Delight for Welwyn Wheelers as Joe Kiely crowned new national criterium champion

PUBLISHED: 14:34 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:34 11 July 2017

Welwyn Wheelers' Joe Kiely leads the bunch at the U14 National Championship.

Welwyn Wheelers' Joe Kiely leads the bunch at the U14 National Championship.

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Welwyn Wheelers have a new national champion in their ranks - with Joe Kiely the latest to wear the iconic national bands.

Racing at the British Cycling Youth Circuit National Championships, held at Milton Keynes, Kiely instigated the winning three-man break in the U14 race before beating his attacking counterparts to the line.

He will now wear the British national jersey, the senior version of which is currently being paraded by Steve Cummings at the Tour de France, and has been worn by the likes of Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The race on Sunday saw an early break reeled in, which was the catalyst for Kiely’s counter-attack.

He was joined by Fin Pickering and Josh Charlton and the trio worked well together to build up a winning lead.

And as they approached the finish Kiely attacked once again, crossing the line one second ahead.

A spokesman for the club said: “It was a magnificent result and a well-deserved victory for Joe who has been on sparkling form this year.”

In total the Wheelers had five riders at the event across the age groups.

Also on Sunday a number of Wheelers riders were at Redbourn Common for the Fete du Velo races run by Verulam Cycling Club from St Albans.

Xavier Knott won the opening U8 category race by a good margin with Harry Hayter sixth.

In the U10 race Rupert Cavill was second followed in by Dillon Knott and Jeremy Landon in third and fourth.

Beth Bennett and Henry Landon were third girl and boy in the U12 event.

Joe Bennett attacked with two laps to go in the U16 race and won by 10 seconds with Archie Peet taking second place in the sprint finish.

After a short break Bennett was back in action alongside Nathan Blackmore in the 45-minute long senior race.

And he rode well to finish in the main bunch in an extremely fast race.

In the Women’s race Leslie Courtney finished in fifth with Rachel Dunne seventh.

The Wheelers will be running the Welwyn Petit Tour in the centre of WGC on Sunday.

The first race is at 10.35am and there will be a full programme of events for the various age groups.

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