Wheelers remain out in front midway through race series

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Bourne Wheelers maintain a commanding lead at the halfway stage of the four round Hereward League despite an under-par second round race.

The Wheelers hosted the second round, on a demanding 11.5mile Aunby circuit and made up the bulk of the 28 riders but after dominating the opening round they didn’t have it all their own way on Wednesday.

Fastest on the night was Spalding CC’s Neil Palmer who clocked 26m58s with Bourne’s James Gelsthorpe posting 27.44 for second and Fenland Clarions racer Lynden Leadbeater third in 28.02.

Bourne’s Campbell Pollock was quickest of the youths in 28:31, good enough for fourth place on the night.

Fastest lady was Sian Botteley with 31.21 just ahead of Louise Day with 31:33.

Top of the handicap standings was Fenland’s Ieuan Williams with Ben Moore (Spalding) second and Marcus Widdess (Fenland) third. Gelsthorpe was Bourne’s highest-placed rider in fourth.

l Bourne Wheelers’ top youth riders raced in the three day International North West Youth Tour over the bank holiday weekend.

After several top results this year Tim James (U16), Adam Botteley (U14) and Maddie Gammons (U14) all rode consistently in what is considered the toughest race on the youth calendar.

The trio faced five separate races but despite there best efforts, luck was against them - especially for Maddie who had one of her competitors ride into her back wheel when challenging for the overall win. She lost four minutes while repairing the damage and could only place 28th.

Adam was caught in two separate crashes before taking 30th out of 83 starters in a notoriously difficult final stage along Blackpool promenade.

Tim was the most consistent of the three in 33rd overall.