BOURNE teenager Sian Botteley bagged a brace of gold medals at the UK School Games this week.
Sian, 15, who rides for Bourne Wheelers and the East Midlands team, also picked up a bronze at the event held at the Olympic Park in London this week.
Up against the best 52 riders from the around the country, she joined her East Midlands team-mates for three days of intense racing which included two days of road events before a day indoors in front of 3,500 spectators.
“It was brilliant to see so many people there,” said Sian.
“Racing at the Olympic Velodrome was a great experience and finding that we had won the on track was so unexpected. The East Midlands have never won on the track before.”
Monday was the toughest day, with a short circuit race and a 25 mile road race. Sian qualified for the final of the circuit race and finished 11th. Then, after a fine start to the road race, she was hit by a puncture with five miles to go and unable to rejoin the leading bunch, having to settle for 19th.
Tuesday began with a disappointing 30th place in the first street sprint but she swept away any frustration in the head-to-head events with a magnificent spell of riding to claim two wins and a third place to move to 21st overall.
The Bourne racer then came into her own in the 4.5 mile team time trial. The East Midlands squad started steadily and after the first lap they were in fourth place, 10 seconds off the leading time. But with Sian powering to the front before the final hill, the team drew level with 200 metres to go and crossed the line with a 1.5 second lead.
Overall the East Midlands team’s victory in the team time trial, lifted them to third overall in the road section of the games.
On Wednesday Sian made her debut on an indoor track at the Olympic venue, racing to fourth in the final of the Kierin race to gain important points for the team in their quest for overall gold.
In the afternoon, Sian added more vital points with a 10th place in the 15km points race, enough to secure the East Midlands quartet overall gold.
l THE Wheelers returned from the third round of the Pedal Pushers League at Barkston Heath with a a mixed set of results.
Mark Botteley was seventh in the senior race for his best finish of the year and Alex Galpin once again won the U8s’ race. His brother, Dan, finished 5th. In the U10’s Alex Gammons was 10th, while Tim James, Aaron Bateman, Dan Burton and Adam Botteley were seventh, ninth, 13th and 14th respectively in the U14 race. Maddie Gammons was fourth girl. Campbell Pollock came home in ninth in the U16 race.
l RIDERS also raced in the fourth round of the evening 10 league on Wednesday.
Fastest on the night was Ali Slater with 23.23. Keith Munton was second with 26:01 and moves into the overall lead. Antony Gough came third with 27.10.
l THE Club’s youth training Go-Ride sessions begin on Monday at Recreation Road from 6pm.