Welwyn find winning feeling as record numbers tackle Stanborough Park course
PUBLISHED: 10:09 30 September 2017
A record number of riders took part in the opening round of the Central Cyclo-cross League hosted by Welwyn Wheelers at Stanborough Park (south).
In total there was just over 450 riders taking part on Saturday in a number of races across the different age ranges, with the Wheelers represented by at least 50.
Those that weren’t racing were manning the various marshalling points around the course.
The events got underway at 10am and were completed by 2.20pm but the Wheelers had been setting up from 7am.
Welwyn had seven of the 24 riders in the U10 race, with Henry Landon taking seventh while Daniell Elliot was third out of 14 in the U8s.
Dylan Starkey won the U12 competition with Fin Woodliffe fifth, Rupert Cavill sixth and Dillon Knott ninth
The U16 race was won in convincing style by Archie Peet followed by Tom Sharples in fifth and Louis Sutton ninth.
Ellen Bennett was the first girl and Euan Woodliffe was on good form as the wins kept coming for the club in the U14 category.
The senior events all had massive numbers of riders, 88 in the 40+ category, and John Cavill led the Wheelers contingent home in 28th.
There were 11 riders in the junior boys race which produced a race long battle between former Wheeler Will Raymond and Joe Bennett.
Raymond ended up first, winning by a few bike lengths, with Nathan Blackmore in fourth spot.
The womens’ race had 30 riders and Rachel Dunne finished in 13th position with Freya Butler and Naomi Holt second and third juniors
On Sunday 10 Wheelers travelled to Basildon for round three of the Eastern League race.
Keith Stockwell was 10th in the 40+ race, Elspeth Grace won the womens’ race and Archie Peet came second in the U16 event.
Euan Woodlife notched up his second win of the weekend in the U14 event and Ellen Bennett first U16 girl
Dylan Starkey came fourth and Fin Woodliffe fifth in the U12 event.