Tim finishes off season in high style

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BOURNE’s top youth cyclo-cross rider Tim James finished his cross season off in style with his two best performances of the year.

First, in the final counting round of the National Trophy Series at Shrewsbury, he raced to his best placing of fourth in the series, which lifted him up to a highly respectable seventh overall in the U14 category.

He followed this up with a tremendous ride at Bardney in the final Linconlshire League event, where he dominated from the start to record his second league victory of the year. He crossed the finish line more than 80 seconds ahead of the next rider in the 30 minute race.

Backing Tim up in third place for the second successive league race was Sian Botteley who managed to keep her 100 percent record in the girls category.

Not to be outdone by her two older teammates, Maddie Gammons picked up the first prize on handicap as well as finishing second-placed girl and eighth overall in the race to go along with victory in the Lincs League and Lincs Championship in the girls U14 category.

This is a superb achievement in only her second season racing and suggests a bright future for the 12-year-old who will be racing in the same category next year

Also racing strongly at the weekend was Aaron Bateman who finished just behind Maddie in ninth, while Bourne’s remaining trio of Joe Collins, Dan Burton and Adam Botteley all rode well.

In the senior event, Bourne fielded more than the usual solo rider, and some of the youth squad’s magic must of rubbed off on them.

Joe’s dad, Steve won the handicap, and Mark Botteley continued his good form from the National Cross Champs a fortnight ago with a solid eighth place while Bourne’s other rider, Bart Kieres just missed out on a top 10 place.