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Cyclo-Cross and Track Results

A few club riders travelled to Rockingham for the final race of the Central League series and had a great days racing on a  great course with lots of technical bits through the woods.

The day started with the U10s and U8s.   Xavier Knott had a great start, they faced probably one of the most technical courses so far, with a steep decent down through the woods and a tough slippy push up a bank.  Alistair Davis 6th U8, Xavier Knott 6th U10 (5th Overall in the League), Josephine Davis 6th U10 Girl.  Although not racing today, Henry Landon has secured 2nd overall in the U10s Central League.

Fin Woodliffe was on good form and set off at a blistering pace, leading the race from the start and continually putting in attacks. He finished in 1st place 25 seconds ahead of 2nd place and 40 seconds ahead of Rupert Cavill in 3rd place.  It was a technically tricky course compared to some of the other rides and the WW training clearly paid off.  Rupert held on in 3rd place throughout the race and worked hard to chase Fin and the rider just in front of him.  Fin flew down the finish straight and unclipped both feet on the line to take on the Pidcock finish pose of belly on the saddle superman style!! Quite amusing but quite justified considering he knew at that point that he had definitely sewn up the U12 series.  Dillon Knott finished in 9th place.  It was a great 1, 2,3 for Welwyn in the Overall League  – Fin, Rupert and Dillon – great results considering they are 1st years.

Euan was feeling less on form having ridden 80K with Tom and Joe Bennett the previous day, but knew all he needed was a top 10 finish to secure the overall central league win.  So happy to roll round.  He led the race for quite some time.  An U16 ran into the tape in front of him, the tape snapped and it drifted into Euan’s bike, wrapping itself neatly round his rear mech and cassette, meaning it was  a run to the pits for his back up bike! A 2nd place for Euan today, but more than happy with that as it was enough to secure the overall central league U14 win.  So a great days racing in the Woodliffe camp and proud parents – all of that travelling was worth it!

U16 Charlie Rollins was 6th ( 3rd Overall in the League), John Cavill 24th and Neil Grigson 53rd  Tony Marriott 22nd (although not riding for Welwyn Wheeler.

On Saturday 23rd a large group of around 40 riders, many in fancy dress, turned up at GSP for the club Christmas road and off road ride. All eventually arrived at Hatfield Cycles via various routes for some well earned refreshment and  a pre- Christmas chat.

On Thursday a large number of club riders entered the Youth Open meeting at the Olympic track at Stratford – Oli Stockwell won the under 16 Omnium and Tom Sharples won the under 14 event.

Results from18 December

The Central cyclo-cross event at Berkhampstead run by Awol Velo saw the Welwyn Wheelers youth riders ride well and come away with some good results.

Oli Stockwell won the under 16 boys race with Archie Peet 4th Tom Sharples 5th and Louis Sutton 7th, Ellen Bennett took second place in the girls race.

Callum Moir was 4th in the under 14 event. Finlay Woodliffe celebrated his 10th birthday by finishing 2nd in the under 12 race and now leads the series with one race remaining. Rupert Cavill and Dillon Knott were 3rd and 6th. It is possible that these three under 12 riders can take the top three places in the series. It all depends on the final race at Rockingham.

Henry Landon notched up 2nd spot in the under 10 event with Xavier Knott 5th.

Also on Sunday there was an Eastern League meeting on the East coast near Southwold – Euan Woodliffe finished 3rd in the youth race and was top under 14 rider with Caelen Miller 6th (2nd undr 14), Euan now leads the under 14 series in the East League. Dylan Starkey was 4th in the under 12 race and leads the under 12 series.

On Thursday evening eight Wheelers youth riders were at the Olympic track at Stratford for the winter Track League and scored points in the under 14 and under 16 series.


Cyclo-Cross Results – Welwyn Wheelers

The Wheelers cyclo-cross riders had a choice of two events on Sunday – the Eastern League at Colchester or the Central League at RAF Halton in the Chilterns. Most riders decided to go to RAF Halton event. The course had been revised compared to last year by the addition of a large ‘sand trap’, a different start area and a few more climbs. Riders had to carry their bikes through the sand trap as riding through on the soft sand was impossible.

Henry Landon finished just 7 seconds behind the winner of the under 10 race to take second place with Xavier Knott 4th and Megan Hughes 10 (second girl), George Nutall 14,Josephine Davies 16th Fin Woodliffe was second and Rupert Cavill 3rd in the under 12 category followed home by Dillon Knott 8th, William Pollard 13, Tom Dixon 16. Lena Alford 24, Elice Whitaker 25th.

Euan Woodliffe took a comfortable victory in the under 14 race with a winning margin of well over a minute. Beth Bennett and Sasha Blendis were 3rd and 4th in the girls race.

Archie Peet was second in the under 16 race with Charles Rollins 8 and Louis Sutton 11th. Ellen Bennett second and Eva McCabe 5th in the girls event. Molly Marriott was brought down in a crash with a senior rider but recovered to finish. There were a large number of punctures in this race and the over 40s event most caused by a metal edge on one of the corners.

Jamie Dene was on good form in the Junior boys category with 2nd place.The Womens race had 41 riders in the various age band groups – Freya Butler was second junior girl.

Caelen Miller chose to ride in the London League race and won the under 14 event.

Six Wheelers riders travelled to the Eastern race at Colchester – the top performers were Daniele Elliot first in the under 8 race while Dylan Starkey won the under 12 race.

On Thursday evening a group of Wheeler youth riders competed in the second round of the winter Track League event at Stratford Olympic track – Archie Peet, Euan Woodliffe, Joe Kiely, Tom Sharples, Caelen Miller, Tom Dixon and the Moir duo. They all rode well came away with some great results – Tom is now the points leader in the under 14 series

This coming weekend a number of riders will travel to the Gravesend Velo Park for Round 4 of the BC CX series. Oli Stockwell currently leads the under 16 group and Euan Woodliffe is second on the Under 14 series.

 Reults Summary – R9 RAF Halton 

U8 boys
Alastair Davis 11th

U10 girls
Megan Hughes 2nd
Josephine Davis 4th

U10 boys
Henry Landon 2nd
Xavier Knott 4th
George Nuttall 11th

U12 girls
Lena Alford 10th
Elise Whitaker 11th

U12 boys
Finlay Woodliffe 2nd
Ruport Cavill 3rd
Dillon Knott 6th
William Pollard 8th
Thomas Dixon 9th

U14 girls
Beth Bennett 3rd
Sasha Blendis 4th

U14 boys
Euan Woodliffe 1st
Jeremy Landon 19th

U16 girls
Ellen Bennett 2nd
Eva McCabe 5th
Molly Marriott 7th

U16 boys
Archie Peet 2nd
Charles Rollins 8th
Louis Sutton 11th
Tom Sharples DNF
Rizwan Hameed DNF

Junior girls
Freya Butler 3rd

Junior boys
Jamie Dean 2nd

Senior men
Ben Smith 57th

Vet Men 40-49
James Robertson 35th
Robert Dixon 77th
John Cavill DNF


Weekend Racing Results

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.


Wheelers trip to Assen

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.

Other news

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).