Regional CX Championship

The club riders, coaches, parents and helpers were out in large numbers at  Stanborough Park on Sunday 3rd December for the East and South East regional cyclo-cross Championship to support Susi Sharples, the event organiser.

The course building team were on site at 6-30am and all was ready for race 1 at 10-00.

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First up were the under 10 group of 30 riders on the small course – Xavier Knott was 17 and Daniell Elliot was the second under 8 boy.
Next were the 39 under 12 riders which included 11 club riders – Fin
Woodliffe came in 5th, Rupert Cavill 7th with Dylan Starkey 8th.

The under 16 race on the large course was a triumph for the Wheelers – a 1,2,3 led by Oli Stockwell who won by almost 2 minutes – he was followed in by Joe Kiely and Archie Peet, in addition Tom Sharples was 7th and Louis Sutton 8th.

Another club battle took place in the under 14 cateory – Caelen Miller and Euan Woodliffe were at the head of the race for the whole race with Caelen winning the sprint for the line
by 2 seconds.

Elspeth Grace returned to good form in the Womens race taking second place behind newly crowned world Vets champion Helen Pattinson (Hargroves Ridley). Elspeth was first Junior with a great ride.

In the 40+ race John Cavill had his best result of the season in 17th place with James Robertson 36th in a tough group.

The end of the final race at 2-30 the course was dismantled, all the
equipment packed away as darkness set in. The total number of riders in the various age groups was 370.

Around 30 Wheelers riders competed in the racing plus around 35 parents and helpers covering a wide range of duties as course marshals, recorders, judges etc.

A great team effort and our thanks to all who contributed to the event to make it another successful days racing run by the club

Peter

Weekend’s Cyclo-Cross Results

A number of the club youth riders travelled to the Velopark at Gravesend on Sunday for Round 4 of the British Cycling Cyclo-cross series. Prior to the start Oli Stockwell had the leaders yellow jersey for the Under 16 race and Euan Woodliffe was lying second in the under 14 series.

A Beautiful bright sunny day but windy chilly conditions. The organisers had set a technically challenging technical course for the event. There were some challenging and slippery off camber slopes and steep vertical banks sorting out those that could ride and those that had to run. This course suited the club riders thanks to the CX circuit at GSP.

In the under 14 category Euan Woodlife needed to finish in a good position to maintain his position in the top group of four riders all within a few points of each other Euan moved into second place around 15 seconds behind the leader and held this to the finish with a great performance. This put him into a position to challenge for the series leaders Green jersey depending on where the current leader finished. Euan’s clubmate Caelen Millar had a storming race and overtook the series leader in the closing stages to finish in an excellent 5th place thereby enabling Euan to take the leaders jersey.

In the under 16 race, series leader, Oli Stockwell was crashed into in the first lap by another rider which destroyed his rear wheel. He then had to run to the the pit area to collect his spare bike and this dropped him down the field. He fought back to try and rejoin the front of the field with a truly massive effort and finally got back to 5th place with an amazing performance.

Although he lost the leaders yellow jersey he now lies second overall with two more races remaining.

Joe Kiely had an unfortunate incident negotiating the hurdles – he was unable to uncleat, crashed damaging his arm and failed to finish. Tom Sharples, Rizwan Hameed and Louis Sutton all finished.
Jamie Dene was 15th in the junior race in a field of 60 riders.

In the Central League event at Milton Keynes Fin Woodliffe and Rupert Cavill had a 1,2 in the under 12 race with Xavier Knott 5th, Henry Landon second in the under 10

Beth B and Sasha scored a 1,2 in the under 14 girls while Elllen B and Holly Blaxland were 1 and 3 in the under 16 girls category. Richard Blaxland took second place in the Novice race.

In the senior events John Cavill was pleased to get into the top twenty in the 40+ race in 19th spot while Ben Smith was 50th in the Senior race.

In the Eastern League event at Diss – Dylan Starkey second under 12, Daniell Elliot top under 8 rider

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

Peter

Cyclo-Cross Results

A tough but rewarding days racing at ShrewsburyRound 3 of BC National cyclo- cross series was run at Shrewsbury on Sunday on a difficult muddy course which resulted in lot of riders falling off, many mechanical problems and crashes on the wet and very slippery course.

In the under 16 race after a fast start Oli Stockwell worked his way onto the front of the leading group of 6 riders and opened up a useful lead on the field. The conditions were gruelling on a wet and muddy course requiring bike changes every time they
passed the pits keeping the pit crews hard at work . After completing lap one the lead rider of the group of 6 clipped a marker post and caused 5 of the 6 riders in the group to collide with each and fall. In the collision Oli suffered a front tyre blow out caused by a chainring cutting clean through the tyre. Oli then ran a third of a lap before he could change his bike in the pits. Having dropped to 6 th place he then chased down the riders for the remaining 2.5 laps, gradually working his way through the group and though he was closing down on the 2 leaders he finally ran out of time and finished in a well earned 3rd place. This enabled him to retain the leaders jersey and increased his lead in the series competition. Archie Peet finished in 20th place

Euan Woodliffe and Caelen Miller rode in the under 14 category. Euan finished in 4th place and moved up to second place in the overall results after 3 races. Caelen Miller finishd 9th.

Joe Kiely travelled to Belgium, the home of cyclo-cross, to ride the Telenet Super Prestige event at Gavere. He finished in 22nd position on another muddy course.

Peter

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