Winter Race Update

Katie-Ann Elliston at Stratford and Hogg Hill (continued....)
Just to let you all know Katie-Ann had a great weekend on Saturday she had 3hrs coaching with British Cycling at Stratford velodrome. She had one crash from ¾ up on the bend and slid to the bottom. They finished at the end of the session with a 500m sprint race which Katie-Ann got 1st place in the u12 girls out of 16 riders from as far a field as Manchester. Then on Sunday she had the last round of the Essex Roads CC Go Race winter series which she got 2nd Girl U12 in the first race. And in the second race she achieved her goal and got Her 1st place!! This event has been a great boost to her confidents and skill level being up against groups from so many well supported clubs. Next Saturday she is back at Stratford Velodrome for another 3hrs of coaching from British Cycling .
A big Southend Wheelers congratulations to Katie-Ann

Various Racing Results
Simon Alexander
(Richardson's Trek RT) took second place at the Eagle Road Club LWRC Series Opener (results)
Ben Willy (Southend Wheelers) took 15th place at the Ipswich BC Spring Scramble (results)
Simon Alexander (Richardson's Trek RT) took 8th place in the Wally Gimber Trophy in a race won by another former Southend Wheeler, Jason White (results)

Mud Sweat & Gears - Eastern Region Race Series Round 1
Russell Whitford
in his own words: Mud Sweat and Gears round 1 open event (racing against people half my age!) Started in about 70th position out of 93, finished 26th. Completed the last two miles with torn ligaments in my right wrist as I was so Knackered from all the overtaking sprints that my bike decided it didn't want me on it anymore! Hahahahaha.
How can I add to that. Click here for full results - Russell is in the 'Open Male' section

Katie-Ann Elliston at Hog Hill
Katie-Ann Elliston has bee racing the in the U12 Girls races at Hog Hill and she has had a 4th place and a 3rd place; her skills and confidence are growing.

Sunday February 9th - Burnham & Baddow Cycle Challenge, Stow Maries Aerodrome
2014 saw a change in venue for the annual Burnham & Baddow Cycle Challenge; East Hanningfield Village Hall was swapped for the Stow Maries Aerodrome, the country's only surviving First World War Airfield still in its original state. 175 riders braved the windy weather and unfortunately the route had to be shortened due to flooding of the River Chelmer. The northern loop from Woodam Walter to North Hill via Utling and Hatfield Peveral had to be cut but at least we still had the bulk of North Hill to enjoy. For many people the time saved on the ride was spent looking around the Museum and other attractions of the Aerodrome. It was a great success and all the riders would like to thank all the volunteers and the Friends of SMA for putting on the event.

Some comments from Terry Butcher, the ride organiser:
175 entries, 148 male and 27 female of which
139 entries for the 60 mile 56 mile course (128 male & 11 female)
36 entries for tje 25 mile course (20 male and 16 female)

Parking areas on the hard-standing sections was soon exhausted and we had to resort to parking on the grass but despite the wet ground no-one got stuck. A special mention is due to seven youngsters from the EETC (East Essex Tri Club) who were lead around a truncated version of the 25 mile course, and despite puncturing whilst still in sight of the aerodrome, they all completed the course and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a very windy day but there were no reported incidents and the new venue seemed to meet with everyone's approval.

Special thanks to Russell Savory, director of SMA, and the volunteers for making us so welcome. And of course to the members of the local WI for their lovely cakes. Thanks to Gary Livermore at Print Warehouse on Raweth Industrial Estate for producing the direction arrows free of charge.

Click here for a few photos of the event from the Friends of SMA Facebook page.
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Saturday 25th January - LVYCC Winter Series Round 1, Hogg Hill
James Jenkins 7th Place, picking up 4 points for the series.
Winner: Charlie Quaterman, Zappi's Racing Team.
Click here for full results


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