The Welwyn Wheelers 50km Hilly Time trial on Good Friday had a good field of 96 riders and was run on the usual course consisting of the Whitwell road race loop followed by a route via Hitchin, Ley Green, Whitwell, Kimpton and the finish in Codicote. The weather was fine and sunny but the overnight rain resulted in massive puddles for the riders to negotiate on various parts of the course.
Best time of the day was recorded by Joe Fry now riding for Pedal Heaven in a time of 1-11-16 , this was a great ride on a testing course and was just over one minute ahead of the next rider Ashley Cox (CC Luton). Andrew Digby was the top Welwyn rider is 1-20-58 followed by Keith Stockwell 1-21-06
The prize for the fastest lady rider was won by Annabell Sill in 1-35-05. Michael Parry was the top junior rider 1-24-14 with Ollie Stockwell third in 1-24-50. Lauren Higham and Elspeth Grace were the top two female Junior riders in 1-42-12 and 1-42-35.
The race HQ was the Codicote Sports Centre, the race organiser was Andy Porter aided by a variety of helpers and marshals.
See full WW Hilly TT results HERE.
The Welwyn Wheelers youth riders were out in force at the Milton Keynes circuit race on Saturday with riders in all of various age category events.
The under 16 boys race had a big field and was run at a fast pace – breakaways were all chased down and it was a bunch sprint finish for the field – Sam Asker and Tom Durkin finished in the pack. Nathan Blackmore was brought down in a crash with two laps remaining and was unable to finish.
The next event for under 16/14 girls contained three Wheelers riders – Lauren Higham was forced into the grass with 5 laps to go, derailed her chain and lost contact with the field but chased for two laps to regain contact with the race. Elspeth Grace, Lauren and Jenna Miles all finished in the pack.
In the under 14 boys race Olie Stockwell rode near the front of the race throughout and marked all breakaway attacks – it all came down to a very tightly contested sprint finish for three riders which Olie won by inches with a well timed burst in the final metres to take the victory. Joe Kiely finished in the middle of the bunch in 12th place. In the under 12 race there were two Wheelers riders – Euan Woodliffe and Isacc Whitten. Once again it all came down to a bunch finish and Euan took a well deserved second place.
The under 10 category race – Dylan Starkey 4th, Thomas Dixon 6th, Rupert Cavill 8th and Finn Woodliffe 9th
At the Redbridge circuit race at Hog Hill on Saturday the Welwyn/Kinetic ladies team lined up for their first event of the season – Sofia Chastell and Caia Casciello rode well and stayed in the main bunch for the whole race – Sofia was 15th and Caia 17th at the finish in a tough good quality race.
On Sunday a number of the Wheelers competed in the Hemel Hempstead Hilly Time Trial – top placed rider in 8th place was Andrew Digby. Annabell Sill and Lauren Higham were 2nd and 3rd in the ladies section.
On Good Friday the Wheelers are promoting a 50km Hilly Time Trial on a course starting in Codicote and covering a circuit via Hitchin, Whitwell, Kimpton and finishing in Codicote. A good entry of 96 riders will be taking part in this annual event.
Two of the Wheelers Ladies – Lesley Courtney and Claire Fisk rode in the E1234 Women’s race at the Cyclopark with a field of 30 riders. Lesley rode really well to finish her first circuit race and Claire finished in 6th place.
A busy weekend for Welwyn Wheelers officials and riders – here are the results
Welwyn Wheelers riders and Officials were in action in a very busy weekends cycling activities
On Saturday the club hosted the Cycling Time Trials GHS Final at Wodson Park, Ware over a 10 mile course on the A10. Almost 200 riders had qualified for the final via heats run over the whole country and this included nine Wheelers youth riders. The first rider was due to start at 9-01 but the start had to be delayed by over 2 hours due to a lorry breakdown on a critical position on the course.
Best of the Wheelers riders was Michael Parry in 22-15 for 22nd place followed by Will Raymond in 22-33 for 28th place. The Wheelers trio of Michael Parry,Will Raymond and Toby Miles broke the Wheelers Youth team record with 1-08-57 by around 4 minutes which was set in 2002 by Andy Fenn, Peter Bissell and Ed Checkley.
On Sunday a large number of Wheelers riders rode Round 2 of the East Region Cyclo-cross League at Chelmsford and the Wheelers dominated the Youth race in fine style – Will Raymond made an excellent start and led the field of 50 riders in lap one and was never headed winning the race by almost a minute. Tom Durkin was 4th, Sam Asker 6th, Ollie Stockwell 7th (top under 14 rider), Nathan Blackmore 10th, Joe Kiely 12th, Tom Martin 14th, Elspeth Grace 15th (first girl), Tom Sharples 18th and Michael Sumnner 35th
In the age 40-49 age band with a full field of 80 riders – Keith Stockwell recovered from a bad start to finish 18th, Alex Peeke 35th and Garry Blackmore 60th
The Junior and Senior event of 60 riders saw Cai Davies good form to finish in 10th pace (second Junior) with Michael Parry 13th and 4th junior
In the over 50’s race Dave Martin 53rd, John Sumner 61st
The Cyclo-cross event had a total entry of just over 300 riders
The pics are from the youth cyclo- cross race – 1 Under 14 (Ollie Stockwell), 2 Girls (Elspeth Grace) 3 Under 16 boys (Will Raymond)
Martin Dossett rode in the ECCA 100 mile TT on Sunday 21st June on the E2.
This is his race report.
Having never ridden a 100 mile TT and only a few 50’s I set a pacing plan to try to stick to and would see how that panned out as the event went on. It all started well (albeit at 05:16) with a nice tail wind for the first 30 miles and then the realization hit home as we turned at Red Lodge for 20 miles back into the wind. Still, another nice 20 miles followed that. Then the final 30 mile push for home into the wind with a now tired body and pains in the neck, shoulders and one forearm for some reason! With 5 miles to go and my target time slipping away I limped home no longer being able to stay down on the tri bars to finish in 4:03:56. Tejvan Pettinger (Sri Chinmoy Cycling Team) won in 3:41:45.
Photo from the event from Davey Jones above.
Wins all round for Welwyn riders!
Sunday saw the 2015 Hillingdon youth TT take place at the Hillingdon Slipstreamers home road circuit in Hayes. The course was set so that all riders would complete 10 laps of the full course which would bring them just under the 10 mile mark. Taking part for Welwyn Wheelers in the under 12 category was Joe Kiely and in the Under 14 category Lauren Higham and Oliver Stockwell would be representing the club.
Joe Kiely got under way just after 11:15 and immediately started to catch the other competitors ahead of him. As one of the last to be set off, Joe had a clear sight of all the other riders and over the course of 10 miles, methodically picked them off one by one to ensure that his finishing time of 25 minutes and 40 seconds was an astonishing 1 minute and 50 seconds ahead of his closest rival. Joe attacked from the very start and it was clear that his pace and judgement over the distance was spot on as he never slowed and consistently put in lap times of just over 2 minutes 30.
In the under 14 race, Lauren Higham and Oliver Stockwell were also the penultimate and final riders to set off and again they used this to their advantage by focussing on the riders in front of them. Lauren consistently put in lap times in the 2 minute 30 region, dipping below this target time in the middle of the race and bringing her to the finish in a time of 25 minutes and 20 seconds. Her smooth style and metronomic pedalling was clearly an advantage as she took the girls U14 title by just under 2 minutes. This is Lauren’s second TT triumph in just over a week as she won the North Road CC Juvenille award over 25 miles last weekend in a time of 1 hour 13 and this just her second outing on the new bike provided by Stevenage Community Trust.
Oliver Stockwell had a less than auspicious start as he unclipped his foot from the pedal at the start but, perhaps driven by this, accelerated away from the start line and barely slowed down from start to finish. Ollie’s aggressive approach saw him catch many of his rivals over the 10 miles and by the finish he was 1 minute and 20 seconds ahead of the second place finish. Ollie set himself a new personal best with an amazing finishing time 23 minutes and 5 seconds. An average speed of just under 26mph!
The prizes on the day meant that all three Welwyn riders finished top of their respective categories even though all three are new to the discipline. I’d like to thank Dave George and his team at Hillingdon Slipstreamers for putting on an exceptionally well organised and well run event.
Hillingdons Race report and result table can be found HERE