Wheelers pair claim a place on regional squad

Bourne Wheeler Tim James
Bourne Wheeler Tim James
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Two young Bourne Wheelers will represent the East Midlands in the Inter-Regional Cyclo-Cross Championships next weekend.

Tim James and Maddie Gammons will race at the championships at Milton Keynes after both comfortably qualified for the team to claim their first representative honours.

In the second of the two qualifying races, the West Midlands League event at Lutterworth on Sunday, both riders raced exceptionally well. Tim took second and Maddie was fifth, third among the East Midlands riders.

Coupled with their equally impressive performances last week at Bingham, in the first qualifying event, they well and truly deserved their places on the team.

The pair set terrific times in the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire League at Bingham, conquering an extremely technical course. Maddie finished third in the girls’ race with Tim eighth in the boys’ event.

A day before the juniors’ Lutterworth round, Mark Botteley took 12th in the veterans’ race at the same venue for his best result this season.

Sian Botteley took third in the women’s event and Adam Botteley picked himself off the floor after a nasty first corner crash to take 12th in the youth’s race.

In the latest Lincolnshire League race at Louth, the Wheelers’ youth squad again rode well with Dan Burton racing to a career high fourth. Adam Botteley was fifth (2nd U14), Campbell Pollock 6th and Aaron Bateman 7th.

Joe Collins and Jess Woodworth had problems throughout the race but still claimed 13th and 16th.

In the senior race, Bourne trio of Bart Kieres, Mark Botteley and Steve Collins had their best races of the season placing 10th, 11th and 38th respectively.

This weekend sees a quartet of Wheelers at Ipswich in the second round of the National Trophy where Tim James and Maddie Gammons will aim to maintain their excellent run of form.

Closer to home, the Wheelers fielded a smaller than usual team in the seventh round of the Lincolnshire Cyclo-Cross League at Sproxton.

With Bourne’s top youths absent, Adam Botteley brought the team home with a season’s best of sixth. Close behind were Dan Burton 7th, Aaron Bateman 8th and Damian Rutterford 9th. Joe Collins had his best race of the year finishing in 14th, with Jamie Nation 23rd and Jess Woodworth 26th. In the U12 race Alex and Dan Galpin finished 8th and 10th respectively.

The final race of the day tested the senior riders on a deteriorating circuit but, rediscovering last year’s form, Mark Botteley led Bourne’s quartet home in 20th. Bart Kieres was 24th, Phil Galpin 50th, Sian Botteley was the first lady junior home but Steve Collins suffered a puncture.