CYCLING: Race reflects Wheelers’ rise

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BOURNE Wheelers will host a road race for the region’s very best riders at Barkston Heath tomorrow.

It is the first time for several years that the club has hosted a road race and, together with the recent cyclo-cross race at Bourne Wood, reflects the rapid growth at the club over recent years.

Wheeler Mark Botteley said: “The last time we hosted a race was about five years ago.

“The club has grown to a degree that riders are trying road racing. The driving force has been the success of the youth riders but seniors are coming through too.”

The Bourne club has teamed up with Witham Wheelers, Velo Club Lincoln, Spalding Cycling Club and Lincoln Wheelers to set up the Pedla Pushers League, with tomorrow’s racing forming one round of races.

Action gets underway at 1pm at Barkston Heath near Grantham, where a full programme of racing will see the region’s best junior and senior riders battling it out over multiple laps of the 1.2km circuit. Juniors ride for 20 minutes while adult racers will cover around 28 miles during their one hour time trial.

Bourne riders will be hoping for some top placings with James Gelsthorpe, Bart Kiers and Steve Collins in the supporting senior race for novice riders.

However it will probably be in the youth races where the club has its best chance of taking the honours with Campbell Pollock, Tim James, Sian Botteley and Maddie Gammons all expected to place highly.

l BOURNE Wheeler James Gelthorpe was a clear winner in the first round of The Be-Well Evening Time Trial League on Wednesday night at Greatford.

Gelthorpe led the field of 21 riders home on a damp evening, more than a minute clear of reigning league champion Keith Munton in 24:43. Munton was second with 26:17 and Bart Kieres third in 26:36.

First lady to cross the finish line was Louise Day with a time of 27:35.

Campbell Pollock again won the battle in the youth category, crossing the line in 28:17. Tim James again filled the runners-up spot with 29:08 and Dan Burton was next to finish with 32:18.

Other times were: Mark Botteley 27:05; Antony Gough 27:39; Simon Ayliff 28:28; Steve Collins 28:41; Cliff Hillis 28:59; Gerald Bone 29:39;Mike Smalley 30:37; Stewart Burgess 31:17; Neil Chamberlain 31:38; Colin Gilbert 32:20; Maddie Gammons 33:19; Gemma Empson 33:19; Joseph Collins 39:01 and James Nation 42:34.

l To find out more about Bourne Wheelers visit www.bournewheelers.wordpress.com. Club rides begin at the car park behind the post office at 9.30am on Sundays, while the junior Bourne Bullets section for six to 14-year-olds resume their sessions at Recreation Road (6pm) on May 14.