WELWYN TRACK LEAGUE – 22nd MAY 2015
Sponsored by Peloton Hatfield
What do you mean no 10 miler !?!?!
22/05/15 at Welwyn Wheelers track league meeting Sponsored by Peloton Hatfield and supported by Herts County Council saw the lowest numbers this year. With only 23 youth riders and 38 senior riders, which was put down to the bank holiday weekend and school half term.
Unfortunately, the absentees missed a major change in the senior racing programme – the 10 mile race which traditionally rounds off the evening was replaced with a 35 laps point’s race.
It was the first outing in the Peloton Hatfield yellow leader’s jersey for John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT). He did the jersey proud winning the senior A devil and the senior 35 laps points race at the end of the evening. This was by far the most exciting race of the evening, with Andrew Hastings (Richardson’s Trek RT) pushing McClelland hard all the way to the end.
Home rider Keith Bryceland (Welwyn Wheelers) had a good evening in the senior B’s placing in all the races and winning the scratch race.
The youth racing was set alight by the youth CDE block pursuit, which was won by Euan Woodliffe (Welwyn Wheelers). This was an extremely close race and was only won by a wheel length by the trio led by Woodliffe, when at half way Joe Kiely (Welwyn Wheelers) was out on his own and leading by around ¼ of a lap. Kiely did win the youth CDE scratch and devil.
The youth A racing was dominated by Ryan Green (Lee Valley), in a real show of strength winning all category races with ease. This feat was nearly emulated by Ollie Stockwell (Welwyn wheelers) in the youth B, but he was pipped in the final race of the evening by Eleanor McArdle (Welwyn Wheelers).
10 lap Scratch –Joshua Roberts (Zappis RT) John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT) George Olive (Finchley RT) William Raymond (Welwyn Wheelers
Devil – John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT) William Raymond (Welwyn Wheelers) Mitchell Powell (Team Terminator) Ethan Vernon (Corley Drops RT)
10 lap Scratch – George Olive (Finchley RT) Andrew Hastings (Richardson’s Trek RT) Joshua Roberts (Zappis RT) Ethan Vernon (Corley Drops RT)
35 Lap Points – John McClelland (Bush Healthcare CRT) Andrew Hastings (Richardson’s Trek RT) Joshua Roberts (Zappis RT) Mike Broadwith (Arctic Tacx RT)
10 lap scratch – Keith Bryceland (Welwyn Wheelers) Bradley Clark (Green Arrow CRT) Tony Marriott (Hertfordshire Wheelers) Sam Alison (Singular Cycles)
Devil – Andrew Perrin (Finchley) Cai Davies (Welwyn Wheelers) Keith Bryceland (Welwyn Wheelers) Tom Durkin (Welwyn Wheelers)
Unknown Distance – Cai Davies (Welwyn Wheelers) Andrew Perrin (Finchley) Keith Bryceland (Welwyn Wheelers) Toby Miles (Welwyn Wheelers)
5 lap Scratch – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Ben Selfe (Lee Valley) Matthew Shepherd (Lee Valley)
8 lap points – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Matthew Shepherd (Lee Valley) Ben Selfe (Lee Valley)
8 Lap block pursuit – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Matthew Shepherd (Lee Valley) Reece Pollen (Welwyn Wheelers)
8 lap handicap – Ryan Green (Lee Valley) Matthew Shepherd (Lee Valley) Ben Selfe (Lee Valley) Nathan Blackmore (Welwyn Wheelers)
4 lap Scratch – Ollie Stockwell (Welwyn Wheelers) Oisin Murphy (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) Sophie Lewis (CC Ashwell)
6 lap points – Ollie Stockwell (Welwyn Wheelers) Sophie Lewis (CC Ashwell) Oisin Murphy (Hillingdon Slipstreamers)
6 lap block pursuit –Ollie Stockwell Oisin Murphy (Hillingdon Slipstreamers) Eleanor McArdle (Welwyn Wheelers)
6 lap handicap – Eleanor McArdle (Welwyn Wheelers) Sophie Lewis (CC Ashwell) Lauren Higham (Welwyn Wheelers) Freya Butler (Welwyn Wheelers)
3 lap Scratch – Joe Kiely (Welwyn Wheelers) Tom Sharples (Welwyn Wheelers) Rudy Knight (Lee Valley)
Devil – Joe Kiely (Welwyn Wheelers) Michael Sumner (Welwyn Wheelers) Euan Woodliffe (Welwyn Wheelers)
4 Lap block pursuit – Euan Woodliffe (Welwyn Wheelers) Ted Brett (Welwyn Wheelers) Emily Knight (Lee Valley)
4 lap handicap – Jenna Miles (Welwyn Wheelers) Joe Kiely (Welwyn Wheelers) Michael Sumner (Welwyn Wheelers) Euan Woodliffe (Welwyn Wheelers)
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
From left to right Joe Kiely, Jamie Dene, Ollie Stockwell, Lauren Higham and Will Raymond. Photos by Julie Dene.
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.
Wins all round for Welwyn riders!
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.