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Race Report: Mistley Cross, 22nd January 2012

It was the final round of the league hosted by Colchester Rovers.  Course conditions were fairly dry with  the main hazard probably being the  fallen moist leaves.   Mike Bowen turned in another fine performance finishing second in the veteran category and finishing the league in top position for his age category.  Richard Muchmore finished in 5th just a minute behind.    Barry Denny (43rd and 1st in age category)  just held-off  Adi Grimwood (44th) who was finishing strongly and the struggling Paul Barry (49th).  In the senior race, Richard Stiff  finished in 29th.


The West Suffolk Cyclo Crossers were back in action

The West Suffolk Cyclo Crossers were back in action last weekend, riding in the penultimate League meeting of the season at Broome Heath, near Bungay. It was certainly the coldest meeting so far, with the sand-pit and woods course covered in white frost, and very slippery in places. There were just five us, all in the Vets (over 40s) event, and we mostly came away disappointed. Mike Bowen got the best result in eighth place, but beaten in a sprint finish by ever-green Tim Butler. Richard Muchmore was next home in thirteenth place, complaining of having ‘no legs’ ~ that’s always a disadvantage!  Barry Denny was next home, starting OK but losing places every lap, finishing 46th. Paul Barry was catching him, as he did at Redgrave, but didn’t quite get there, in 52nd. Adrian Grimwood was probably the most cheerful, in that he ‘wasn’t going quite as badly as recently’ ~ his words, not mine ~ finishing 56th. Final meeting of the league is at the excellent Mistley course, but not until January 22.

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Last Updated (Saturday, 14 January 2012 08:37)

Members Performance & Cross Update.

It’s the closed season for most competitors, but the crossers have been out most weekends, and Alan Trolove recently competed in the Future Stars at the second Revolution meeting of the season at the Manchester Velodrome ~ highlights of which were shown on ITV4 last Monday, with a certain Mark Cavendish winning the Elite Scratch race. Alan rode to sixth place in the Devil, 13th in the Points race and 15thin the Scratch race. This lifts him to 12th in the Future Stars League and he is hoping to be invited back for Rounds 3 and 4 on January 7 and 28 respectively.

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Last Updated (Monday, 19 December 2011 09:21)

Mike Bowen scores Cross Win‏

Six riders from WSW&TC went down to Basildon, Essex for the fifth round of the Eastern Cyclo Cross League on Saturday Oct 6. The course seemed easy enough at first impressions, comprising well kept grassland adjacent to the sports centre, but included one very, very steep hill which saw many of the riders having to dismount such was the gradient and two almost equally difficult climbs. First race was for Vets (over 40) and Women and over 80 riders lined up for the 40 minute race. Although gridded on the front row Mike Bowen made his customary slow start, but as the pack hit the first big hill he moved to the front, and eventually into the lead. He used his excellent climbing ability to pull out a considerable lead, also riding well on the flatter parts of the course, and built up an unassailable lead, winning by almost a minute from Phil Cooper from Essex. This maiden victory for Bowen strengthens his position in the league, now laying in second place to Geoff Bores (Ford CC). Dave Batterbee also had his best ride to date, coming home 13th. Barry Denny struggled on the climbs and came home 49tth with Adi Grimwood 59th. Richard Balaam was one of a number of retirals.

In the Under 16 race Jonny Sjolin rode well to come home 6th, after a race long tussle with Archie Wishart (Welyn Wheelers), the race being won by Theo Doncaster (Ashwell CC).


Last Updated (Sunday, 16 October 2011 19:31)

Sorry to say but the end of the Summer will be here in about six weeks time!

But the consolation is that the Cyclo Cross season will then begin! I’ve been singing the praises of this discipline since last winter, when I renewed my enthusiasm having contested the Eastern Region Cross League. It really is a brilliantly organised series of race meetings, mostly in Suffolk, Essex or Norfolk and catering for all ages and abilities of rider. We had about half a dozen members out at most events last year, ranging in age from 12 to 62, and finishing anywhere from 1st to 60th in our age categories ~ but we all enjoyed it! 

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Last Updated (Saturday, 27 August 2011 06:39)

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About the West Suffolk Wheelers
  • 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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