Welland Valley Cycling Club
A small band of 'crossers' warmed up for tomorrows madness as they contested round 5 of the Central League at Milton Keynes Bowl. In complete contrast to conditions one month ago the circuit was fast and furious as the course swooped up and down the external amphitheatre.
Elana-Rose Feraday maintained her grip on the under 10's girls category with an excellent victory.
Baulked at the start Huw Wilson and Joel Ayears showed great determination in the under 12's to challenge in the top 20. Huw ducked and dived to 8th and Joel produced another consistent performance to finish 17th.
David Wilson and Andrew Ayears loved the dry conditions as it meant no cleaning of their machines this evening. Both were locked in tight battles as David finished 50th and Andrew 73rd.
Junior member Fraser Ayears finished a high quality 6th after tight race battling for 5th. Fraser continues to show great promise for the future.
The madness of a very busy October weekend ...
Saturday AM -
Winter training tomorrow 9am at Sibbertoft all welcome for a few laps of the Naseby circuit.
Saturday PM -
Whizz Kids, round 8 of the Aldens Electrical Racing League takes place at Misterton Hall, Lutterworth on Saturday starting at 2:00pm. The youngsters will be racing on the under 12's cyclo-cross course laid out Misterton Madness on Sunday.
Sunday AM -
Club run 9am from The Square for a steady 50 ish miles of social bunch riding.
Sunday ALL DAY -
A billion leaves and twigs cleared, 200 hrs of course building, 7km of course marking tape, 250 stakes, 400 hot dogs (thank you Claire & Lorna) , approx 600 competitors, over 100 trees hugged, 250 children's prizes and volunteers gift, 30 odd barriers, over 30 signs, a small band of volunteers and cycling club 'bake off' challenge all contributes to one of the cycling clubs major promotions for 2016, the Misterton Madness, round 6 of the West Midlands League Cyclo-cross League.
The action starts at 10:15am with a variety of different age related races during the day.
Have a fantastic weekend on and off the bike, be safe and don't forget to wave.
Tickets are now on sale for the WVCC annual awards evening.
The evening will be held on Saturday 26th November 2015 and tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis.
Ticket sales will close on Friday 18th November. Tickets cost £25.00 for adults and £15.00 for children.
The evening will include a three course meal, Martin Johnson will be our guest speaker, there will also be a table quiz, sprint raffle and awards presentation.
We will be holding sprint raffle on the evening and we would appreciate the donation of raffle prizes, these can be handed to any committee member.
The proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the local Air Ambulance.
Plan of the course for this weekends racing at Misterton.
The Whizz Kids session on Saturday will be racing on the Under 12s, 10s, & 8s course.
For round 6 of the WMCCL on Sunday please note the starting loop for all events from Youth upwards.
Welland Valley CC cross riders endured a mixture of conditions on technical courses based around sports pitches.
On Saturday Dom Switzer and Eleanor Partridge made the short trip to Bingham today to contest a round of the Notts & Derby Cyclo-cross League.
The course at Bingham is always a favourite with the more technically proficient riders as it includes the fearsome ‘bank of doom’ and with fairly dry conditions was eminently rideable the Wednesday night skills had prepared them perfectly. Both showed good skills and rode intelligently.
Eleanor was a strong 8th Under 14 girl and Dom finished a superb 2nd in the Under 12s. Both pleased with their performances in a very strong league.
With overnight and early morning rain round 4 of the Central League staged at the Cedars Upper School, Leighton Buzzard saw the first ‘mud’ of the season. The course featured bank climbs, cambers, a sand pit and tight corners. All of the competitors needed to show high levels of concentration as they fought to stay up-right and maintain traction, in some sections it was quicker to shoulder the bike and run.
Revelling in the conditions the entire ‘yellow’ machine produced excellent results. Elana-Rose Ferraday once again dominated the girls under 10’s race with a fine win which also saw her second in the combined boys and girls race. Huw Wilson faced the ‘Team Keyne’ mafia and put in another strong performance to sprint to 5th place as Milton Keynes took the top four places. Joel Ayears loved the conditions and made a great improvement to finish 17th. Vic Barnett dominated his age group in the Over 70’s and rode to take 13th in the Over 50’s race.
Sarah Vigrow found her new cross bike was a fantastic machine as she cornered at speed on her way to 7th veteran lady. Fraser Ayears finished 11th junior as he continues to develop great skills, pipping Fraser was Josh van Nierop (Broomwagon RT) a friend of the cycling club and training partner.
Hans van Nierop maintained a league top 15 position in the Over 40’s with 13th as he enjoyed the running section as he galloped through the mud. Adrian Killworth, David Wilson and Andrew Ayears both enjoyed the tricky conditions as the battled in the hotly contested age group to finish 38th, 45th and 48th
Next weekend Welland Valley CC will host round 6 of the West Midlands League at Misterton Hall.
Misterton Hall is a very popular course is expected to attract over 600 competitors as the woodland and meadows will test the rider’s strength, speed, agility and stamina.
A full programme of racing starts at 10:15am with the final event at 14:15pm