A few keen Wheelers riders travelled to the Central Cyclo-cross on Bank Holiday Monday at Rockingham
The course was quite challenging particularly in the wooded section with some steep drops, sharp climbs, technical terrain and plenty of ground obstacles to avoid. The course was a particularly muddy one for all categories and became increasingly difficult to ride as the day wore on.
Overall a really great course to burn off Christmas fat.
Continue reading Rockingham & Snetterton results
A number of the Wheelers travelled out to Eccles in East Anglia for the East Region cyclo-cross event. The youth race with 35 riders was dominated by the Wheelers – Will Raymond was the clear winner and backed up by Joe Kiely who had a great ride finishing in third place and top under 14 rider closely followed by Ollie Stockwell 4th overall. Tom Martin was 10th and Michael Sumner 30th
Elspeth Grace was 12th overall and the leading under 16 girl, Imogen Chastell 21st and 2nd under 14 girl Lauren Higham 25th. In the senior events Keith Stockwell was 12th in the 40+ race and Dave Martin 40th in the 50+ event.
In the under 12 race Archie Bracewell was 11th.
With just two more Eastern League events remaining the Wheelers lead the team competition from CC Ashwell, Will Raymond and Olliver Stockwell are the top two riders in the youth category with Elspeth Grace and Lauren Higham leading the girls table.
Photo by Stuart Ashwell
Four Welwyn Wheelers youth riders travelled to Bradford on Sunday to compete in Round 5 of the National Cyclo-cross series
An extremely muddy day’s racing for riders and pit crews! The conditions were very challenging for all the categories and even the 9am practice session was an extremely muddy affair. The course at Bradford has some very difficult climbs and drops and is built on a hill so the course is always rising or falling.
The pit crews needed to clean the bikes every half lap to remove the mud that clogged the brakes
In the under 16 race Will Raymond rode a good race to finish 7th and avoided the massive crash soon after the start that split the field. The course favoured the strong runners with good bike handing skills. Sam Asker crashed and retired.
The leader of the U14 Trophy, Emile Alexander (Lichfield) took the lead early in the race and rode very strongly throughout. Ollie Stockwell had another race long battle with Alec Gregory (Leicester) who is placed 2nd in the Trophy series. The two of them attacked and counter attacked each other but remained together until the finish which again came down to a sprint with Ollie just edged out for 3rd place, both riders were given the same finish time. Joe Kiely battled his way round the course to finish 19th
Lauren Higham rode in the under 16 girls race and finished in 12th place
In the Eastern League race at Ipswich on Sunday Tom Martin had his best race of the season finishing third in the under 16 boys race, Elspeth Grace finished 6th overall in the youth race and won the under 16 girls race with a strong ride and Immogen Chastell was the clear winner of the under 14 girls category.
A number of the Wheelers young riders rode in the Central League race at Hillingdon. Alfie Aldridge and Ted Brett were 4th and 5th in the under 14 group Tom Sharples retired with a mechanical problem
Another good days results for the Wheelers youth riders. Pics of the girls – Elspeth and Lauren plus Ollie Stockwell
A number of the Wheelers youth riders travelled to the Redbridge circuit on Sunday to compete in the East and South East Cyclo-cross Regional Championship.
Continue reading East and South East Cyclo-cross Regional Championship 6/12/2015
Podium finishes for Elspeth and Ollie
Round 4 of the BC National cyclo-cross series run at Trinity Park Ipswich on Sunday. Eight Wheelers riders rode in this National series event and they came away with some excellent results against tough competition.
Twenty riders competed in the under 16 girls race – Elspeth Grace was on the front row of the starting line up but had a slowish start on the opening tarmac section and was in twelfth place after half a lap – she worked her way through the field and soon joined the leading group of six riders. Poppy Wildman from Nottingham Clarion attacked and went into the lead. Elspeth was in the next group of three riders and put in a short attack with two laps left – she was caught but attacked again in the final lap and left her two companions to finish in a well earned second place with a great ride.
Lauren Higham was the other Wheeler racing in this category and finished mid field in 11th place.
The strong filed of 36 riders in the under 14 boys saw another great ride by Ollie Stockwell – he was in the leading group of six riders in the early part of the race – this was reduced to three soon
after when Emile Alexander from Lichfield opened up a narrow lead. Ollie then had a race long battle with Alec Gregory (Leicester) for the remaining two podium places – as they approached the final hurdle together Alec was over first with Ollie two lenghts behind – they rounded the final bend for the final 200m dash for the line on the road section. Ollie worked frantically to close the gap but lost out by the width of a tyre at the line to take third place. Another great ride. The diminutive Joe Kiely battled through to a good 10th place in this event.
In the under 14 girls race Imogen Chastell rode strongly to finish 5th in a field of 15 riders while Cai Davies was 32nd in the Junior event
There were 60 riders in the tough very competitive under 16 boys race – four Wheelers lined up for this event. Will Raymond who has dominated the Eastern League races was the top Wheeler in 6th place. Tom Durkin started well but the fast pace in the event saw him drop down the field in the later stages to finish in 35th place just behind Sam Asker 33rd – Tom Martin making his debut in the national series finished tired and happy in 45th place.
On Sunday a large group of Wheelers riders will be at Redbridge for the Eastern Region Championship event