Last weekend saw Bournes’ top schoolgirl, Sian Botteley, competing for the East Midlands region in arguably the biggest event on the youth road race calendar, the 3 day Tour of Scotland.
Based arod the villages to the west of Perth, the 45 riders had the luxury of racing on completely closed roads.
In Fridays opening 2 stages, Sian placed 19th in the 1.5mile Individual Time Trial and then helped her team mates place 4th in the Team Time Trial based on 3 laps of the individual loop to make up a 4.5 mile course, only 18 seconds off the leading time recorded by the well drilled North West Squad.
Saturdays 35 mile race saw Sian achieve her best result as a youth. After getting in the lead group Sian came home in 5th place just missing out on a place on the podium by half a bike length.
Having moved upto 15th overall, it was all to play for in Sundays hilly 18 mile stage. However after a gutsy attack to break away on the 2nd of 5 laps was brought back by the ever vigilant bunch, Sian slipped back through the field to eventually place 30th on the stage and 21st overall.
Although not quite achieving the overall result Sian was hoping for, Saturdays fantastic ride will fill her with confidence for the long season ahead, and with the UK School Gmes less than a month away, Sian will be looking to help her East Midland team mates take the top spot when she gets to race on the Olympic velodrome.
In the 2nd of two 5 mile time trials that act as a warm up before the Be-Well evening 10 mile league starts next week,23 riders faced the timekeeper with form rider James Gelsthorpe showing that he will be the man to beat this year with a very rapid 11:14. 2nd place went to Andy Barnard with 11:44, whilst last years Club Champion, Keith Munton, gave his new time trial bike an outing and was pleased with his time of 11:56. Bart Kieres and Mark Botteley with 12:02 and 12:17 respectively.
In the battle of the youths, Campbell Pollock, like James showed that he will be tough to beat this year, with a very fast 12:36. 2nd was Tim James with 13:33 with Sian Botteley amking the podium with 13:39.