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.
The club cyclo-cross riders were racing in three different locations on Sunday October 8th – 13 of the top riders went to Derby for Round I of the British Cycling Cyclo-cross series, 25 were at Leighton Buzzard for the Central League race and 15 were at Helena College near Stevenage for the Eastern League event run by CC Ashwell.
There were massive fields in all events at Derby and recent rain made sections of the course very slippery and caused a number of falls Oli Stockwell had a tremendous race in the 77 strong under 16 race and was in a race long battle with two riders for the majority of the event but and was in the lead approaching the finish but was overtaken in the last 100metres on a bend by Joseph Pidcock (Paul Milnes team) and in a close finish had to settle for an excellent second place. Joe Kiely was 7th Archie Peet 15th and Tom Sharples 40th , Charles Rollins and Rizvan 64 and 73.
Euan Woodlife was in the leading group in the 65 rider under 14 race but lost contact when his gears got tangled up with the course marking tape, he recovered well and finished 5th with Caelan Miller 12th. Other results – Elspeth Grace 15th and 5th junior in the Womens race, Ellen Bennett 19th Under 16 girls event, Joe Bennett 39th and Nathan 46th in the Junior race
In the Central League race Henry Landon won the Under 10 race with Xavier Knott 7th, Rupert Cavill was 2nd in the under 12 event with Dillon Knott 6th and Tom Dixon 7th. John Cavill 28th in the 90 rider 40 + race with Tom Hinchliffe and James Robertson 52 and 55
In the Senior Novice race Lawrence Davies 4, Richard Blaxland 8 and Rob Dixon 16th. Freya Butler was first Junior girl and Holly Blaxland 2nd under 16, Sasha 3rd under 14 girl.
In the CC Ashwell Eastern League the top results were – Dylan Starkey 1st under 12 , Daniell Elliot 1st in the under 8 event. Rob Bloxham 18 in the 50+ race
Another busy weekend.
We are planning our annual Xmas Fancy Dress Offroad ride for Sat 9 Dec. We usually get 40+ riders for this and split into 2 or more groups.
Also, we would like to make this our 70th Anniversary ride, and we will celebrate the association with Hatfield Cycles by making that the destination for coffee.
There will also be an on-road ride for those without CX/MTB bikes, which will get to Hatfield Cycles at about 12noon (weather dependent).
Overall the plan is:
- All the groups start from Gosling at 9:15am
- Off-road groups aim for Hatfield Cycles in the middle of their ride….say 10:15-10:30ish…..groups unlikely to arrive at the same time.
- On-road group aims to finish their ride at Hatfield Cycles roughly 11:30-12
See Social Media for further details in the weeks leading up to the event.
The Muddy Monsters Go-Ride Racing off-road series continues to grow. To accommodate the demand from riders, the series has split into two areas.
Muddy Monsters Beds and Herts will be an 8 round series at 6 different venues.
Rd 1 28th October Welwyn Wheelers Welwyn Track
Rd 2 11th November CC Ashwell Ashwell Grass Track
Rd 3 27th January Icknield RC Harlington Village Green
Rd 4 3rd February Beds Road Priory Marina
Rd 5 10th February Verulam CC Marlborough Club, St. Albans
Rd 6 24th February CC Ashwell Ashwell Grass Track
Rd 7 3rd March Hitchin Nomads Venue TBC
Rd 8 10th March Welwyn Wheelers Welwyn Track
There is a new website for the series which is where results and tables will be published. https://muddymonstershertsandbeds.wordpress.com/
Muddy Monsters events are designed for novices aged Under 16. Entrants should not be competing regularly in regional Cyclo-Cross or Mountain Bike series events. The events are off-road and suitable for mountain bikes or cyclo-cross bikes. Riders will need a helmet and a bike with two working brakes. Each round can be entered on the day for only £4. There may be a few spot prizes on the day but most of the awards are given for the overall series. The best 5 results from the 8 rounds to count for the overall series.
Details for the Muddy Monsters Cambs series will be announced soon.
Details for each event here:
This Saturday (7 Oct) will be the start of navigated off-road rides. These are two hour or more rides targeted at those racing cx, with the aim of improving skills and endurance. Key though is they are about having fun.
The rides are open to those that the coaches believe have the skills and fitness to do the rides, so please ask. It is best that you have done some of the cx sessions at GSP before venturing out. They are aimed at U16 and above.
These are NOT coached rides but we look after each other. Numbers are limited by which experienced riders are going out.
What you need :- Appropriate clothing for the weather, helmet , gloves, glasses etc. Very well maintained bike :- CX or MTB. If its not working properly you can’t join as it will only break once out!
Ability to fix bike:– Two spare inner tubes, tyre levers, pump, ideally spare chain links and multi-tool
Other:– Water, energy bar, anything you need for allergies
We set off at 9am prompt and this is going to be enforced so you need to be at the track early. We aim to be back at 11am but conditions and “mechanicals” can’t guarantee this.
See you Saturady