Reports on the two cyclo-cross events this weekend
Welwyn Wheelers were out in force for the two Eastern League cyclo-cross events at the weekend.
On Saturday at Redbridge the Youth category was dominated by the Wheelers – the race was won by Will Raymond ,Ollie Stockwell was third and Top 14 rider, Elspeth Grace 8th and top girl, Lauren Higham 10th, Tom Sharples 11th and Joe Kiely 18th. Max Jackson was 9th in the under 12 race.
In the Senior/Junior event Michael Parry was 5th and Cai Davies 9th.
Martin Dossett, the club Time Trial Champion, made his cyclo-cross debut in the 40-49 age group event and was placed 34th, in addition Alex Peeke was just ahead in 31st place.
The following day most of the riders travelled to Colchester for the Amis Velo event which had a much larger number of entries and another good set of results for the Wheelers
Will Raymond was in impressive form and again won the Youth race followed in by Tom Durkin 5th, Ollie Stockwell 6th (top under 14), Sam Asker 7th, Nathan Blackmore 10th, Elspeth Grace 11 (top girl), Tom Martin 12 and Lauren Higham 14th.
Keith Stockwell had his best result of the season with 11th in the 40-49 group with Marin Dossett 35th. Michael Parry continued his good form with 8th place in the Senior/Junior category.
A good start to the cyclo-cross season for the clubs riders
The next East League event is promoted by the Wheelers on Saturday 10th October at Stanborough Park
A busy weekend for Welwyn Wheelers officials and riders – here are the results
Welwyn Wheelers riders and Officials were in action in a very busy weekends cycling activities
On Saturday the club hosted the Cycling Time Trials GHS Final at Wodson Park, Ware over a 10 mile course on the A10. Almost 200 riders had qualified for the final via heats run over the whole country and this included nine Wheelers youth riders. The first rider was due to start at 9-01 but the start had to be delayed by over 2 hours due to a lorry breakdown on a critical position on the course.
Best of the Wheelers riders was Michael Parry in 22-15 for 22nd place followed by Will Raymond in 22-33 for 28th place. The Wheelers trio of Michael Parry,Will Raymond and Toby Miles broke the Wheelers Youth team record with 1-08-57 by around 4 minutes which was set in 2002 by Andy Fenn, Peter Bissell and Ed Checkley.
On Sunday a large number of Wheelers riders rode Round 2 of the East Region Cyclo-cross League at Chelmsford and the Wheelers dominated the Youth race in fine style – Will Raymond made an excellent start and led the field of 50 riders in lap one and was never headed winning the race by almost a minute. Tom Durkin was 4th, Sam Asker 6th, Ollie Stockwell 7th (top under 14 rider), Nathan Blackmore 10th, Joe Kiely 12th, Tom Martin 14th, Elspeth Grace 15th (first girl), Tom Sharples 18th and Michael Sumnner 35th
In the age 40-49 age band with a full field of 80 riders – Keith Stockwell recovered from a bad start to finish 18th, Alex Peeke 35th and Garry Blackmore 60th
The Junior and Senior event of 60 riders saw Cai Davies good form to finish in 10th pace (second Junior) with Michael Parry 13th and 4th junior
In the over 50’s race Dave Martin 53rd, John Sumner 61st
The Cyclo-cross event had a total entry of just over 300 riders
The pics are from the youth cyclo- cross race – 1 Under 14 (Ollie Stockwell), 2 Girls (Elspeth Grace) 3 Under 16 boys (Will Raymond)
A large number of Welwyn Wheeler riders travelled to Basildon on Saturday for the opening round of the East Region Cyclo-cross League.
The event attracted a large number of riders and the Wheelers achieved some excellent results.
In the Youth category Sam Asker was third, Ollie Stockwell sixth and Joe Kiely eighth.
The top two girls were Lauren Higham 13th overall and 1st under 16 girl and Elspeth Grace 16th overall and 2nd under 16 girl.
Other riders were Tom Martin 14th, Nathan Blackmore 23rd, Imogen Chastell 24th, Naomi Holt 37th and Michael Sumner 38th in a field of over 50 riders
In the Senior and Junior event Michael Parry was 3rd Junior, Cai Davies 5th and Toby Miles 9th.
The largest field was the 40-49 age group with 70+ riders in which Keith Stockwell was the top Wheelers rider in 17th place and Garry Blackmore 61st. In the 50+ race Dave Martin 42, John Sumner 57,
An excellent start to a busy Cyclo-cross season – the Wheelers will be promoting an East League event at Stanborough park on Saturday October 10th.
Photos by John Swindells