Racers prepare for nationals

Mark Botteley (centre, wearing red) came fourth at Milton Keynes'Photo: British Cycling
Mark Botteley (centre, wearing red) came fourth at Milton Keynes'Photo: British Cycling
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Bourne Wheelers’ road 
team had a full weekend of racing with riders competing in three different races 
over Easter.

With the first round of the National Youth Road Series at Redbridge just three weeks away, the club’s A team travelled down to the circuit on Friday to test themselves against the kind of opposition they will meet later in the month.

Maddie Gammons was the star with a dominant victory in the U14 girls race, beating all but three boys in the process.

Adam Botteley rode strongly to take fourth among the boys, breaking away from the bunch in the final stages and finishing just behind Maddie. In the U16 race, Tim James placed an excellent fifth. Campbell Pollock finished in eighth after crashing halfway through.

The following day, the team moved to Milton Keynes where Gammons easily won her race, while Adam and Tim both improved with third and fourth places respectively.

Campbell was again unfortunate, this time dropping out of the top 20 after his chain broke in a collision with another competitor.

Aaron Bateman took 10th in the U14 race while Dan Burton finished 12th in the U16 race.

Mark Botteley and Jason Burrill, riding his first ever road race, joined the youth riders at Milton Keynes with Burrill finishing in an excellent ninth in the fourth category race.

Mark was close to a podium place, just being pipped to fourth in the sprint for the line in the senior race.

After a day off, the team travelled to Barkston on Monday when ride of the day went to Adam Botteley.

After missing the early break, he battled back to the two leaders after a solo five mile chase. But in the final sprint he was edged into third.

Tim had another great race but, like Adam, paid for earlier efforts and could only take fourth in the sprint. Aaron was well-placed in ninth, with Jess Woodworth finishing fourth girl out of eight in her first road race.

In the U16 race Dan Burton and Robbie Ward finished just outside the top 10 with Jamie Nation in 25th.

Confusion reigned in the U10 race when it appeared that Alex Galpin had won the race but the judges had mixed up lapped riders in the result. Dan Galpin finished in 5th place.

In the senior races Jason finished one better than on Saturday, coming in eighth. Bart Kieres was 14th, Prez Jaznikowski 20th, Mark Ward 40th, Michael Nation 41st and Eddie Nation 43rd.

Mark Botteley took 15th in a hotly contested elite race run off at over 26mph.

l The club’s time trials begin with a five mile race from Barholm to Uffington and back on Wednesday. The first rider sets off at 6.45pm.