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Suffolk Punch Update

I drove round part of the Suffolk Punch route this morning, and although the main road sections were fine, the lanes had standing water and occasional patches of slush and ice. If the weather forecast for later today and tonight is accurate we are in for wintry showers and zero temperatures.

With these possible risk factors I can't consider running the event. Ten years ago, when numbers were lower and riders were mainly from the WSWs, we would have taken it our stride, but in today's litigious society, running an event which is under the regulations of British Cycling and caters for in excess of 100 riders of all abilities, riders' safety has to be the number one priority.

I hope to reschedule the event for Sunday 22 February. But I will confirm this within the next day or two.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused


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WSW & Tri Weekly Email Newsletter - 27th January 2015

Podium Spots for Sophie Griggs and Barry Denny

A bumper series of off road cycle races faced West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club over the weekend, with club members enjoying tough racing at Trinity Park, Ipswich in the final round of the Easter Cyclo Cross League and at Brandon in the penultimate round of Thetford Winter Series MTB league.

Competition at Trinity Park was fierce on the challenging and technical course, with the final rankings in many races going to the wire. Top result of the season, and a fitting reward for all her hard effort, went to Sophie Griggs. Her 14th placing in the under 8/10 race was enough for a well-deserved gold in her category of U8 girl.

Barry Denny meanwhile held off determined opposition to finish 32nd in the combined men’s 50+ and Women’s race, cementing his 3rd placing in the Men’s 60+ overall standings.

In the same race, Peter Golding finished 15th which earned him a fine 12th overall in the men’s 50+ category, a fitting end to his debut cyclo cross season.

A final race debut for Darren Sharman saw him 25th in the Senior event, whilst in the Men’s 40-49 race Mike Bowen was top placed Wheeler (2nd), followed by Matt Shingleton (22nd), Richard Stiff (27th), Stu Grand (29th) and an injured Giles Prime (54th).

In the Youth race, Thomas Macro and Harry Shingleton battled it out, with Thomas just taking the honours (29th) from Harry (30th). Fraser Elsworth did not finish.

Both Charlie Knowler (9th) and Oliver Griggs (14th) will be pleased with their efforts in the Under 12s.

The team itself finished a creditable 9th overall, and special mention to Mike Bowen (6th overall in a highly charged Men’s 40-49 category), and mother and son duo of Nicole Gregory (9th overall woman) and Harley (5th overall in the Under 10s).

Super Sarah Wells Wins Again

A generally fast but deceptively greasy and at times still icy surface caused several individual, and, spectacular, group crashes at Sunday’s Thetford Winter Series Mountain Bike Race at Fire Road 6 near Brandon.

Again, and in only her second ever MTB race, Wheeler Sarah Wells carried all before her in the Women’s 4 hour race. Despite a heavy fall herself on one of the course’s two deep bomb holes, Sarah composed herself enough to make up lost time and to finish first, completing 8 of the 10km loops in 4 hours 24:02 mins.

Also in the same time category, Malcolm Borg’s winter training regime continues to pay dividends in the Male 18-39 race with a fine 9th (9 laps/4hours 34:28 mins). In the 4 hour Vet Male race, Malcolm MacFarlane finished 17th (8/4:30:11) and Adam Baker 30th (5/2:36:51).

In the Male Vets 2 hour race, both Paul Watson and Darren Baker took a break from cyclo cross, but with differing results. Paul completed 5 laps in 2:25:06 to finish 14th, whilst Darren struggled for 62nd (4/2:26:25).

Gritty performances from the remainder of the Wheelers 11 strong contingent came in the 1 hour race, with commendable efforts from Mandy Bunn (6th woman with 2 laps in 1:14:19), and in the men’s race Dick Lines 17th (2/1:08:07), son Robin 19th (2/1:09:31), Will Smith 24th (2/1:11:30) and Richard Holland Jones 36th (2/1:23:54).


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WSw & Tri Weekly Email Newsletter - 19th December 2014

Cyclo Cross

The penultimate round of this season’s Eastern league CX was hosted by XRT Elmy Cycles at Trinity Park, Ipswich on Sunday.

With several West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club riders chasing top 3 positions, competition was tough on an uncompromising, heavy and energy sapping course which by far suited the lighter and faster riders.

Joint top finisher of the day was Harley Gregory, 4th in the Under 10 race, which leaves him 5th in the overall rankings.

Both Charlie Knowler (8th) and Oliver Griggs (11th) raced well in the Under 12s, leaving both neck and neck in the overall standings (Oliver 8th and Charlie 9th).

Rounding off the juniors, Thomas Macro placed 38th in the youth race.

Also finishing 4th was Mike Bowen in the men’s 40-49 race. He currently occupies 6th position in the overall standings, in what has proved to be a very competitive group. The course by now was proving very heavy going, although Matt Shingleton rode powerfully for 19th. Both Stu Grand and Richard Stiff tussled for the race duration, with honours just going to Stu (30th) over Richard (31st). Ian Mortlock put in another steady performance for 36th, with another three way tussle seeing Matt Denny (46th) easing past Giles Prime (47th) and Adi Grimwood (48th).

The combined Men’s 50+ and Women’s event saw another well-paced ride from Paul Watson (8th) and Pater Golding (12th), leaving Peter (in his first ever season of cyclo cross) an impressive 9th in the 50+ age group standings. The Wheelers’ sole women’s representative, Nicole Gregory, finished in 49th but this also places her a very respectable 9th in the overall Women’s category.

Another hard ride saw Barry Denny finish in 34th, consolidating his 3rd overall position in the 60+ category, with Darren Baker (having endured an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction) a disappointed 39th

Cross Country

Elsewhere, the club’s triathlon group was well represented at the latest Suffolk Winter League cross country round held at Haughley Park.

On a course of some 5 miles over the park’s many descents, climbs and obstacles the Wheelers’ contingent enjoyed some fine performances, with Chris Mower leading the way as first Wheeler in 42nd position, followed by Darren Sharman (58th), Myles Taylor, in his debut senior race, (132nd), Steve Mutton (134th), Chris Ridgeon (161st), Paul Sawyer (173rd), Julian Colman (176th), Phil Clarke (181st), Malcolm MacFarlane (185th), Steve Linden (244th), Simon Kitchen (252nd) and Lesley Linden (264th).

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Mountain Bike Racing

Round 3 of the Five by Three MTB race series rolled into Eccles Hall School near Snetterton in Norfolk on Sunday.

Despite the harsh conditions elsewhere over the weekend, 5 riders from West Suffolk Wheelers & Triathlon Club enjoyed a relatively dry and fast flowing course albeit flint covered in parts.

Sadly, the senior members (Will Smith, Dick Lines and Richard Holland-Jones) suffered a variety of mechanical problems with the flint in particular causing a number of punctures forcing their early withdrawal.

However, junior riders Robin Lines and Rhys Holland-Jones acquitted themselves well in the Under 16 event, Robin finishing 10th (6 laps in 49:46) and Rhys 11th (5/38:36).


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