Sian Botteley sprints to her biggest win to date
Last weekend Bourne teenager Sian Botteley, who rides for top women’s team Starley Racing, scored the biggest win of her young career, thanks to a perfectly timed sprint to take the Dave Peck Memorial Road Race.
The race is run over an undulating 55 mile course, based on 10 laps of a 5.5 mile course near Virginia Water and was the second counting event in the season-long Women’s Team Series.
Sixty riders lined up on the start line, and apart from a group of three riders which broke away with 20 miles to go, gaining a maximum of 45 seconds lead, the bunch stayed mainly together.
The distance and pace took its toll on some of the riders and the trio of riders who had threatened to stay away to the finish were brought back into the pack with one lap remaining.
Cresting the final hill with half a mile to go Sian was sat in 15th place in the stretched out bunch. Despite being hemmed in, approaching the final 200 metres, Sian managed to find a gap between riders to free herself and sprinted up the outside of the bunch to take the win by a couple of bike lengths.
Bourne’s Maddie Gammons, also raced really well, finishing in a very creditable ninth place, in her first race at this level.
With the Bourne Wheelers youth section all having a well deserved weekend off racing, it was up to the club’s seniors riders to step up.
Father and son, Mark and Adam Botteley both rode the fifth round of the NCRA handicap road race series near Oundle on Saturday. Both rode really well with Mark taking second place and Adam just behind in fourth.
Meanwhile Robbie Ward rode the East Midlands league event at Sutton Bonnington, near Nottingham.
Out of a field of 80 competitors, he placed an excellent 13th.
Peterborough Cycling Club’s three local riders had a successful time on Saturday in a 10 mile time trial in the Hull area.
Stamford-based James Gelsthorpe, Bourne-based Jason Burrill and Deepings’ Steve Wood contested the highly competitive 10 mile TT ending in Gelsthorpe setting a new club record by 15 seconds for the distance in 19 minutes and 33 seconds, registering an average speed of over 30 mph, to record a new PB.
Burrill, who held the club record before Saturday, came home in 20:58 with Wood recording an excellent 21:33.
The other bonus for the club that day was that the three combined times create a new team club record.
Sunday saw the club debut of former age related World Champion Malcolm Smith riding with Jason Burrill in the Clarion promoted road race.
However a crash and a punctured ended their races.