Generation of racers emerge at Bourne Wheelers Cycling Club

Young cyclists from Bourne Bullets racing club line up for Go Ride on playing fields in Recreation Road, Bourne.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Young cyclists from Bourne Bullets racing club line up for Go Ride on playing fields in Recreation Road, Bourne. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Bourne Wheelers Cycling Club is doing its best to provide Great Britain with a future generation of Olympic and World champions through its weekly Go-Ride sessions.

At least 20 youngsters aged under 14 meet at Recreation Road playing fields for an hour every Monday where they can master the art of bike riding and racing in a safe and fun environment.

Charley Woodworth of Bourne Bullets puts in some cyclo-cross practice.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Charley Woodworth of Bourne Bullets puts in some cyclo-cross practice. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The youth wing of Bourne Wheelers, known as Bourne Bullets, has produced a string of promising racers in recent years such as Sian Botteley, Tim James, Ali Slater, RideLondon participant Jess Woodworth and national cyclo-cross under-16 girls trophy winner Maddie Gammons.

Mark Botteley, youth development officer for Bourne Wheelers, said: “The Go-Ride sessions have been running for about seven years ago and over that time, we’ve had about 200 kids who have come along which isn’t unusual for most cycling clubs.

“But out of the kids who come to each session, you might get five or six with quite a bit of potential.

“Go-Ride is fun-based but we try and put a race situation so that it becomes second nature to them.”

Out of the kids who come to each session, you might get five or six with quite a bit of potential.

Mark Botteley, youth development officer, Bourne Wheelers Cycling Club
A fight to finish first in the Bourne Bullets Go Ride individual pursuit race.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

A fight to finish first in the Bourne Bullets Go Ride individual pursuit race. Photo by Tim Wilson.