(Report by Mark Botteley)
Once again it was the teenage girls of the club that had success last weekend, although for once Maddie Gammons was out of luck in her particular race. Sian Botteley continued her winning start to the season with her 4th victory of the year in the Victoria Park Circuit Races at Leamington Spa. 🙂 Her killer sprint saw her ease to victory in a classy field, coming past Maxine Filby (5th in the recent Tour of Malta) in the last 50metres. In her 2nd race of the weekend she placed 3rd, adopting a different tactic of trying to break away from the field inside the last mile. Despite being reeled in 400metres ftom the line, Sian had enough in the tank to still gain a podium place. Well done Sian 🙂
The other big success of the weekend was another victory for 13 year old Jess Woodworth. Racing at Darley Moor, she gave a masterclass of bunch riding, never more than a few places from the front of the race. As the combined boys and girls under 14’s rounded the final corner 400 from the line, Jessica kicked for home. Her effort pulled her well clear of all the girls and in actual fact she got within a few metres of outright victory as the first boy just pipped her on the line. Well done Jess! 🙂
Further afield, Tim James and Maddie Gammons travelled upto Sunderland for the first round of the National Series.
First up was Maddie, who had a race to forget, puncturing half way through the hour long race and eventually finishing outsids the top 20.Tim on the other hand had a cracking race, and finished an excellent 18th, a position that gains him 3 national series points and guarantees him a place in all of the other rounds of the Series. Well done Tim 🙂
Jason Burrill was the only senior racing this weekend. He travelled down go to Ipswich for the 75mile Autostrasse road race. In the longest race that Jason has ridden, he did well to hang on to the fast moving bunch and eventually finished a creditable 35th place out of 70 starters.