Welland Valley Cycling Club
As the Cyclo-cross season gathers pace the ground conditions are starting to soften.
Velo Club Nottingham hosted Round 5 of the SRAM NDCXL at Bingham Leisure Centre. The course made the most of the banks and off-camber elements of the Leisure Centre grounds, and despite the ground not being quite as wet as many had expected or predicted, by the later races of the day technical skill did prove a slight advantage.
In the Youth event Louis Jakobson finished 20th, Amy Garner 26th (2nd School Girl). Amy is currently chasing selection for the East Midlands team for an event in November.
Jake Jakobson finished 58th in the Veterans race. James Garratt and Jake Hubbard produced excellent strong rides, Jake was first U23 and James was 2nd Junior.
Round 6 of the West Midlands Cyclo-cross League was held at The Heart of England Conference and Events Centre, Fillongley. The dry bright conditions didn’t stop sections of the course turning into a swamp as the mud was ankle deep. A strong number of Welland Valley members took to the start line across the age groups.
The younger members, called Whizz Kids, certainly lived up to their name as the produced an excellent string of results. Flori Switzer was 2nd Under 6 Girl, this was her first outing in the league.
In the Under 10’s race Dominic Switzer produced his best performance so far this season after being inspired by his younger sister. Dom claimed 5th place.
Fay Garner was hot on Doms heels as she won the Girls race and was a very impressive 8th Overall. Rudy Killworth was 12th proving the future looks bright.
In the Under 12’s race there was a titanic battle between club mates Thomas Danvers and Nicholas Wood.
After 15 minutes of racing Thomas finished 22nd just ahead of Nicholas in 24th. Eleanor Partridge moved up onto a bigger bike to finish 8th Girl, 38th Overall whilst Ben Haines contested his first race of season to finish 53rd.
The Youth race was run at a frantic pace even as sections of the course turned into a swamp. Amy Garner proved she could deliver back to back results with an emphatic victory in the Girls race and 18th Overall. Max Sillifant continues to improve and impress as he finished 21st . Proving that time on the bike training is starting to pay off. Oliver Haines battled on impressively on a new bike to finish 60th.
James Garratt made some bad choices and went slightly off-course but recovered to finish 4th Junior. Graham Atkins was the leading WVCC Veteran 50 plus finishing 28th Overall backed up by Andrew Wood 36th .
Adrian Killworth and Steve Coulam faced the worst conditions as they were required to run sections of the course on the flat. Adrian finished 18th in the Over 45 category, Steve 20th in the Over 40 category.
In the Central League Vic Barnett, Fraser and Andrew Ayears contested a tough event at Culham Park Moto Cross track. With lots of variation in height, plenty of sand and some nice long sections the race was a test of endurance.
Vic battled on to finish 6th in the Over 50’s race after an early crash saw him having to chase the race. Andrew and Fraser completed their events dialing in great skills to master a tough course. Results to follow.
Next weekend Welland Valley CC riders will be racing on home turf at Misterton Hall.
This morning saw the inaugural Welland Valley CC ladies ride. To be honest I thought it may well be just three of us turning up for a nice ride in the autumn sunshine.
I was thrilled when twelve ladies rolled out of the square and battled the horrid head wind as we pedalled towards Pitsford.
We enjoyed a coffee and cake stop at the reservoir cafe and then headed on our way.
We returned to Market Harborough having completed just over 35 miles. A huge thank you to the ladies that joined us, for your support and your endless chat. I hope this will be the first ride of many.
Our next ride will be Sunday 9th November meeting at Cafe Nero at 9am.
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.