Ali races for Britain in France

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BOURNE’S Ali Slater raced in Great Britain colours in the week-long Tour of Normandy in his debut for the Olympic Academy last week.

The longest stage of the seven-day race was 124 miles, and Slater showed great form to finish in the bunch on every stage.

His final position overall of 49th out of a field of 160 riders was a fantastic achievement, and sets him up perfectly for a busy year, with frequent visits to the continent mixed with riding the very best domestic races.

Closer to home, Bourne Wheelers held their first midweek race of the year on Wednesday evening.

After all the glorious weather of recent weeks, the club’s riders had hoped to kick their season off with some fast times but the weather had taken a turn for the worse and the seven hardy riders that faced the timekeeper faced horizontal rain and a headwind for most of the five mile course.

Antony Gough was quickest with a time of 13.49. Second was Mark Botteley with 14.15 and making up the top three was Simon Ayliff with 14.32. Other times were Keith Munton, 14.33, Steve Collins, 14.52, Cliff Hilless, 14.58 and Richard Lamb, 15.49.