Bourne’s Burrill sets a blistering pace

Bourne's Jason Burrell recorded a superb second place at Elvedon'Photo: Nigel Goodenough
Bourne's Jason Burrell recorded a superb second place at Elvedon'Photo: Nigel Goodenough
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Cyclist Jason Burrill is quickly making a name for himself taking a podium place in just his third road race for Bourne Wheelers.

Burrill was part of a slightly depleted Wheelers road team that raced at Elvedon, Suffolk, at the weekend.

Up against 100 riders, the Bourne rider finished a tight sprint finish in second in just his third road race.

Holding his position near the front throughout, he avoided the carnage of several crashes in the early stages. As a result, he found himself in the lead group of 30 for virtually the whole race. As the lead group jostled for position entering the final 3.5 mile lap, Jason rode like a veteran, watching and covering every move, finally unleashing his finishing effort with 200m to go. He was overhauled in the closing metres but the ranking points gained through his fantastic second place were enough to see him move up to become a 3rd category rider.

In the U14 race, Adam Botteley followed his win at the circuit three weeks ago with an even more impressive display of speed and power.

The Bourne junior waited until just over halfway through the 19 mile race before attacking into the wind. Within a mile he was 20 seconds ahead, and as the miles ticked by he pulled further ahead to win by 90 seconds.

Jess Woodworth, in her second race, was also in the U14 race and was the fourth girl to cross the line.

In the U16s race, Robbie Ward and Jamie Nation had improved performances, both placing just outside the top 20.

Finally, in the seniors race, Mark Botteley, placed 10th.