Last weekend saw Bournes top road rider Mark Botteley participating in the 35 mile, 5 lap Rutland Cicle Kermesse at Owston village. The event was the support event for the International Rutland Melton Cicle Classic event which was the biggest race in the country over the weekend.
70 riders lined up in atrocious conditions and right from the off, the high pace put paid to the majority of the field. By the time the race had covered the first rough section after 3 miles, a select group of 15 riders had forged a winning gap with Mark prominent at the head of affairs. As the race finished its 2nd lap conditions had worsened with the ford 4 miles into the lap becoming almost impassible, and the decision was made by the organisers, due to safety concerns to reduce the race and make the 3rd lap the last one. By this stage Mark was in the 2nd group on the road a minute behind the leading quartet and at the finish line Mark held onto an excellent top 10 with 9th place.
Further afield, Ali Slater competing for the GB Olympic Academy, has just finished his 2nd week long tour in the last month, racing in the Tour of Brittany. With each stage averaging 100 miles, and a field of 160 competitors, Ali was the youngest finisher, placing a creditable 75th overall, in what he discribed as “The hardest race of his life, run off in the worst conditions he had ever raced in”