Report – Mid Shropshire Wheelers Circuit Races


The windy weather didn’t deter riders from travelling to Shrewsbury Sports Village for round 3 of the Mid Shropshire Wheelers popular circuit races

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Report – Mid Shropshire Wheelers Circuit Races

Mid Shropshire Wheelers National Time Trial Champions take the senior honours at Shrewsbury Sports Village whilst Solihull CC’s Jack Rootkin-Gray gave the spectators something to cheer about but was denied on the line after a 6 lap solo breakaway.

The windy weather didn’t deter riders from travelling to Shrewsbury Sports Village for round 3 of the Mid Shropshire Wheelers popular circuit races and numbers were well up on the wet and windy round 2.

Regular Shrewsbury under 10 competitor Joshua Jackson from Lyme RC took the first honours of the day in a combined under 8 and under 10s boys race while a newcomer from Featherstone RC, Noah Scott-Wright took the under 8s win. Another regular competitor Bethany Bennett of Towy Riders was a worthy winner of the under 10 girls from North Devon Road Club, Dotty Baldaro in second and promoting clubs Rebecca Woodvine decided against the clubs GoSkyRideSocial ride to place 3rd. In the under 8 girls it was another North Devon Baldaro, sister Betsy who took the victory from Redditch RPCC Lauren Oldfield.

Familiar names filled the top spots in the Boys and Girls under 12s with Lichfield CCC Ben Askey and Mid Shropshire Wheelers Rhiannon Tansley taking deserved wins but it was the under 14s race which had the small but vocal group of spectators and parents excited. The strong wind was a deterrent but with 6 laps to go Jack Rootkin – Gray of Solihull CC decided he’d had enough of the negative racing and put in a blistering attack from the bottom hairpin.

6 laps solo seemed an impossible feat but this lad is made of strong stuff and he stuck to the task in hand, looking stylish throughout. Even the commissaire thought he’d got enough in hand of fast approaching bunch as he approached 100 metres but a sneak look behind with 50 metres to go was perhaps his undoing as he was caught on the line by National Cyclo Cross Champion, Lewis Askey of Lichfield CC. The gap according to the chip timing system 0.088 of a second!

Adversaries of old, Mid Shropshire Wheelers Devon Round and Will Lewis of Wolverhampton Wheelers rode a 2 up time trial for the majority of the under 16 boys race, sharing the work evenly until the last lap when there was a drag race sprint to the line, narrowly taken by the Wolverhampton rider.


Josef Feiven of Solihull showed a great turn of speed to take the bunch sprint for 3rd. In the under 16 girls, eyes were on local Esme Niblett of Mid Shropshire Wheelers to hopefully take honours but taking on a good group of girls in the dash to the line, she had to give best to Welsh riders, Sophie Williams and Megan James with Welwyn CC’s Kathryn Anderson 3rd and finished a close 4th.

In the Women’s race there was a much better turnout from the previous Women’s race and means the club will continue to offer Women’s only racing in it’s promotions despite pressure to drop it in favour of a 4th category Male race.

Kelly Murphy returned for more circuit race action after her 2nd place in the previous race at the Shrewsbury Sports Village and was strong throughout, breaking clear solo at one point but the danger was noted and she was slowly brought back by a group of 6 riders that formed as they shed the rest of the bunch during the chase.

7 riders stayed together and National Junior Time Trial Champion Hetty Niblett of Mid Shropshire Wheelers showed with great effect why you shouldn’t be afraid to open up the sprint if there’s a tailwind finish. Beaming as she crossed the line almost .5 second clear of Cardiff Jif CC Sophie Williams and M&D’s Alice Law.


The Men’s 3/4 Category race was oversubscribed with a week to go of the online entry system operated by British Cycling and it was speculative on the day entrants George Evans and Josh Housley who lit up the race and provided the ride of the day. Mid Shropshire Wheeler Evans, the current GHS 10 Mile Time Trial Joint Champion was denied a place in the Junior National Series , Tour of the Mendips and chanced an on the day entry here and on this showing should never be excluded from a National Series race again.

Housley of Beeston RC left the start line like a scalded cat and was quickly joined by Evans, despite being told before the race to be patient, West Mids Police CC’s Stephen Lynn and Mark McCann of Walsall’s Born to Bike. These 4 combined well together and despite holding a very tenuous lead in the first few laps were not troubled by the bunch.

What they were troubled with was the relentless pace of the Mid Shropshire Wheeler, as one by one they were unable to hold his wheel. On lap 17 of the 32 lap race Josh Housley finally gave best to the young George Evans and officials were left wondering if a 25 second gap would be enough to stay clear for a solo rider.

The gap stayed constant with only the customary last lap surge of the bunch making any headway into the lead of Evans. Ethan Davies of Wolverhampton Wheelers took the bunch sprint from Ed Hopper with Josh Housley recovering in the bunch to take a well deserved 5th place.


Thursday April 23rd is the next race at the Shrewsbury Sports Village with the start of the monthly evening races.

U8 Girls
1 Betsy Baldaro North Devon Wheelers – South F…
2 Lauren Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC
3 Jessica Bufton Hafren CC

U8 Boys
1 Noah Scott-Wright Featherstone RC
2 Ryan Oldfield Redditch Road & Path CC
3 Sebastian Ball Mid Shropshire Wheelers
4 George Richards
5 Josh White

U10 Girls
1 Bethany Bennett Towy Riders
2 Dotty Baldero North Devon Wheelers – South F…
3 Rebecca Woodvine Mid Shropshire Wheelers

Race U10 Boys
1 Joshua Jackson Lyme RC
2 Ben Marsh Heanor Clarion CC
3 Thomas White Wolverhampton Whls
4 Alexander Brown Halesowen A & CC
5 Max Bufton Hafren CC
6 Jake Parker Towy Riders
7 Izaak Curtis Lyme RC
8 Thomas Brookes Halesowen A & CC

Race U12 Girls
1 Rhiannon Tansley Mid Shropshire Wheelers
2 Daphne Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers
3 Frances Connolly Wolverhampton Whls

U12 Boys
1 Ben Askey Lichfield City CC
2 Alex Thomson Wolverhampton Whls
3 Samuel Hall Lyme RC
4 Matt Garner Welland Valley CC
5 Ben Lawrence Wyre Forest CRC
6 Joseph Brookes Halesowen A & CC
7 Sid Baldaro North Devon Wheelers – South F…
8 Henri Bedford Mid Shropshire Wheelers
9 Max Williams Climb On Bikes CC
10 Brandon Donovan Eastlands Velo
11 Sammy Gage Welwyn Wheelers CC
12 Sam Marsh Heanor Clarion CC
13 Nicholas English Mid Shropshire Wheelers
14 Jack Young Mid Shropshire Wheelers
15 Luka Stolic Mid Shropshire Wheelers

U14 Girls
1 Danielle Parker Towy Riders
2 Sophie White Wolverhampton Whls

U14 Boys
1 Lewis Askey Lichfield City CC
2 Jack Rootkin-Gray
3 Daniel Cooper Lichfield City CC
4 Thomas Mitchell Birkenhead North End CC
5 George Mills-Keeling Wolverhampton Whls
6 Jamie Crump Wyre Forest CRC
7 Farley Barber Lyme RC
8 Ryan Phillips Maindy Flyers Youth CC

U16 Girls
1 Sophie Williams Cardiff JIF
2 Megan James Abergavenny Road Club
3 Kathryn Anderson Welwyn Wheelers CC
4 Esme Niblett Mid Shropshire Wheelers
5 Gwenno Hughes Energy Cycles Junior Road Team
6 Alice Law Wolverhampton Whls
7 Millie Gage Welwyn Wheelers CC
8 Cadi Jones Energy Cycles Junior Road Team

U16 Boys
1 William Lewis Wolverhampton Whls
2 Devon Round Mid Shropshire Wheelers
3 Josef Feiven Solihull CC
4 Huw Owen Energy Cycles Junior Road Team
5 Adam Allison
6 James Duncalf Lyme RC
7 George Higgins Birkenhead North End CC
8 Aidan Morley Lyme RC
9 Morgan Petty Wolverhampton Whls
10 Joshua Sandman Climb On Bikes CC
11 Max Moss Birkenhead North End CC
12 Martin Whyatt Mid Shropshire Wheelers
13 Twm Bryn Energy Cycles Junior Road Team
14 Joshua Andrews Climb On Bikes CC
15 Matthew Sonn Climb On Bikes CC
16 Rory Evans Climb On Bikes CC

1 Hetty Niblett Mid Shropshire Wheelers
2 Sophie Williams Cardiff JIF
3 Alice Law M and D Cycles / Fusion RT / W…
4 Catherine Coley Ludlow CC
5 Melanie Potter Bromsgrove Olympique CC
6 Frances White Team Jadan
7 Kelly Murphy
8 Jessica Holohan Paramount CRT
9 Julie Cooper Lichfield City CC
10 Kirsti Wells Revolutions Racing
11 Adeeba Zachary Swansea University RT-LeisureT…
12 Sahrah Wilding Hafren CC
13 Jackie Harris Hafren CC

1 George Evans Mid Shropshire Wheelers
2 Ethan Davies Wolverhampton Whls
3 Ed Hopper
4 Ceri Middleton Climb On Bikes CC
5 Josh Housley Beeston RC
6 Andrew Tamplin Bicicielo
7 Christian Edwards GBC Racing Team
8 Mark McCann Borntobike/Bridgtown Cycles
9 Timothy Jones Mid Shropshire Wheelers
10 Paul Baptist Vision Racing
11 Carl Dee GBC Racing Team
12 Stephen Lynn West Midlands Police CC
13 Kyle Brady Borntobike/Bridgtown Cycles
14 Andrew Evans Hafren CC
15 Matthew Alcock Stafford Road Club
16 Christopher Staples Revolutions Racing
17 Tim O’Donnell Paramount CRT
18 Dave Saunders
19 Steve Lewis GBC Racing Team
20 James Barzda Walsall RCC
21 Graham Atkins Welland Valley CC
22 Darren Morgan NFTO Race Club
23 Joshua Wilkes Tunstall Whls CC
24 Bryn Davies Hafren CC
25 Richard Blackman Solihull CC
26 Jono Goulding GBC Racing Team
27 Nick Lelliott GBC Racing Team
28 William Hodgkiss Fred Williams Cycles
29 Ben Holland Borntobike/Bridgtown Cycles

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