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Welwyn Wheelers Cyclo-Cross Results

Plenty of competitive activities for the club cyclo-cross riders at the weekend.

Round 2 of the Central League at Milton Keynes bowl on Saturday 30th September saw at least 40 Wheelers riders in action.

Star performance of the day was top 4 places in the Under 16 race led in by Oli Stockwell, Joe Kiely, Archie Peet and Tom Sharples. Euan Woodlife was next across the line having won the under 14 boys event by well over a minute and he was followed home by new member Charles Rollins 6th in the U16 event. Beth and Ellen Bennett were third in the Under 14 and under 16 girls category while elder brother Joe was 4th in the Junior boys race.

Dylan Starkey was third in the under 12 race followed in by Fin Woodliffe and Rupert Cavill 4th and 5th, Dillon Knott 7th and Tom Dixon 11th plus three additional club riders.

Six riders in the under 8/10 event with Xavier Knott in 9th place followed by Henry Landon who led the race in the final lap when his tyre rolled off – he ran to the finish and took 10th place.

In the Senior events Keith Stockwell – 9th in the 40+ race which had 90 riders with John Cavill 36th and Tom Hinchliffe 40th.

Chris Murphy finished 44th in the 50 + category of 72 riders and Simon Cragg was 39th in the Senior race. Laurence Davis was 2nd and Rob Dixon 11th out of 29 riders in the Novice category.

On Sunday 1st October 12 club riders were at Colchester for the Eastern League event – Oli Stockwell won the Youth race with Euan Woodliffe 4th (1st Under 14). Elspeth Grace was second in Womens race (1st senior) and Rupert Cavill was third in the under 12 race, Nathan Blackmore was 2nd Junior in the final race. Keith Stockwell was 11th in the 40 + event

This weekend a number of the top youth riders will be at Derby For Round 1 of the BC National series while the rest of the club riders will be either ride the Eastern League event run by CC Ashwell event or the Central race at Leighton Buzzard – unfortunately both events are on Sunday


Cycling Results Welwyn Wheelers

A great cyclo-cross event at Stanborough Park on Saturday 23rd.

Good weather, a sporting course, a massive number of riders for Round 1 of the Central League hosted by the club.

A record number of well over 450 riders which included fifty club members and parents, many riding their first CX race, took part in the various age related races.

The race support team met at GSP at around 6-30am to load up the vast amount of equipment needed for the event. The course was in place by 8-00am and the the marshals, sign-on team and officials were all in place for the first race at 10-00 o’clock.

Seven club riders in the under 10 race of 24 riders – Henry Landon 7th while Daniell Elliot was 3rd in the under 8 race from 14 riders.

Dylan Starkey won the under 12 race with Fin Woodliffe 5th, Rupert Cavill 6th and Dillon Knott 9th.

The under 16 race was won in convincing style by Archie Peet followed by Tom Sharples 5th and Louis Sutton 9th, Ellen Bennett was the first under 16 girl. Laurence Davis was 3rd in the Novice category.

Euan Woodliffe was on good form winning the under 14 category.

The senior events all had massive numbers of riders – 88 in the 40+ category – including six club members – John Cavill was the leading club rider 28th.

The  11 riders in the Junior boys race produced a race long battle between former Wheeler Will Raymond who won by a few bike lengths from Joe Bennett with Nathan Blackmore in 4th spot.

There were 30 riders in the Womens race – Rachel Dunne finished in 13th position with Freya Butler and Naomi Holt 2nd and third Juniors.

The final race of the day – 57 riders for the 60 minute race – Simon Cragg riding his first CX race was 33rd.

The last race was completed by 3-30 and the dismantling team then set out to pack up all the equipment, clean up the site and return to base and some well earned refreshment.

A very busy day for the everyone, riders, marshals and the large number of helpers that made the event a great success.  A wonderful team effort.

On Sunday 10 Wheelers travelled to Basildon for Round 3 of the Eastern League race – Keith Stockwell was 10th in the 40+ race – Elspeth Grace won the Womens race.

Archie Peet second in the under 16 event and Euan Woodlife notched up his second win of the weekend in the under 14 event. Ellen Bennett first under 16 girl.

Dylan Starkey 4th and Fin Woodliffe 5th in the under 12 event.

Stop Press news – congratulations to Oli Stckwell and Joe Kiely who have been selected by BC to join the ODA group.


New Club Clothing Order Form

Please find a new updated Welwyn Wheelers Clothing Order Form and price list which will take immediate effect.

We have just received a substantial delivery of Welwyn Club Clothing which is now available to purchase at Hatfield Cycles. This includes the new Pro Road Aerosuit, fitted with twin pockets and carbon chamois. Suitable for Road & Time Trials etc. Limited stock of both male and female chamois versions are now available at Hatfield Cycles.

Along with our regular stock items; Jerseys, Bib shorts, Long & Short Sleeve Skinsuits etc., we also have a further supply of the popular Fluo Yellow Welwyn Gillet and Black Pro shorts (Short sizes up to 5XL).

We are also taking orders for the new Pro Track Speed suit with low neck line. (If you are interested in ordering the Pro Track Speed suit, please check out your size at Hatfield Cycles).

Jax Rooney

Clothing Secretary

Welwyn development pathway

Welwyn Wheelers is pleased to announce the Welwyn Wheelers development pathway, an expansion of their academy programme.

For more details see the development pathway document but in essence this is an invitation for any U14, U16 and Junior riders that have aspirations to ride at a high level to apply (age groups as per January 1st 2018). Note that entry is open to any rider, irrespective of their current club.

Those riders who are accepted will have access to coaching, race planning and support plus leisure kit, bike fits, trek/bontrager equipment via our partners Errea and Hatfield Cycles.

There are acceptance criteria to meet and these are listed in the pathway document. Interested riders should complete the relevant application form, preferably electronically and forward to or pass onto one of the Welwyn Coaching Team.

Please see links to the relevant documents and application forms below:

Graeme Anderson

Academy Manager


Club Runs

Club runs are starting up again with the first one taking place this coming Sunday, September 24th. Meet outside the Puma Centre, Gosling Sports Park for a 9.30am start. Riders should be dressed for the weather (look at the forecast!) and be suitable equipped for a long ride – waterproof, pump, inner tube(s), tyre levers plus drink & food. A usable mobile phone (i.e. charged with credit!), money and a multi-tool would also be useful.

The number of groups will be dependent upon numbers and fitness levels. There should be sufficient ride leaders to have at least two groups if appropriate. Ride length will be dependent upon who turns up but as a guide younger/slower riders would ride for about two hours with the faster group riding for around three.

Minimum age for these rides would be U14 youth – if any riders younger than that wish to ride they would need to be accompanied by a parent or designated person (have a chat with one of the coaches if you’re not sure).

There will be no cafe stop but it would be good to have a post-ride coffee etc in the Gosling bistro for a de-brief.

Club runs are a good social activity for club members but also have beneficial training effects. What are they? Answers to…you never know you could win a prize!