Woodliffe and Stockwell shine a light on Welwyn at National Omnium Champs
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 August 2018
After shining on the international stage in the Netherlands it was time for Welwyn Wheelers to turn the spotlight on national affairs – and again they did it in style.
Euan Woodliffe and Oli Stockwell travelled to Derby for the National Track Omnium Championships.
The pair had secured their place in the grand final after battling through regional qualifiers at Welwyn, Lee Valley and Herne Hill earlier in the year.
The omnium is cycling’s equivalent of the decathlon in track and field and both riders had a full day of intense competition.
They had to compete in a time trial, and elimination race, a scratch race, a keirin and a points race.
Each separate discipline requires tactical race craft and a constant awareness of where your competitors are, along with a strong sprint and endurance.
Woodliffe was in consistent form in the U14 category and finished the day with a silver medal overall.
His starting TT earned him fourth place and after getting boxed in the elimination race he was placed sixth.
However, that result moved him up to third overall.
He maintained that position after the scratch race, coming third in the bunch sprint behind lone winner Josh Tarling.
Tarling, along with Ben Partridge, were his main rivals and both were working hard to close the gap.
But they found the gap growing after he got second in the keirin, holding his position in the sprint to the line after earning that spot behind the small derny motorbike, a unique characteristic of the discipline.
That had moved him up to second overall, four points behind Oli Mangham, and the pair duelled throughout the final points race with Woodliffe having to content himself with the silver at the end.
Stockwell continued his great form with a fifth overall in the U16 category.
His race craft and positioning gained him third in the elimination and he was rarely out of the top five.
Both he and Woodliffe are heading to the Northwest Youth Tour on Friday for a three-day national stage race.
Stockwell is the leader in the National Series at U16 while Woodliffe is second in the U14s.