Hillingdon GP 31st May

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.

Hog Hill 30th May 2015

There was some good racing at Hog Hill on Saturday.

More photos can be found on our FB page HERE

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.

Bob Parry

Important Update – Youth

Contrary to the announcement at the end of last weeks Club Coaching Session please note that,the session on Wednesday 3rd June is open to both Youth & Senior Welwyn members.
It will be a track based coaching session.

There are likely to some changes made to coaching sessions over the next month or two so please keep an eye on the website & FB for this information.

Junior Women’s Race at Woodbridge

Junior Women’s Race at Woodbridge last week. A small field meant that Gaia and Rebecca were only racing for three points for the win. The field rapidly thinned to five with both of the girls in. With three of the very long laps to go Gaia punctured but with the aid of a formula one’ish wheel change she got going again but some way behind. There then followed a super human effort to get back to the field, with the aid of Rebecca refusing to take a turn in the bunch. At the end the long sprint with a strong tail wind proved too much with both girls spinning out their Junior gear. Gaia finished third and Rebecca fifth.