Fifteen young Welwyn Wheelers competed in the Muddy Monsters race in St Albans run by the Verulam CC on Saturday on a cold winter day– the MM series has a few weeks to go and the final event for this season will be at Gosling Sports park on Saturday March 4th
Tom Pruett, William Pollard and Tommy Liddiard took the top three places in the under 12 boys race and Elice Whittaker was second in the U12 girls race.
Megan Hughes was first under 10 girl and Jacob Lewin 2nd boy. Daniel Elliott fist under 8 boy and Rachel Halden 2nd girl.
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Also on Saturday Oli Stockwell and Joe Kiely were invited to the British Cycling Annual Awards Presentation. Oli won the Charlie Craig Memorial Trophy as the winner of the National Cyclo-cross youth series and Joe was the under 14 circuit race champion.
Dylan Starkey secured the under 12 series at Snetterton on Sunday when he finished third in the race and his main rival who needed a win only finished in second spot. The final Eastern League race is at Milton near Cambridge on Sunday and Euan Woodliffe is in with a chance of taking the under 14 series so long as he gets a top 10 position in this event. Calum Moir got his best result of the season coming 8th U14 boy. Ellie Cadzow came 8th in the Women’s race (Pic by Jon Orbea).
A number of club members rode in the Hog Hill road circuit race on Saturday in wet, cold and very difficult conditions. Dylan Starkey, Fin Woodliffe competed in the under 12 race with Dylan taking second place an Fin 5th. Rupert Cavill who had already ridden in the Mountain bike race failed to finish due to the cold conditions. Euan convincingly won the U14 with Caelen Miller 4th.
Oli Stockwell rode the under 16 race and was in a breakaway group of two riders and opened up a lead on the main field – Oli lost contact in the closing up hill sprint for the line and finished second.
As from this week the midweek cyclo-cross training sessions at GSP will only he held on Wednesday evenings and these are open to both over 14 and under 14 age groups. A number of riders in the 14+ age group may switch to the RBOT (road bikes on the track) session to prepare for the upcoming road circuit season
Dont forget to book and pay for your tickets for the Prize Presentation and social evening at Codicote on Saturday 24th February.
Three Welwyn Wheelers youth riders plus coaches and parents travelled to Hetton Park near Sunderland for the British Cycling National Cyclo-cross championships.
The tough slippery course with a number of technical sections required good bike handling skills and endurance for the strong fields of riders from all over the country.
Euan Woodliffe and Caelen Miller rode in the field of 60 riders in the under 14 race and got into the leading group of five riders – Josh Tarling (Wales) rode away from the group after 2 laps and led the field with Euan and Caelen in the next group. With just over one lap to go Caelen was in collision with a helper when changing bikes in the pit area and lost contact with the group and finally finished in 12th place. Eaun was in a strong position and in a real battle for the second place. In the final lap he attacked and escaped from his rival to finish in a well deserved second place behind Josh Tarling to take second place and the Silver medal.
After his win in at Ipswich the previous week Oli Stockwell was on good form in the under 16 race and got into a breakaway group in the first lap. This group broke up as the race progressed but Oli was still in the front of the race. He led by 13 seconds as the race went into the final lap but he lost the lead when overtaking a lapped rider and crashed – he chased the leader – Simon Wyllie (Halesowen) – and was just a few seconds behind him when the race was finished – unfortunately Oli had not heard the bell which signified one lap to go and as he crossed the line he thought there was still one more lap remaining. He complained to the Commissaire but the result stood.
Oli still finished in second place but was devastated and disappointed in losing out on winning a National jersey due to an unfortunate situation with the lap counter board and not hearing the bell to signify the closing lap of the race.
Nevertheless the two Wheelers riders – Eaun and Oli – had both won Silver medals in the National Championships – two great performances and best ever results by the club riders.
Dylan Starkey is leading the under 12 series in the East League with two more races to go. The final results of the Central League was a 1,2,3 in the under 12 – Fin woodliffe, Rupert Cavill and Dillon Knott. Euan Woodliffe won the under 14 series.
The final round of the British Cycling Cyclocross series was held at Trinity Park Ipswich on Sunday. Two Wheelers youth riders – Oli Stockwell and Euan Woodliffe both needed to get a good result to stay in contention for a top three position in the six event series.
Oli Stockwell was in the leaders yellow jersey as they lined up at the start on the front row of the 60 strong field of under 16 riders. Midway through lap one he was in the leading group of six riders. The race was run at a fast pace on a course which included a number of road sections plus some tricky technical sections to test the bike handing of the field of top class riders.
The leading group soon reduced to three with Oli and his main rival Alec Gregory leading the trio and upping the pace throughout the race. As they came onto the finishing straight it was down to a a flat out sprint for the line with only inches separating Oli, Alec and Simon Willey. Oli raised his hand for the win but it was too close to call. It came down to to the prize presentation before they knew the final results. When the announcer read the name of Alec Gregory in second place we knew that Oli had won the race and the under 16 series and he was presented with the Charlie Craig Memorial Trophy for a great performance. If you look at the picture of the finish you can see how close it was with Oli winning margin only a couple of inches.
In the under 14 race Euan Woodliffe and Caelen Miller were in the leading group of six riders for the whole of the 5 lap race – all watching each other and stopping any breakaway moves. Once again it all came down to the final part of the final lap as the six were still together – Eaun and Caellan had a plan which they put into effect for the last few corners before the finish – they made sure that they led the group into the last section and this enabled them to take the lead on the final bend and lead into the finishing straight to take first and second places. The win for Euan moved him up to second place overall in the series. Caelan had his best result of the series with a positive ride and strong support for Euan
A great days racing for the club youth riders with two well earned victories plus a series win for Oli in the under 16 series and second place for Euan in the under 14 series.
This coming weekend they are all off to Durham for the BC National cyclo-cross Championships.
A few club riders travelled to Rockingham for the final race of the Central League series and had a great days racing on a great course with lots of technical bits through the woods.
The day started with the U10s and U8s. Xavier Knott had a great start, they faced probably one of the most technical courses so far, with a steep decent down through the woods and a tough slippy push up a bank. Alistair Davis 6th U8, Xavier Knott 6th U10 (5th Overall in the League), Josephine Davis 6th U10 Girl. Although not racing today, Henry Landon has secured 2nd overall in the U10s Central League.
Fin Woodliffe was on good form and set off at a blistering pace, leading the race from the start and continually putting in attacks. He finished in 1st place 25 seconds ahead of 2nd place and 40 seconds ahead of Rupert Cavill in 3rd place. It was a technically tricky course compared to some of the other rides and the WW training clearly paid off. Rupert held on in 3rd place throughout the race and worked hard to chase Fin and the rider just in front of him. Fin flew down the finish straight and unclipped both feet on the line to take on the Pidcock finish pose of belly on the saddle superman style!! Quite amusing but quite justified considering he knew at that point that he had definitely sewn up the U12 series. Dillon Knott finished in 9th place. It was a great 1, 2,3 for Welwyn in the Overall League – Fin, Rupert and Dillon – great results considering they are 1st years.
Euan was feeling less on form having ridden 80K with Tom and Joe Bennett the previous day, but knew all he needed was a top 10 finish to secure the overall central league win. So happy to roll round. He led the race for quite some time. An U16 ran into the tape in front of him, the tape snapped and it drifted into Euan’s bike, wrapping itself neatly round his rear mech and cassette, meaning it was a run to the pits for his back up bike! A 2nd place for Euan today, but more than happy with that as it was enough to secure the overall central league U14 win. So a great days racing in the Woodliffe camp and proud parents – all of that travelling was worth it!
U16 Charlie Rollins was 6th ( 3rd Overall in the League), John Cavill 24th and Neil Grigson 53rd Tony Marriott 22nd (although not riding for Welwyn Wheeler.
On Saturday 23rd a large group of around 40 riders, many in fancy dress, turned up at GSP for the club Christmas road and off road ride. All eventually arrived at Hatfield Cycles via various routes for some well earned refreshment and a pre- Christmas chat.
On Thursday a large number of club riders entered the Youth Open meeting at the Olympic track at Stratford – Oli Stockwell won the under 16 Omnium and Tom Sharples won the under 14 event.