Young Wheelers excel in road races

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THE Bourne Wheelers’ youth road team race in the third and fourth round of the National Series circuit race championships last weekend.

On Saturday, the riders raced the technical Curborough sprint circuit, a course often used for motor racing, with slippy surfaces on the tight corners.

Highest placed of the youth riders was Alex Galpin, who in his debut at this level, finished an excellent seventh in the U8s.

His twin brother Dan was just behind him in 11th.

Both did exceptionally well against older riders on larger bikes.

Next was Tim James, riding intelligently and never far from the front. But unfortunately for Tim, he was forced onto the grass rounding the final corner, causing him to losing all momentum and he did well to finish a creditable 20th.

Finally it was the turn of the girls, with Sian Botteley in the U16 category, and Maddie Gammons in the U14s.

Sian was caught in an unavoidable crash early on but rejoined the race, battling her way to the front. Then, like Tim, Sian was forced onto the grass on the final corner, causing her to drop to 13th in the sprint for the finish.

Maddie finished 9th in the U14 girl’s race, which was a great performance for her first race at this high level.

On Sunday riders faced the challenging, half-mile circuit in Solihull. Once again the U8s were first up with Alex and Dan finishing sixth and ninth respectively - again brilliant performances against older riders.

Tim was absent this day, so Maddie was next, finishing ninth, while Sian in the finished 19th in the larger U16 category.