Gelsthorpe claims Hill Climb crown

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JAMES Gelsthorpe won by almost three seconds when 18 Bourne Wheelers took on Gumbrough Hill in the club’s Hill Climb Championship on Wednesday evening.

Gelsthorpe clocked 62.00 seconds for the 0.4 mile climb, beating second-placed Bart Kieres by 2.71 seconds. Keith Munton was third with 69.31.

The fastest junior was new member Conor Bavin with 69.64 in only his second ever race, while Campbell Pollock was the first youth rider with 73.00, marginally ahead of first female rider Sian Botteley with 74.41.

Other times were: Steve Collins 74.41; Tim James 76.04; Steve Cleland 78.30; Dan Burton 82.66; Adam Botteley 83.75; Maddie Gammons 89.12; Cliff Hilless 89.31; Jamie Nation 90.31 and Robbie Ward 107.53sec.

Non members: Eddie Nation 73.52 and Louise Day 83.80

n A SMALL team of Wheelers took part in the first round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-cross League at Scunthorpe at the weekend.

Tim James was the pick of the Wheelers with a fine third place in the youth section despite mechanical issues at the start of the race, that dragged him down to the back of the 20 rider field. Aaron Bateman raced well for 10th.

Bourne’s sole representative in the senior race, Mark Robinson, was 20th out of 70 riders.

n SIAN Botteley, took part in the National Track Championships at Manchester last week, riding in two distance races.

She narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final of the 10km scratch race, finishing 13th in her semi-final, just one place outside the qualifying positions. In the 15km points race, Sian was 21st overall in a race run off at an average speed of 28mph.

Sian and Adam Botteley, Maddie Gammons and Campbell Pollock will take part in the National 10 mile championship race for schoolchildren at Newbury this weekend.

The following day the riders, backed up with a full compliment of Wheelers will aim for victory at Barkston in the East Midlands Circuit Championships.