We are re-introducing the women’s only training/coaching sessions on Saturday mornings. They will not be running every week so please keep an eye on updates for the latest dates. The sessions will be for road bikes on the track, with the first session this Saturday, 13th June, 11.00-12.00. The next scheduled session is Saturday 27th June, same time. Cost only £4 for the session, all abilities welcome.
A number of the Wheelers youth riders raced in the well attended British Cycling Youth circuit event at Hillingdon on Saturday. The age related races all had large field and most of the races came down to a massive bunch sprint for the top places.
In the under 12 boys event Joe Kiely was in a the leading group early in the race but the group was reeled in and he finished in the main field.
Sam Asker and Ollie Stockwell rode strongly in the under 14 boys race and the final result went down to a massive bunch sprint in which they outside the top six. Best result of the day was Josie Griifin who was sixth in the Under 14 girls race with a strong finish in a tough field.
The under 16 boys race was also decided in a bunch sprint for the main field as the high pace throughout the race made it difficult for any breakaway groups to be successful – Will Raymond and Michael Parry finished in the main bunch. Lauren Murphy was 10th in the under 16 girls event after the event was restarted following a crash with nine laps remaining.
On Sunday three of the Wheelers youth riders travelled to Essex for the Mud Sweat and Gears Mountain bike race – Ollie Stockwell was 4th while Lauren Higham and Imogen Chastell were second and third placed girls in the youth event.
Tom Sharples won the under 12 race in the ‘Herts Tour’ circuit race at Watford on Sunday on a small but tricky course at the Building Research Centre.
Club 10 Result 2nd June 2015
Michael Parry 25.32
Tom Durkin 26.34
Andrew Porter 29.23
Jamie Dene DNF
Three Welwyn Wheelers riders rode in the Hillingdon GP races on Sunday
Photos can be found HERE credit Huw Williams
Gaia Casciello rode the in the main event of the day a 2 hour Women’s Team Series race with 86 ladies on the start line, the majority of whom were in trade teams.
They were lucky with the weather & it stayed dry for the race & the sun came out sporadically – although there were plenty of punctures due to the earlier heavy rain
Gaia had a fantastic ride staying with the bunch the whole race – she said of the race…
“I felt the race went really well & it was an amazing experience to be in such a big bunch.
I was really nervous before the race as I was scared I would get dropped as there were so many elite riders in the field.
I managed to keep with the bunch the whole way through & finished alongside Lucy Harper”
John Armstrong raced in the 3/4 Mens Support Race – placed 16th
Rebecca Maynard raced in the 3/4 Women’s Support Race – the winner lapped the field & as she went by Rebecca missed the split & came in 14th having ridden a strong race through out in miserable wet & windy conditions. Clare Fisk was also in the 3/4 women’s race we are awaiting the result.
There was some good racing at Hog Hill on Saturday.
Joe Kiely started the ball rolling with a second in the U12 race, just pipped in the sprint to the line.
In the U14 boys, Jamie Dene, Ollie Stockwell and Sam Asker all rode well near the front of the race throughout, keeping the pace high, but it came down to a sprint up the hill on the last lap, with Jamie taking second, Sam fourth and Ollie close behind.
In the U14 girls, Lauren Higham and Imogen Chastell were in a 4 girl lead group. One girl got away towards the end leaving Lauren and Imogen to take second and fourth respectively on the sprint for the line.
In the U16 girls, Millie Gage rode with U14 rider Josie Griffin. Both were in a small lead group and this time Mille won the sprint, with Josie an excellent third.
Finally in the youth races, Michael Parry and Nathan Blackmore started. Nathan had a terrible start, unable to clip in and spent the entire race chasing, picking off stragglers, but unable to close on the bunch. Michael rode well, making a couple of attempts to break away, but no one was able to make a break stick and it came down to a large bunch sprint, with Michael take fourth.
Michael then stayed on to race the Cat 3 race without the hill, 3 hours later. There were many attacks and Michael chose the right one to bridge to, forming a group of 4 who worked hard together for lap after lap to ease out a 15 second lead, in the process catching, passing and then lapping the Cat E12 race that started ahead of them. The peleton finally gave up the chase with 2 laps to go, leaving the 4 to sprint it out. Michael had nothing left and cruised in to take a hard earned fourth.