The Winter Indoor Track season continues to see good form shown by our Youth riders.
Icebreaker Round 2
Josie Griffin and Imogen Chastell represented the club at the second Round of the Icebreaker Series in Newport on Saturday.
The Icebreaker Omnium events attract large entries from around the country and with 41 Youth U16 Female riders on the start list competition is fierce and the standard very high.
Amongst the highlights of the day were Josie and Imogen finishing 3rd and 5th respectively in the qualifying Scratch Race and then in the Scratch final Josie securing an excellent 4th place, with Imogen 12th.
Both riders qualified comfortably for the Points final and in the Points race final it was Imogen impressing to take 6th with Josie securing 8th.
In the overall Omnium standings Josie finished 7th and Imogen 11th both outstanding efforts in a high quality National class field.
London Youth Track League Round 9
The penultimate round of the London Winter Youth Track League produced some great results for Welwyn riders.
In Group 3 Euan Woodliffe picked up a brace of second places in the 1km Dash and Points and was 3rd in the Elimination.
In Group 2 Archie Peet had a fine evening winning both the Elimination and Points race. Tom Sharples impressed as he took 7th in the 1km Dash
In the Youth/Junior Female Group Imogen Chastell picked up third in both the 1km Dash and Points.
The Club Track Championships for the under 16, Junior and Senior riders was run on Wednesday evening at GSP.
Six riders competed in the four event Omnium format in under 16 group – Will Raymond won all four events to retain his trophy. Nathan Blackmore took second place followed by Gwill Park, Joe Bennett, Freya Butler and Jamie Deane.
Michael Parry and Ben Webster had a close battle in the Junior category. Michael won the 4 lap Time trial while Ben won the Elimination race and the 2 lap Sprint. The winner of the final 6 lap scratch race would determine the overall result. Michael won the scratch race resulting in a tie on 6 points each. In the event of a tie the result of the last race determines the winner so Michael Parry is the Club junior track champion.
Phae one of the Club Track Championshps were held on Wednesday 22nd June at Gosling Sports Park. All riders in the three age groups competed in the 4 event Omnium – Time Trial, Elimination (Devil), Sprint and Scratch race.
In the Under 10 group the final result came down to the sprint finish in the 4 lap scratch race – Thomas Dixon won by inches from Dylan Starkey to clinch victory.
Euan Woodliffe was the clear winner in the Under 12 group winning all four events from Max Jackson.
A close tactical battle in the under 14 category – Tom Sharples won the first two events from Joe Kiely but both riders lost out in the one lap Sprint race by watching each other and ignoring the other riders – Michael Sumner took the sprint. In the final 6 lap scratch Joe Kiely rode away from the field and won by 200m Michael Sumner beat Imogen Chastell on te line to take second spot. This resulted in a tie for first place between Joe Kiley and Mchael Sumner on 9 points. The result of the final race was used to resolve the tie which made Joe Kiely the winner of the under 14 category.
Our thanks to the band of Officials who organised the evening
The club trophies for the top riders – boys and girls – will be awarded at the Club Social Dinner in January 2017.
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.
On Saturday the Welwyn Wheelers hosted Round 2 of the London Youth Track Omnium series at Gosling Sports. A massive entry of 138 riders had entered for the event covering the under 16, under 14, under 12 and under 10 age groups with each group competing in five cycle race disciplines.
Racing in the under 16 group was incredible fast and was dominated by the Team Corley – Ethan Vernon and Theo Modell taking the top two places overall. Wheelers Will Raymond put in a strong series and finished in 4th spot in the 30+ field. Tom Durkin was 14, Sam Asker 15th, Nathan Blackmore 22nd and Joe Bennett 26th. The under 16 girls proved to be a battle between Millie Gage, Josie Griffin and Alice Matravers who won the first Omnium at the Olympic park. After the completion of the five events it was Alice Matravers, followed by Josie Griffin and Millie Gage to take the top three podium places. Wheelers Lauren Higham and Elspeth Grace were 8th and 12th. Eleanor McCardle was 14th.
In the strong under 14 category Olli Stockwell was in contention throughout and finished 5th with Tom Sharples 19th and Michael Sumner 25th. VC Londres took the top three podium places Imogen Chastell rode in the under 14 girls events and was pleased with her 5th place overall with a series of positive performances Euan Woodliffe was on good form in the large under 12 boys category – he won the one lap time trial by two seconds and followed up with top places in the remaining events to finish in second place overall. Max Jackson was 12th and Toby Brown 20th. In the under 10 category Dylan Starkey 4th, Rupert Cavill 9th and Fin Woodliffe 10th.
A tough day for both the riders and the Wheelers race team in the hot conditions with the race programme lasting over 6 hours. A well organised and successful event run by a strong team.
The following day Round 3 of the Omnium was held at the newly re-opened Preston park track in Brighton however a number of riders opted out two days of competitive racing plus the travel and the entry list was less than the record numbers at the Welwyn event. (5 riders had entered the event but only 77 riders raced in the Omnium.
Six Welwyn riders travelled to the third round of the Youth Omnium Series . Racing was run in perfect conditions and four Welwyn riders secured podium positions on another highly competitive days racing.
Leading the way was Josie Griffin taking second in the U16 Girls category with strong Devil, Scratch and Points races. Millie Gage was 10th U16 Girl.
Imogen Chastell was third U14 Girl, strong Scratch, Sprint and Points performances securing her a podium place.
William Raymond was also third in the U16 Boys Category, with good Devil and Sprint placings backed by a good Points race..
Sam Asker also impressed to finish tenth in the U16 boys, with seventh place in the Scratch race the highlight.
In the U12 Category Euan Woodliffe continued his impressive form to take second place. His fastest category Time Trial time of the day was followed by fine performances in the Scratch and the Sprint.
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