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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).



Senior & U16 Track Championships

 The Senior/Junior/Vets and Under 16 Club Track Championship was concluded on Wednesday 5th July on a warm and sunny evening in ideal conditions.

The adult group had eight riders – one lady, one junior, two seniors and four vets.

Nathan Blackmore won the opening 4 lap Pursuit from Keith Stockwell and Ben Smith. Nathan also won the Devil with Ben Smith second and Matt Davey third.

The one lap sprint was split into two heats – Heat 2 – Andy Skeen, Leslie Courtney and Andrew Brown who finished in that order for 6,7,8 points/places.

Heat 1 was another win for Nathan from Matt Davey, Steve Hayward, Keith Stockwell and Ben Smith.

As they lined up for the closing 10 lap scratch the Championship positions were – Seniors – Ben Smith 10 pts Matt Davey 11pts, Vets- Keith Stockwell 11pts, Steve Hayward 12 pts – so it all depended on the final finishing order for the Club Trophies.

Nathan won (Top Junior), Matt Davey 2nd (and best Senior), Steve Hayward 3rd, Keith 4th (tied on points) – the tie-breaker meant Steve was top Vet as he had the higher position in the final race.

Leslie Courtney was top lady rider.

Under 16 group

Only four riders – Oli Stockwell won the 2 lap time trial, devil and sprint with Archie Peet second, Jamie Dene third ad Freya Butler 4th. The 6 lap scratch race produced a dramatic result. Oli, Archie and Jamie went into the final lap when Oli unfortunately punctured and was overtaken by Freya Butler to the finish line.This meant that both Archie and Oli tied on 7 pts each – the tie break going to Archie on the result of the last race.

Final results are posted in the bike store.

Thanks to the helpers who acted as time keepers, holders, judges etc


Welwyn Omnium Results

The Welwyn Youth Omnium Sunday May 7th

A long and busy day at Gosling Sports Park as the organisers of Round 2 of the South East Youth Omnium. Over 100 riders had pre-entered for the event.

Parts of the race team were there at 8.30am to start preparations for the day – organising the refreshment stock, setting up the signing on desk and the gear check system.

Riders started arriving soon after 9.00am, gazebos erected and the officials and helpers were all in place and ready for the first race at 12 noon

Highlight of the day was the fast and top quality racing in the 29 strong under 16 boys events. VC Londres riders filled the top three positions led by Oscar Nilson–Julian – Oli Stockwell was the top placed Welwyn rider in 9th position with Archie Peet 15th,and Joe Bennett 16th.

Sophie Lewis (CC Ashwell) was the dominant rider in the Under 16 girls event winning all 5 events. Josie Griffin was third and Imogen Chastell (VCL) 4th.

Joe Kiely and Euan Woodliffe finished 3rd and 4th and Tom Sharples 6th in the Under 14 boys group of 25 riders while Ellen Bennett was 7th in the girls series.

Six Wheelers rode in the 25 rider group in the under 12 boys series – Thomas Dixon and Mark Lightfoot (CC Ashwell) finished on equal points in 3rd (but Mark Lightbook had better result in Points race so Thomas Dixon moved to 4th) , Dylan Starkey was 5th with Cormac Nisbet and Thomas Oliver 10th and 12th respectively.

The days racing and the prize presentations were finally completed by 6-15pm and by the time everything was dismantled and packed away it was around 7-00pm. It was a tough and tiring day for both the riders and the ‘race team’ but well worth the effort. One major relief was a day of ‘crash-free’ racing, no ambulances !
Congratulations to Susi Sharples (Race organiser) and the large team of club officials and helpers. A job well done.

The third and final Round of the local Omnium series is at Stratford Olympic Park next Sunday. The top 4 riders in the Under 16 and Under 14 categories based on the results of all three rounds will qualify for the National Final at Herne Hill.