Bourne Wheelers teenager, Sian Botteley, came away with 2 Gold medals and 1 Bronze from the Sainsburys UK School Games, held at the Olympic Park this week. Having gained selection to the East Midlands team, due to excellent performances over the previous 12 months, Sian joined up with her teammates for 3 days of intense racing.
The UK Games, incorporated 2 days of road events which made up the Inter Regional Road Race Championships and 1 day at the Olympic Park. Each region is made up the best 4 riders from each area making a total of 52 competitors.
Monday saw the hardest day of competition, with a short sharp circuit race and then a road race over 25 miles. Sian qualified for the final of the circuit race by placing 6th in her heat, and then placed 11th in the final. In the road race, run over the demanding and hilly Redbridge circuit, Sian managed to hold her position in the ever decreasing bunch, until a puncture forced her to have to change a back wheel with 5 miles to go. Unfortunately Sian never regained the bunch, but battled on to take a fine 19th place.
Tuesday saw an uphill street sprint, followed by the Team Time Trial over 4.5 miles. In the street sprint, Sian posted the 30th qualifying time, her worst performance of the whole event. however in the head to head racing which followed, she recorded two wins and a third to move her final position in the event up to 21st. With 3 events already in the riders legs, the Team Time Trial was probably the one event the riders were least looking forward to, but this is where Sian came into her own. Over 2 laps of the previous days road race course, the East Midlands squad started steadily and got faster as the ride went on. After 1 lap they were down in 4th place, 10 secs off the leading time, but with sian drilling it on the front before the final hill, the team drew level with 200 metres to go and by the time the quartet had crossed the line, they had an advantage of 1.5 secs. When all the scores were added up, the East Midlands team had done enough thanks to victory in the TTT, to gain overall 3rd place in the road section of the UK Games.
Wednesday saw competition move to the Olympic velodrome. Having never raced on the track before, Sian was really nervous. Especially with 3500 spectators watching your every move. Sian was entered for 2 races, the kierin and the points race.
Unbelievably for a complete novice Sian placed 2nd in her heat in the kierin, moving her safely into the final where she finished 4th, gaining important points for the team in their quest for overall Gold.
In the afternoon, came the even more daunting 15km points race. Lining up against the best 25 riders in the country, Sian once again rose to the occasion placing 10th overall.
At the end of the competition, Sians achievements when added to the other team members placings were good enough to secure top spot for the East Midlands and another Gold Medal.
Locally, the club had a mixed time at Barkston Heath for the 3rd round of the PedalPushes League. In the senior race Mark Botteley placed 7th, his best finish of the year. In the U8’s Alex Galpin, once again came out on top, moving him to the top of the overall standings, while his brother Dan placed 5th. In the U10’s Alex Gammons came 10th, while Tim James, Aaron Bateman, Dan Burton and Adam Botteley were 7th,9th, 13th and 14th respectively in the U14 race. Maddie Gammons was 4th girl. in the U16 Campbell Pollock came home in 9th.
Weds night once again saw the clubs riders having to race in the rain in the 4th round of the evening 10 league. Fastest on the night was Ali Slater with 23:23. Keith Munton came 2nd with26:01 and now moves into the lead overall. Antony Gough came third with 27:10. Other times were Gerald Bone 28:59; Cliff Hilless 29:16; Steve Collins 29:41; Steve Cleland 29:57; Aaron Bateman 31:01; Colin Gilbert 31:03; Neil Chamberlain 31:16;Mike Parkins 32:30; Jemma Empson 32:37 and Maddie Gammons 33:07.
This coming Monday sees the start up of the clubs successful youth training “Go-Ride” sessions at Recreation Road from 6-7pm.