It’s been a busy 2017 for the youth riders of the club on the track and road.
Icebeakers in Newport It all started back in January with the National Icebreakers in Newport. We had many riders competing across the 3 weekends gaining some awesome results showing off the club colours. These riders were Oliver P, Digby, Jamie, Charlotte, Tom and Lucy.
National Youth Circuit Series The National Youth Circuit Series got under way at Hog Hill. This series carried on throughout the summer months with some riders travelling across the country from London to the Isle of Man, Morecambe and Lancaster, Hillingdon, Stirling and finally Scarborough. Some really tough racing for our riders, gaining huge amounts of experience with Lucy finishing 4th overall against the country’s best U16 Girls.
We also had Tom and Jamie travel down to Devon for some regional youth racing both achieving highly each event and doing the club very proud!
Easter brought around a few big races for the youth riders with Lucy competing in the Youth Tour of Scotland for the South and then many racing at the Castle Combe Easter Classic. In fact, we had a rider in nearly every age category!
April also brought the first of the regional youth omniums in Portsmouth, followed by Brighton and of course Poole Wheelers very own event at Bournemouth Velodrome. Our event was incredibly well organised by Simon and Michelle Pettifer which made for the most enjoyable omnium yet! Thanks again to all the sponsors too!
Our riders competing in these included Jamie, Charlie P, Oliver P, Digby, Patrick, Thom-Eidar, Charlotte, Tom, Lucy, Dan, Oliver G, Oliver T, Evie, Ben and Charlie A. For some of our riders it was their first ever race and they sure did everyone proud!
Not only was the team spirit high, but the talent was clearly recognised with Jamie, Oliver G, Evie, Lucy, Oliver P and Charlie P all gaining podium spots across the three rounds.
Jamie and Lucy earned enough points to qualify for the National Omnium Final at Herne Hill. Both showed the PW colours with strength and determination among the country’s best riders.
Local Circuit Leagues
Throughout the summer we had a number of leagues that our youth riders were attending such as Odd Down, Goodwood, Thruxton, Portsmouth circuits and the Winchester Park and Rides.
Winchester Criterium included the Southern Regional Road Championships again this year with storming rides from the youngsters including a podium finish from Oliver G, and a top 5 from Charlie P and Jamie along with all our youths giving it 100%.
Prudential Youth Grand Prix
The summer was a big one for our riders. Lucy and Jamie both competed in the London Prudential Youth Grand Prix at the Olympic Park for the South Team. First time in a team for Jamie and both performing to their best as always.
Tour of Assen
Tour of Assen for Tom, Jamie, Oliver G, Ben, Oliver P and Charlie P gave some great experience in Holland and some of the toughest racing yet! There’s a great article written by Jamie on our website.
At the same time as Assen, Lucy was racing in the National Youth Track Championships in Newport, a long draining week but plenty of experience gained each day. As we came to the end of the long season we had the UK School Games finals for Lucy and the rest of Team South. She and the other girls raced brilliantly gaining 3rd overall after the short crit races and 3rd by a fraction of a second in a gruelling team time trial. Lucy herself gained 2nd in the sprints day and 8th in her final youth road race.
Inter-Regional Track Championships
Our final track race for the youth was for Tom and Lucy in the Inter-Regional Track Championships up in Glasgow. Both doing their bit for the team in a tough weekend of racing.
Many of the youth riders have taken part in time trials too over the summer and there are details of those on our Time Trial page. Three riders – Tom, Jamie and Izzy – recently won their categories at the National Closed Circuit competition. So watch this space for further wins.
What a year it has been for all our youth riders with ups and downs for everyone. It’s all learning and amazing experience, and a big thank you to all the organisers and volunteers at all the events across the country.
And not forgetting Graham our coach and the parents for the constant support and encouragement throughout the season. Thank you!
Written by Lucy Gadd
Junior Ladies Captain (2016–17)
Tom, Ben, Oliver P, Charlie, Oliver G and I all went to the Assen in Holland for 6 days of racing at the European Junior Cycling Tour, 31st July to 5th August. Check out loads more photos on their Facebook page, and overall results. Tom and I raced last year, for the others it was there first time and first time racing in such big fields.
Day 1 – Prologue:
Only 1.7km so basically a sprint and chance to get a good starting position on the GC.
Day 2 – Assen Criterium: Every few laps there was sprints for the Green Jersey. I was pleased to get points every sprint and be 2nd in the Green Jersey Classification. Ben had a brilliant race too, a fast start in our race split the field quickly but Ben worked very hard with his group and managed to get back, he finished happy with the peloton and moved up the GC ! Oliver P was also racing hard, moving up the peloton fast in cat 4, unfortunately he came off, but luckily he was ok to continue. He finished with great speed, we were all very proud!
Day 3 – Road Race:
Closed roads, cars, motorbikes and police to support the race made it very exciting for Oliver P, Oliver G and Charlie this was their favourite race. Oliver G was full of confidence on the start line, chatting away and planning attacks. Oliver P was very happy after he finished with the Peloton! Tom’s 50 mile race started with 140, included cobbles and lots of crashes. Tom crashed, but he still did brilliant after chasing back for 10 miles before finding a group of riders and finished 82nd – amazing as 50 riders got swept out by the Broom Wagon!
Day 4 – Time Trial:
I made the podium, very happy to get 3rd out of 77 in cat 6, points for the White Jersey Classification and a medal. For Oliver P, Charlie and Oliver G this was their first ever TT. Oliver G and Charlie had their best result yet. Tom and Ben also had great times, they moved up the GC again! Ben up to 43rd in cat 6 and Tom 73rd in Neiuwelingen.
Day 5 – Omloop:
Cobbles and more sprints for the Jersey’s. I finished 4th in the White Jersey Classification. Ben sadly crashed on his 2nd lap, he received a lap out and then showed great determination to finish despite being hurt. Tom’s category was due to split into 2 for day 6, he needed another good result today, he wanted to be in that fastest group on the last day. He did it ! Tom was very happy to be inside the top 70. As a first year in his category this is a great achievement!
Day 6 – Campsite Crit:
We were all tired but Charlie was clearly still full of energy, for the first time this week he finished with the Cat 2 peloton, his hard work payed off. A great end to the week, he was very happy – well done Charlie!
All the racing had finished, now the presentation. I finished 6th in the Cat 6 GC and was excited to go on stage and receive a Trophy.
The last night on the campsite included Dominos takeaway, cricket and crazy dancing, such a fun week. Hope we all go again next year, Oliver P and Charlie are already talking training plans and tactics!
The BC South Team came third overall in the Youth Tour of Scotland, with our very own Lucy ending up 8th individually in the general classification out of 70 riders. The BC South Team was coached by Poole Wheelers coach Graham Hurst.
Girls – Stage 1
4 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC
Girls – Stage 2
9 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC
Girls – Stage 3
25 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC
Girls – Stage 3
9 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC
Girls – General Classification
8 Lucy Gadd Poole Wheelers CC
This is a great achievement and testament to their hard work over the past few seasons. Luckily they will both stay with Poole Wheelers as 2nd claim members, so we will still see them around at club rides too.
I would like to thank everyone at Poole Wheeler’s for their support over the years. It has been great riding for the Wheeler’s and I have loved every minute of it. Don’t worry though, you wont get rid of me that easily as I will be a 2nd claim member to the club. I will always be a wheeler at heart so I will still help anyone who needs it and will see all of you on the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday training rides. – Ryan Weston
Thank you to the members of Poole Wheeler’s who have encouraged and helped me out over the last few seasons, it has been brilliant and fun. A special thank you to Craig Weston, who encouraged me to start racing and has never stopped giving me advice and support. I look forward to continuing to ride with you all on the club rides as a 2nd claim member whilst also competing in races, even if we are in different kit! Thank you everyone and lets all have a fantastic season. – Martin Rowland
As the winter club rides on Wednesday evening will be coming to an end (final ride is on 5th April), we are as a club regularly asked “what else can I get involved in once these rides have finished?” You have already done the training in the dark, cold, wet and often windy conditions so why stop now that the weather is getting good again! It could be time to put some of that training to use in some of the following events.
We are lucky enough to have a velodrome on our doorstep at Bournemouth Cycle Centre in Ensbury Park. Poole Wheelers have outdoor track sessions planned throughout the year, and when winter hits we move indoors again. Bike hire is available with full coaching.
First track session is scheduled for 3rd April and every Monday thereafter.
There is also a ride on the last Saturday of the month at 2pm.
Saturday morning ride meets at Wimborne Square at 7:30am, 90 minute, mixed pace with overall average of around 16mph
Sunday Mornings: Intermediate/Fast: 3 –4 hours, varied routes, only for experience riders as terrain and average speed combined will make these sessions a tough ride. Average speed 17- 21mph depending on course. (Craig)
Three of our racers (Kev Egan, Ryan Weston and Sam Wadsley) recently competed at the Modbury spring road race on the 12th March, open to 2/3/4 category riders (check out the route on Strava). The race was shadowed by poor weather conditions, with drizzle throughout the first two of four 13 mile circuits, and mud on sections of the course, all amplified by the road spray.
A furious early pace was set the first time up the narrow single lane climb and a position near the front of the group was key to remaining in contention. Lots of fast paced and attacking riding saw eight riders eventually drift off the front and form the days breakaway, a move which proved to be crucial and stayed away until the finish.
The race was halted at the end of the first lap, a final warning was given to all riders for crossing over to the opposite side of the road, with commissionaires doing their best to ensure the safety of the event. Another fast re-start, time gaps re-established and a second gallop up the narrow climb. Kev Egan unfortunately suffered the most, stopped at the side of the road, and was perhaps positioned too far back in the group – finding himself boxed in behind slower moving riders as he fought to hang on to the coattails of the group. A brave effort for his first proper taste of road racing and will sure be back for more.
At the head of affairs it was Ryan Weston towing the main group over the top of climb, all in an attempt to try and bring back the group of escapees. Wet, greasy and muddy roads didn’t help with the chase, with a couple of slippery white lines and drain covers being the cause of a few crashes and near misses in the group.
On the decent Sam Wadsley moved up towards the front to try and get an organised chase together, but was unsuccessful with other riders unwilling to work, claiming they had team-mates in the break or already had their eyes on the sprint.
Coming in towards the finish the breakaway were clear and away and all-but had the top 8 places secured – but a touch of wheels in the final sprint left riders and bikes in heaps on the road. Fortunately most where able to get up and push their bikes across the line with a few minor cuts and bruises. Back in the main group they where hitting the final ramp before the line. Weston was looking good and weaving his way up through the group but cramp and a lack of race legs cost him points and a top-10 finish. Wadsley was tiring towards the line and got caught following the wrong wheels going up the ramp as he slowly slipped towards the back of the group.
Still waiting for the official BC results, we believe both Weston and Wadsley finished in the top-25 or so riders. But most importantly, they all enjoyed a good days racing and are looking forward to the season ahead!
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