Slater ends on a high at first world event

Bourne's Ali Slater
Bourne's Ali Slater
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BOURNE cyclist Ali Slater competed in what he hopes will be his first world championship event last weekend.

In freezing conditions, Slater faced the very best in the world as riders lined up for the Junior World Cyclo-Cross race in Germany.

Slater placed a creditable 34th overall on the day, bringing an end to his cyclo-cross season, one which has seen some notable highs, including three victories in the season-long National Trophy Series and with it the overall title.

He now has a short break planned to help recharge his batteries before he starts an assault on his preferred event, the road racing season.

l THE Bourne Wheelers, held their first ever indoor cycling event at the Robert Manning College last Thursday.

Racing on static “Wattbikes” provided by British Cycling, 34 riders across a range of ages and from all the local clubs took part.

Racing over distances of 250 and 500 metres, the races always favour the bigger, stronger competitors and riders from the Wheelers dominated the night with victory going to Bourne in all but one category.

Harry Cole, got the show rolling with victory in the U10s. Backing Harry up, were Adam Botteley and Liam Rushton, whose times were better than most of the adult competitors, racing in the U12 and U14s respectively.

Sian Botteley continued the club’s domination with an easy victory in the female category, while Bart Kieres showed everyone how it should be done with an awe-inspiring performance in the seniors race, posting a time of 28 seconds for the 500m race.

The club’s next event is their reliability trial on February 13, starting from the car park behind Bourne Post Office at 9.30am.

Two distances are planned (42 and 68 miles), with both courses fully sign-posted.

Entry costs £3 on the day, with donations towards refreshments at the finish. All money raised will go to the youth development of the club and The Yellow Beetle Challenge Charity.