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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

Youth Omnium

Yesterday was the 2nd round of the 2017 Regional Youth Omnium Series. Welwyn hosted over 100 young riders in 3 age categories; U12, U14, U16 in 6 hours of impressive racing.

As a club we put on a great racing performance with Welwyn riders participating in every category.

U12 Boys      Dylan Starkey, Thomas Dixon, Tommy Liddiard, Thomas Oliver, Harry Eagle, Cormac Nisbet

U12 Girls       Beth Bennett

U14 Boys      Joe Kiely, Euan Woodliffe, Tom Sharples, Max Jackson

U14 Girls       Ellen Bennett

U16 Boys      Oli Stockwell, Archie Peet, Joe Bennett

U16 Girls       Josie Griffin

The day was a huge success with the full programme of races completed without a single incident and even the sun made an appearance! We have received some excellent feedback on how smoothly and professionally the event ran.

This would not have been possible without the enormous support of members and parents who helped with set up, gate marshal, sign on, catering, judging, holding, time keeping and clearing up – as well as those who provided the delicious cakes!

It is a lot of work to put on an event of this size and we are grateful for all the help received. It is particularly encouraging to see the knowledge and experience involved with some of the major roles being passed on to newer members of the club.

Thank you to those that volunteered (in no particular order & apologies for anyone missed out):

Faye & Tim Bennett Mark & Lucy Sharples
Robert Dixon Mike Harrington
Dani Eagle Bob Parry
Chloe & Andy Evans Henry, Annalise & Jeremy Peet
Francis Gallacher Sam & Ben Stockwell
Jax Rooney Mark & Morag Woodliffe
Elspeth & Rona Grace Peter Waghorn
Richard, Alison & Dan Maynard Dave Kiely
Chris Bodell Amanda Hayter
Claire Lewis Clare Fisk
Ellie Cadzoe Amanda Oliver
Malcolm Starkey Chris Murphy
Nick Brown Alex & Graeme Anderson
James Asker Jamie Quiggin
Sallie Bracewell Amanda Griffin

Thank you again.

Susi Sharples

Free track bikes!

We are at capacity in our storage facilities at Gosling track, so we are freeing space by removing six of the track hire bikes that are used less frequently. These are older bikes in sizes suitable for adult (or perhaps larger youth) riders, roughly 5ft6in – 6ft in height (174-180cm).

We will give these away to anyone who will use them, in return for a donation to club funds, and we are offering club members first refusal.

If you would use a track bike in this size range, PLEASE DO NOT JUST TAKE A BIKE! That would be theft!….instead discuss with Francis Gallacher at a Gosling training session and he will identify which of the club bikes are available.

Andrew Brown