CYCLING: Bourne Wheeler claims national crown

Bourne Wheeler Maddie Gammons
Bourne Wheeler Maddie Gammons
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BOURNE Wheeler Maddie Gammons capped a remarkable first year of competition by becoming a national 10 mile time trial champion on Saturday.

The 12-year-old won in the schoolboys and girls 10-mile Championship Time Trial held at Newbury where she beat her nearest rival by almost 25 seconds to become the first ever rider to take a national title for the club.

She clocked a time of 29 minutes 34 seconds and backed up by three teammates who all placed highly in their own individual events. Campbell Pollock (25m05s) was ninth in the 14-year-old’s race, Adam Botteley (26m00s) was 10th in the 13-year-old boy’s race, and Sian Botteley (27m16s) was fifth in the 16-year-old girls’ race.

The following day the quartet were joined by five other club members in an attempt to win the East Midlands Regional Championships at Barkston Heath.

Once again the club had success with Sian Botteley taking the title with a dominant display in her final U16 race in which she almost lapped her nearest rival.

Alex Galpin also claimed a regional title, winning the U8s race. Just missing a place on the podium in this race was Alex’s brother Dan in fourth. Alex Gammons had his best race of the year, taking fifth in the U10s.

The race with the greatest Bourne representation was the U14s race. Tim James pulled out with injury after only one lap while Maddie Gammons and Adam Botteley both came down in a crash half way through the race. However Adam picked himself up and rejoined the bunch to record his best circuit race result of the year with fifth place.

Unfortunately Maddie had to retire from the race. Dan Burton finished at the front of the bunch in eighth with Aaron Bateman in 12th.