Last weekend saw 14-year-old Bourne Wheelers star Maddie Gammons finally achieve what the club have been waiting for since she first took up the sport three years ago - winning her first National series event to well and truly announce that she has arrived on the cycling scene.
Having so nearly won a National series event at Scarborough last year, where a mechanical fault with her bicycle robbed her of victory within sight of the finish, and only two weeks ago at Shrewsbury, a mechanical at just the wrong part of the course again stopped the talented teenager in her path.
However, they will be long forgotten, now that she has finally made the top spot of the podium at the second round of the National Trophy Cyclo Cross series at Southampton.
The win moves her up to fourth overall in the under -16 girls category, and no-one would bet against her continuing her winning form and challenging for the overall title as well as the individual championship at Abergavenny in January.
Her winning ride wasn’t without incident as a poor start saw Gammons down in eighth place after the first lap, but a lap later she was up to second and pulling back the leader with ease.
By the time the Bourne teenager crossed the finishing line at the end of the third lap, she was 43 seconds clear of her nearest rival.
Also racing at Southampton in the junior boys race was Tim James.
James also rode really well, finishing in ninth place, a result which saw him move up to eighth overall in the series.
On Saturday, Sian Botteley was racing at Alfreton, in the latest round of the Notts and Derby League.
Botterly placed a very creditable sixth overall in the hotly contested women’s category.
In two weeks time, Botterly will join Gammons and James representing the East Midlands in their various categories at the Inter Area Championships at Hardwick Hall, Chesterfield