CYCLING: Gelsthorpe set to take title

BOURNE cyclist James Gelsthorpe all but sewed up th scratch championship, winning the penultimate round of the Be-Well evening 10 league on Wednesday.

Gelsthorpe rode a personal best time of 23m52s, ahead of reigning champion Keith Muntons who is almost certain to take second spot after clocking 24.12. Third on the night was Antony Gough in 24.53.

The accompanying handicap competition, isn’t quite so clear cut, although last year’s winner Colin Gilbert (27.32) has moved into the lead ahead of Jemma Empson (28.44).

Realistically for Jemma to win overall, she will need to post another personal best at the final event at Greatford next Wednesday.

In the youth category, Campbell Pollock once again posted the quickest time with a pb for the Aslackby course of 25.06

n THE Wheelers’ road team took part in the fifth round of the East Midlands Pedal Pushers Road league at the weekend at the Yarborough Leisure Centre, Lincoln.

An almost full strength team achieved some excellent results with seven-year-old twin brothers Alex and Dan Galpin the pick of the riders, taking first and second in the U8s.

Maddie Gammons, 12, also dominated in her race to such an extent that not only was she the first U14 girl to finish but she also beat all the U16 girls.

Tim James continued his super run of form to take fourth in the ultra competitive U14 race. Just behind, in fifth with his best race of the year to date, was Adam Botteley.

In the senior race, James Gelsthorpe had his best race of the year.

He was never far from the front during the 45 minute race and was instrumental in whittling the bunch down with his aggressive attacking riding. Unfortunately for James, when it came to the sprint finish, he had nothing left in the tank and had to settle for what was still a season’s best of 12th.

n CONTINUING their recent run of fine form, Bourne’s top two 12-year-olds rode the Spalding CC 10 mile time trial on Tuesday evening.

Adam Botteley took another 48 seconds off his personal best, recording a time of 26.39 while Maddie Gammons recorded her second best time ever of 29.57.

With just four weeks to go until the 10 mile National Championship for School Children, both Maddie and Adam will hope to achieve top performances in the showcase event of the year.