Wheelers’ hold on the individual trophy ends

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A Bourne Wheeler will not take the individual title in the Hereward League for the first time in four years following the third race of the series

A crack emerged in the cycling club’s dominance in the third round of the series with Fenland Clarion rider Ieuan Williams’ second spot putting him in an unassailable lead with one round still to race.

On the night the highest placed Wheeler was Darren Kelly who took third place with former league winner Keith Munton showing a return to form in seventh and Cliff Hilless in 8th.

The Wheelers had dominated the two previous rounds but although they couldn’t quite match their earlier achievements, they still had five racers in the top 10 series standings.

Sian Botteley is second, Jamie Nation third, Steve Collins fourth, Robbie Ward seventh and Andy Barnard 10th.

There was further frustration when members of their youth road race team competed in the latest round of the National Series at Hillingdon, London, on Saturday.

Tim James was the highest placed club rider, taking 14th in the U16 boys race but Maddie Gammons, who has had a sensational season, didn’t have things all her own way for once and had to settle for 21st.

Perhaps spurred on by that surprisingly low finish, she won an U16 race at Mallory Park on Tuesday despite being two years younger than the rest of the field. Adam Botteley was third in the U14 boys race.

A busy week of racing continued on Wednesday evening when the Wheelers reached the halfway point in the evening 10 league.

Twenty-two riders faced the timekeeper on a deceptively tough night around a challenging Witham-on-the-Hill to Little Bytham course.

Quickest, on a new bike, was defending champion James Gelsthorpe with 28m10s. Just nine seconds behind was league leader Jason Burrill .

Darren Kelly made up the top three with 29.00 which was enough to earn him third on handicap, behind Gelsthorpe and Cliff Hilless who won with an improving 31.31.

Campbell Pollock again led the youth section home, clocking 30.25, 10 seconds clear of Tim James in second. Robbie Ward was third with 30.52.

The most improved rider on the night was Jess Woodworth whose 40.22 easily won her the youth handicap race ahead of Robbie and Tim.

l On Sunday, the club will host their annual circuit races at RAF Barkston, near Grantham.

Racing gets under way at 10am with racing open for U8s through to U16s and senior races for men and women from 12.30pm.