Bourne Wheeler’s teenage cycling sensations Maddie Gammons and Sian Botteley have both been involved in International Stage Races over the last week.
Maddie representing a West Midlands based team took part in the Youth Tour Of Scotland, where she put in some awesome performances, including two second place finishes, a 6th and 8th place in the three-day race, made up of an individual time trial and three circuit races.
She ended up a very fine fourth overall after three days of intense competition. She also held the points classification jersey for the first two days and her team finished second in the team competition.
Botteley travelled further afield to Malta to contest the four-day Tour ta Malta.
Having raced the event last year she knew what to expect in the very hilly race.
Her overall placing of 16th was a big improvement on last year’s event and shows that she has great form coming into the main part of the season.
Locally, the club’s youths were at Barkston Heath in the first round of the Pedalpushers league.
Having won at Milton Keynes the previous week, Tim James was the club’s best hope of taking an individual victory, but in a ridiculously fast race, he could only manage 9th on the day.
Adam Botteley backed Tim up with a fine 15th place with Robbie Ward just behind.
In the end it was 9-year-old Charley Woodworth who had the highest place out of all the club’s youth riders taking second in the under-10 girls race.
Other podium placings were achieved by Jessica Woodworth in third in the under-14 girls race and Alex Galpin, also in third, in the under-10s boys race.
Wednesday night saw the first midweek race of the year.
A very healthy 26 riders took to the start line for the early season club five mile time trial on the Barholm Uffington course.
The first two places were taken by local professional riders Steve Lampier (Velosure/Giordana) 10:38 with Tom Neale (Corley Cycles) 11:21 just ahead of Jason Burrill, fastest Bourne Wheeler, in 11:46.
Matt Green 12:19 and Bart Kieres 12:34 were second and third club riders.
The women’s contest was closer with Sian Botteley coming out on top with 13:45, 5 seconds ahead of Louise Day. Third on the night was 13-year-old Jess Woodworth with 15:16.
Finally the youths had a real battle with Robbie Ward quickest in 13:03, with Adam Botteley 13:24 and Tim James 13:31 was third.