Wheelers hit form ahead of nationals

Bourne Wheeler Tim James
Bourne Wheeler Tim James

WITH just over two weeks to go until the National Cyclo-Cross Championships at Ipswich, Bourne’s top two cross riders for the season, Tim James and Sian Botteley are coming into top form.

Both raced twice at the weekend, firstly at Sherwood Forest on the Saturday, in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire League, and then at Doncaster with the rest of their clubmates in the final round of the Lincolnshire League on Sunday.

At Sherwood in a field of 60 riders, Tim finished sixth overall and the third U14, which was a great performance in such a competitive race.

Sian, having been in third position early in the race, was taken out by another rider, causing her to drop right to the back of the field. Despite the setback, She battled through the field to eventually finish in 17th and the second-placed girl.

At Doncaster it was Tim’s turn for misfortune, crashing on the ice while leading the race.

After taking a bit of time to get himself sorted and his bike checked over, he chased back through the field to finish fifth and the first U14 to cross the finish line.

Sian meanwhile had her best race of the year, never far from the leaders to record a fine third place and first girl, retaining her unbeaten record in the Lincs League.

Even more impressively, she was the first girl in recent years to win a place on the podium at a Lincolnshire League event.

Backing Tim and Sian up were Campbell Pollock who placed seventh, just ahead of an improving Aaron Bateman in eighth, with Maddie Gammons moving up the rankings to take 12th place.

In the senior event, Bart Kieres, was the highest-placed Bourne rider in 16th.

James Gelsthorpe, riding his first ever cross race finished in a respectable 27th place.

The results reflect an excellent year for the Bourne club and rider Mark Botteley said: “The wheelers have had a great year. Next year promises to be even better.”

For information about the club visit www.bournewheelers.com.