Archived News 2004-2010

18th April 2006

A slightly belated welcome to the new season and apologies for the slight lull in updates. But here we are already into another season!

But now we have some sad news! The Thurlby TT course has been laid to rest by the new pedestrian crossing at Langtoft so we are currently investigating a replacement for the events scheduled later this summer. Watch this space!

15th December 2005

Just a quick note for anyone interested, Sleaford Wheelers Christmas Charity 10 is this Sunday morning, 18th December. Start time is 10:00 at the usual 10 start, just south of the Quarrington roundabout on the A15 (where the A153 and B1517 meet). Course is A15 south to A52 junction/roundabout and back. It’s usually a fast course, fairly comparable to our Thurlby course with very little elevation change!

17th August 2005

Congratulations to Mark Botteley and Sheona Revill who tonight sealed the Scratch and Handicap Time Trial Championships respectively at Thurlby. Full details and results to follow…..

25th July 2005

Lance signs off in style!


photo © Rick Wilson

Bourne Wheelers webmeister (and soon to be ex-handicap champion!) Rick Wilson just couldn’t resist the temptation to nip across to Paris to see Lance in action in his last ever professional road race. Managing to also take in the start at Corbeil-Essonnes where the Parade was a sight to behold, a cunning bit of mappery meant that they arrived well in time to see the riders thunder onto the Champs-Elysées too.


photo © Rick Wilson

Taking future Tour de France winner, Andrew, 7, with him for the excitement, it was a trip full of memories to be treasured (and a bundle of the sought after green PMU hands for good measure!!).


photo © Rick Wilson

Witnessing the speed of the peloton on the cobbles was awesome – wouldn’t have missed it for the World! :O)


photo © Rick Wilson

11th July 2005

Bourne Wheelers Cycling Club have recently affiliated to the sports main governing body British Cycling and have registered as a Go-Ride club. Go-Ride is British Cycling’s national initiave and provides an opportunity for children to take part in fun cycling skills, activities and racing in a traffic free environment. Go-Ride has a series of skills & endurance tests that are not only fun be are also used nationally for talent spotting purposes.

Bourne Wheelers will be holding their first Go-Ride session including a skills test on Tuesday 12th July 6.30pm – 8pm at Bourne Abbey Primary School playing field situated off Manning Road, Bourne. All you need to take part is a road worthy bike, helmet, sensible shoes & layers of clothing, a water based drink & £3.00. Preference is to riders aged 8 years upwards.

Meanwhile the Deeping sessions are in full swing with 11 year old Samuel James (Deeping) comfortably leading yellow jersey points series with 85 points. Daniel Grammatica (Langtoft) has finally been knocked out of second place by Ted Davies (Deeping) who has been hot on his wheels for several weeks just one point behind. The leading girl is Katy Sandalls but not far behind is Jasmine Blacklock consistently improving her skills tests times. Late starter in the series, Alice Ward, is quickly spinning her way up the overall rankings but still has a few miles to make up. Younger, but no less competitive or skillful, riders from Baston Jenna Wise & Caitlin Harrison (8yrs) also have a few miles to make up.

Regular sessions 6.30pm-8pm will be held throughout the summer at Manning Road, Bourne on the following Tuesdays 12th Jul, 26th Jul, 9th Aug & 23rd Aug and Linchfield Primary School, Crowson Way, (off Thackers Way) Deeping St James on the following Mondays 4th July, 18th Jul, 1st Aug, 15th Aug.

For further information see www.go-ride.org.uk or contact Alison Lilley on 01780 759007

25th June 2005

Mid season update:

Firstly, many congrats to Andy Cottage who won the TLI Lincs League road race outright on Wednesday at Grantham!! Well done Andy!!

In the Be-Well Nutrition Time Trial Leagues, It looks like it will be between Mark Botteley and Mat Stephenson for the honours this year, with just a few points separating them after the Greatford round on June 15th, with Andy Cottage pushing hard in third place a further 15 points back. In the handicap competition, Gerald is fighting hard to regain the trophy that Rick Wilson has just beaten him to for the last two seasons, but Simon Kail, Andy Cottage, Sheona Revill and Eddie Yardley are keeping him ‘honest’ and there are just ten points covering these five.

With just five rounds remaining, some riders will need to start dropping scores (best 8 from 12 count), and the remaining five TTs are all at Aslackby (two) and the fast Thurlby course (three) .. that is assuming the roadworks on the Deeping by-pass finish in time .. watch the site for information in case there is a last minute change!

8th May 2005

Headwind on the way there, hailstorm on the way back .. but nothing could ruin a cracking day out at the Lincoln Grand Prix!

It was Brits all the way with Russell Downing pipping brother Dean for the win and Malcolm Elliot snatching a dramatic 3rd place too.

For a selection of photos, go to the Photo Gallery.

7th May 2005

Just a quick note for anyone thinking of joining us for the ride to the Lincoln GP on the 8th May (tomorrow!!):

CHANGE OF PLAN! We will be meeting at the main “square” in Folkingham at 9.30am. Plan to ride to Lincoln then a few laps of the course to see the riders at various points, then back to Folkingham. Distance from Folkingham to Lincoln is around 31 miles with a slight scenic diversion on the way back so making around 40 miles return.

The GP itself finishes around 3.30pm.

Finally, we spoke to Endura TAL yesterday and the kit is scheduled for dispatch on Thursday the 12th May, to arrive with Rick on Friday the 13th (!).

14th April 2005

Well, that’s the first one out of the way for the year. All that off-season training put to the test….

A good turn out on a chilly night when rain was forecast but missed us thankfully! Welcome to several new members joining us for the first time too.

Once we got under way it was business as usual at the sharp end with Mat Stephenson (photo below, powering away from the start) and Mike Yardley repeating their respective 1st and 2nd places in the same event last year. Mark Botteley and Paul Lilley rode as a two-up, preparing for an upcoming event. The handicap honours went to Dave Wright.

Back to the kit – finally we have the artwork and with the last few orders being taken last night it will shortly be with us.

6th April 2005

Well that’s the chaingang sessions done for another year!

The wind made going particularly hard work this week, with the uphill drag round the back of Beech Avenue directly into that very strong wind.

So it’s onto the start of the season next week. Greatford course, 7pm start .. be there!!!

Onto the subject of the kit, the artwork from TAL is finally due any day now. Rick is still taking orders right up to the last minute so go to the contacts page and go from there.

Finally for this last pre-season update, and for those of us lucky enough to be considered “Over The Hill” at 40+ (I prefer to to think of it as having finished the mountainous climb and now coasting down the other side, newspaper tucked down the jersey for windchill protection!), John Powell of the League of Veteran Racing Cyclists (see links page) has contacted us with details of a forthcoming event in our area:

Sunday May 22nd 2005 Great Gidding Road Race: (under LVRC rules)

Race HQ at Great Gidding Village Hall but not the same course as the Fenland Clarion Races

Great Gidding to Glatton, left up High Haden Lane (finish at top of hill) to Moonshine gap, right to the crossroads at Washingley, through Lutton to crossroads nr old airfield, left along lane to Hemington, left to Great Gidding, left up hill to complete lap (13 miles).

Race 1: Cats A&B (age 40-49) 4 laps plus 3 miles – 55 miles Start 10.00am

Race 2: Cats C&D (age 50-59) 3 laps plus 3 miles – 42 miles Start 10.05am

Race 3: Cats EF&G (age 60 plus) 3 laps plus 3 miles 42 miles Start 10.10am

You need to be over 40 to join the LVRC – only £12 for membership, licence and insurance.

Contact Rick if you are interested and need more details!

24th March 2005

Just a timely reminder that the Sleaford Wheelers Charity 10 takes place this Saturday (26th).

Start is at 14:00 on the 26th (Easter Saturday) with the race HQ at Quarrington Hall. The nominated charity this year is ARC (Arthritis Research Campaign). Last year the club raised £550 for Multiple Sclerosis!

Also, don’t forget our chaingang training starts next Wednesday (30th) – 6.30pm at Beech Avenue. Not long now to the start of our season so get those last few sessions in – see you there!

14th March 2005

A good turnout and some great weather for our now traditional season opening “Hardriders” TT yesterday. Won for the second year running by Andrew Moore for Cherry Valley RT sponsored by Impsport. Full results and Rick’s photos in due course.

Onto another local event in the near future; Sleaford Wheelers have a “Charity 10” on their fast A15 course, on Saturday 26th March. More details to follow very shortly!

3rd February 2005

The new strip design is finally here!!

This is the draft that has been submitted to Endura TAL, our kit manufacturers and is pretty close (hopefully) to how the finished garments will look in terms of colours and layout.

Orders now being taken and Rick will be phoning or e-mailing those we have contact details for over the coming weekend. If you haven’t heard by Monday, call him sharpish (see ‘contact’ page for details).

Prices will be confirmed in the next day or so.

Also, don’t forget to contact Rick if you want to take advantage of the huge discounts on Nutritional and Performance products offered by our sponsors, Be-Well.

26th January 2005

Gabby Day is racing in the Cyclo-Cross World Championships for Team GB this weekend in St. Wendel, Germany. Race starts on Sunday at 11am CET, so 10am GMT.

Having already raced in the European Championships and three UCI World Cup events this season, Gabby is nervously excited about her first Worlds ride. We wish her all the best for Sunday.

With her best ever cross season coming to a close which saw her win the East Midlands Premier Series overall, 3rd overall in the National Trophy series and finish 5th in the National Championships after an almost race long battle with Nicole Cooke, Gabby is looking to have a good ride this weekend to really cap off a brilliant season.

Good luck Gabby!

25th January 2005

Our new sponsors, Be-Well Nutritional Products, have forwarded details of a triathlon exhibition they are going to be at next month and they will be showing the club’s new strip.

The new strip artwork mock-up will be revealed here later this week!

To find out more about the exhibition, click on the logo to the right to visit the website and find out more.

14th January 2005

We can proudly announce the addition of a new sponsor!

In addition to our primary sponsors MY.FITNESS & MAISON BLANCHE, we can now reveal that local sports nutrition company, Be-Well Nutritional Products, has offered enthusiastic support to Bourne Wheelers with immediate effect.

This means substantial discounts to club members on all their products currently available of around 40%!

Their excellent products are endorsed and used by Paula Radcliffe (athletics), Martin Johnson (rugby), Sonia O’Sullivan (athletics), Adrian Turner (swimming) & Sir Ranulph Fiennes (World-renowned explorer) to name just a few.

The Be-Well Fitness range has been tried and tested with elite athletes for many years and from 2003 was made available to the public for the first time. The five product Fitness range consists of an immune-boosting drink, a joint repair formula and three sports drinks designed specifically for use BEFORE, DURING or AFTER exercise.

For more details, visit Be-Well’s website by clicking the logo above right. For details of the excellent offer to Club members, contact Rick Wilson at rick@bournewheelers.co.uk or by phone on (01778) 425303 or 425338. More details wil be available in the next few days on the website.

13th January 2005

The fixture list is here! The pre-season chaingangs are back too. Go to the fixtures page for full details.

And the new strip artwork is only a few days away – prepare for a phone call to get your orders! Just awaiting confirmation on a new sponsor with a special offer of interest to everyone! More on that by the weekend hopefully.

11th January 2005

Happy New Year to one and all!

Here’s hoping that the sherry and mince pies didn’t take too much toll! With the new season now just a few weeks away, updates will be coming thick and fast soon.

We have a new kit to be launched very shortly (orders taken now!!) with sponsors and new colours. The fixture list will be announced in a few weeks time after it has been ratified by the necessary authorities.

We have also applied to be listed on the UK Cycling web ring, please click on the Union flag image (above right) to find out more and vote for the club website.

Also, keep an eye out for the popular chain gang training dates which after the positive reactions last year, we plan to continue again this year.

See you all soon!

25th October 2004

Come on you lot, is Rick going to be our only “mud jockey” this season?

Still plenty of events left, but the weather probably won’t be as favourable as it was for the first round of the East Midlands Premier Series (above) at Derby recently! See posting below for where to find details/contacts etc.

24th September 2004

With the road season effectively drawing to a close (our final event, the 2-up 25 mile Open at Aslackby) this weekend, there are no excuses for hanging up the helmet just yet.

As well as our regular Sunday runs (not this weekend due to the Open event), the cyclo-cross season has just begun.

Club members Mick & Sheona Revill and Rick Wilson are all active in the discipline. There are many events within easy reach, with something on virtually every weekend until the New Year. Especially of note is the Lincs League event run by Spalding CC which takes place in our own Bourne Wood on Sunday 10th October this year.

For more information, contact Rick Wilson (see details on “contact” page) – he will be happy to talk (as always!!).

Or more info can be found on the web at the following:

British Cycling cyclo-cross 2004 calendar

cyclo-cross.com

But prepare to get muddy! 😉

23rd September 2004

START LIST & COURSE DETAILS FOR OPEN 25 MILE 2-UP TIME TRIAL – SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2004

TIME NOS. RIDERS CLUB
0902 1 & 2 D. WRIGHT & G. BONE BOURNE WHEELERS
0904 3 & 4 M. YARDLEY & R. BURGESS BOURNE WHEELERS
0906 5 & 6 M. McVITTY & J. MOORE ZENITH CC
0908 7 & 8 J. TAYLOR & C. HAWKINS VC LINCOLN / SLEAFORD WHEELERS
0910 9 & 10 C. O’ROURKE & C. LAMB ALFORD WHEELERS
0912 11 & 12 M. BOTTELEY & A. SPENCER FENLAND CLARION / UNATTACHED
0914 13 & 14 S. KEETON & M. MALLENDER RUTLAND CC

COURSE DETAILS

Headquarters: Alsackby Village Hall (located on A15)

Course designation no. C25/32

Lap 1:
Start in south end of lay by located on A15, 0.75 miles south of Aslackby Village Hall. Proceed south on A15 to junction with B1177 (signposted Billingborough). (ADVISE CAUTION AT JUNCTION.) Turn left onto B1177 and proceed through Dunsby, Dowsby to Billingborough. In Billingborough, turn left onto Station Road, signposted Folkingham. In Folkingham, turn left onto A15 (CAUTION AT DESCENT BEFORE JUNCTION). Proceed on A15 to start.

Lap 2:
Proceed past start and continue as above to Billingborough. In Billingborough, turn left onto Station Road, signposted Folkingham (as Lap 1). Continue on to crossroads signposted Graby (Left) and Threekingham (right). Turn left at these crossroads towards Graby and continue to finish at telegraph pole number 25. (Those of you familiar with our 10 mile time trial course please note that the finish for this event is considerably further on than that for our 10!!!)

9th September 2004

A brief update to note that photos have been added from some recent events; the Sherwood CC Open 10 in July, the Tour of Britain “ManchesTour” ride and the Tour’s stage 3 itself.


The race leader, Mauricio Ardila, negotiates a tight bend with the peloton during Stage 3 of the Tour Of Britain at Kings Newton
photo copyright © Rick Wilson

Also please note that we hope to unveil the proposed new team strip for 2005 in the next few weeks. We already have two local company sponsors confirmed and hope to reveal all as soon as possible!

31st August 2004

A slightly delayed report from last week’s proceedings!

Fittingly for this season, the final 10 mile TT event was blessed (!) with weather which summed up the year. With a field of 13 ready for the off (and more waiting down the Five Bells for the end of season presentations), the course was treated to a 30 minute torrential watering which left the start hill (and many parts of the course) running with muddy rivers.

Seven made the wise decision to just head for the presentation, but that left six brave souls still willing to start, albeit later than planned.

WIth intrepid timekeepers Gordon and Irene given the night off as is tradition in this event, it is a delayed start according to handicap and first past the post race. This was originally to be a handicapped 3-up TTT, but the remaining six riders were grouped according to anticipated performance, so Russell Burgess, Jon Gardam and Rick Wilson went first, with Gerald Bone and Stuart Burgess a minute behind. Mat Stephenson was given a further four minute wait before he could unleash his huge speed advantage.

The first two groups came together at half distance at the top of the climb from Kirkby Underwood and stayed together all the way to Grimsthorpe where Gerald and Stuart put the hammer down. Rick went after them and he was quickly rejoined by Russell and Jon but they never completely closed the gap and as they all turned opposite the pub (where was the support from the warm and dry brigade???) they were nearly all together again but not close enough. In the final mile blast to the finish Stuart got the jump on Gerald at the line with Rick, Russell and Jon in that order, just a few seconds shy. Not long behind was Mat, who had tried hard to close the huge gap but hadn’t quite made it, hampered by the atrocious conditions.

With all riders suitably soaked and muddied from the spray, the Five Bells was much appreciated and a good evening seemingly had by all. The overall league trophy went to Anthony Spencer, while Rick Wilson retained his handicap trophy.

Just one event remains now; the club’s Open 25 mile 2-up team time trial on Sunday 26th September.

19th August 2004

A good turnout of 19 riders last night for the final championship counting event of the season. The weather was interesting with a pre-race downpour and then a strong WSW wind making hard going of the course.

Mat Stephenson again proved too strong for everyone and Anthony Spencer rounded off his championship winning season with second – well done! Louise Day was a superb third overall. Jon Gardam won the handicap competition on the night from Stuart Burgess, but despite a relatively poor performance last night by Rick Wilson, he retains his overall handicap title.

With one week of the season remaining, we return to the Edenham course next week for our end of season handicap team time trial, then the presentation of trophies over a glass of lemonade at the Five Bells in Edenham.

11th August 2004

Another bumper entry for this evening’s penultimate League time trial, at Alsackby. Winds were favourable and some good times were set, several riders posting a 10 mile PB.

Mat Stephenson returned to romp away with the overall win, but by finishing third, Anthony Spencer has done enough to make sure he can’t be caught for this year’s overall trophy – well done Anthony! Pat Day won the handicap competition, rounding off a very good week for the Day family! And it was great to see Sophie Day back in action too, making a remarkable recovery from her injuries earlier this year.

10th August 2004

Not strictly Bourne Wheelers news but huge congratulations to occasional BWCC time trialler Gabby Day, who won the latest round of the Women’s National Team Road Race Series at the weekend.

Gabby won the event outright by about a minute after a powerful and successful solo breakaway at around two-thirds distance. Despite the best efforts of the country’s top riders working together, they just couldn’t bring Gabby back!

Racing this year for the newly formed ‘Team Bottecchia Fat Birds Don’t Fly’, this is Gabby’s biggest ever win and should assure some coverage in the national cycling press at last.

For more info on Gabby, check out her website at www.gabbyday.com

29th July 2004

After another break for Hereward League and Lincs League events, we were back “on track” last night with a very good turn out (something to do with the weather and a fast course perhaps?) of 19 riders.

Several PBs were set, not least of which was by Russell Newman of Sleaford Wheelers, riding in his first Bourne event and took the overall spoils to boot – well done Russ! He narrowly beat Anthony Spencer who extended his overall championship lead and with two races remaining, looks set for the end of season honours. Another PB was set by Rick Wilson who took the handicap honours and now looks set to retain his handicap title too.

Some very close times last night, with several riders only separated by a few seconds here and there; the top three were covered by just 9 seconds and just 46 seconds covered 5th to 13th place! And well done to Bernard Peel for his first ever sub-30!! Bad luck to Russell Burgess who would have easily done the same but for a bad bout of cramp with less than 2 miles to go.

So just three events left with only two counting for the championships. We have another one week break for the Sleaford Wheelers Lincs League road race (good club turn out please!!) then it’s Aslackby and another bash at Thurlby before the season finale Team Time Trial at Edenham for the presentation evening.

15th July 2004

A good evening yesterday with a field of eight riders. Conditions were good with warm sunshine (at last!!!), but with a stiff wind from the west, for this, our only league visit to the Witham-on-the-Hill course.

Mark Bottley won in a very impressive time, second was Anthony Spencer, with John Crewe just two seconds shy. Fourth and fifth places were just as close, another two seconds separating a very fast Pete Truscott (who claimed the handicap win as a result) from Andy Cottage.

Another week break now with members again split with most riding at Spalding for the 4th round of the Hereward League next Tuesday, but at least one opting to take part in the TLI Lincs League 50km road race on the Wednesday night instead. After that we visit our superfast Thurlby course for the first time this year.

12th July 2004

Just a quick mini rogue’s gallery with two Bourne Wheelers captured in action during the recent Sherwood CC event at Long Bennington, with a third Bourne Wheeler present behind the camera!

1st July 2004

A good evening yesterday with a field of ten riders. Conditions were good with drying roads and sunshine, if a little fresh.

Anthony Spencer won again, to reclaim top spot in the overall standings, with Gerald now in second place. Andy Cottage was another fine second on the night. In the handicap, Emma won on handicap, improving her time from four weeks ago at Edenham by nearly a minute, when most were slower this time out. Rick was second, with an improvement of 34 seconds, to extend his lead in the handicap competition overall.

A week break now with some members riding at Helpston in the 3rd round of the Hereward League next Wednesday, and with some opting to take part in the TLI Lincs League 50km road race on the same night. Then it’s our only league visit to the hilly Witham-on-the-Hill course the following Wednesday; climbing legs at the ready!!!!

23rd June 2004

A terrible evening weatherwise. Very strong crosswinds out on the course with rain. This served to reduce the number who turned up to just six but with one withdrawing after warming up, this left a slightly odd number for the planned two-ups so we ended up with one two-up and one three-up!

John Crewe and Andy Cottage braved the conditions to post the faster time.

Hope for some better weather for next week when we return to the league and our last visit to Edenham until the season finale.

16th June 2004

A slightly reduced turn out tonight of 11 riders (is there some football tournament on or something?) and a tricky wind making it hard work, but times generally faster than our last visit here in May.

Won overall for the second event running by Anthony Spencer, with Graham McAndrew 2nd and Andy Cottage 3rd. Robin Day won the handicap, with leader Rick Wilson in 2nd and Graham McAndrew 3rd.

Russell Burgess’ time is not representative as he missed the turning between Essendine and Ryhall!

So the closely fought overall league competition sees wholesale changes tonight, with Graham McAndrew taking over at the top, Anthony Spencer in 2nd and Gerald Bone in 3rd; just 4 points covering the top 3 and 11 points covering the top 5! The handicap competition is being led by Rick Wilson with Gary Spencer and Graham McAndrew hot on his wheel!

A warm welcome to new TT recruits Bernie Peel and Dave Wright who took the plunge and moved up from Sunday Club Runs to “contre la montre” this evening. Well done!

Finally, a mention for club members Gerald Bone, Robin Day and Rick Wilson who are going for PBs this Saturday evening on the traditionally fast Long Bennington course in the Witham Wheelers open.

9th June 2004

We are saddened to report that popular Bourne Wheelers regular, Sophie Day, was involved in an accident with a van while out training last Friday, the 4th. Sophie was taken to hospital with concussion, fractured pelvis, serious lacerations and bruising and for further x-rays, which thankfully showed no further breaks or fractures.

Miraculously, given the seriousness of the accident, Sophie returned home on Sunday. We wish you a speedy recovery Sophie and look forward to seeing you out on the bike soon! We miss you!

2nd June 2004

After our early season break, it was back down to business tonight for the challenging Edenham course, made slightly more challenging this time round thanks to the efforts of the local council and their money saving scheme to replace worn out roads by simply throwing loads of chippings down. Thankfully no punctures for anyone!

Won overall by Anthony Spencer and on handicap by Andy Cottage .. well done to you both! And some excellent top three finishes for John Crewe now mean he leads the Championship overall, with Rick Wilson still heading the handicap competition.

A good field of 17 again, including a couple of new faces (a warm welcome to Stuart and Russell), and Gabby & Louise Day who came to shout support but not to ride after their fantastic performances in the Ladies National Series event at Bedford last weekend, with Gabby first 3rd Cat. overall after the gruelling 3-day, 5-stage event.

27th May 2004

We had a good turn-out of club members for last night’s Lincs League 25 mile road race event – thank you!

News and results of both this and the recent Hereward League 10 will be posted shortly when the info is to hand.

Don’t forget we are back on our league trail next week, with our second visit of the season to the challenging Edenham course on Wednesday 2nd June at 7.00pm. Let’s face it, the weather can’t be any worse than last time (and the roadworks have finished now!), so see you there!

18th May 2004

Just a quick reminder of forthcoming events.

No league events now for a couple of weeks (next is round 5 at Edenham on the 2nd June), but still plenty happening!

Round 1 of the Hereward League takes place on the Peterborough Stilton course this Thursday (20th) and we are also looking for a good turn out of club riders for the Lincs League 25 mile handicap road race, starting at Grantham Cricket Club, on Wednesday 26th May. Start is at 7pm, but please allow plenty of time for signing on. Race organisation contact is Tony Mendham, call him on (01476) 402840 with any queries. Helmets are a must!

The Lincs League event entry fee is £6 for TLI members, with temporary membership available for the event upon payment of an extra amount. Please come and support the club!!

12th May 2004

Another good turn out (17) for our first individual time trial of the season on the interesting Aslackby course. Hilly to begin with then flat for virtually the remainder, this course can provide some very fast times when the wind blows from S or SW. This evening there was very little wind, if anything from the north, nevertheless some good times tonight.

Won overall again by Mat Stephenson from Mike Yardley again, but this week a great performance by Mark Bottley lifted him into third place and earned him the handicap win into the bargain.

There were several riders with times close to one another, showing how competitive the field was. A few lost seconds here and there made all the difference to some this evening!

Two notable mentions from this evening: Mike Pilbeam took part in his first of the season and unfortunately took a wrong turning close to the finish, so his time was not representative, and Rick Wilson who managed to fall off and get a soaking and a few bruises while warming up when negotiating the ford near Graby – there’s a lesson to be learned there!!

6th May 2004

IMPORTANT NOTE for anyone wanting to join the Sunday Club Ride this coming weekend. Due to the Lincoln Grand Prix, something slightly different might be in the offing. Please check with Gerald (see contact page) before spending 30 minutes waiting for no-one to arrive in the Post Office car park!!

5th May 2004

A great turnout this evening after last week’s washout. Sixteen riders returning for our second visit to the popular Greatford course. The weather was not dissimilar to our last visit here with a pleasant, if a little fresh, evening with a brisk SW breeze, so good times were up for grabs.

The event was won overall by Mat Stephenson again with Mike Yardley 2nd and John Crewe 3rd, so top 3 the same as the last Greatford outing. The handicap competition was won by Graham McAndrew from Eddie Yardley and Rick Wilson.

In the overall season competitions, Mat is now tied with Gerald Bone for top spot while Rick Wilson leads on handicap.

Back to Aslackby next week for League round 4, an individual time trial this time.

28th April 2004

Yuk!! To use Gerald’s words “floods – hurricane – jumps over subsiding roads – sub zero temperatures” .. OK a smidgeon of exaggeration coming into play but not far off!!

We had a totally dry season last year and having so luckily got away with it last week, our luck certainly ran out this week! It was atrocious. Very strong NNE wind coupled with driving rain made things very tricky .. oh and some roadworks thrown in for good measure which left about 5 yards of ripped up tarmac just after the start to negotiate. Most actually did the sensible thing and stayed at home but four brave souls (mad fools?) braved the conditions and turned up anyway.

A first appearance of the season for Mick Revill bagged a comfortable win in the end with Gerald second closely followed by Rick, who again took the handicap. Sheona was the fourth brave soul and with fading light was shadowed in à la TDF TT with Robin, lights ablaze as support vehicle!

Here’s hoping for a return to better weather for another visit to Greatford next week.

21st April 2004

Many brave souls ventured out in the filthy weather and despite the wet roads, we were rewarded with a dry and even sun blessed 2-up team time trial this evening. With an hour to go before the start, the rain had been torrential and the prospect of a dry event seemed far away, but luck was on our side it seemed.

With a favourable strong southerly wind blowing us up the main ‘straight’ to Billingborough and with good drafting between the pairings, some very impressive times were set, but coming out on top were Mike Yardley and Mark Bottley who romped round the challenging 10 mile course in 24:09.

Back to the individual league next week with our first run over the Edenham course of the season.

15th April 2004

Well, first event of the season now done and dusted and a great turnout.

Won overall by Mat Stephenson, with Mike Yardley in 2nd place, beating John Crewe into 3rd by just a single second! In fact we had some very close times all down the field with Pete Truscott and Robin Day inseparable, and with Graham McAndrew just 2 seconds behind them both. Tim Bryett just sneaked inside the magic 30 with Rick Wilson and Gary Spencer frustratingly a handful of seconds short. Consolation for Rick was taking the lead in the handicap competition.

And a consolatory mention for Eddie Yardley whose time does not reflect his effort as once again the Greatford course claimed a ‘lost’ soul!

With an innovative new points system in place which rewards right down to 18th place, everyone got some good points on the board to start off the season in both the League and Handicap competitions.

So onto next week and the new format of a 2-up TTT on the fast Alsackby course .. should see some good times there!

8th April 2004

Are you ready?

Well, less than a week to go to the first TT of the new season. Once again the second and, for the time being, final chaingang session took place on Wednesday and was enjoyed by all with the same ‘players’ as last week all in attendance yet again. Despite the best efforts of our beloved climate, another fruitful session was had by all and some good hard miles put in.

Will all these hard winter miles pay off? The proof will be there hopefully next week. Don’t forget; Wednesday 14th April at the Greatford course, first rider off at 7pm.

2nd April 2004

First chaingang session deemed a great success!

On Wednesday 31st March, we met at the green in Beech Avenue, Bourne at 6.30pm for an hour of chaingang training around Beech Avenue and Saxon Way. Everyone worked hard and enjoyed themselves. Gabby, Louise, Gerald, John, Rick and new recruit Andy all got some serious fast miles in and we were even joined by a local resident who rides for Fenland Clarion and wanted to play too!

Another of these sessions will happen same time and place on Wednesday 7th April prior to our first TT of the season the following week on our Greatford course. Come and get ready for the new season!

18th March 2004

Update to pre-season training: been a bit optomistic with light and date of altering clocks so pre-season chaingang will start Wed. 31st March

16th March 2004

Andrew Moore of Cherry Valley RT wins at Essendine!

Full result and photos from our first event of the season, the Bourne Wheelers Hardriders 22.5 at Essendine (See “Event Results” and “Photos” sections.) and an unashamed plug for Mike Yardley’s new local fitness centre (see “Links” page).

11th March 2004

Just an update to the results page in anticipation of our first event of the season.

9th March 2004

With our first event of the season upon us this weekend, the Essendine (Open Course) map has been added – see “Download Area”. Apologies for any confusion as this is actually the same as the Witham course except that it is 2 laps and the start/finish is in a DIFFERENT AREA!!!! See you there for a 9am start. Don’t forget to polish the bike as, assuming sufficient marshals turn up, Rick will be released to wave his trusty Canon at competitors!

Laminated year planner price reduced (thanks to a price reduction at Fovia) – see “Download Area”.

Links to Course Maps added into fixture list – see “Event Fixtures”.

26th February 2004

Download area added.

Now ready for download are wallpapers, a year/season planner and our five courses on detailed maps.

23rd February 2004

2004 events/fixture list confirmed.

New for 2004; pre-season training, team time trials and handicap road racing in association with the Lincs League road race series.

Get ready for the TT season with chaingang training on March 24th, March 31st and April 7th between 6.30pm and 7.30pm at Beech Avenue.

And don’t forget those Sunday club runs every Sunday (except for March 14th and 26th September). See the “event fixtures” page for full details.

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