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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

Wheelers Race Results

The Wheelers riders had a busy weekends racing at various venues.
Six riders plus coaches and helpers travelled to the Isle of Man for the British Cycling 3-day youth tour. In the Under 16 Boys group were Will Raymond and Tom Durkin while in the Under 16 Girls race were Josie Griffin, Millie Gage and Lauren Higham. Will Raymond was 7th on Day 1 but had a bad second stage on the mountainous
course which dropped him down the overall situation. He recovered to take 3rd place on day 3.

In the girls race Lauren Higham was 7th on Day 1 and 17th on Day 2 and finished 21st overall. Millie Gage and Josie Griffin were non finishers on the hilly stage on Day 2 but were permitted to ride the final stage but were not classified in the final standings. Oli Stockwell had a very successful series in the Under 14 boys group –
starting with 3rd place on Day 1 – he followed this up with a 5th place on Day 2. He continued by winning the sprint for 4th place on the final stage . His consistent performances over the three days paid off with well earned 3rd place overall.

On Bank Holiday Monday a number of riders raced in the town centre closed road circuit at Ixworth in Suffolk – in the first race of the day Michael Parry was in the leading group of riders throughout the 40 minute race for Category 3 Seniors plus Juniors finally taking a well earned 6th place in the final sprint of 10 riders. The under 10/8 race was next and Dylan Starkey led the race for a number of laps as the field split up on the tricky course – he finished second just losing out in the two rider sprint. In the under 14 race Joe Kiely was on good form and was in the 6 man group that broke away in the early stages and became a good working group that built up a useful lead over the field. In the final sprint for the line Joe took a well earned 4th place. In the under 16 race the boys and girls started together – a fast pace was set from lap 1 and held throughout the 30 minute race – Nathan Blackmore and Elspeth Grace held their positions in the main bunch as weaker riders lost contact. In the final lap two riders broke away – Nathan and Elspeth finished in the main bunch with Elspeth taking the prize for the leading girl rider – beating a number of the boys with a great and positive ride.

The opening meeting of the Welwyn Track League was run on Friday evening at Gosling Sports Park – the field had a good number of riders spread among the various categories. The Wheelers riders scored a number of wins and places in the three age related youth events (see separate report).

On Sunday the club promoted the Norlond Combine 30 mile Time Trial on one of the A1 based courses. Cold conditions for the early morning start.

The opening round of the Club 10 mile series was run on Tuesday evening – Martin Dossett recorded the fastest time in 22-52 from the 10 rider field (remaining results to follow).

On Saturday the club is hosting Round 2 of the National Youth Omnium London series – 138 riders have entered the event which gets under way at 12 noon. The following day a number of the leading riders who wish to qualify for the National Final in Cardiff in July will need to be at Brightons Preston Park for the third race in the London series. The next round is at Herne Hill he following weekend. The top 5 riders in each age group need to count all four results to qualify for the National Final.

Latest youth calendar‏

Please find a the latest version of the youth calendar. It shows what races are available for youth riders up until September. I have only put down those that take place on a weekend – there are others that run during the week (see the BC website).

I have also added a selection of time trials – note that you have to be 12 or over to compete in these. As the number of circuit races seems to have declined this year you may want to think about the Victoria CC series of time trials. Although these can be ridden solo they can also be ridden as a pair or a three and makes a good introduction to time-trialling (or good practice for riding in a break!). If you are interested in riding in any of these let me know and I will see if I can find a ‘volunteer’ to ride with you.

Graeme – Youth Coordinator

Lee Valley Youth Omnium – Round 1

The Wheelers youth riders were out in force to ride in the British Cycling Youth Omnium series at the Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday. The 5 event Omnium consists of a Time Trial, Elimination race, Sprint, scratch and Points race with placings in each event to count. The combined results of all four meetings will be added together and the top five riders in each age group will qualify for the final in Cardiff in July. The next two rounds will be at Gosling Sports Park on Saturday May 7th and the following day at Brighton.
The final results from Lee Valley are awaited.

Will Raymond finished 3rd in the tough and highly competitive under 16 Boys category in a field of 28 riders with a good set of results – the winner was ex Wheelers Ethan Vernon who won all five races.

The Wheelers had four riders in the 20 rider under 16 girls group with Josie Griffin and Millie Gage being placed second and third in this group.

Oli Stockwell had a tough time in the under 14 category – he was second in the opening 1Km time trial but an error by the race officials saw him taken out in lap 3 of the elimination race – his name was displayed on the overhead board so he left the track. He was in the front of the race but the officials put up the wrong number on the board so he was eliminated. He fought back to take 3rd spot in the scratch race and with positive rides in the Kieren and points events he eventually finished 5th overall but was disappointed to have been wrongly eliminated in race 2 when in a good position to finish in the top three overall.

Imogen Chastell took a fine 6th place in the under 14 girls category and Euan Woodliffe was 4th in the under 12 boys event
Final results from the Lee Valley event will be published later