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.
Round 4 of the London Area Omnium series was run at a very sunny Herne Hill on Sunday and the Wheelers achieved some great results in a number of the age related categories.
Josie Griffin and Millie Gage took the top two podium places in the Under 16 girls group while Will Raymond finished 5th in the tough and very competitive under 16 boys events.
Oli Stockwell and Joe Kiely were 5th and 7th in the under 14 group.
The rising star of the day was Euan Woodlife who won the under 12 event in a race long battle with Matti Dodd the winner of the Wheelers Omnium – the final result went down to the last race of the day with Euan taking enough sprint points in the final points race to clinch victory.
There were a good number of the Wheelers riders in the under 10 group – Dylan Starkey was third, Tom Dixon 6th and Finn Woodliffe 9th.
The results in the 4 Omnium events – Lee Valley, Welwyn, Preston Park and Herne Hill – were combined and the top 5 riders in the under 16 and under 14 groups gained qualification for the National Final which will be held in Cardiff in July.
Will Raymond, Josie Griffin, Millie Gage and Imogen Chastell have all qualified for the Final – a great result for the club and congratulations to them all. Eaun Woodlife tied for first place overall with Matti Dodd in the Under 12 series and was disappointed to learn that BC had decided that there would be no National Final for the under 12 riders this year.
Other weekend results – Ellie Cadzow was 3rd, Caia Casciello 7th and Claire Fisk 14th in a Womens road race in Cranfield. Cadzow added a 2nd place in the Peterborough 10 mile time trial on Saturday and Annabel Sill came 3rd.
Lauren Higham was first juvenile and fastest lady rider in the North Road CC 25 mile time trial on Saturday in a PB of 1-10-31. Also, in her first 25 mile TT event, Anneke Prins completed the same 25 mile TT in 1:14:30.
The Wheelers riders had a busy weekends racing at various venues.
Six riders plus coaches and helpers travelled to the Isle of Man for the British Cycling 3-day youth tour. In the Under 16 Boys group were Will Raymond and Tom Durkin while in the Under 16 Girls race were Josie Griffin, Millie Gage and Lauren Higham. Will Raymond was 7th on Day 1 but had a bad second stage on the mountainous
course which dropped him down the overall situation. He recovered to take 3rd place on day 3.
In the girls race Lauren Higham was 7th on Day 1 and 17th on Day 2 and finished 21st overall. Millie Gage and Josie Griffin were non finishers on the hilly stage on Day 2 but were permitted to ride the final stage but were not classified in the final standings. Oli Stockwell had a very successful series in the Under 14 boys group –
starting with 3rd place on Day 1 – he followed this up with a 5th place on Day 2. He continued by winning the sprint for 4th place on the final stage . His consistent performances over the three days paid off with well earned 3rd place overall.
On Bank Holiday Monday a number of riders raced in the town centre closed road circuit at Ixworth in Suffolk – in the first race of the day Michael Parry was in the leading group of riders throughout the 40 minute race for Category 3 Seniors plus Juniors finally taking a well earned 6th place in the final sprint of 10 riders. The under 10/8 race was next and Dylan Starkey led the race for a number of laps as the field split up on the tricky course – he finished second just losing out in the two rider sprint. In the under 14 race Joe Kiely was on good form and was in the 6 man group that broke away in the early stages and became a good working group that built up a useful lead over the field. In the final sprint for the line Joe took a well earned 4th place. In the under 16 race the boys and girls started together – a fast pace was set from lap 1 and held throughout the 30 minute race – Nathan Blackmore and Elspeth Grace held their positions in the main bunch as weaker riders lost contact. In the final lap two riders broke away – Nathan and Elspeth finished in the main bunch with Elspeth taking the prize for the leading girl rider – beating a number of the boys with a great and positive ride.
The opening meeting of the Welwyn Track League was run on Friday evening at Gosling Sports Park – the field had a good number of riders spread among the various categories. The Wheelers riders scored a number of wins and places in the three age related youth events (see separate report).
On Sunday the club promoted the Norlond Combine 30 mile Time Trial on one of the A1 based courses. Cold conditions for the early morning start.
The opening round of the Club 10 mile series was run on Tuesday evening – Martin Dossett recorded the fastest time in 22-52 from the 10 rider field (remaining results to follow).
On Saturday the club is hosting Round 2 of the National Youth Omnium London series – 138 riders have entered the event which gets under way at 12 noon. The following day a number of the leading riders who wish to qualify for the National Final in Cardiff in July will need to be at Brightons Preston Park for the third race in the London series. The next round is at Herne Hill he following weekend. The top 5 riders in each age group need to count all four results to qualify for the National Final.
Results of The Finsbury Park CC “Hilly” 10 Mile Time Trial
Saturday 16th April 2016
Year four of the Finsbury Park CC Hilly saw fewer riders than the previous year turning out to tackle the Little Switzerland course but still attracted some of this year’s best and improving testers. Rain and reported sleet just before the start wasn’t enough to put off the local riders and that was the case for the winner, a magnificent ride by Gray Turnock of Finsbury Park CC in a time of 24:01. Tim Davies 43 seconds behind took second spot and Andy Digby stripping over two and half minutes from last years’ time in third place.
Annabel Sill Welwyn Wheelers went one better than last year to take the Ladies first prize in a time of 28:39 knocking almost a minute off her previous year’s best. Also shortening her course best time was second lady Tracy Van Der Merwe closely followed by Lauren Higham in third, the only junior to attempt the course this year with an excellent performance – Lauren wins a spot prize donated by the time keepers and catering to encourage junior and female participation in cycling sport.
First in the 50+ category was Peter Anstey Welwyn Wheelers and this year’s team event was won by the hosts Finsbury Park CC with top 10 rides from Andy Turnock and Phil Murrell contributing to Gray Turnock’s winning time.