Huge numbers compete in comp at Gosling

PUBLISHED: 10:41 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:08 26 October 2009

FINE weather and almost windless conditions brought a huge turnout for last Friday s Welwyn Track League meeting at the Gosling Sports Park. Local rider George Olive was too quick for top national cyclist Tony Gibb in the opening 10 lap scratch for Group

FINE weather and almost windless conditions brought a huge turnout for last Friday's Welwyn Track League meeting at the Gosling Sports Park.

Local rider George Olive was too quick for top national cyclist Tony Gibb in the opening 10 lap scratch for Group A riders thanks to a fine finishing burst from 200m out.

Gibb made amends in the Devil, while last year's league champion, John McClelland, took the 10 lap block handicap from Lewis Atkins and fast-improving Team Welwyn rider Phil Lisher.

Andrew Elderfield won the opening Group B 10 lap scratch, plus the points race. Those performances helped gain him promotion to the A group for the next few weeks along with Laurie Bone, who has been consistently notching up points in the senior B section.

The senior 10 mile was run at a frantic but steady pace until five riders escaped with seven laps to go.

This was reduced to three riders - Tony Gibb, Lewis Atkins, Digby Symons - with five to remaining.

Symons lost contact and was swallowed up by the bunch, leaving Tony Gibb to win alone with Lewis Atkins a worthy second. George Olive took the bunch sprint for third place, with the winning time 21.03.

Ben Bailey cleaned up in the Youth A races, while Ryan Owens did the same in the Youth B section.

First-timer Ed Ballan, of West Suffolk Wheelers, showed remarkable speed in the Youth C events to battle it out with a plethora of local Welwyn riders.


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