The form book just about held up on Wednesday evening when the Bourne Wheelers held their club 10 mile championship around the undulating Greatford course.
This year’s prolific winner, Jason Burrill, saw off all his challengers - but only just as Tom Comben posted yet another personnel best of 24m01 to finish just five seconds behind Burrill.
Making up the top three was the club’s other form rider, James Gelsthorpe with 24.32.
Several of the club’s riders posted their best figures of the year. Mark Williamson was the biggest improver of all clocking 30.25.
Other times were: Mark Botteley 24.37; Andy Barnard 24.48; Matt Green 24.59; Mark Robinson 25.01; Darren Kelly 25.21; Simon Ayliff 26.07; Antony Gough 26.15; Keith Munton 26.22; Cliff Hilless 27.13; Mike Smalley 28.02; Sian Botteley 28.29; Gerald Bone 28.43; Johnny Palmer 28.46 and Colin Gilbert 29.27.
l Bourne Wheelers dominated the fourth and final round of the Inter-Club Hereward League, hosted by Spalding CC last week.
The 17-mile course proved a test , especially the pothole strewn South Fen Road, but Bourne riders still claimed seven of the top 12 places with Colin Gilbert the top-placed rider in third.
Bourne riders missed out on the top overall standing this year but still littered the tip end of the leaderboard with Robbie Ward runner-up, Sian Botteley third, and Jamie Nation and Steve Collins sharing fourth. Adam Botteley was sixth, with Tim James seventh and Andy Barnard ninth.
l After a slow start to the season, the club’s senior road racers have finally found form and achieved some top results at Naseby on Sunday.
James Gelsthorpe finished an excellent fourth while Jason Burrill was sixth and Mark Botteley 12th at Lincoln.
Mark also came seventh at Corby in the latest round of The NCRA summer series.
Not to be outdone by the seniors, the youths have enjoyed racing success with Tim James fourth at Milton Keynes, and Adam Botteley and Maddie Gammons raced at Mallory Park with Adam third and Maddie winning the U16 girls race.
The 13-year-old has been rewarded for her excellent form with selection to represent the East Midlands at the Inter-Regional Track and Mountain Biking Championships.
Although bizarrely she has been omitted from her favourite discipline, the road race, in favour of older riders who she has consistently beaten .