Welwyn Wheelers add some fine results to successful cycling event in Welwyn GC

PUBLISHED: 08:59 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:59 19 July 2017

Some of the Welwyn Wheelers at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Some of the Welwyn Wheelers at the Welwyn Garden Petit Tour. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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A successful cycling event in Welwyn Garden City town centre brought some good results for host club Welwyn Wheelers.

The Welwyn Petit Tour saw hundreds of cyclists descend on the circuit around Howardsgate and Parkway for 10 races while plenty of spectators enjoyed the entire day.

The racing got under way at 10.35am and was finished at 6pm, by which point the course had to be cleared up, the barriers removed and the roads 
re-opened by 8pm.

Prizes for the youth events were donated by local companies and there were lots of stalls in the central area run by various clubs plus a number of food stalls

The Wheelers best result came in the U14 boys’ race.

The club’s British champion showed his domination and form by lapping the field on his way to victory.

But behind he was followed across the line by Tom Sharples and Euan Woodliffe as the Wheelers completed a one-two-three result.

Lauren Higham added to the joy in the U14s by taking third in the girls’ race.

Beth Bennett brought the club a second success by winning in the U12 girls.

Elsewhere there were second places for Xavier Knott in the U8s and Fin Woodliffe in the U10s, where Rupert Cavill also finished third.

Dylan Starkey was third in the U12 boys as did Jamie Dene in the U16 boys.

However, that particular race wasn’t the best for the Wheelers as team-mates Oli Stockwell and Joe Bennett crashed into each and were forced to retire.

In the senior events Rachel Dunne was eighth in the women’s race, the same position as Steve Dunne claimed in the 
masters’ event.

A spokesman for the club said: “It was a very busy Sunday for the Wheelers.

“There were lots of helpers needed to set up and marshal the course and organise the racing.

“Ten races were run during the day starting with the U10s and finishing with the senior category two and three race.

“In total 120 youth riders plus 130 senior riders competed in the various races.

“In addition there were a number of fun events like a 10-minute scootathon plus a one hour junior sportive where riders completed as many laps of the course as they wished.”

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