Wheelers host county cyclo-cross series

Bourne Wheeler Tim James
Bourne Wheeler Tim James
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Bourne Wheelers hosted the 10th round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross League on Sunday but with Bourne Wood closed it was more like an away day for the club.

With their preferred course unavailable due to tree felling, the Wheelers held their stage of the series at Bardney near Lincoln.

Racing in incredibly testing conditions, with the overnight deluge causing parts of the course to be waterlogged and strong winds almost causing riders to fall off, a massive field of 109 riders took part in three separate races.

Bourne riders dominated the opening youths’ race with Tim James putting in a superb performance to easily take the victory. He pulled further ahead with each lap, crossing the finish line almost two minutes ahead of his nearest challenger.

The second Bourne finisher, Adam Botteley, was sixth overall and the second U14, with easily his best ride of the cyclo-cross season. Maddie Gammons came home in 10th and was the first girl to cross the line.

The flying trio have raced at national events recently and are all reaching top form at just the right time with the National Championships only six weeks away.

Other solid performances by the youth team saw Dan Burton finish 8th, Aaron Bateman 9th, Robbie Ward 17th, Jamie Nation 20th and Joe Collins 22nd.

The Wheelers fielded a young team in the U12 race and expected a tough test on this demanding course. Alex Galpin was once again the team’s first finisher in 11th, with brother Dan a few places further down and Alex Gammons 18th out of the 22 rider field.

Finally, racing in the best conditions of the day but over a really boggy, cut-up course, the seniors battled away for an hour.

First Bourne finisher was Bart Kieres in 16th. Behind Bart, Phil Galpin got the better of Steve Collins, finishing 40th, with Steve just two places further back.

Tom Comben, Bourne’s other rider, competing on a mountain bike, was always going to struggle to keep up with those on Cyclo-Cross bikes but he stuck to his task to come home in a creditable 52nd out of 62 starters.