Welland Valley Cycling Club
Once again at our Annual Awards evening, this Saturday, we will be holding a 'sprint raffle' on the evening and we would appreciate the donation of raffle prizes, these can be brought along on the evening.
The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to Cyclists Fighting Cancer, a charity that provide a unique and highly effective way of helping children with cancer through activity and exercise.
They give new bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people who have been affected by cancer throughout the UK.
With no West Midlands League race this weekend, Welland Valley CC riders travelled across the country to maintain a good presence of ‘yellow’ (or blue with rainbow bands) in the fields of Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Buckinghamshire.
Huw and David Wilson made the short trip to Markeaton Park, Derby for round 8 of the Notts and Derby League. On a bitterly cold morning the overnight night snow thawed to turn the top two inches of the course into mud, beneath the mud the ground was still frozen and more like an ice skating ring. Huw made the correct decision to race in full thermals in the 20 minutes race around a technical course. After a strong start the young Whizz Kid was soon in the thick of the action as the mud and fallen leaves soon hampered the youngster and caused him to stop twice to clear the mud from his frame. As Huw crossed the finish line in 36th Under 12 boy he wasted no time getting more clothes on to beat the chill. David contested the Veterans event, after being gridded towards the rear he was soon charging through the back markers. As the race wore on the ground conditions worsened as the mud and leaves clung to the bikes making it impossible at times to propel forward. Normal lightweight bikes now weighed a ton as riders had to stop to unclog their machines. Rumour has it David was on flyer… we will never as due to a missing transponder from David’s ankle. The transponder was left in the warmth of his car.
RAF Cranwell was the location for a small band of Welland riders in the Lincolnshire League.
Still very cold but the ground conditions were a complete contrast to Derby as there was virtually no mud. In the Under 12’s race Rudy Killworth and Faye Garner as visitors had to start at the back of the grid. Both used their excellent skillage to pass their fellow competitors on the flat grassland course. Rudy managed to finish first Under 10 and Faye was first Under 12 girl, great rides by both in cold conditions.
In the ladies race Amy Garner was a great 2nd place and coped well with a long run-up and technical off-camber climbs. Adrian Killworth and Vic Barnett rode strongly in the Veterans race. The pace was quick as the ground held firm. Vic finished 33rd and Adrian 3 places further back. Both commented that they enjoyed the race and came away happy.
Steve Welch is ‘loving’ his maiden cross season, more used to time-trialling the veteran rider knows how to maintain good speed and deliver a consistent effort. In the latest round of the Central League was held in Dinton Pastures Country Park, Wokingham. The park course was an excellent mix of climbs, mud and sand. Steve rode a great race turning on the power when required to flow round the course to finish 29th.
About The Club
Welland Valley Cycling Club has over 150 senior members and Welland Valley Whizz Kids, which caters for young persons aged from 5 to 14 has over 150 members.
Based in Market Harborough, our membership is drawn mainly from South and West Leicestershre and North Northamptonshire.
The club caters for leisure and racing cyclists, both male and female, young and old.
Our road and circuit racers, time triallists, mountain bikers and cyclocross riders compete successfully all over the country.
Many members participate in sportives and audax events.
For the leisure rider there are regular group rides throughout the year.
Welland Valley Cycling Club is a Clubmark accredited club. We have qualified coaches specializing in particular areas of cycling. An important part of our Whizz Kids programme is the development of cycling skills, as well as giving young people an opportunity to sample cycle racing.