Cycling: Wheelers look back on race triumphs and growing numbers

Bourne Wheeler Tim James
Bourne Wheeler Tim James
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The Bourne Wheelers have had arguably their best year ever thanks a host of highlights and a growing membership.

The club has enjoyed many race successes as well as attracting new members.

The membership has soared this year, especially since the Olympics with the adult membership more than double what it was this time last year and the youth squad also seeing increased membership.

As a result of this increased membership, the club held a prize presentation evening in March, with local fundraiser Mike Shattock acting as guest speaker.

As a club, the Wheelers have promoted five of the best supported races in the area, The Bourne Ultimatum selling out for the fourth year running; the club’s early season Reliability Trial attracting record numbers with 185 participants; a selection of circuit races for all ages at Barkston Heath, Grantham; A round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross League at Bardney, Lincoln, and an early season hardriders time trial.

Racing wise, the club 10 series was won by James Gelsthorpe, with Colin Gilbert retaining the handicap championship.

Mark and Sian Botteley retained their club Road Race Championships, with Tim James and Bart Kieres doing the same in the Cyclo-Cross Competition.

Antony Gough won the five-mile Championship and James Gelsthorpe and Campbell Pollock took over the mantle of club hill climb champions.

Tim James dominated the Hereward League, ensuring that the club provided the fourth overall victor in the last five years.

Tim led the team in the most one-sided performance in the history of the competition, with Bourne riders filling the top 10 places.

However this year has also seen club riders achieving top results at a national level.

The top performances of the year were from Maddie Gammons who was crowned 12-year-old girl National 10 Mile Champion at the National Youth Championships at Newbury in September and Sian Botteley, who claimed two gold medals as a member of the all conquering East Midlands team at the UK School Games.

As a result of these achievements, both Sian and Maddie were awarded with the Rising Star award at the Peterborough Cycling Awards in November.

Other notable performances were recorded by Tim James and Maddie Gammons at National Series Cyclo-Cross races with Tim regularly placing in the top 10 and Maddie achieving a third place at South Shields and securing the Midlands title at Leicester early this month.

Bourne Wheelers also fielded four riders at the National Youth 10 Championship, the highest representation out of all the local clubs, with Campbell Pollock, Sian and Adam Botteley joining Maddie Gammons.