Bourne racer takes on Olympic champion

Bourne's Sian Botteley racing at Elveden Photo by Nigel Goodenough
Bourne's Sian Botteley racing at Elveden Photo by Nigel Goodenough

Bourne’s top female racer Sian Botteley took on double Olympic champion Laura Trott at Elvedon, Suffolk, at the weekend.

Botteley, who joined Squadra Donne Shutt Velo this year after several successful seasons with Bourne Wheelers, crossed the line in 17th out of a field of 60 riders.

Trott was soon clear of the field but Botteley kept in touch with the chasing pack during the early stages of the 10 lap, 35 mile race, before slipping back.

“I felt honoured just to line up with her,” said the 16-year-old. “I don’t think I have ever ridden as well. I was the last person not to be lapped by her which is a big achievement.

“It was ridiculously fast but I hung onto the lead group through the first lap. There were other international riders including one on the Olympic development programme.”

The Bourne rider, who attends Bourne Grammar School, added: “She was really approachable and we had photos with her and she signed our race numbers.”

Botteley has taken the huge step up from youth racing to senior competition in her stride and the Elvedon race followed two big stage races where Sian was the youngest competitor.

“I have improved quite a lot since being with the team. It’s good to have a team atmosphere and work together.”

In Malta she finished 32nd overall in the four day race despite losing several minutes on the first road stage due to a mechanical problem. She used the race as training for the biggest women’s stage race in the country, a three-day race based at Bedford over the May Bank Holiday, when she placed 73rd overall.

l Meanwhile 13-year-old Wheeler Maddie Gammons took a huge step towards qualification for the inter-regional and UK School Games with two tremendous performances this week.

On Saturday she took sixth place in the third round of the National Series at Shrewsbury and on Tuesday, at Mallory Park, she cruised to victory in the U14 race, closing a 30 second gap behind the U16 riders before lapping all of them with the exception of national champion Charlotte Broughton.

Adam Botteley was racing in the U14 boys’ race and finished a creditable 26th at Shrewsbury and second at Mallory Park.

l The Inter Club Hereward League begins this week with the Bourne club aiming to maintain their dominance of recent years.

Bourne Wheelers filled all the top 10 overall places last season with Tim James winning the competition.

The Bourne club will field 25 riders in the first round at Southey Woods.

The Bourne Bullets, the club’s youth section have resumed their weekly skills sessions. The club meets from 6-7pm on Monday evenings at Recreation Road and welcomes all young riders aged between five and 14. For details call club coach Mark Botteley on 07950 848136 or e-mail at botteley@aol.com.