James Gelsthorpe was the pick of the Bourne Wheeler riders that contested the various National Cyclo-Cross Championships at Chantry Park, Ipswich last weekend.
Racing in the senior event at the end of the 2 days of racing, up against the very best riders in the country, James put in a fantastic performance to place 48th overall in only his 2nd ever cross race. Despite a viscious pace over the extremely technical course, James stuck to his gameplan and despite starting right at the back of the 90 rider field, he picked riders off consistently throughout the hour long race. Club coach Mark Botteley said “A top 50 performance was a great achievement bearing in mind his inexperience at the discipline and one can only wonder how much higher up the field James would of finished if he’d had a full season at the sport!”
On the Saturday it was the youth and Veterans who kicked off the championships. First up were Tim James and Maddie Gammons. Both rode incredibly well, with Tim coming in 9th in the under 14 boys, while Maddie placed 10th in the under 14 girls.
Next up was Sian Botteley in the under 16 girls race. Despite her worse start of the season which saw her drop right to the back of the 21 rider field, Sian surged through the field to eventually finish a creditable 11th.
Last of the Bourne riders to compete was Mark Botteley in the Vets race. Despite being seeded 85th out of the 100 starters, and like James right at the back of the field as they set off, Mark surged through the field, overtaking riders all the way through the 40 minute race. in the end Mark placed 32nd, 25 places higher than last year