Witham Wheelers Cyclo-Cross 12th/13th Oct – Photos in Gallery

Missed a few names out from our Go-Ride section who took part, apologies for that, great to see so many of them taking part in the conditions, hopefully they will come back for more!!

U9s: Henry Bennett 12th
U12s: Rhys Browne 17th, Samuel Crowley 28th.
Also a point of note
At the Scunthorpe race, Charlotte Crowley was also a winner (as the only entrant in the U9 girls!), completing the clean sweep of wins that day for WW in the girls’ races.
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Witham Wheelers promoted the 2nd round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross league, moving to a new venue at Stoke Rochford after many years at Stroxton. By kind permission of Stoke Rochford Estates we had use of a partly wooded area and extensive parkland with a valley crossing it. The varied topography enabled a very challenging 1.1 mile course with 110ft of climbing per lap to be created and completely taped out, thanks to support from Jackson Build Base of Grantham in supplying the tape to mark out the course

With the rain continuing into the morning the course soon started to cut up as the first under 16 race got underway. In the boys it was the Galpin twins from Bourne who soon started to gap the rest with Alex winning by 35 seconds from Dan. In the girls Witham Wheeler Amy Kolbert had another excellent ride looking strong throughout to finish in 14th overall and first girl by over 3 minutes from Paige Elding of Sleaford

The under 9s was a really competitive affair with the usual youthful enthusiasm undimmed by the now heavy rain with Witham wheeler Noah Lane taking an early lead before almost being chased down by clubmate Max Kolbert but holding on by 5 seconds with Tomas Kent (team Hup) only 1 second further back in third. Other club riders Lewis Miller in 6th, Jacob Crowley in 11th and Charlotte Crowley 18th.

The Under 12s was a clear win by Harrison Evans of Sleaford whs. Isla Kolbert is getting better every week finishing 7th overall after overhauling teammate Joshua Lane on the last lap first as Joshua lost time with mechanical issues. Other club riders Oliver Bailey 11th, Sam Grunday 14th, Zak Walker 20th, Annabelle Gould 21st, Oliver Wix 23rd, Daniel Lupton, 35th and Bradley Lupton 36th

76 riders took to the start line in the Veterans race, with the rain now easing up the course was really starting to cut-up in places, adding staying upright to the challenge of the hills. The race was won by Steve Wood (Geared Up & CN Cycles RT) finishing 6 laps in 39.31. Paul Conneely was the best of the Witham Wheelers in 26th (6th vet 50) with a couple of incidents slowing down his usual progress. Simon Cocker was riding well not far behind Paul for most of the race but lost a few places on the penultimate lap as he found that changing line on deep mud, on an adverse camber wasn’t a good idea but held on for 33rd overall and 2nd in the vet 60 category. Sean East was 50th (24th Vet 40) still not finding his form yet this season, Adam Kolbert 60th (38th Vet 40), Dave Miller 63rd (5th Vet 60), Mark Bailey 65th (20th vet 50) in his first cross race for 3 years

The final race combines the senior men with the ladies whose race finish around the 40 minute mark while the men race for an hour. Jo Tindley (Campinese – Velo Performance) a national road rider was a clear winner by some 3 minutes. Leading club rider was Julie Clark 7th overall (4th vet) struggling to be competitive after opting for a mountain bike rather than a cross bike. Fiona Kolbert was only 30 second behind Julie in 8th, looking better every race in her first full season.

The mens race was a demonstration by George Thompson from Sleaford who is normally challenging the top 10 in the national cross series, to win by almost 5 minutes from Matt Ellis of Spalding who has been road racing in France this year. Adam Egner was riding well in the top 10 until a mechanical forced him to retire on the 4th lap while brother Reece retired on the 5th lap

It was with some trepidation that we awaited riders reactions on the day but riders were unanimous in agreeing that this was one of the hardest but most enjoyable venues that has been used on the Lincolnshire circuit, with the heavy overnight rain adding an extra dimension (mud) to the event, which is perversely enjoyed by many cross riders.

Well done to Ian Rayson for having the vision and contacts to secure this new venue, and then setting out such an excellent course, Dave Beckett for organising and all the other club members who helped to make this event such a success.

Full Results

Next Sunday 20th October Sleaford Wheelers hold their round of the league, again trying out a new venue at Screddington.

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Race / Rider information

Witham Wheelers Rider Info Pack

As usual we are organizing a round of the Linc’s Cyclo-Cross league (Sunday 13th Oct), this year at a new exciting venue at Stoke Rochford Hall, approached from Cringle Road, Post Code NG33 5EG, thanks to Ian Rayson for his work on this.

Dave Beckett again is the man in charge and will be looking for volunteers on the day for marshalling etc. First race starts at 10.15 so could any helpers please be there by 9.30

We will finish laying the course out on Saturday from around 9.00am, if you would like to help or get a preview of the course then please come along. It looks like being a challenging but hopefully fun course.