Wheelers make a dominant start

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BOURNE Wheelers left all other riders in their wake as they dominated the opening round of the Hereward League on Wednesday.

The Bourne club hosted the first round of the inter-club league but even taking into account local knowledge of the 11.2 mile Aunby circuit, such was their dominance that it is hard to imagine any other club threatening Bourne’s stranglehold on the competition.

Sixty riders from four clubs had entered and having taken the overall honours in four out of five races last year, the Wheelers were looking to make a solid start to this years campaign.

As it turned out, the club had their best ever single race performance, taking the top seven handicap places and 11 of the top 12 in the regular placings.

First on the night, and setting a new course record by 20 seconds with 25.18, was Ali Slater.

Club coach Mark Botteley said: “Unfortunately for the club, this will probably be his only race in the series as he continues to race for the GB Academy.

“All the same it was great to see the improvement he has made while riding with the top riders in the country week in week out.”

Slater’s ride was so far ahead of the field that he actually tied for first place on handicap with Mark, whose 28.10, placed him sixth in the scratch competition.

Backing up Slater and Botteley in the scratch competition were Andy Barnard (28.50) in seventh, Mark Robinson (29.28) in ninth and Keith Munton (29.59), in 10th. Overall Tim James was third, Steve Cleland fourth, Steve Collins fifth, Cliff Hilless sixth and Campbell Pollock seventh on an impressive evening for the club.

The youths also showed their dominance with Campbell Pollock winning the youth category with a time of 30.36, while Sian Botteley’s 33.29 was second quickest in the female class.

The next round is in three weeks time with Peterborough CC hosting.