Young Wheelers impress at Milton Keynes

PUBLISHED: 13:02 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

WELWYN Wheelers youth cycle squad riders are hoping for a successful season following impressive performances at their 2008 opener. The action took place last Saturday when 10 riders made the trip to Milton Keynes to race at the MK Bowl. Welwyn had ride

WELWYN Wheelers' youth cycle squad riders are hoping for a successful season following impressive performances at their 2008 opener.

The action took place last Saturday when 10 riders made the trip to Milton Keynes to race at the MK Bowl.

Welwyn had riders entered in all five age groups, from Under-8 to Under-16, and claimed three podium finishes.

Tom Street and Tom Durkin recorded second and third places respectively in the Under-8's event.

However, the ride of the day came from Will Street, who not only won the U10 race but managed to lap all the riders up to fifth place.

This race also saw a good performance from debutant Isobel Scott, who finished in fourth place and second girl.

Club chair Peter Waghorn, who was lending his support to the young riders, said: "This is a very good start for our young riders, particularly as a number of them have not raced anywhere other than on the track at Welwyn."

Welwyn fielded three Under-12 riders with Chloe Evans finishing as second girl and sixth overall. Nick Brown and Sophie Scott also produced solid performances.

Alex Anderson and George Bateman put in good displays the U14 event, but paid the price for doing too much work early on and suffered as the pace increased at the end of the 15 laps.

They eventually finished fifth and sixth respectively after a crash 10 metres from the line saw one rider disqualified and one fail to finish.

Tom Gallacher finished sixth in the last race of the day in what was a strong field.

Waghorn added: "It's great to see the youngsters racing.

"They are all products of our Saturday club sessions at Gosling and we hope to have at least the same number of riders again who we will be encouraging to come along and give racing a try later in the season."

Wheelers will take a break from racing this weekend to attend a memorial celebration for former club member Peter Bissell.

Senior and youth riders will be out in force the following week attending the Hillingdon Circuit to support each other.

Welwyn Wheelers can be contacted via their website www.welwynwheelers.org.uk


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