Archie Bracewell flying the Welwyn Wheelers flag in Derby yesterday (25th May 2015).
As Archie is only 9 they have been going to Manchester for him to ride the boards. Derby put on a special Go Ride session yesterday which allowed Cat D’s to ride “it was a fantastic afternoon and I can highly recommend it to anyone who has an U10 who would like to have a go”. They will obviously get more out of it if they have had some track experience – especially for the skills sets.
Well done Archie we are pleased you had such a good time
Great win for Joe Kiely at Colchester today in the under 12’s with a lead of half a lap, He started of very strong and quickly took a sizeable lead. He found a slippery corner half way through but kept the bike in control. Around 3 laps to the end of the race Joe came off the bike hurting his hip and elbow, he got back on and still managed a lead of half a lap to win.
Well done to Ollie Stockwell and Jamie Dene in the Under 14 Boys a fantastic race. Both leading from start to finish, whittling down a lead group of four to a final sprint just between Ollie and Jamie. Ollie won by half a wheel to take the top step of the podium and Jamie second.
Well done to Lauren 1st under 14 Girls and 3rd in the under 16. A tough race, Lauren didn’t have the best of starts, struggling to clip in off the start line. She recovered well throughout the first two laps and was soon hunting down the second placed under 16 rider. Unfortunately the effort began to show and she didn’t quite have the pace to get past her before the finish.
Great Race for Will Raymond in the Under 16 Boys. A very strong competition with lots of tactics taking place. Will fought for his place gaining several seconds in the last lap from the people behind to come in 2nd.
2nd Claim-WW Racer Daniel Maynard took part in the Junior Race. A field of 11 set off for the fifty minute race and was soon thinned down to six to compete the last quarter of the race. A strong attack from Ex – WW Racer Laurence Kirby saw the field ‘sit up’ leaving Dan the only person interested in chasing him down. This he did but at considerable expense leaving him unable to contend the final sprint to the line, leaving him in sixth place.
Sunday saw the 2015 Hillingdon youth TT take place at the Hillingdon Slipstreamers home road circuit in Hayes. The course was set so that all riders would complete 10 laps of the full course which would bring them just under the 10 mile mark. Taking part for Welwyn Wheelers in the under 12 category was Joe Kiely and in the Under 14 category Lauren Higham and Oliver Stockwell would be representing the club.
Joe Kiely got under way just after 11:15 and immediately started to catch the other competitors ahead of him. As one of the last to be set off, Joe had a clear sight of all the other riders and over the course of 10 miles, methodically picked them off one by one to ensure that his finishing time of 25 minutes and 40 seconds was an astonishing 1 minute and 50 seconds ahead of his closest rival. Joe attacked from the very start and it was clear that his pace and judgement over the distance was spot on as he never slowed and consistently put in lap times of just over 2 minutes 30.
In the under 14 race, Lauren Higham and Oliver Stockwell were also the penultimate and final riders to set off and again they used this to their advantage by focussing on the riders in front of them. Lauren consistently put in lap times in the 2 minute 30 region, dipping below this target time in the middle of the race and bringing her to the finish in a time of 25 minutes and 20 seconds. Her smooth style and metronomic pedalling was clearly an advantage as she took the girls U14 title by just under 2 minutes. This is Lauren’s second TT triumph in just over a week as she won the North Road CC Juvenille award over 25 miles last weekend in a time of 1 hour 13 and this just her second outing on the new bike provided by Stevenage Community Trust.
Oliver Stockwell had a less than auspicious start as he unclipped his foot from the pedal at the start but, perhaps driven by this, accelerated away from the start line and barely slowed down from start to finish. Ollie’s aggressive approach saw him catch many of his rivals over the 10 miles and by the finish he was 1 minute and 20 seconds ahead of the second place finish. Ollie set himself a new personal best with an amazing finishing time 23 minutes and 5 seconds. An average speed of just under 26mph!
The prizes on the day meant that all three Welwyn riders finished top of their respective categories even though all three are new to the discipline. I’d like to thank Dave George and his team at Hillingdon Slipstreamers for putting on an exceptionally well organised and well run event.
Hertfordshire’s Year of Cycling comes to Letchworth on Sunday 14th June for an 8-hour cycling festival based around Broadway Gardens. Further details on BC Letchworth GP Enter HERE
The Letchworth GP is going to be a real atmospheric event, and it is confirmed the prize pot which is a sizeable chunk of money, gifts, and prime prizes. Its all on BC with full youth, women’s and men’s races, as well as a novice race if anybody wants to just give it a go
We want to see as many Welwyn riders as possible representing the club