Wheelers compete with country’s best

Sian Botteley riding in the National Youth Open

Sian Botteley riding in the National Youth Open

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BOURNE’S riders Ali Slater, Sian Botteley and Campbell Pollock competed in some of the biggest races in the country last weekend.

Eighteen-year-old Ali Slater was in action in Buckinghamshire, racing in the Bath CC road race in the penultimate round of the National Road Series.

Slater went into the race with a commanding lead in the series, and knew that a top placing would all but seal the overall title.

The Bourne rider was always at or near the front, covering any dangerous moves and just before half distance in the 75 mile race, he moved clear with five other riders. The six were never to be seen again by the chasing bunch, and in the uphill sprint that concluded the race, Slater came third, to extend his lead in the competition. None of his nearest rivals had made the front of the race.

Meanwhile Bourne Wheeler’s youth riders Sian Botteley and Campbell Pollock were in action in the National Youth Circuit Race Championships at Lister Park, Bradford.

Riders faced 17 laps of an extremely arduous course with a tough 500m climb which greeted the competitors on each of the 1.2 mile laps.

After a positive start to Sian’s race she was in seventh at the top of the climb but a mechanical problem caused her to fall back through the field.

The problem with her bike made it difficult for her to battle back up to her previously commanding position, and when the race split on the fourth lap, Sian found herself too far back to rejoin the leaders. However, she dug in and came away with 14th place.

In the U14 race, Campbell faced 100 riders on the start line and having never ridden in a race with so many riders, this was always going to be a challenge for the youngster.

However, after an indifferent start, which saw him right at the back of the field, he pulled through to finish 75th; a good performance in his first national race.

Campbell was back riding in the 10 mile championship over a challenging Greatford course on Wednesday evening, winning with a personal best time of 28.10.

Second, and also posting a personal best, just four seconds behind Campbell was Sian Botteley. Making up the podium was Tim James who recorded a time of 30.31.

The other youth taking part was Dan Burton who was timed at 39.11.

Recently crowned Hereward League champion, Keith Munton, won the latest round of the Be-well evening 10 league with a course personal best time of 25.34.

Like his daughter Sian, Mark Botteley came second with 26.12 and comeback rider Mike Yardley took third with 26.24.