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Cyclo-Cross and Track Results

A few club riders travelled to Rockingham for the final race of the Central League series and had a great days racing on a  great course with lots of technical bits through the woods.

The day started with the U10s and U8s.   Xavier Knott had a great start, they faced probably one of the most technical courses so far, with a steep decent down through the woods and a tough slippy push up a bank.  Alistair Davis 6th U8, Xavier Knott 6th U10 (5th Overall in the League), Josephine Davis 6th U10 Girl.  Although not racing today, Henry Landon has secured 2nd overall in the U10s Central League.

Fin Woodliffe was on good form and set off at a blistering pace, leading the race from the start and continually putting in attacks. He finished in 1st place 25 seconds ahead of 2nd place and 40 seconds ahead of Rupert Cavill in 3rd place.  It was a technically tricky course compared to some of the other rides and the WW training clearly paid off.  Rupert held on in 3rd place throughout the race and worked hard to chase Fin and the rider just in front of him.  Fin flew down the finish straight and unclipped both feet on the line to take on the Pidcock finish pose of belly on the saddle superman style!! Quite amusing but quite justified considering he knew at that point that he had definitely sewn up the U12 series.  Dillon Knott finished in 9th place.  It was a great 1, 2,3 for Welwyn in the Overall League  – Fin, Rupert and Dillon – great results considering they are 1st years.

Euan was feeling less on form having ridden 80K with Tom and Joe Bennett the previous day, but knew all he needed was a top 10 finish to secure the overall central league win.  So happy to roll round.  He led the race for quite some time.  An U16 ran into the tape in front of him, the tape snapped and it drifted into Euan’s bike, wrapping itself neatly round his rear mech and cassette, meaning it was  a run to the pits for his back up bike! A 2nd place for Euan today, but more than happy with that as it was enough to secure the overall central league U14 win.  So a great days racing in the Woodliffe camp and proud parents – all of that travelling was worth it!

U16 Charlie Rollins was 6th ( 3rd Overall in the League), John Cavill 24th and Neil Grigson 53rd  Tony Marriott 22nd (although not riding for Welwyn Wheeler.

On Saturday 23rd a large group of around 40 riders, many in fancy dress, turned up at GSP for the club Christmas road and off road ride. All eventually arrived at Hatfield Cycles via various routes for some well earned refreshment and  a pre- Christmas chat.

On Thursday a large number of club riders entered the Youth Open meeting at the Olympic track at Stratford – Oli Stockwell won the under 16 Omnium and Tom Sharples won the under 14 event.

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
kit@welwynwheelers.org.uk

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 welwyncoachingteam@gmail.com 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 welwyncoachingteam@gmail.com…you never know you could win a prize!

Attention Cyclo-Cross Riders

The Cyclo-cross season is now only a few weeks away. If you plan to ride the Eastern and Central League series you will find details on fixtures and other information  on their websites.

Registration for both the Eastern Cyclo-cross and Central CX League can be done via British Cycling.

Eastern League membership – Seniors £15, Juniors £11 and Youth riders £8

Central League Membership – Seniors/Juniors £10, Youth riders £5

Membership of the League gives riders a reduced entry fee for League events and also enable riders to qualify for League points

The first few Eastern League events are – Sunday September 10th – Springfield, Chelmsford, Saturday September 11th – Push Sports Corrington, Essex.

The first Central League event is Saturday September 23rd – run by Welwyn Whs at Stanborough Park (south), followed by Saturday 30th CC Luton at MK bowl

Note to all Welwyn Wheelers riders,members, helpers and parents – we will need lots of people to assist in the running of this important event –so please keep this date available and give your name to Jane Cavill – Volunteer Co-ordinator (je_cavill@yahoo.co.uk) to confirm that you are available and what time and role you can offer.

Club cyclo-cross training sessions at Gosling Sports will start on Wednesday evening 23rd August and each week after that

Now is time to check that your cyclo-cross equipment is ready for the start of a busy season

Peter