Welwyn Wheelers youngsters enjoy front and centre roles in Ride London cycling festival
PUBLISHED: 19:00 03 August 2017
A weekend-long festival of cycling had Welwyn Wheelers playing a big part.
While the Ride London 100 and Surrey Classic brought things to a close on Sunday, the events had begun on Friday with the Prudential Ride London Youth Grand Prix.
Three youth riders from the Wheelers were involved at the Olympic Park in Stratford as members of the 27-strong Eastern Road Team.
Josie Griffin and Lauren Higham were in the U16 girls’ team which finished in fourth place out of the 10 teams.
CC Ashwell’s Sophie Lewis led the team home in fifth with Griffin just missing out on the top-10 by finishing 11th.
Higham was 23rd.
Tom Sharples was in the U14 boys team that finished in second place overall, with his own individual second step of the podium position making a huge impact in the team result.
Sharples gained that spot in a mass bunch sprint.
Each age group had around 40 riders on the road circuit at the 2012 Olympic venue which produced an entertaining days racing and some thrilling competition.
On Tuesday evening the Wheelers own 10-mile Time Trial saw 17 riders take to the start line, the best so far this year on a fine, warm and sunny evening.
The pair of Toby Hunt (Lampard RC) and Simon Bubbear (Welwyn) set the fastest time of 20 minutes 29 seconds.
The duo of Jamie Dene and Joe Bennett recorded 21.52 and Joe Kiely and Sharples 23.44.
The fastest solo rider was Oli Stockwell in 22.31.
However, the good weather didn’t stretch as far as the Welwyn Track League meeting on Friday night at Gosling Sports Park.
That was rained off, the first meeting this year to be cancelled due to the weather
Sunday saw six from the senior arm of the Wheelers set off on the London-Edinburgh-London Audax event.
This is a distance of 1,440km (894.7 miles) and the riders are set a time limit of four days to complete the course.
A club spokesman said: “They have all done massive training rides over many weeks in preparation and they are all hoping for good weather in order to successfully complete the ride.”
The prestigious event attracts hundreds of riders.