Report: Welwyn Track League (May 25)

Report on the Friday Night Track League at Welwyn Garden City where a warm sunny evening attracted lots of riders ready to race

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Peter Waghorn (organiser) reports … The warm sunny evening produced a good number of competitors in both the senior and youth categories but the start of the meeting was delayed due to a crash in the pre-race warm up period and a visit from the para medics and an ambulance. No major casualties but a reduced event programme for the evening due to the time loss.

Ollie Plumley was in good form in the Senior B League winning both the opening 10 lap scratch and the 10 lap Block Handicap with a strong sprint finish. John McClelland won the opening Senior A League 10 lap scratch from young Kristian Woolf who was in sparkling form for the whole evening. The opening laps of the 10 lap Block Pursuit saw the ‘Odd’numbers led by Kristian Woolf open up a small lead but the group then fragmented following pressure from the more co-ordinated Even number group who piled on the pressure to come home in the fastest time of the year equivalent to just over 30mph. At the line John McLeland won from Josh Maynard and Trevor Burke.

The closing 10 mile was a cracker – a three man group – Mike Broadwith, Kristian Woolf and Sam Gilzean attacked maintained a high pace and built up a sizeable lead and by half distance were almost lapping the bunch. Sam Gilzean lost contact and the bunch saw the danger and split in two. The trio eliminated the residue of the bunch and within a few laps caught the field. With three laps left Broadwith attacked again Woolf got across to join him and then out sprinted him at the line to conclude an excellent race and high praise for the leading duo.

In the youth categories Luke Morgan and Mitchell Powell dominated the A and B/C groups. Honours in the C/D/E group went to Tom Durkin, Amy mavelly and Kathryn Anderson

Senior A
10 lap scratch – John McClelland (Prestige) Kristian Woolf (Prestige) Trevor Burke (Finchley RT)
10 lap Block Pursuit – John McClelland (Prestige) Josh Maynard (Welwyn Whs) Trevor Burke (Finchley RT)

10 mile – Kristian Woolf (Prestige) Mike Broadwith (Shorter Rochford) John McClelland (Prestige)

Senior B
10 lap scr – Ollie Plumley (Welwyn Whs) Ken Roesner (Kings Lynn) Simon Best (North Road)
10 lap Block Handicap – Ollie Plumley (Welwyn Whs) Richard Norris (Colchester) Ken Roesner (Kings Lynn)

Youth A
10 lap scratch – Luke Morgan , Jordan Mooney, Lucy Harper (all Welwyn)
Devil – Luke Morgan , Sam Dossett, Jordan Mooney (all Welwyn)
6 lap handicap – Luke Morgan, Bethany Hayward, Jordan Mooney (all Welwyn)

Youth BC
5 lap scr – Mitchell Powell (Chelmer) Frank Longstaff (Colchester) Adam Looker (Colchester)
Devil – Mitchell Powell (Chelmer) Frank Longstaff (Colchester) James Jackson (Colchester)
5 Lap H’Cap – Glen Dossett, Michael Parry, Will Raymond (all Welwyn)

Youth CDE
3lap scr – Tom Street, Alexi Edward, Millie Gage (all Welwyn)
3 lap H’cap A – Alexi Edwards , Tom Strret, Tom Durkin (all Welwyn)
4 lap H’cap – Alexi Edwards, Kathryn Anderson, Tom Street (all Welwyn)



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