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
Muddy Monsters Round 2 Results – Hinchingbrooke
Please see results for Saturday’s round of our Muddy Monsters series held at Hinchinbrooke.
Please also find results from Round 1 – CC Ashwell
The Wheelers youth riders were in top form for the Eastern League cyclo-cross event on Monday at Trinity Park, Ipswich.
First on course were the under 10 group with Finlay Woodliffe taking 2nd place in a large field. Dylan Starkey rode in the under 12 category and finished in third place behind the overall leader Ben Lightfoot (CC Ashwell).
The youth race was held on a larger tougher course and was dominated by the Wheelers riders – Oli Stockwell won the race and now lies second in the overall league table with just one race remaining. Joe Kiely was second and the leading under 14 rider and he was followed home by Tom Martin 4th, Euan Woodliffe 5th (2nd under 14). Lauren Higham was in 12th position and the leading girl rider.
The largest race of the day was the 50+ combined with the Womens race with a start list of almost 90 riders. Elspeth Grace won the 18 strong Womens race by around 7 minutes and was one lap ahead of the next rider, she was placed 24th in the whole race with another great ride. Dave martin was 55th in the 50+ race.
With one race remaining to complete the Eastern League series Oli Stockwell is in second place behind Adam Lightfoot (CC Ashwell) in the under 16 boys category but Oli needs to win the final race to clinch the series. Joe Kiely and Lauren Higham have already won the under 14 boys and under 16 girls series respectively and the Wheelers have now overtaken CC Ashwell to lead the Team Category.
The Central League series has three more races to complete the season and the Wheelers are well placed in a number of the age group categories
This weekend Elspeth Grace, Lauren Higham, Oli Stockwell, Joe Kiely plus a number of the Wheelers youth riders will be travelling to Bradford to compete in the British Cycling National cyclo-cross Championships.
A number of the Wheelers travelled to the Cyclopark at Gravesend on Sunday for the South East and Eastern Inter Regional cyclocross championships.
The under 10s race were the opening race and the Wheelers riders were Rupert Cavill and Finn Woodliffe. A shortened version of the full course was used which still included off camber sections, switch backs, a sand pit and some ups and downs. After a tough 15 minutes in very competitive race and a large field of riders Rupert was 5th and Finlay 9th.
The under 14 and under 16s all raced together, with the girls starting one minute behind the boys. They raced the full circuit including a steep run up, hurdles and steps.
Joe Kiely was first under 14 boy, more than a minute ahead of the second placed under 14 boy. Tom Sharples was 3rd and Euan Woodliffe 5th. Ellen Bennett finished mid field in the girls event
In the under 16 boys race Oli Stockwell was unable to catch the National Champion, Ben Tulett, and finished in second place. Tom Martin was 9th and Archie Peet was 13th with Joe Bennett 3 seconds behind in 14th. Ellen Bennett was 8th under 14 girl and Lauren Higham was 1st under 16 girl.
Next race was the vet 50 men category plus 49 women combined in a massive field of 113 riders. Elspeth Grace with another superb ride dominated the womens race and finished in first place a minute ahead of the second woman. Keith Stockwell raced in the vet 40 mens race but unfortunately punctured so was unable to continue.
A good well organised event – the course had a bit of everything and the facilities at the Cyclopark were excellent. A lot of enthusiastic spectators to watch the racing and a lovely atmosphere. A cold but really sunny day and no mud.
This weekend the top riders will be at Shrewsbury for Round 4 of the BC National seriers
The Wheelers were hosts for Round 10 of the Central League cyclo-cross League on Saturday at Stanborough Park in ideal conditions . The event attracted a record entry of over 400 riders in the various age categories. Around 50 Wheelers members and parents were involved in making it a successful day in organising the days racing as course builders, marshals, race recorders, dealing with entries, catering and various other key roles. The course markers were on site at 06-30am and the course was ready for race 1 at 10-00am. The course was finally dismantled at around 3-30pm.
The Wheelers racing riders were in dominant form especially in the youth events – Rupert Cavill, Finlay Woodliffe and Dillon Knott opened the proceedings with a 1,2,3 in the under 10 event. Oliver Stockwell, Archie Peet and Joe Bennett took the top three places in the under 16 boys race while Imogen Chastell, Naomi Holt, Alice Mills and Holly Blaxsland were top 4 in the girls race.
In the under 14 race joe Kiely was the clear winner followed in by Euan Woodliffe 2nd with Ellen Bennett 3rd in the girls race.
Sophia Chastell was second and Rachel Dunne third in the Womens race which had a good number of riders.
The three senior events had a massive number of competitors – 80 in the 40+ race, 65 in the 50+ event and more than 60 in the last race of the day for senior riders. Keith Stockwell was 10 in the 40+ race with John Cavill 21st and Steve Dunne 22nd
Other notable performances – Xavier Knott 2nd in the under 8 category of 23 riders, Tom Dixon 12th and Beth Bennett 3rd girl – under 12 event, Gwill Park and Nathen Blackmore 2nd and 4th in the Junior race. A good days racing and a well organised event by the Wheelers
The following day at Ipswich was Round 4 of the British Cycling Cyclo-cross national series and nine Wheelers were there and on good form. Oliver Stockwell was an excellent 4th place in the 44 strong under 16 riders with Archie Peet 27th. In the under 14 group Joe Kiely was 5th, Tom Sharples 13th and Euan Woodliffe 15th
Michal Parry 11th in the Junior race and Lauren Higham a good 5th place in the under 16 girls event.
Elspeth Grace had another storming ride in the Elite Womens race of 32 riders – three riders opened up a lead and Elspeth was part of a 4 up group battling it out for 4th place and in tight rush for the line finished overall in 5th place.