Outsider Tim storms to take title for Wheelers

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BOURNE’S Tim James won the Hereward League at the final round, hosted by Spalding Cycling Club on Wednesday evening.

It was almost inevitable that a Bourne Wheeler would win as the club’s riders have dominated the four round series throughout and boasted riders in the top eight places going into the final round.

With each rider’s final score determined by their best three results from the four rounds, the destination of the title was wide open. But James, who missed round two and wasn’t in the top eight at the start of the final round, was still a surprise, slipping under the radar to win.

Tim knew that a good performance would see him in with a real chance, and fifth place on the night, along with a fine third and fourth place finish in earlier rounds was enough to take the overall honours.

He became the fourth Bourne Wheeler to lift the title in the last five years.

Winner on a blustery final race night was 12-year-old Adam Botteley and his victory meant he climbed up to joint second overall alongside Jemma Empson, who was second on the night, and first lady overall.

Mark Botteley, who was leading the series entering the final round, dropped down to fourth despite recording his best ever time on the Spalding course.

When all the points were tallied up, Bourne riders had increased their stranglehold on the competition by filling all the top 10 places - a feat never achieved before.

Bourne riders’ times (and final positions if in the top 10): Mark Botteley 23.40 (4th); Mark Robinson 24.39; James Gelsthorpe 24.41; Keith Munton 25.47; Antony Gough 26.00 (joint 8th); Campbell Pollock 26.25 (6th); Tim James 27.12 (winner); Adam Botteley 28.16 (joint 2nd); Cliff Hilless 28.37 (joint 8th; Steve Collins 28.38; Steve Cleland 28.39 (5th); Simon Ayliff 28.44; Gerald Bone 28.49; Colin Gilbert 28.52; Jemma Empson 29.32 (joint 2nd); Nick Evans 30.50; Dan Burton 31.31 (7th); Maddie Gammons 32.50 (10th); Aaron Bateman 35.02 and Jamie Nation 36.14.

l A BOURNE Wheeler trio of Sian Botteley, Tim James and Maddie Gammons all performed well at the national championships for youths in Kent at the weekend.

At the Cyclopark at Gravesend, all three achieved top 20 placings in their respective races.

The pick of the trio however was Maddie who claimed 10th, which is an outstanding result in only her first year of racing and will fill her with confidence ahead next year when she will be one of the oldest in the U14 girls category.

Tim James rode tenaciously throughout the boys U14 race, finishing 15th, while Sian was a creditable 19th in the fiercely competitive U16 girls race despite being unwell.