All that glitters is gold for in-form Stockwell as Welwyn Wheeler racks up the wins
PUBLISHED: 13:06 01 April 2018 | UPDATED: 13:57 01 April 2018
Oli Stockwell may need a bigger trophy cabinet after a successful couple of weeks.
The Welwyn Wheeler started it at round one of the British Cycling Youth Road Series in Torbay.
And he took victory in the U16 race, coming out on top thanks to an impressive turn of pace, winning the bunch sprint.
And in proof that small margins make such a big difference in cycling, he only got passed two other riders in the final 20 metres to win by a few inches.
Clubmate Archie Peet finished in 15th place in a race that saw 80 riders start but just over half complete the course.
In the U14 race the Wheelers duo of Caelen Miller and Euan Woodliffe were in a breakaway group of eight riders in the early part of the race but they were reeled in as the race neared the finish.
It meant a final sprint between a large group of 30 but the two Welwyn men found the strength to go again, taking fourth and fifth respectively.
Stockwell’s fine form continued on Good Friday as he took the top prize in Welwyn Wheelers’ Open 50km hilly time-trial on a course based around Codicote, Whitwell and Hitchin.
Overnight rain made the riding conditions difficult on some of the narrow raods, with the numerous pot holes either filing with water or being hidden by enormous puddles.
But Stockwell made light work of them as he rocketed round the course in a time of one hour 14 minutes 16 seconds.
That meant he took the victory by over a minute out of a field of just over 100 riders.
A club spokesman said: “It is many years since a club member has won the Wheelers Hilly Time Trial and Oli’s victory was well deserved and confirms his excellent performance.
“His victory won him the Dave Woodward Memorial Trophy.”
Fellow Wheelers Joe Bennett and Naomi Holt took the awards for the top male and female young riders while other times from the Welwyn club were Keith Stockwell (1:23:49), Fraser Hillcoat (1:28:28), Andy Brown (1:33:43) and Alex Peeke (1:36:23).
Elsewhere Tom Sharples won the U16 event at the March Hare Circuit Race at Stratford with a well judged sprint while Dylan Starkey was victorious in the U12 race ahead of Fin Woodliffe in fourth, the same position as Beth Bennett in the U14 girls event.
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