Welland Valley Cycling Club
Around the country most road racers or testers are reviewing their season’s successes or failures and already planning for 2015. One Welland Valley CC rider, Michael Burke, is still racing hard as we move into November.
9 months of hard racing has seen the novice bunch racer in March develop into a dedicated gutsy quality bike rider who has moved from the entry level of 4th Cat to 2nd Cat, since achieving 2nd Cat status Michael has amassed a whooping 142 points.
Last Sunday Michael travelled to Chobham to contest the latest round of the Surrey League 90km road race.
As lone rider Michael had to capitalise on the strong team riding by a number of London based clubs and ride a calculated race. After 2hours 20 minutes the race flowed like riding a roller coaster has the pattern was attack, chase, attack, freewheel and chase. It came down to bunch sprint with Michael finishing a rewarding 4th place.
This weekend Michael will once again take to the start line ..
Welland Valley CC riders, Amy Garner and James Garratt, are two cyclists who this year are stepping up a level to compete on the National stage.
Both travelled to Southampton to contest Round 2 of the National Trophy Series at Bassett Sports Centre. The Southampton course is notorious for being a ‘mud bath’ but after the recent mild spell the course was hard and fast.
Amy was contesting the Under 16’s Girls category. After an electric start Amy was confidently sitting in 4th place until she unfortunately crashed and unshipped her chain. As the young lady regained her composure and got her chain realigned she set off with great to determination as she was distanced from the head of the race. Amy displayed a great desire and drive to pull back the riders in front.
Time was running out as the bell sounded for the final lap, after 40 minutes of racing Amy finished an excellent 7th but on reflection felt it could have been so much different.
Junior rider James Garratt continues to improve in every cycling discipline he participates in. James also got a fantastic start, something both riders have been working on at mid-week skills. The course produced an exciting race as the Juniors fought for every inch of the course and battled on every corner. James was in the mix as the top 8 riders were within 30 seconds of each other. The riders started to jostle for positions as they entered the final third of the race. Like Amy James was about to be dealt a cruel blow when he suffered a mechanical resulting in a run to the pits for his spare machine. By this point James had plummeted down the field. James battled back to finish a very frustrated 12th.
After two rounds James is currently 10th overall and Amy is 7th in her age group.
Both James and Amy have received some good news as they have been selected to represent the East Midlands in the Inter-regional Championships in a few weeks. The East Midlands team stand a very good chance of an overall victory.
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.