Welwyn Wheelers dominate at cyclocross double-header

PUBLISHED: 14:17 13 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 13 September 2016

Elspeth Grace

Elspeth Grace


Welwyn Wheelers’ cyclocross riders dominated the results at two Eastern Cyclocross League races at the weekend.

Redbridge Cycling Centre in North London (Hog Hill) was the venue for Saturday’s event with 13 Wheelers present.

Rupert Cavill won the U10 race, beating team-mate Finn Woodliffe, by 22 seconds. Woodliffe crashed in the first lap but fought back to follow Cavill over the line.

Thomas Dixon rode in the U12 category and finished 11th.

Five riders rode in the combined U14 and U16 youth race.

National champion Ben Tullett (Beeline Cycles RT) held off Wheelers’ Oliver Stockwell who finished second U16 boy.

Joe Kiely finished third in the race and was first U14 boy by four minutes.

Tom Sharples had a crash and a puncture but still finished eighth overall and third U14 boy.

Euan Woodliffe finished 14th (seventh U14 boy) in his first race as an U14, moving up from 15 minute races last year to 30 minute races this year.

Michael Sumner finished in 24th (13th U14 boy).

Next up was the women’s and veteran men’s (50 plus) race.

Elspeth Grace, riding in this age group for the first time, was first woman by a wide margin, completing six laps in 48 minutes 58 seconds.

Martin Dossett and James Robertson rode in the men’s 40+ race. Dossett finished 14th and Robertson 26th.

In the final race the senior and junior men raced for an hour.

Michael Parry finished in fifth place and was first junior rider.

Nathan Blackmore, riding his first race in the open category, was fourth junior (13th overall).

On Sunday racing moved to Springfield Park in Chelmsford.

The course included three sets of steps and two sets of hurdles.

Thirteen Welwyn Wheelers competed across all but the U10 race.

Dylan Starkey rode a strong race and finished 7th in the U12 race.

In the youth race, Oliver Stockwell again finished second behind the national champion and more than a minute ahead of third place.

Joe Kiely crashed but still finished fifth overall and first U14 boy.

Lauren Higham had a close race to finish second U16 girl (11th overall).

Tom Sharples punctured and crashed but finished 19th (seventh U14 boy). Michael Sumner finished 24th in a field of 55.

In the men’s and women’s veteran 50 plus race Elspeth Grace was first woman with Kinetic Cycles Welwyn Racing’s Sophia Chastell almost two minutes behind, having slipped her chain. Team-mate Elanor Cadzow finished as fourth woman home.

Wheelers had three riders in the veteran men 40-49 category.

Keith Stockwell finished in eighth, two minutes 13 seconds behind the winner.

Martin Dossett finished 20th with Alex Peake 22nd.

In the final race of the day, Michael Parry again rode strongly.

After an hour of racing Parry finished 10th overall and second junior.

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