Success for Wheelers as Stanborough hosts regional cyclo-cross championship

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 December 2017

Elspeth Grace of Welwyn Wheelers stands on top of the podium after victory in the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship junior women's race.

Elspeth Grace of Welwyn Wheelers stands on top of the podium after victory in the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship junior women's race.

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Welwyn Wheelers organised and hosted the East and South East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship at Stanborough Park on Sunday – and there was plenty of joy for the ‘home’ team.

Some of the 30-strong Welwyn Wheelers riders who took part in the club organised East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship. Some of the 30-strong Welwyn Wheelers riders who took part in the club organised East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship.

The U16 race was the biggest triumph.

Oli Stockwell led home a clean-sweep of the podium positions, winning by almost two minutes from Joe Kiely and Archie Peet.

To cap that off Tom Sharples and Louis Sutton finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Elspeth Grace was on good form in the women’s race taking second place behind newly-crowned world vets champion Helen Pattinson of Hargroves Ridley.

Welwyn Wheelers were in the thick of the action across all age groups at the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship in Stanborough Park. Welwyn Wheelers were in the thick of the action across all age groups at the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship in Stanborough Park.

That result was good enough to make Grace the first junior.

There was another top race in the U14 category with Caelen Miller and Euan Woodliffe battling it out for the whole race with Miller winning the sprint for the line by two seconds.

There was a strong contingent of club riders in the U12 race that saw 30 riders take to the line.

Fin Woodliffe led the Wheelers home in fifth, Rupert Cavill was seventh and Dillon Starkey eighth.

Welwyn Wheelers were in the thick of the action across all age groups at the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship in Stanborough Park. Welwyn Wheelers were in the thick of the action across all age groups at the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross Championship in Stanborough Park.

Another large field competed in the combined U8 and U10 race, with Daniell Elliott taking eighth place in the U8 section.

In the 40+ race, John Cavill had his best result of the season finishing 17th in a tough group.

A spokesman for the club said: “The course was set up for the first race at 10am. The final race finished at 2.30pm and the course then had to be dismantled and the equipment packed away in falling daylight.

In total well-over 350 riders had pre-entered for the championship and the course and weather were fine for a busy day.

Elspeth Grace of Welwyn Wheelers stands on top of the podium after victory in the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross junior women's race. Elspeth Grace of Welwyn Wheelers stands on top of the podium after victory in the East & South-East Regional Cyclo-cross junior women's race.

“Around 30 Wheelers’ riders competed in the days racing plus around 35 parents and riders assisted as course marshals, recorders, judges and in other duties.

“It was a well-run event and a very successful day for all concerned.”

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