Event Rankings File
Tonight marks the end of a whole summer of track racing at Aldersley stadium. The Wolverhampton Wheelers Track League remains one of the premier venues for track racing in the Midlands and, as in previous seasons, has seen its fair share of both drama and excitement.
Racing started with a 3 Lap Dash first for Senior B and then Senior A. The B event saw a blistering performance from Simon Orme (Brereton Wheelers) as he made his move on the last lap with the rest of the field unable to catch him. This secures a second place for Simon in the Sprinters League. He is also the best performing Vet rider. Grace Lister took second place with Zak White third. The A event saw a win for Matty Lewis with Giulio Cervi just ahead of Jake White on the line. In the 12 Lap Scratch Paul Smith briefly took the lead but at the end of the race it was the familiar pattern of Matty Lewis first, Jake White second and Grace Lister third. An extended start for the Mary Moore Crawl ensured that many key riders were out before the sprint began so it was another win for Matty Lewis with Jake White second and Seb Bacon third.
Track League organiser Mark Lewis piloted the derny for a series of three Keirin races. The A race went to Matty Lewis with Jake White second and Seb Bacon just one thousandth of a second ahead of Giulio Cervi. The B riders were split into two races the first won by Mahyar Abbott with Zak White second and Grace Lister third. The second race was taken by Will Perry with Will Farmer second and Tom White third. The 22 Lap Handicap saw the A riders catch up with the B’s with fifteen laps to go but this didn’t deter anyone making their mark including Jacob Gilkes (Lichfield City Cycling Club) and Tom White both under 14 riders working together and leading out the field, but it was A rider Giulio Cervi who made his decisive move to take the Intermediate Sprint with Zak White second and Jake White third. There was no doubt who would take the final win and following Matty Lewis was Jake White, Zak White, Oliver Baker and Grace Lister.
Grace Lister takes first place in the Senior B category with 323 points. This is Grace’s second consecutive win yet she is still only an under 14 rider. Zak White takes second place with 228 points in his first year of racing the League. Third place goes to Oliver Baker with 214 points and fourth place goes to Simon Orme with 180 points. Tom White has made good progress in his first year under 14 having ‘ridden up’ last year. He takes fifth place with 179 points. Mahyar Abbott has also made good progress having only been a Wheeler for one year and having little cycling experience before that. He takes sixth pace with 135 points. Will Farmer lies in seventh place with 119 points and Will Perry takes eighth place with 98 points. Amelia Southall takes ninth place with 91 points and Elodie Gage takes tenth place with 67 points. Under 14 riders Alex Ward, Jacob Gilkes and George Dunne take eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth places respectively. Lucy Hart (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) takes fourteenth place with Sophie White (Team Empella Cyclo-Cross.Com) fifteenth and Paul Smith sixteenth. Andy Collins (Mid Shropshire Wheelers) and Adrian Ravenscroft (Beacon RCC) share seventeenth place.
Matty Lewis has dominated the League this season and takes his third consecutive win in Senior A and is thus the overall Track League winner. His 408 points represent a substantial lead over his rivals. Jake White comes in second place with 302 points. This is Jake’s second full season racing in the League and during that time has made substantial progress. Giulio Cervi has also made significant progress especially as this is his first year in the League. He comes third with 227 points. Seb Bacon takes a very creditable fourth place with 212 points. The only other rider coming anywhere close to these four riders is Charlie Fisher (Newport Shropshire CC) with 124 points who remains a popular rider whenever he appears in the League. The Wheelers are grateful to the following riders who for various reasons were unable to complete the League: Karl Ward, Ethan Roberts (Brotherton Cycles), Gabriella Homer (Cycle Team OnForm), Paul Wright (Brotherton Cycles), Hayden Norris (Lichfield City CC), Callum Lister (Cotswold Velorijden) and George Beck (Bikestrong KTM) for their participation.
Finally two new categories have been introduced this year: the Sprinters League and the Endurance League. First place in the Sprinters League goes to Matty Lewis with Simon Orme second and Zak White third. The Endurance League winner is also Matty Lewis with Jake White second and Grace Lister third.