Review: Young Fareham Wheelers Riders Successful Season


2013 has been an incredible year for the ever growing Youth and Junior section of Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club, with  riders having enjoyed multiple successes at local, regional and national level.

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2013 has been an incredible year for the ever growing Youth and Junior section of Fareham Wheelers Cycling Club, as over the course of the racing season the young riders have enjoyed multiple successes at local, regional and national level.



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Notable moments include Brendan Drewett’s victories in the Winchester Criterium Under 16 race, London Prudential U16 Youth GP and 1st place representing the British Cycling South team in the Inter-Regional Youth Scratch Race in the newly opened Glasgow Velodrome! He finished the season ranked 2nd overall in the National Male A (under 16) category.

Izzy Brickell and Caitlin Peters both took victories in the Winchester Criterium U10/U8 and U12 girls races respectively. Izzy also took 6th overall in the U10/U8 combined boys and girls overall in the Portsmouth Cycle Track League, with Jack Grabham in 11th after taking part in only 4 of the 20 counting events. Izzy’s brother, first year U16 James Brickell rode to an impressive 9th in the U16 boys overall.

Caitlin, now the highest ranked U12 girl in the UK, also took top podium spots at the British Schools National U11 Girls Hill Climb, Hard Track Championships, Calshot U12 Girls track league, and first overall in the U12 Portsmouth Cycle Track League – a true talent to watch for the future, Caitlin is also one of only a handful of girls in the UK who are competitive with the fastest U12 boys in the country.

Also victorious in the British Schools Cycling Association (BSCA) was Vaughan Marris took the U11 boys British Schools National Hard Track Champion title and the U11 Regional Best All Rounder title! Vaughan also finishes 2nd overall in the U12 boys South Circuit 2013 Season Long Competition and finished 2nd in the U12 Portsmouth Cycle Track League.

Caitlin and Vaughan are also joined in the U12 Portsmouth Cycle Track League overall standings by Matthew Day who sits in a well deserved 7th place, a big achievement with 7 counting events missed. He also achieved a great 3rd place in the BSCA National Hill Climb Championship.

Brendan also won the U16 boys overall Portsmouth Cycle Track League, with FWCC’s Harvey Morcombe finishing second, and Alex Collins taking 2nd overall in the U14 Boys (and this in only his first season). Zena Healey also rode an impressive first season in the U14 girls, getting her fair share of podium spots . The U16 league races were often dominated by outstanding teamwork from FWCC, one highlight being the 1-2-3 on June 19th for Brendan, Harvey and Tim Goodhead respectively – and with the help of Doug Tandy, the ability of the four to work together also culminated in countless podium spots throughout the series. Doug having only entered a quarter of the 20 counting events finished in a very credible 14th in the U16 boys.

Junior rider Joe Donohue more than proved his worth with consistently high results, including a win in the Mountbatten Elite Men’s race and 7th place in the RTTC GHS 10 Mile Time Trial Championships in a field of 170 riders. Joe has also re-written a host of club Junior time trial records, and all in his first Junior year – and with many of the Youth riders moving up next year to join Joe in the Junior category the team is looking strong for 2014. Junior Chris Ewing will also be looking to make his mark next year, as after a very strong start a series of bad crashes saw much of a promising season eroded.

As the summer racing season ends the winter season begins. Another of our Junior riders, Joe Andrews is proving successful in the Wessex Cyclo Cross League winning the first 4 races, accompanied by regulars Harry Hailwood (an ever active Junior in the Portsmouth Cycle Track League and many local time trials), and Adama Newlove who was the first Junior Woman to finish in round two…

Many, many more of the club’s Youth and Junior riders not mentioned here have also performed outstandingly in events throughout the year, and for that the club thanks their tireless commitment to the sport and also to the club – FWCC would also like to recognize the often equally hardworking parents, grandparents, guardians and volunteers who’s help is imperative to making cycling a successful and enjoyable venture for our young members.

The club looks eagerly forward to 2014, and with the support of a local community grant from the Fareham Borough Council Community Action Team, has acquired a fleet of track bikes which offer great new opportunities for their young members.

FWCC welcomes new and prospective riders of all ages and abilities, whatever their cycling aspirations – please visit




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