Expectations will be high tomorrow when the Bourne Wheelers begin their new season of road races.
The club has been boosted by an influx of new riders with the departure of only one racer – Sian Bottley, who has joined women’s racing team Squadra Donne-Shutt Velo. So with the season about to begin, the club expects to exceed its success of last year.
Robbie Ward and mountain bike specialist Conor Harnan join the U16 team, while Jess Woodworth strengthens the U14 squad and will be a valuable ally for Maddie Gammons.
Senior racer, Mark Botteley said: “The youth squad will be targeting all the National Series and Championship races as well as aiming to gain selection for regional teams.”
None of the senior section are expected to compete in the road racing scene but Bottely added: “Time-trialling wise, the club could well see a repeat of the success of last year’s team in the Hereward League.”
After a successful winter’s cyclo-cross and a solid period of training over the last couple of months, the clubs time trialists and road racers face their first test this weekend.
Tomorrow it is the turn of the road racers with the team split between two events. Maddie Gammons travels to Darley Moor to race in the first of six qualifying events for the UK School Games. Aaron Bateman is also down to start.
The rest of the team travel to Suffolk to take part in the Elvedon Circuit Races. Campbell Pollock, Tim James, Dan Burton and new signing Robbie Ward will hope for a flying start to the season in the U16s race, while Adam Botteley will race at U14 level. Mark Botteley will be the sole representative.
The following day, the club host their Hardriders time trial over a new 14 mile course.
A field of 38 riders are expected with eight from the Bourne club all hoping for medal places in the five categories of races.