The Wheelers youth riders were out in force to ride in the British Cycling Youth Omnium series at the Lee Valley Velodrome on Saturday. The 5 event Omnium consists of a Time Trial, Elimination race, Sprint, scratch and Points race with placings in each event to count. The combined results of all four meetings will be added together and the top five riders in each age group will qualify for the final in Cardiff in July. The next two rounds will be at Gosling Sports Park on Saturday May 7th and the following day at Brighton.
The final results from Lee Valley are awaited.
Will Raymond finished 3rd in the tough and highly competitive under 16 Boys category in a field of 28 riders with a good set of results – the winner was ex Wheelers Ethan Vernon who won all five races.
The Wheelers had four riders in the 20 rider under 16 girls group with Josie Griffin and Millie Gage being placed second and third in this group.
Oli Stockwell had a tough time in the under 14 category – he was second in the opening 1Km time trial but an error by the race officials saw him taken out in lap 3 of the elimination race – his name was displayed on the overhead board so he left the track. He was in the front of the race but the officials put up the wrong number on the board so he was eliminated. He fought back to take 3rd spot in the scratch race and with positive rides in the Kieren and points events he eventually finished 5th overall but was disappointed to have been wrongly eliminated in race 2 when in a good position to finish in the top three overall.
Imogen Chastell took a fine 6th place in the under 14 girls category and Euan Woodliffe was 4th in the under 12 boys event
Final results from the Lee Valley event will be published later
Michael Parry and Ben Smith put up some good performances and results in the Herne Hill ‘season opener’ on Saturday. Both rode in the senior B category. In the opening scratch event Ben Smith was second while Michael finished second in the elimination race followed by Michael first with Ben second in the Points race.
In the final 20 lap scratch Ben was 3rd and Michael 5th.
At the Velo Park also on Saturday the Wheelers girl racers were on good form at the Full Gas Cycling event – Imogen Chastell won the Under 14 girls race while Millie Gage was victorious in the Under 16 girls category . Unfortunately Josie Griffin punctured in the final lap when in contention for a top position.
Elspeth Grace and Lauren Higham were both in the U16 girls event and all in contention for top positions throughout as there was a seven girl bunch. Lauren was the main protagonist in trying to form a breakaway along with Elspeth but the efforts they put in were constantly frustrated by being closed down in the strong windy conditions. Lauren got away twice but was brought back but still contested the sprint with Millie, Elspeth and two other girls and were just behind the lead three in the final sprint with Lauren in 4th and Elspeth in 5th.
Sam Asker also had a good race in U16 boys but was frustrated by team tactics from other clubs working against his valiant efforts to get away from the bunch.
Ollie Stockwell was second in the U14 after breaking away in a group of three with Joe Kiely coming in 7th with the bunch. Sammy Gage was 12th and Ben Griffin 16th.
Jenna Miles was also third in the U14 girls which is a fantastic result in only her second U14 race.
Finally, the four race Milton Keynes series has now been completed – Ollie Stockwell won the under 14 boys group and Will Raymond won the under 16 series.
Congratulations to Keith Bryceland, Cai Davies and Lauren Murphy who were the top riders in the Senior/Veteran, Junior and Ladies track championship on Wednesday evening and special thanks to the parents and volunteers who carried out the various tasks to run the event.
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The Youth Track Championships for under 14, under 12 and under 10 were run on Wednesday 8th July. Each age group had a good entry of riders for the four event Omnium and the racing was keen and competitive on a warm and pleasant evening making it a very successful and enjoyable event. For a number of riders this was their first club championship event.
* Apologies – Grace Bryceland competed in the under 12 group
My thanks to the many parents and coaches who acted as time keepers, scorers and judges to assist in the running of the event.