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WELWYN TRACK LEAGUE – 24th April 2015 Results

WELWYN TRACK LEAGUE – 24th April 2015

First track league meeting of the season dominated by Felix English

The 2015 track league season got underway on a rather chilly Friday night at Gosling Sports Park, but this did not hamper the quality of the riding on show.  There were good numbers for the first meeting of the season with 45 senior riders and 30 youth riders.

The senior A racing was dominated by Felix English riding for JLT Condon. He claimed a clean sweep winning all the senior A races including the closing 10 miler with a strong ride – riding off the front with a lap to go, holding off a very fast closing George Olive (Finchley RT) who claimed second.

Defending champion John McClelland (Bush Healthcare) had a mixed evening, with his best result taking third in the point’s race.

In the senior B racing Ethan Vernon riding for Corley RT had a good evening picking up two wins from three and riding very strongly in the 10 lap scratch where he came second to Charles Page (Edgeware) after both pulled away from the main field with two laps to go.

In the youth racing it was a good night for the Welwyn Wheelers and Lee Valley riders.

In the youth A racing Ryan Green (Lee Valley) rode very strongly with his best ride in the scratch race where he attacked with 3 laps to go and held off the chasing pack to claim victory.

The youth B racing was controlled by Welwyn Wheeler Ollie Stockwell, who rode well to take the spoils in all but the point’s race which was claimed by his team mate Sam Asker.

Welwyn Wheelers Tom Sharples rode well in the Youth CDE racing to finish the night on top of his age group.

Racing will commence again this coming Friday (weather permitting) and if the quality of racing is as good as it was this week it looks to be a competitive season ahead.

Senior A

10 lap scratch – Felix English (JLT Condon) Josh Roberts (Zappis RT) Mike Broadwith (Arctic Tacx) George Olive (Finchley RT)

10 lap points – Felix English (JLT Condon) Charles Page (Edgeware)  John McClelland (Bush Healthcare) Frank Longstaff (Team Terminator)

Devil – Felix English (JLT Condon) Charles Page (Edgeware)  John McClelland (Bush Healthcare) Joel Stewart (Kenton)

10 mile – Felix English (JLT Condon) George Olive (Finchley RT) Frank Longstaff (Team Terminator) John McClelland (Bush Healthcare)

Senior B

10 lap scratch – Charles Page (Edgeware) Ethan Vernon (Corley RT) Mostyn Crocket (Welwyn Wheelers) Brian Evans (Hertford Wheelers)

10 Lap Points – Ethan Vernon (Corley RT) Alex Pierce (Willesden) Mostyn Crocket (Welwyn Wheelers) Bradley Clarke (Green Arrow)

Devil – Ethan Vernon (Corley RT) Mostyn Crocket (Welwyn Wheelers) Alex Pierce (Willesden) Lawrence Lisher (Green Arrow)

Youth A

8 lap Scratch – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Matthew Sheppard (Lee Valley) Toby Miles (Welwyn Wheelers)

Devil  – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Ben Selfe (Lee Valley) Alexi Edwards (Palmer Park)

8 lap Points – Matthew Sheppard (Lee Valley) Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Ben Selfe (Lee Valley)

8 lap Handicap – Matthew Sheppard (Lee Valley) Alexi Edwards (Palmer Park) Nathan Blackmore (Welwyn Wheelers)  Ryan Green (Lee Valley)

Youth B

6 lap Scratch –  Ollie Stockwell (Welwyn Wheelers) Sam Asker (Welwyn Wheelers) Owen Williams (Lee Valley)

Devil  – Ollie Stockwell (Welwyn Wheelers) Oisen Murphy (Hillingdon) Sophie Lewis (CC Ashwell)

6 lap Points – Sam Asker (Welwyn Wheelers) Ollie Stockwell (Welwyn Wheelers) Adam Lighfoot (CC Ashwell)

6 lap Handicap – Ollie Stockwell (Welwyn Wheelers) Sam Asker (Welwyn Wheelers) Owen Williams ( Lee Valley) Jamie Dene (Welwyn Wheelers)

Youth CDE

3 lap Scratch –  Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers) Jenna Miles (Welwyn Wheelers) Jodie Taylor (Colchester Rovers)

Devil  –  Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers) Joe Kiley (Welwyn Wheelers) Jenna Miles (Welwyn Wheelers)

4 lap Handicap –  Jenna Miles (Welwyn Wheelers) Jack Emerson (Colchester Rovers) Jodie Taylor (Colchester Rovers) Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers)

4 lap Points – Joe Kiley Jenna Miles Tom Sharples (All Welwyn Wheelers)

Paul Carter

York Cycleworks Spring Circuit Races 1

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Saturday 11th April 2015-04-13

In the absence of local racing at any of the usual locations Gaia Casciello and Rebecca Maynard of the Welwyn Wheelers Academy scoured the calendar last week and found the York Cycleworks Spring Circuit Races 1 (Cat. 2/3/4) at the relatively new York Sports Village. So together with Richard Maynard they set off on Friday evening, stayed overnight at Richard Parents’ house and travelled to York well rested in the morning.

The circuit, which is next to the newly commissioned outdoor 250m velodrome, is open and exposed. Warming up on rollers in the gusty conditions proved testing, which gave a good indication of the way in which the race would unfold.

Part of the attraction of going to far flung races is the unknown field, which was the case here. The predication was that the race would fracture into small groups was confirmed early in the race with two strong riders attacking and leaving the peleton in the early stages, this left the girls, armed with their race plan, to fight it out with the rest of the field.

They maintained their position at the front of the peleton and took their turns in keeping the pace high. This resulted in them causing a group of three to break from the front of the group and the pattern of attacking the third rider as a team was set. This rider was extremely strong and to her credit attacked the two Welwyn girls herself. Rebecca was first dropped from the group and then later Gaia, meaning that both of them were left to circulate on their own.

In the final stages the now very tired Rebecca was caught and overtaken by a rider from the Boston Wheelers Cycle Club, meaning that at the finishing line Gaia was 4th and Rebecca was 6th, out of a field of 15.

Both girls had a great trip and learnt a lot from their race about tactics and when to make the maximum effort. As well as the normal local racing both of them are now looking to race in the Polypipe Pontefract Town Centre Crits as the change of location proved great fun.

Richard Maynard

Academy Coordinator