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WSW & Tri Weekly Email Newsletter - 15th December 2014

Superb Sarah Storms to Victory

Round 2 of the Thetford Winter Mountain Bike Race Series pitched up at Brandon on Sunday, the fast, free flowing (and at times ferociously paced) course made interesting by a heavy downpour early on.

By far the most impressive performance of the day was that of West Suffolk Wheeler & Triathlon Club debut rider Sarah Wells. Choosing as her debut MTB race no less than the women’s 4 hour event Sarah, a committed enduro triathlete, showed great tenacity to make light work of the course and conditions, powering to victory and completing an astonishing 7 laps of a near 7 mile course in 4 hours 37:13, with the second place woman managing 6 laps.

Sarah’s training regime takes in mainly middle distance triathlons, the toughest of which is Wasdale for which she is currently aiming along with the 112mile ride section of an Ironman triathlon relay. Sarah’s (a local mother of 3) performance is all the more impressive given that she has only been competing for 3 seasons and has no prior background in sport.

Sarah’s inspirational performance made it a good day all round for Wheelers, with Malcom Borg also putting in a top performance in the Men’s 4 hour race, powering home to 6th (7/4:01:25). In the 4hour men’s vets race, Adam Baker produced another stand out performance for 9th (7/4:13:53), with club mate Malcolm Macfarlane pleased with his 19th (6laps/3:57:03).

In the opposite age group, Robin Lines put in another hard effort in the 2 hour junior male race to finish 9th (3/2:12:39). In the 2 hour vet male category, Paul Watson and Darren Baker took a break from cyclo cross racing. Paul produced another commanding performance to finish 12th (4/2:15:22), with Darren much improved on his previous MTB race outing to finish 58th (3/2:05:04). Robin’s father Dick also raced well to place 60th (3/2:06:59). Richard Emmerson suffered a mechanical to finish 80th (2/1:10:12).

The 1 hour race saw a sprint finish between Will Smith and Mandy Bunn, with Mandy (4th woman, 2/1:26:58) take the honours on the line from Will (26th man, 2/1:26:58).

Cyclo Cross

Round 15 of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League found itself at Broome Heath near Bungay on Sunday.

On a new course which has played host to cross country running, West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club competitors faced several challenges including a new and lengthy and energy sapping sand pit at the bottom of a steep descent, together with numerous exposed tree roots which kept everyone on their toes.

Fast approaching the business end of this year’s league, Mike Bowen consolidated his top 5 position in the 40-49 category with another impressive finish for 9th. Darren Davis also put in another top ride for 24th, with Matt Shingleton (30th), Matt Denny (45th) Giles Prime (49th) and Adrian Grimwood (51st) also finishing well.

In the combined Women and Men’s 50 plus race, Peter Golding continues to impress in his first season with 14th, Barry Denny placed 40th, followed by David Griggs (43rd) and Nicole Gregory (46th).

Emphasising the sport’s family friendly set up, Nicole’s Son Harley Gregory put in a sterling ride for 5th in the Under 10 whilst David Grigg’s daughter Sophie will be very pleased with her effort, producing 11th.

In the Under 12 race, Charlie Knowler (10th) continues to improve whilst Oliver Griggs did not finish.

In the youth race, Thomas Macro finished 32nd and Fraser Elsworth did not finish.

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WSW & Tri Weekly Email Newsletter - 2nd December 2014

Cyclo Cross

A new venue for round 14 of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League found West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club at the picturesque Fritton Lake in Norfolk on Sunday.

A hard, fast course awaited which skirted the lake and proved deceptively challenging over the exposed boggy sections.

In the combined 50+ men’s and women’s race, Paul Watson produced another commanding performance and produced easily his best race to date, with a magnificent 4th. Darren Baker was next Wheeler home after a race long tussle with Barry Denny and will be pleased with his 21st, as will Barry Denny (22nd). David Griggs placed 29th and Nicole Gregory 33rd.

In the youth race, Fraser Elsworth continued to build on recent performances with a hard fought 9th whilst Thomas Macro was pipped on the line in a sprint finish for 16th.

The Men’s 40-49 race saw another intense performance from both Matt Shingleton (24th) and Stu Grand (30th).  Ian Mortlock also put in another fine race (32nd) as did Matt Denny (34th), Giles Prime (39th) and Adrian Grimwood (45th)

Charlie Knowler and Oliver Griggs also continued with their fine runs of late with 9th and 11th respectively in the Under 12 event.

However, Harley Gregory produced the junior club performance of the day with 3rd in the Under 10, leading home Sophie Griggs (10th).

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WSW & Tri Weekly Emaill Newsletter - 20th November 2014

Cyclo Cross

Hempton near Fakenham was the venue for round 11 of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League on Sunday.

Last minute adjustments to the course following erosion of a step bank made for a technical and challenging race, made worse for the senior events when torrential rain fell at the start of the combined men’s & women’s event.

Junior Wheelers again raced well earlier in the day, with Oliver Griggs 7th in the U10, followed by Charlie Knowler (8th). In the U10, Harley Gregory again put in a sterling performance for 5th with Sophie Griggs battling to 12th.

Fraser Elsworth, showed increasing promise in the U12s to finish 14th, having made considerable ground on the leading pack.

In the combined men’s and women’s race, the torrential rain did not dampen the efforts the Wheelers contingent, a number of whom recorded their highest league placings to date. Paul Watson, whose 5th placing and first Wheeler home, was high reward for his season’s efforts. Another on form racer was Peter Golding in 8th. Darren Baker also produced his season’s best, with 25th overall as did Barry Denny (26th). David Griggs finished in 33rd with Nicole Gregory (34th) and duathlete Angela Joiner-Handy (who survived several mechanicals) placed 35th.

In the Men’s senior race, Mike Bowen continued his good form with 5th, followed by Richard Stiff (21st) Matt Denny DNF.

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Weekly Email Newsletter - 12th Novemeber 2014

Cyclo Cross

A busy weekend of off road cycle racing began on Saturday with the first of a cyclo cross double header, with King Edward VI School in Bury St. Edmunds the venue for round 9 of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League.

Hosted by West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club on a fast and technical course around the school playing fields, the host club was well represented by no less than 31 club members.

In the youth race, Fraser Elsworth continues to progress with 15th, followed by Matt Asker (21st), mountain bike racer Robin Lines (30th), Thomas Macro 37th with Lianna Denny withdrawing.

Triathlete Charlie Knowler also impressed with 8th in the under 12 event, followed by Oliver Griggs (9th) and Emily Waller in a fine debut position of 14th.

The Under 10 race saw Harley Gregory highest placed Wheeler in 5th, Lewis Farthing (7th), Matthew Waller (8th) and Sophie Griggs (15th), with Victoria Asker DNF.

For the seniors, Peter Golding continues his impressive debut season of racing with 11th and first Wheeler home in the Men’s 50+ and Women’s race, Paul Watson survived a heavy crash to finish 17th followed by Darren Baker (34th), Dick Lines (37th, Sharon Calton (38th), Dave Griggs (41st) triathlete specialist Angela Joiner Handy (42nd) and Nicole Gregory (44th).

Mike Bowen (Vets 40-49) was well placed in 8th, followed by Darren Davis (22nd), the improving Stu Grand (27th), Richard Stiff (29th), Ian Mortlock (43rd), Matt Denny (46th), Adrian Grimwood (47th), Simon Elsworth (50th), Giles Prime (52nd) and Giles Farthing (56th).

 

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Weekly Email Newsletter - 5th November 2014

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  • The West Suffolk Wheelers cycling club was formed in 1922 and is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. We have a good cross-section of cycling on offer to welcome new and experienced cyclists alike. If you wish to learn bike handling skills for on and/or off-road cycling our members have the knowledge and experience to teach you. The Club is proud of it's development work with young people, and we have coaches to guide new cyclists in their training. We are active in all areas of cycling including: Road Racing, Time Trials, Track Racing, Club Runs,Touring, Audax, Sportive, Mountain Biking and Cyclo-cross. Members also compete in triathlon competitions; the Club is recently affiliated to Triathlon England, and new triathlete members are welcomed

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