Fantastic win for Joe Kiely – the new BC Circuit race under 14 National Champion.
The Championships were held in Milton Keynes Town Centre on Sunday with large fields on a great course. There were 70 riders in the under 14 event and Joe Kiely was clearly in an attacking mode right from the start – an early breakaway group was reeled then Joe went again and was joined by Fin Pickering and Josh Charlton ‘making a magic medal winning trio’. They worked together and soon built and held a lead of 20 seconds. The bunch did not react to chase them down and the gap opened up slowly to build up a winning lead. As they approached the long uphill finish one of the trio attacked and Joe was straight onto his wheel. As they neared the line Joe attacked and crossed the line in first place by one second to win the National Championship. A magnificent result for Joe, who has been on sparkling form this year in road, MTB and cyclo-crosss events. A well deserved victory for a tough hard working committed Welwyn Wheelers rider.
Tom Sharples was in the main field mid way through the race but lost contact when he hit the kerb on a bend. Euan Woodliffe had a mechanical in lap one and retired The under 16 race had almost 100 riders and was run at a frantic pace shedding riders every lap. Oli Stockwell finished in the main bunch in around 25th place. Josie Griffin and Lauren Higham finished in the bunch in the under 16 girls race.
Also on Sunday a number of Wheelers riders were at Redbourn Common for the Fete du Velo races run by Verulam CC from St Albans.
Xavier Knott won the opening Under 8 category race by a good margin with Harry Hayter 6th. In the Under 10 race Rupert Cavill wa second followed in by Dillon Knott and Jeremy Landon in third and fourth places. Beth Bennett and Henry Landon were third girl and boy in the under 12 event. Joe Bennett attacked with two laps to go in the under 16 race and won by 10 seconds with Archie Peet taking second place in the sprint finish.
After a short break Joe Bennett and Nathan Blackmore lined up for the Senior 2/3/4 category 45 minute race – Joe rode well to finish in the main bunch in an extremely fast race.
In the Womens race Leslie Courtney finished in 5th place and Rachel Dunne 7th. Steve Dunn was 8th in the Masters category.
Well done to our four Welwyn Wheelers and Kenetic Welwyn riders that took part in the national northwest youth tour this weekend which was cut short and finished in some awful weather.
In the GC Youth A boys Oli Stockwell came 12th. Youth A girls Lauren Higham came 8th. Youth B boys Joe Keily came 5th and Euan Woodliffe came 14th. And Elspeth Grace in juniors women who came 14th.
The club mountain bikers were out in force on Sunday for the Regional Mountain Bike Championship at Carver Barracks, Essex on Sunday. First place for Oli Stockwell – youth boys, Joe Kiely – juvenile boys, Lauren Higham – youth girls, and Joe Kiely – juvenile boys.
Oli and Joe started together in the youth/juvenile race over 4 laps in
around 70 mins. Oli was challenged in the early part of the race but broke clear after 2 laps finishing over 2 mins ahead of the next rider
Joe had a close fought battle throughout but at the 2 lap point appeared to be losing ground to rival Alex Dale of Lee Valley CC. Joe some how managed to catch up with Alex in the 3rd lap and they had a ding dong battle to the end where they emerged from the woods onto a long stretch of concrete road. Such was their gap to 3rd place they slowed almost to a stand challenging each other to break for the final 400m sprint. Alex took up the sprint and Joe chased in his wake to come through for the win less than 50m from the
line. A very good exciting finish to a good race.
Also racing in the under 12 category were Dylan Starkey, Rupert Cavill and Fin Woodliffe who all raced well and finished. (places to come) Nathan Blackmore rode the Junior race and Garry Blackmore the Vets race.
On Saturday Oli and Keith Stockwell rode the Easter Counties 10 mile Time trial event near Cambridge – Keith recorded a time of 21-12 but was beaten by his son – Oli who finished in 21-04 which beat the Wheelers under 16 -10 mile record in 21-04 (previously held by Pete Bissell) some years ago.
Also on Sunday Team Kinetic/Welwyn had three riders in the 80 strong field in the Banbury Star road race. A tough course with a steep hill each lap which soon split the field apart. Elspeth Grace was in the leading group of 15 as they approached the finish at the top of the hill and finished in 5th spot behind the winner Nicki Juniper. Rachel Haltenstall finished the race but Lesley Courtney was brought down in a crash and was a non finisher.
Archie Peet travelled to Winchester for the Park and Ride Town Centre Crits and finished in second place in the youth event.
Four Welwyn Wheelers travelled to the Sleepwell Hotels Isle of Man Youth Tour, a three-day event held over the Bank holiday weekend attracting the best riders from all over the country.
The first stage was a short prologue time trial held along the seafront promenade. Joe Kiely got off to a flier coming 3rd in his category under 14 boys. Next Oli Stockwell and Archie Peet managed 28th and 55th respectively in the under 16 boys and Lauren Higham came in 13th in the under 16 girls.
The second stage was set on a flat 3km circuit with a howling tail wind in the home straight. In all the races the Welwyn riders were up at the front trying to initiate attacks, but it was to be a day for the sprinters with all the WW’ers boxed in, but not losing time on the general classification.
In a Grand Tour the final stage would have been called the Queen stage. Set on a wild and rugged coastline the riders had to negotiate a steep climb once a lap and cope with the gusting wind from the sea. In all races the field was blown to pieces on the first lap and a race of attrition ensued as weaker riders were dropped each lap. Joe Kiely was 2nd, Lauren managed an excellent 9th and Oli came 11th on the stage. Unfortunately Archie Peet was involved in a crash and was forced to retire with a damaged finger.
With big gaps opening up between all the riders that left Joe in second overall and 3rd in the green jersey points classification. Oli and Lauren were up to 9th on GC and Archie 61st, licking his wounds, but coming away with a fantastic experience.
All in all a very successful and enjoyable event for the Wheelers.
By David Kiely