The Bourne Wheelers youth squad are set for there best ever year as the 2016 road season gets under way.
In previous years, the club have mainly had strong individuals, with several of the clubs riders gaining selection for UK School Games as well as Inter Regional Competitions.
However for the first time ever the club have a squad of 4 under 16 girls who are all amongst the best in the country, with newcomers LIzzie Catlow and Alice Standish (Formerly of VC Lincoln), joining up with established riders Jess Woodworth and Georgia Bullard.
As club coach Mark Botteley stated earlier in the week. “Its not very often you get a club team with a couple of under 16 riders let alone 4! You tend to see this strength in depth in a sponsored club, so we are very lucky to have such a strong and formidable team! The girls will be targeting all the National Series and Championships, both on the road and the track and all four girls have got great chances of gaining selection for Inter Regional activity, be it on the track or at Loughborough in September at the UK School Games.”
The team confirmed what a great season they are set up to have by dominating the early season circuit race at Redbridge in London, which is the venue for this years National Circuit Champs. Lizzie scored a fantastic victory, with Jess just behind in 4th and Alice playing a great supporting role by leading her teammates out perfectly and coming home in 7th.
Aside from the girls under 16 squad, Emily Richards, who has just completed a clean sweep of all events in the under 12 Lincs cyclo-cross league, took an awesome victory in support of her older teammates in the girls under 12 race and her brother Bryn placed 7th in the under 14 boys race.
Bryn will get great support from Brewster Cup winner Dylan Snoek throughout the forthcoming season, while the under 12 boys squad will be challenging the girls for the limelight with twin brothers Alex and Dan Galpin, Harry Garfield and Eddie Linsdell expecting to dominate the local scene!!
For the girls aside from Emily , under 14 star Molly Peel will be looking to regain her National 10 mile championship as well as dominating the under 14 girls category. In the under 12’s Penny Linsdell, Imogen and Sophia Leaton and Ellie Peel should all see improved performances and will be expected to be knocking on the door in all the races they compete in.
In the seniors, alot will be expected of Tom Comben and Matthew Green, who continue to improve there times year on year and with Cliff Hilless and former Hereward League winner, Keith Munton, riding more and more races, the Wheelers could rack up several team wins in the regions open time trials.
On the road, Tim James, who has moved to Catford CC, will be a massive loss, but juniors Robbie Ward and Adam Botteley, who are getting stronger all the time, will hopefully gain some excellent results, and with club coach Mark Botteley, a former elite rider, racing more this year and passing on his experience to the two juniors, a great season is expected for both of them!
New rider Corey Ring will also be a great addition to the road team and with Bart Kieres also expected to race more this year, the Wheelers could well come out on top locally this coming season
Jess Woodworth and Lizzie Catlow back row
Georgia Bullard and Alice Standish front row
Lizzie winning at Redbridge