The seventh Welland Trophy competition between VTTA and BMCR saw a good and strong field of riders, only  slightly depleted by Covid absences. 

Following cancellation of the event in 2020 due to covid, and hail storms last year, the weather was calm with only a slight breeze. The course was in good condition and the herd of cows had already made its way through the village en route to the common, so no major hold ups.

This year the VTTA riders greatly outnumbered those from BMCR (and they were fast) so the trophy went to VTTA again.  It was good to see a strong field of 9 2-up teams, with the Team Bottrill pairing clocking the fastest time on the day, 32:15. VTTA rider Joseph Costello was the winner on Standard, while the men's and women's fastest were both 'youngsters'.

Although there were only three trikes, Wayne Baker had a good ride to record the fastest time in that category.

VTTA Midlands 15 mile TT K47/15, Welland, Worcs, 9th April 2022
2-up TTT
1st  Gareth Pymm & Tim Hood, Team Bottrill  32:15
2nd Gerard Henry & James Foggensteiner, University of Warwick/Apus peak RT  32:52
3rd Philip Kelly & Jonathan Read, Velo Karbona/Race Rapid  35:47

Solo Men
1st Malachi Cashmore, Malvern Cycle Sport  33:26
2nd Jon Howard, Team Echelon  33:35
3rd Tom Hale, Cambridge University CC  33:41
4th Joseph Costello, Walsall Roads CC  34:25
5th Crispin Doyle, VTTA Wessex  34:40
6th Kevin Lane, Droitwich CC  35:10

Solo Women
1st Jessica Rhodes-Jones, AeroCoach  34:46
2nd Lauren Creamer, Velo Fixers  35:05
3rd Celia Brown, Beacon Roads CC  37:42
4th Denise Burrows, AeroCoach  38:42
5th Susan Semple, Stafford RC  38:47
6th Emma Bexson, Stratford CC  39:25

Vets on Standard
Joseph Costello  +7:47

2-up TTT on Standard
William Davies & Mike Amery, Velo Club Sevale +4:21

Wayne Baker, Team Echelon  48:22

Road Bike
Crispin Doyle

Team Prize


thanks to Steve Wood for race report and assistant organisation, Mike Amery for hosting the event and all the Marshals out on the course and in the HQ