welwyn Wheelers) will target both Regional and National level road races in 2016. The team will look to develop its roster from riders within the club and take the best of developing riders within the region.

Welwyn Wheelers Cycling Club will provide team management by Richard Maynard, training facilities and ongoing coaching support (including access to performance testing, nutrition advice and physiotherapy services). The Club has also provided an initial level of funding to establish the team. Kinetic Cycles and Madison has provided bikes and equipment and will provide ongoing maintenance support. ERREA Sport S.p.A. will provide team leisure clothing.

The team has been developed to progress the riding career of promising riders whilst maintaining close contact with the club. The riders (who will also remain members of Welwyn Wheelers) will also continue to support and volunteer at club events and support our other up-coming female riders. Speaking at the team launch Richard Maynard (Team Manager) explained:

“Our ambition in setting up Kinetic Welwyn Racing was to provide a natural progression for our U18 women to step up into senior women’s road racing. With no women’s junior series in the UK, and races open to a wide spread of abilities, the majority of women’s racing appears to primarily favour trade based teams. The establishment of the team will keep local riders riding together in a team environment, whilst maintaining their link and involvement with the Club. Our vision is to have a rolling progression of developing female riders joining the team each year, whilst being supported and mentored by more experienced team riders.”

For 2016 Kinetic Welwyn Racing riders are Kathryn Anderson, Anna Carter, Elanor Cadzow, Gaia Casciello, Sophia Chastell, Rebecca Maynard, Annabel Sill and Rachel Heptonstall. You can follow their progress on twitter: @kineticwelwynRT

For more details about joining the team in 2017 and sponsorship opportunities please contact Richard Maynard at:

Welwyn Wheelers U18 Racing Academy

As part of the progression of our youth riders into the junior and senior ranks the club is reinvigorating its Welwyn Racing Academy. This will develop the club’s riders from Youth A (Under 16) through the junior (Under 18) ranks to senior racing. Those riders who have been accepted into British Cycling’s Regional School of Racing (‘RSR’) process and have ridden in at least two RSR’s will be considered for acceptance onto the Welwyn Racing Academy.

The details of the current roster are:

Junior riders – funded by Accuro, who have again agreed to part-fund this age group – currently four male riders

Youth U16/U14 –funded by Welwyn Wheelers – currently expected to be five male and five female riders.
Acceptance onto the Academy benefits the riders by access to in depth coaching and management advice, introduction to team tactics and advanced road racing skills, access to preferential rates on physio and nutrition advice.

To further engender a greater team and club spirit, funding will be spent on casual Welwyn Racing apparel for use both before and after racing and podium photos and assistance with nutrition and national championship/level race entries.

Welwyn Racing
The ‘Welwyn Racing’ headline is seen by the coaching staff of the club as a banner under which our Academy and Team members, as well high achieving younger racers, are grouped to enable further coaching and development

Welwyn Wheelers Results‏

Welwyn Wheelers were well represented in the first event of the 2016 Tarmac Tour of Herts series held at the BRE Centre in Bricket Wood on Sunday.

Finn Woodliffe fought hard to compete with the under 10’s and 12’s and came away with 1st place in the under 8’s race, while his brother Euan stayed with the front bunch and took a well deserved 2nd place in the under 12’s. Eight Welwyn rides then took part in the under 14/16 race. A lead group quickly broke away from the pack and in the final sprint for the line Ollie Stockwell took 1st and Joe Keily 2nd.


Welwyn went into the inter club relay as 2015 champions and put out a strong team to try and hold onto the trophy -Tom Sharples, Morag Woodliffe, Andy Digby and Peter Bonfield. Each of the teams comprised of an under 16, female, senior and veteran rider. Tom provided the Welwyn team with a lead start but it wasn’t enough to hold off Watford Velo Club and Welwyn had to settle for second place.

The next event in the Tarmac Tour of Herts series will be held in Letchworth on 26th June.

Derny training day

Palmer Park Sports Stadium (Reading Velodrome), Wokingham Road, Reading, Berks, RG6 1LF

Saturday 25th June 2016

By popular demand BC accredited motor pacing tutors Pip Taylor, Graham Bristow, Malcolm Freeman, assisted by Francis Gallacher and Sean Bannister will be providing a derny pacer training day as above.

With thanks to Palmer Park Sports Stadium for the hire of the track and Reading Velodrome Racing who are providing the Dernys on the day.

Awards will be made following continual assessment throughout the afternoon and based on competence.

For more information please download:

Derny Pacer Training – Outline programme
Derny training day – prospectus
Derny Training Resource_Manual
Dern Driver Accred Form

If there are any members that would be interested in becoming a pacer then could they please contact:

Pip Taylor

01252 627747 or 07802 260022