Welland Valley Cycling Club
The next SEM Track day is with us in less than 2 weeks, on SUNDAY 12th June at 15:00.
This month it is a shorter, 1-hour session, and so the options for us are more limited. What we have decided to do is to go with a single group all learning/improving their team pursuit/TT skills. What that means is that we will be in groups of 4 or 5, working together with those of a similar pace.
Hopefully at the end of the session, we can have a little bit of friendly competition. If you need any inspiration, take a look back to the 2012 Olympics here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNpfLyzXRdE.
I expect the price will stay the same (£15), as we’ll be on the track for as much as our legs can take, depending on how many people are involved.
Anyone needing to rent a bike will find that will be cheaper though.
So this is a session for those who are confident on the track, but want to build experience working with others in a team situation. You don’t have to be the fastest, as we’ll find people who are of similar pace to work together; and in this discipline the skill of the team is to work the strongest riders more than the weaker ones.
For your diary, the following sessions are all booked with Derby. All are 2-hours long on the Saturday evening slot, 19:00 – 21:00.
Over the last few days Welland Valley members have featured in the midweek closed circuit racing events.
On a Tuesday night the Whizz Kids continue to lock elbows with the best regional youth cyclists. With races for all ages from under 8’s to under 16’s the racing is short, fast and frantic on the Mallory Park circuit.
The girls rode brilliantly with Izzy Macswiney finished a strong 4th in the Under 8’s, the trio of Mia Hopkins, 3rd , Hannah Henderson 6th & Brooke Traynor 7th packed well in the Under 10’s. Fay Garner sprinted majestically to 2nd in the under 12’s.
Rudy Killworth rodes another consistent race to finish 4th, Edward Hopkins led a strong trio of friends in 4th place with Kian Traynor 5th & George Timmins 6th. In a strong U14 boys race Matt Garner finished strongly in 9th.
On Thursday evening Josh van Nierop ‘nailed’ a great sprint to finish 3rd in the latest event at Rockingham Speedway. John Ellis once again timed his lung for the line to perfection to grab 9th . Welland ‘old boys’ also featured in the results with Ollie Taylor (Wellingborough Cycles) a clear winner and Louis Killworth (Broomwagon RT) finishing 4th.
Amy Garner once again found the Milton Keynes Bowl to her likening as she sprinted to 3rd place in the Thursday night race series.
Not even a fall could stop Tim Smith from featuring in the results in the latest round of the N&DCA time trial series.
The 19 mile challenge starting from Litchborough was made even more challenging as wet conditions made the corners extremely slippery. It was on one of the corners time found himself taking to the grass verge and falling into a bed of stinging nettles.
He wasted no time and with his adrenalining pumping he recorded a time of 45 minutes 25 seconds to finish 8th.
Matt Plews also commented he felt his wheels move sideways on one of the many corners, Matt set a time of 47:16.
The fastest rider was James Gelsthorpe - Peterborough CC - 42.47.
Michael Burke secured impressive results over the weekend in totally contrasting events.
On Saturday evening the Welland Valley rider dusted down his track bike and took to the boards in the Olympic Velodrome in London to contest the 'Full Gas' Track meet. In a series of events Michael managed to pick up 5th in the first scratch race and a top 10 in the elimination after getting boxed in on the inside. In the last race of the night Burke contested a 50 lap points race, during the laps he scored in the first 2 sprints, constantly in the mix he was just piped for points in the fourth sprint but managed to secure a top 10 placing.
After a long drive home and power nap Michael was back on the start line less than 12hrs after he stepped of the track to ride an 80 mile road race.
In a good quality field the 80 mile challenge was based in the Welland Valley and featured numerous ascents of 'Devils Staircase', a local notoriuos climb near Great Easton.
With riders constantly attacking the bunch Michael sat safely in the bunch still recovering the from the previous nights racing. As the miles clicked by Michael started to feel OKish as his fitness and hard training was starting to pay off. In the last few laps a one rider escaped the bunch so the bunch contested the sprint for 2nd place.
The finishline was situated at the top of the climb and Burke used all his strength to sprint to a fantastic 7th place.