The closing event in the Central League cyclo- cross league was held on Saturday at Lutterworth with another good day for the Wheelers youth riders.
In the U10 race which had a field of 21 riders Finlay Woodliffe was 4th and Rupert Cavill 5th. Tom Dixon was 5th U12 Boys and Beth Bennett 17th in the U12 event.
Joe Kiely needed to win the U14 to take the series and he was the clear leader throughout the race, Tom Sharples was on good form to take 3rd place with Euan Woodliffe 7th, Ellen Bennett was third in the U14 girls race.
In the U16 boys category Joe Bennett was 2nd with Archie Peet 3rd while Freya Butler was second in the girls group.
In the massive 40+ race of almost 70 riders Jon Cavill finished in 17th spot with James Robertson in the 30’s.
When the final results for the series were calculated the Wheelers had top three positions in the U16 series led by Oli Stockwell followed by Archie Peet and Joe Bennett. Naomi Holt and Freya Butler kept the Wheelers flag flying taking the top two places in the U16 girls series. Rupert Cavill won the U10 series followed by Finlay Woodliffe and Dillon Knott for another WW 1,2,3.
Joe Kiely the U14 boys with Euan Woodliffe third.
This means that the Wheelers have provided the top youth riders in both the Central and Eastern Cyclo-cross Leagues this season.
A great cyclo-cross season
The Central League prize giving will be held at the David Lloyd Centre in Milton Keynes on Friday February 10th starting at 7-00pm (Address is on the Central CX website. Just turn up and collect your prizes
Muddy Monsters series of Go-Ride Races… See results from CC Ashwell R4.
The closing event of the Eastern cyclo-cross league run by Iceni Velo CC near Norwich saw the Wheelers youth riders in dominant form.
Oli Stockwell needed to win the Under 16 race to take the lead in the series from Adam Lightfoot (CC Ashwell) – Oli attacked from the start and won by 26 seconds from his Ashwell challenger.Tom Martin was 4th in the race and Joe Kiely 7th (first under 14). Lauren Higham was 12th and second girl. Elspeth Grace rode in the combined 50+/Womens race in a field of 72 riders – Elspeth was the first women to finish in 22nd place and around 2 minutes ahead of the next Women.
Dylan Starkey was third in the under 12 event and Keith Stockwell was 15th in the 40+ race. The series prizes and trophies for the various age categories were awarded at the AGM after the last race of day. Elspeth won the Womens series, Oli Stockwell the under 16, Joe Kiely the under 14 and Lauren Higham the under 16 girls. In addition the Wheelers won the Team prize for the 4th year running. A successful day.
The previous day a number of the Wheelers competed in the Central League event at Milton Keynes run by Corley Cycles. Rupert Cavill/ Finlay Woodliffe and Dillon Knott scored a 1,2,3 in the under 10 race. Beth Bennett took third place in the under 12 girls event and Thomas Dixon was DNF with a mechanical in under 12 boys. Joe Kiely and Euan Woodliffe were first and second in the under 14 boys event followed by Ellen Bennett first under 14 girl with Eva Mcabe and Molly Marriot 3rd and 5th. The under 16 race was another 1,2 for the Wheelers by Oli Stockwell and Joe Bennett.
In the senior event – John Cavill 14th and James Robertson 39th in the 40+ category.
Another good days racing and good result for the Wheelers
The closing race in the Central League is this weekend. With one race remaining – Oli Stockwell, Archie Peet and Joe Bennett are top three in the Under 16 group, joe Kiely needs to win to get a top 3 place in under 14 group while Naomi Holt and Freya Butler lead the under 16 girls category and Ellen Bennett lies in second place in the under 14 girls group.
The Wheelers had another successful weekend racing in various activities.
Three riders travelled to the road circuit at Hog Hill on Saturday – Oli Stockwell won the Under 16 race in a sprint finish from the two riders who had broken away with him early in the race and they stayed away for the rest of the race. Joe Kiely won the under 14 event and Lauren Higham completed the picture by winning the girls race.
Also on Saturday the club hosted Round 3 of the Muddy Monsters cyclo-cross race at Gosling Sports Park. Sixty three riders signed on and were split into the various age groups – under 8, 10,12 and 16.
Each group had three races in he bitterly cold conditions and our thanks to all the helpers and officials who organised the day.
Eva McCabe won the under 14 girls group and Tom Oliver the under 12 boys.
Round 4 will be at CC Ashwell on Saturday.
On Sunday a good set of results were achieved in the Central League cyclo-cross event near Bedford, Oli Stockwell led Joe Bennett and Archie Peet for a 1,2,3 in the under 16 race while Joe Kiely was a comfortable winner of the Under 14 category. Ellen Bennett 3rd under 14 girl and Beth Bennett 2nd under 12 girl.
The closing event of the Eastern League will be near Norwich on Sunday followed by the series prize giving with the Wheelers youth riders scheduled to collect a large number of the trophies
Five Wheelers travelled to Bradford at the weekend to compete in the National Cyclo-cross Championships held on a tough course and difficult muddy conditions to negotiate.
In the Elite Women’s race which included a strong group of Junior riders in the 30 strong field Elspeth Grace finished 8th in the main race but won a Bronze medal as the third Junior rider. Another strong performance on a tough course.
The under 16 boys event had a field of 77 riders including Oli Stockwell and Archie Peet – they finished in 11th and 22nd places
Joe Kiely rode in the 63 strong under 14 race and started strongly and was in the lead in the early stages of the race – the tough conditions and the muddy course tool their toll and he lost ground in the latter stages of the race but finally finished 3rd to take a well deserved bronze medal.
Lauren Higham competed in the under 16 girls race in a filed of 26 riders – Lauren was also affected by the tough course and conditions and finished 20th.
Comments from many of the senior riders indicated that this was the toughest muddy course they had encountered in this seasons cyclo-cross events
This weekend Round 3 of the ‘Muddy Monsters’ cyclo-cross series for young novice riders will be held at Gosling Sports Park. The first two events have had entries of 60 and 76 riders so a large number of riders are expected at GSP- First race is at 10-00am