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.
A busy week for the club riders – the opening round of the Full Gas winter track league on Thursday plus two cyclo-cross events on Saturday/Sunday and a hill climb.
The Central cyclo-cross event at Milton Keynes on Saturday was dominated by the club youth riders – Daniel Elliott scored the first victory of theday in the Under 8 race , Henry Landon took second spot in the under 10’s with Xavier 5th . Finlay Woodliffe won the under 12 event with Dylan Starkey 3rd, Rupert Cavill 4th,
Dillon 7th and Tom 9th.
In the under 14 race Euan Woodliffe got left at the start with a mechanical problem when his chain snapped, he ran to the pits to change bikes and was then last. He fought his way back through the field to take a well earned win with a great ride. Caelen Miller 4th and Tom Oliver 11th.The under 16 race had a host of Wheelers riders – Tom Sharples 2nd, Rizwan Hameed 4th, Louis Sutton 5th, Charles Rollins 7th.The girls were also on the podium – Beth 2nd under 14 Sasha 3rd, Ellen top under 16 girl with Eva McCabe 3rd and Alice Mills 7th Freya Butler 2nd in the Junior girls race. Rob Dixon was 16th in the Novice category.
The Eastern cyclo-cross event at Mistley in Essex on Sunday saw Dylan Starkey win the Under 12 with Fin Woodliffe third, Euan Woodliffe won the under 14 event and Keith Stockwell had a good result in the 40+ race finishing 15th in a strong field. Elspeth Grace won the Womens race. Also on Sunday Caelan Miller scored his first win of the season in the London League Cyclocross race
Eight Wheelers were at the Olympic track on Thursday evening for round 1 of the Full Gas winter track league – Tom Sharples had a positive start winning the scratch, points and elimination race which means he holds the leaders jersey for Group 2 going into round 2 of the series on 16th November. Micheal Sumner is 5th and Caelan Miller 8th in the same category. Archie Peet is 6th in Group 1
Jamie Dene was at Matlock on Sunday and took two second places in the Junior Hill Climb.
The final event of this year’s British Cycling youth circuit series was run at the Scarborough Festival on Sunday on a very tough hilly circuit.
Wheelers Lauren Higham won the under 16 girls race with her best performance of the year. The hilly circuit resulted in riders being detached from the field of 36 riders on each lap. Lauren was on good form and attacked on Quarry hill and was quickly joined by two top riders Kate Wooton (Lea Valley) and Amelia Sharpe , who went on to win the series. Two more riders got across to join them with 2 laps remaining. These five stayed away and contested the finish where Lauren was the clear winner in a tough race against top class riders.
In the under 14 boys race of 51 riders Joe Kiely was in attacking mode and he was joined by Max Poole (Bike box) and Finlay Pickering (Hull Thursday CC) – they formed a super strong breakaway trio who were never caught – Max Poole attacked in the finishing straight and won by 4 seconds from Joe Kiely.
Euan Woodliffe finished in a creditable 18th position at around 50 seconds as the riders finished. The under 16 boys race had a massive field of 95 riders – Wheelers Archie Peet finished in a group of riders for 17th place while Joe Bennett was 36th.
In the Junior girls race of 15 riders – a breakaway group got away and although the bunch tried to reel them in they never caught them – Elspeth Grace was disappointed to finish in 4th place.
Also on Sunday Wheelers Rachel Dunne took second place in the Masters criterium Championship on the motor race circuit at Corby.
Eight Welwyn Wheelers youth riders plus two of the clubs senior coaches Francis Gallagher and Richard Maynard were in the Netherlands for the week long European Junior Youth Tour is Assen. Over 750 riders had entered for this prestigious event with riders from 23 countries, including Australia, South Africa and the whole of Europe, taking part. A significant number of top class national champions were there for six days of racing with massive fields on closed roads for the various age groups.
Star rider for the Wheelers was Joe Kiely who was in impressive form throughout the 6 days of racing in a field of 70 riders.
He was always up with the leaders in each race but his best race of the week was the famous Classica. He was in the breakaway group as they approached the finish where he attacked with 500m to the line and held on to win the race. In the final overall classification Joe was second place – a suprb performance in a top class field of riders
Oli Stockwell, Joe Bennett and Archie Peet were in the 140 strong Nieulingen category – they worked well together and were in the top quarter of the results in the various events. In the final clasification Oli was 12th, Joe 37th and Archie 79th having lost a large amount of time in one race where the strong breeze split the race into a number of groups.
Euan Woodliffe was on good from in his age band taking two well earned second places in sprint finishes in the category 6 event of 80 riders–a mechanical gear problem in one race as they approached the finish cost him a number of places but he finished in 7th place overall which was a great result.
The Wheelers ‘team’ of riders, parents , coaches and helpers were delighted with the weeks activities and the racing results. Francis and Richard put in a tremendous amount of work as team managers dealing with pre-race briefings on courses and tactics plus motivating the riders to have a successful week.
Josie Griffin (U16 & ODA) took part in the National Youth track champs at Newport last week. She was 5th in the Scratch race, 8th in the Points and around mid-field in the Individual Pursuit. Her highlight though was a silver in the Madison while being partnered with CC Ashwells Sophie Lewis (also ODA) behind the pairing of Elynor (Team Backstedt-Hotchillee) and Zoe Backstedt (Maindy Flyers Youth CC).
A very busy Sunday for the Wheelers riders and officials as the host club for the 2017 Welwyn Petit Tour run in the centre of the town on closed roads. Lots of helpers were needed all day in setting up the course, marshalling the crossing points, judging and organising the racing.
Ten races were run during the day starting with the under 10’s and finishing with the senior 2/3 category race. 120 youth riders plus 130 senior riders competed in the various races and in addition there were a number of ‘fun events’ – a 10 minute scootathon plus a one hour junior ‘sportive’ where riders rode around the course to compete as many laps as they wished.
Racing got under way at 10.35 and finished at 6-00pm – the course then had to be cleared up, the barriers removed and the roads re-opened by 8-00pm.
In the racing events the Wheelers had some good results – Xavier Knott 2nd in the under 8’s, Fin Woodliffe 2nd and Dillon Knott 3rd in the under 10’s boys and Elise Whitaker was 2nd in the under 10 girls. Dylan Starkey 3rd and Beth Bennett top girl in the under 12’s.
The under 14 race was a Wheelers bonus – National Champion Joe Kiely broke away and lapped the field, Tom Sharples and Euan Woodliffe were 2nd and third for a 1,2,3 result. Lauren Higham won the under 16 girls race.
The under 16 boys race was a bit of a minor disaster when Oli Stockwell and clubmate Joe Bennett crashed into each other and had to leave the race. Jamie Dene finished a creditable third.
Prizes for the youth events were donated by local companies and there were lots of stalls in the central area run by various clubs plus a number of food stalls
In the senior events Rachel Dunne was 8th in the Womens race and Steve Dunne 8th in the Masters race.
A great days racing, a well run event and special thanks to Susi Sharples for her sterling efforts on the day and during the past few weeks in making sure it all went well.