Dominant Wheelers move into a commanding lead

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BOURNE Wheelers look unbeatable after the opening two rounds of the Hereward League.

The Wheelers dominated the opening round in May and were once again the team to beat with another superb all round performance in the second of the handicap based inter-club league. At the halfway stage in the competition, the Wheelers boast nine riders in the top 10.

Leading the team home in first place on the night was 12-year-old Maddie Gammons with a time of 30.57. Just four seconds behind on handicap, and with an actual time of 28.41 was Steve Cleland, whose fine ride saw him move into a tie for the overall lead with clubmate Mark Botteley. His 23.46 was good enough for fifth place on the night.

The top half of the field was packed with Bourne riders with Campbell Pollock in 12th (26.34), Simon Ayliff 13th (28.07), Dan Burton 14th (31.48), Antony Gough 15th (25.56), Adam Botteley 17th (30.37), Cliff Hilless 20th (28.13), Aaron Bateman 21st (30.21) and Gemma Empson, who was fastest lady with 30.41 on the night, in 22nd place.

n THE club’s riders raced the potentially fast Aslackby course on Wednesday with the race shortened to 9.7 miles due to standing water near the finish after torrential rain earlier in the day.

Fastest on the night, having missed the last three weeks through injury, was James Gelsthorpe with 23.05.

Second was Keith Munton with 23.50 and Antony Gough recorded 24.26 for third place.

Reigning champion Colin Gilbert won the accompanying handicap competition for the third week running with 27.20. But with Gemma Empson (28.39) and Neil Chamberlain (27.56) improving every week, this competition is set to be one of the closest in the club’s history.

n FURTHER afield, Sian Botteley and Tim James took part in the three day International North West Youth Tour over the Bank Holiday.

Competing in five races against the best riders in the country as well as teams from Holland and the Czech Republic, the pair raced well, with Tim’s 8th place in the 4th stage the pick of the performances.

After three days, Sian finished in 30th overall in the U16 girls competition, and Tim 43rd in the U14 boys.