BOURNE rider Ali Slater secured the National Trophy series title in the final round at Rutland Water on Sunday.
Slater needed to finish fourth or higher to win the six race cyclo-cross series and, despite racing in fith place during the early part of the race, he made up ground later on to clinch the series.
After the disappointment on missing out on a medal at last week’s National Championship, Slater rode with determination and, despite feeling under the weather, was never outside the top five.
As the race developed, it looked like he might be destined to finish in fifth – only be good enough to finish second overall – but the early race leader and new national champion Hugo Robinson tired and with two laps to go the gap between the two was down to 10 seconds.
Somehow Ali found the energy to overtake Robinson and move up to fourth where he hung on by five seconds to take the overall title.
l THE Bourne Bullets riders, all raised their game in their respective races.
Tim James, 12, finished 15th on the day, while Campbell Pollock took 18th in the U14 race, only 40 seconds behind his team mate.
In the U16 girls race, Sian Botteley rode a much improved race compared to the previous week’s Nationals, finishing 16th.
In the U12 race, Bourne had a trio of riders with Ben Brothwell 6th, Aaron Bateman 7th and Adam Botteley 12th.
Bourne’s final representative was Mark Botteley, who after only placing 57th the previous week at Derby, had a great ride with a top 20 finish.
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