A wheeler is all set to be a winner

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A BOURNE Wheeler looks certain to win the Hereward League when the final round is raced next Wednesday but who from the club will take the title is anyone’s guess.

The Wheelers fill the top nine places in the inter-club league with former champion Mark Botteley currently in top spot.

Botteley is in a rich vein of form and last week was racing the five-day Tour of Wales as part of a Lincolnshire squad. Covering 250 miles over five days, Mark finished 57th out of a field of 101 riders.

This Wednesday evening, the club’s riders took part in the ninth round of the 10 mile Be-well Evening League.

New Wheelers member Mark Robinson took the spoils with a seasons best of 24.00. Second, again, was Keith Munton with a time of 24.52, fractionally ahead of Antony Gough, who also clocked a season’s best with 24.58.

Cliff Hilless was fourth (26.10) and Steve Collins fifth (26.27) while Gerald Bone recorded his best time of the year with 27.15, as did Steve Cleland with 27.19.

First lady home was Jemma Empson with another personal best, 28.20, while Jamie Nation was first youth rider home in 38.20.

This weekend sees a small select team travelling to Gravesend in Kent to take part in the National Circuit Championships for youths. Sian Botteley, Tim James and Maddie Gammons will all aiming for a top 10 finish in the blue ribbon event of the year.

Sian and Maddie were part of a Bourne Wheelers quartet that also included Campbell Pollock and Adam Botteley who qualified from the Lincolnshire qualifying race for the National Youth 10 mile Championships which will be held in Berkshire in September.

As a result of their efforts, all four Bourne will be present at the National Final, a contingent that is the biggest sized team out of all the local clubs. Fastest of the four was Campbell Pollock with 24.56 although unfortunately with only one rider per age group able to progress to the final, Bourne’s other competitor in the 14 year old age group, Tim James, missed out despite a very good ride of 26.44.

Second fastest on the night from the club was Sian Botteley with 26.22, who has now qualified for the second successive year for the showpiece event. She will be hoping to move up from her 15th place in the final last year.

Next were 13-year-olds and Adam Botteley produced yet another personnel best - his third in the last three weeks - with 27.27 to join his sister in the final. And to cap a superb display by the young team, Maddie Gammons showed that she will go into the final as one of the favourites in the 12-year-old girl category with another personnel best of 29.06.