Archived News 2012


13 Year Old Maddie Gammons is the new Midlands under 14 girl cyclo-cross champion.

Competing at Beaumont Leas, near Leicester on Sunday, Maddie immediately hit the front and pulled away to a 30 second lead half way round the first of 3 laps. Her chief rival. Issabelle Boon from Belper RC, pegged her back a little over the nbext 5 minutes of racing, but from their on in it was all one way traffic as Maddie pulled further ahead to take the title by over a minute.

Unfortunately for the club Tim James was a none started due to being unwell in the under 16 buys race.

Aaron Bateman and Adam Botteley both rode well on the very technical course which didn’t really suit either of them to finish 15th and 16th respectively in the under 14 boys race.

In the Vets race, Mark Botteley was a none finisher after a couple of early crashes put paid to his chances.


Saturday saw 18 club members joining up with 12 riders from the Spalding CC in a 46 mile round trip to the Windmill Tea Rooms at Wymondham. Everybody enjoyed a 3 course lunch and the wind assisted ride home.

As was expected, the ride developed into a mini “Tour” stage, with several intermediate village sign sprints and “Mountain top king of the Mountains” sprints. Tim took the Witham prime with ease, but apart from the Bourne Cannonball that is Jason Burrill winning the South Witham sprint, their was little joy for the Bourne riders. Spaldings Tom Neale, was just to fast for the young Bourne riders to handle, although Maddie, Tim, Sian and Campbell all gave Tom a run for his money.

A big thanks to Sarah and her team at Wymondham for providing an excellent meal and such great hospitality!!


Youth rider Adam Botteley, sowed up the overall points competition for this year with a seasons best 6th place finish (2nd Bourne rider) at Bardney Cyclo-Cross on Sunday.

The competition, designed to get more members to ride more events, has been closely fought all year.

With 10 points for taking part or helping and 6 down to 1 point awarded as bonus points for each round for the top 6 finishers, the competition favours those that ride or help at the most events.

In the end, it was no surprise that the 2 riders who have ridden every round finished on top with Adam Botteley finishing 9 points ahead of Steve Collins. with Tim James finishing in 3rd a further 5 points behind.

Individual round victories were spread amongst the club with Tim and Bart Kieres both winning 2 rounds (Road Race and Cyclo-Cross), James Gelsthorpe (Road race and Hill Climb) Mark Botteley (Bourne Hereward League and 10 champs), Maddie Gammons (P’Boro Hereward) Jamie Nation (Fenland Hereward), Campbell Pollock and Keith Munton (Club 2 up Champs), Adam Botteley (Spalding Hereward) and Antony Gough (5 mile Champs)

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Sunday saw the club holding their annual round of the Lincs Cyclo-Cross League at Abbey Farm, Bardney.

Having had to find a new venue with just 3 weeks to go to race day, Jimmy Armstrong from VC Lincoln, came to our rescue, and after a busy Saturday afternoon with Steve Collins, Tim, Sian, Jimmy and his son James. We got to race day with a course and facilities all sorted.

The weather nearly got the better of us as people struggled to get to the race venue and parts of the course had to be adapted to avoid standing water.

However thanks to a great team effort the racing went ahead, with 25 youths, 22 Under 12’s and 62 seniors, taking part.

Pick of the riders was Tim James who smashed the youth race finishing nearly 2 mins ahead of his nearest challenger. Backing Tim up were Adam 6th (2nd Under 14), Dan 8th, Aaron 9th and Maddie 10th (1st Girl) If a team prize were up for grabs, the youths would definitely of won.

In the senior race, Bart gave it everything and finished in a creditable 16th place. Phil reversed the tables on Steve finishing 2 places ahead in 40th place


After a stressful couple of months, I can announce that we will be holding our Cyclo-Cross race at Abbey Farm, Bardney.

We will need lots of help on the day, be it marshalling, helping with teas, etc. So if anyone can spare a few hours Sunday 25th, it would be much appreciated.

The course itself, shouldn’t need a lot of setting up as the course will basically be around the perimeter of fields. However a couple of volunteers would be excellent, getting to the venue to help set up from about 8am on the morning of the race.

Please reply to this post oe email me at if you can help


Tomorrows Club Run 27th Oct

Whilst the weather has taken a turn for the worst and we can expect a pretty cold and wet ride tomorrow, we will still be starting at 9am from the Post Office.

Don’t forget that the clocks go back tonight as well!

Hope to see a good number of you out tomorrow – wrap up warm!

Dismount and mount mid race

F1 speed bike change for a French rider during last weeks World Champs


Unfortunately the Forestry Commission have been in touch to say that we are not allowed to use Bourne Woods for our cross race in November. Apparently a program of tree felling is in place at that time!

I am trying to find another location, if anyone has any ideas please get in touch by leaving a reply on the forum or emailing me at

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Due to the rubbish weather, it has been decided to cancel tonights (24th September) Session. Next Go-Ride session will be agroup ride meeting at the car park in Bourne Woods on Sat 6th October 9-30-10-30.

Next Go-Ride skills session will be the following Saturday 9-30-10-30 at Recreation Road.

Scunthorpe Cross Report

A sizeable team rode at Quibell Park in the 3rd round of the Lincs Cyclo-Cross League.

First up were the under 16/14’s. Tim James had his best result this season, taking a fine 2nd place. Campbell Pollock placed 4th, with Aaron Bateman coming home in a personnel best 9th place. Dan Galpin took 11th with Adam Botteley 14th. Joe Collins showed a big improvement with 19th and Jamie Nation 21st.

Next up were the Under 12’s. Unfortunately Bourne only had one rider, Alex Gammons, who also had the misfortune of puncturing early on in the race. Despite this he soldiered on and finished 17th.

Finally it was the turn of the senior/juniors. Bourne fielded a team of 4, with Bart Kieres leading the team home in 18th place. Steve Collins, despite a heavy fall, came 42nd and Sian Botteley 51st (3rd lady). Mark Robinson unfortunately suffered a mechanical which resulted in him having to pull out of the race.


Plan is to hold a Presentation Evening along the same lines as last year. Last year we had approx 60 people present. This more or less filled the function room at the 5 Bells Edenham. If it looks like we are likely to have considerably more people coming this year then I will need to look at a different location.

It would be beneficial if you could indicate if you intend to come along. Cost should be no more than £10 per head. Date some time in Jan/ Feb

Go-Ride report from Monday 17th September

26 riders (The most for any session this year) took part in this weeks skills based session. The group was split into 2 with the older riders under the guidance of Martin Slater trying to perfect a bunny hop. George Beech was by far the most accomplished and would be rewarded for his excellence with the obligatory bar of Galaxy chocolate at the end:-)

Meanwhile the younger riders, raced around a technical cornering course that wouldn’t of looked out of place at a National Cyclo-Cross race!! Matthew Comben and Dan Galpin being the quickest!!

After a short hoop elimination race which saw Alex Galpin and Charlie Merricks coming out on top, all the riders took part in a 10 minute handicap cyclo-Cross race. Charlie again was victorious, although Dan Burton got very close to closing the 2 lap handicap deficit, with Joe Collins in 3rd.

Record turn out for the Wheelers at Ancaster Cross!!

Sunday saw a considerable sized team taking part in the 2nd round of the Lincs Cyclo-Cross League.

Top performer out of all the riders was Tim James who placed 5th in the under 16’s race. Backing Tim up were 5 other iriders with Aaron Bateman 16th, Adam Botteley 20th, Robbie Ward 27th, Joe Collins 29th and Jamie Nation 30th.

Next up were the under 12’s. Bourne only had 2 riders in this race with Alex Gammons showing huge improvement with 12th place, while newcomer Matthew Comben rode really well to finish in 21st.

Finally to race were the seniors. Bourne fielded the biggest number of riders they have ever had in the race, 7 in total. This was despite  two of their top riders not racing. 1st of the Bourne riders was Bart Kieres in 26th, with Keith Munton 46th, Steve Collins 51st, Tom Comben 76th, Sian Botteley 77th (2nd Lady) and Mike Parkins 83rd. James Gelsthorpe was a non finisher

Division Champions

Sian in action

Sunday saw the clubs youth riders taking part in the East Midlands Division Championships at RAF Barkston.

The club have 2 Gold medallists in the form of Alex Galpin (Under 8 boys) and Sian Botteley (Under 16 girls). No other riders managed to medal although Alex’s brother Dan was only just off the podium in 4th place while Sian’s brother Adam was 6th in the ultra competitve under 14 race despite crashing. Unfortunately 2 of the clubs riders failed to finish this race with Maddie coming off resulting in a broken collar bone and Tim pulling out with a calf muscle injury.

Other club riders performing well were Alex Gammons, Dan Burton and Aaron Bateman

Report for latest Go-Ride 10th Sept 2012

Having missed the last 2 weeks due to holidays, 21 riders turned up for the latest youth coaching session at Recreation Road. The club members also have a new National Champion in their wings with Maddie Gammons having just taken the National 10 mile title for 12 year old girls. Unfortunately Maddie didn’t have her national medal on her to show everyone as it is being engraved. However she could show off her new sling, courtesy of a broken collar bone picked up the day after!

The success of the National teams in recent weeks have obviously had a positive effect locally as 6 newcommers turned up, as well as Joseph Lund making his first appearance for a year.

With the riders split into older and younger groups, to make life easier for the coaches, the children raced around a technical cornering circuit and took part in relay races, before competing against each other at trying to get underneath the limbo pole!!

New riders Josh Lamb, Toby Merricks were equal first in the limbo contest with Emily Comben, with Dan Galpin and Chris Dray quickest around the cornering circuit.

Special mention to Jessica Woodworth and Matthew Comben who showed real skill and improvement as the session progressed.

It was also great to see Josh Beech’s two younger brothers taking part for the very first time. Josh was one of the riders who came along with Sian and Ali Slater when the club started up Go-Ride 7 years ago.

Latest Points Competiton: 1st Maddie Gammons 64pts; 2nd Dan Galpin 59pts; 3rd Alex Galpin 55pts; 4th Alex Gammons 54pts; 5th Joe Collins 51pts; 6th eq Chris Dray and Adam Botteley 40pts; 8th Ben Lamb 33pts; 9th Jack Cann 32pts; 10th Matthew Comben 30pts

National Championship title for Maddie Gammons

Maddie Gammons, New National ChampionAt the weekend 4 members of Bourne Wheelers youth squad took part in the National 10 mile time trial championship for school boys and girls at Newbury.

Pick of the riders and now new National Champion for 12 year old girls was Maddie Gammons posting a time of 29min25secs, this put her 30secs ahead of her nearest rival. The other 3 bullets that took part were Campbell Pollock at 25min 05sec (9th 14 year old) Adam Botteley 26min (10th 13 year old) and Sian Botteley 27min 16sec (6th 16 year old).

Race report

Wednesday evening saw 18 riders taking on the climb of Gumbrough Hill, in an effort to win the club hill climb championship. Quickest on the night was James Gelsthorpe with a time of 62.00 secs for the 0.4 mile climb. 2nd was Bart Kieres with 64.71 and 3rd Keith Munton with 69.31. First Junior was new member Conor Bavin with 69.64 in only his 2nd ever race. First youth was Campbell Pollock with 73.00, marginally ahead of first female rider Sian Botteley with 74.41. Other times were: Steve Colloins 74.41; Tim James 76.04; Steve Cleland 78.30; Dan Burton 82.66; Adam Botteley 83.75; Maddie Gammons 89.12; Cliff Hilless 89.31; Jamie Nation 90.31 and Robbie Ward 107.53sec. Non members: Eddie Nation 73.52 and Louise Day 83.80

At the weekend a small team took part in the first round of the Lincs Cyclo-cross League at Scunthorpe. Tim James was the pick of the wheelers with a fine 3rd place in the youth race despite mechanical issues at the start of the race, that saw him drop down to the back of the 20 rider field. Also racing well was Aaron Bateman who placed 10th. In the senior race, Bournes sole representative, Mark Robinson, placed 20th out of a field of 70 riders. Last week,Sian Botteley, took part in the National Track Championships at Manchester. Riding in the two distance races Sian rode really well, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the final of the 10km scratch race placing 13th in her semi final, one place off qualifying. In the 15km points race, Sian placed 21st overall in a race run off at an average speed of 28mph

This weekend sees Sian and Adam Botteley, Maddie Gammons and Campbell Pollock taking part in the National 10 mile championship race for schoolchildren at Newbury. The following day the riders, backed up with a full comliment of team mates will aim for victory at Barkston in the East Midlands Circuit Championships.

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Big thank you to everyone who helped out and took part in the Sportive today making it such a success. I hope everyone enjoyed the day.

The Old Bicycle Showroom

Link to portal for cycling related films on You Tube (also a very interesting bike shop in Essex specialising in old bicycle renovations)

5mile TT Champs

Congratulations to Antony Gough who won the 5mile TT championship on Wednesday evening

greatford 29th Aug

Greatford 2up TT Results

Hello All,

Please find attached the 2up results from last Wednesday

greatford 22nd Aug – 2up

Final League Round Results

Last night in damp conditions James Gelsthorpe sealed his first Be-Well League title with a second place finish in the final round of the season.

In the closely fought handicap competition Colin Gilbert just held on to his lead at the top of the table from Jemma Empson.

On the night Antony Gough took victory over the shortened 5 mile course from James with Keith Munton in third.

A full list of results can be found in the results section.

Antony Gough’s Charity Ride

On September 8th 2012, Bourne Wheeler, Antony Gough will be rolling in the tyre marks of some of the greatest cyclists ever, riding a stage of the 2011 Tour de France, over some of the highest and steepest climbs in Europe – the Col du Telegraphe at 1,556m, the Col du Galibier at 2,646m, and Alpe d’Huez at 1,850m. The ride is about 110 km long and Antony is riding to raise money for Action Medical Research, a fantastic charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children in the UK.

For almost 60 years the charity has been behind numerous breakthroughs such as the UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, and more recently the fetal heart rate monitor – a new state-of-the-art device that could help save thousands of at-risk babies. We have previously raised money for this charity and hope to continue to do so in order to support the fantastic work that they do.

Antony has a target to raise £1,600, but obviously would like to raise as much as he can. Action Medical Research relies entirely on donations to fund a range of research projects that address serious childhood conditions and improve quality of life for children with disabilities. You will also be supporting research to reduce premature birth, prevent pregnancy complications that threaten babies’ lives, and find the best ways to care for sick and vulnerable babies.

You can sponsor Antony at or cash donations can be made on the Sunday Club Run.

Results from last night now online

It’s shaping up to be a very close finish in both the scratch and handicap leagues with only a couple of points lead for Keith and Colin going into the last round at Greatford next week.

Handicaps for Wednesday

Hello All

Please find attached the handicaps for Wednesday Hcaps Targets 18th July


Bourne Wheelers Points Competition

This is the updated list of the 2012 points competition. It is open to all club members, both youths and adults. A brief explanation of how it works is as follows:

10 points for every event you ride or act as a helper at.

First 6 in each race get bonus points of 6,5,4,3,2,1 points

All riders that achieved their predicted time in the reliability trial get 3 bonus points.

In the club road race and cyclo-cross races where their are seperate races their will be bonus points allocated for each individual race. This is why their are more than one person with 16 points for this event.

Their is a certain amount of suck it and see, at the AGM we might adapt the way that we allocate points etc, but I thought it was good to get it started

Any queries please get in touch and I will do my best to answer your questions


Bourne Wheelers Points Competition




Spalding Open 25 TT

Just a note to say that there is still time to enter the Spalding CC 25 on Sunday 24th June. Course is the C25/35 (Donington A52) Standard current CTT entry forms please, cheques to be made payable to Spalding CC.

Hereward league Results

Hello All,

Please find attached the results for last nights Hereward League.

2012 Bourne HL results


Start List for Wednesdays Hereward League

Here is the start list for Wednesday Hereward League Round 1 at Aunby.

Hereward League 2012 Start Sheet


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.

Hill Climb


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.

East Midland taking gold


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.

Sian in sprint action

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.


Handicaps for 9th May

Here are the handicaps for the TT on the 9th May Hcaps Targets 9th May

Britain’s ‘Summer of Cycling’ -Lincolnshire Film Festival

As part of this years ‘Summer of Cycling’ Stamford Arts Centre is showing a series of cycling related films on the w/e 30th June/ 1st July.

Hell on Wheels (PG) 2hrs Sat 30 June | 2.30pm

On the very day that the 2012 Tour de France begins get a feeling for the action in this “hardcore” cycling classic of the 2003 edition.

The Flying Scotsman (15) 1hr 36 mins Sat 30 June | 5pm

A brilliantly fictionalised account of the trials and tribulations of Scots cycling genius Grame Obree.

Belleville Rendezvous (12A) 1hr 20mins Sun 1 July | 2.30pm

Chomet’s delightful cartoon of a Tour de France rider kidnapped by gangsters and taken to New York with his mum and his dog in hot pursuit is a cycling masterpiece.

A Day Out (U) 50mins Sun 1 July | 5pm

Alan Bennett and director Stephen Frears’first film, this TV classic follows a group ofYorkshire cyclists in 1911 as they turn a gentleride into a formal occasion.

Full details at

Aunby Handicaps 2nd May

Please find attached the handicaps for the Aunby course on the 2nd May Hcaps Targets 2nd May

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Bourne Wheelers Sportive

Hello All,

Entries to the Bourne sportive are now open.

Saturday Ride

With it being the Cicle Classic on Sunday I plan to do a steady ride on Saturday morning leaving Bourne at 9am. Plan is to ride the Aunby circuit a couple of times. If anyone wants to join me drop me an email. It won’t be a fast ride, avg around 15mph.


Greatford TT 25th April

The awful weather didn’t put off 23 riders turning up on a wet and windy night. Riding out to the course you wouldn’t have expected any quick times but that didn’t turn out to be the case with many riders setting new pb’s.

In the handicap league it was the youth’s leading the way taking the four top spots a stunning ride from Aaron Bateman saw him take top spot followed closely by James Nation, Campbell Pollock and Maddie Gammons, despite Maddie missing the first turn.

In the scratch league James Gelsthorpe strengthened his position at the top of the league with a second straight win beating Keith Munton into second and Campbell with an excellent ride to take third place.

Next week see’s the riders tackling the challenging Aunby circuit for the first time this year.

Full results can be found in the result section.

Handicap Targets for 25th April

Hello All,

here are the handicap times/targets for the Greatford TT on the 25th April Hcaps Targets 25th April

Any questions just post a comment and I’ll get back to you.



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Bourne Wheelers TT Report‏ 18th April

A damp overcast evening greeted the 21 riders that took to the start line for the first round of The Be-Well Evening Time Trial League on Wednesday night at Greatford.

Confirming the form he showed event, from the previous weeks 5 mile warm-up event, James Gelsthorpe was a clear winner with 24:43 well over a minute clear of reigning league champion Keith Munton in 2nd place with 26:17 and Bart Kieres 3rd in 26:36.

First lady was Louise Day with 27:35, while the battle in the youth catergory again saw Campbell Pollock come out on top with 28:17, with Tim James again filling the runners up spot with 29:08 and Dan Burton next to finish with 32:18.

Full results in the TT Results section
This weekend sees the club hosting its first road race for several years.

The action gets under way at 1pm on Saturday at RAF Barkston Heath near Grantham, where a full programme of racing will see the regions best bike riders battling it out over multiple laps of the 1.2km circuit. Races vary in length from 20mins for the under 8,10 and 12 catergories to an hour for the 2/3/4 the catergory seniors.

Bourne riders will be hoping for some top placings in their race, with James Gelsthorpe, Bart Kiers and Steve Collins in the supporting senior race for novice riders. However it will probably be in the youth races where the club has its best chance of taking the honours with Campbell Pollock, Tim James, Sian Botteley and Maddie Gammons all expected to place highly

Handicap League 18th April

  Hello All, Ever wondered how the handicap league works, well below is an explanation and attached are the handicaps for Wednesday Hcaps Targets 18th April. All you now need to do is beat your time 🙂

Handicap League

Before each event the comparative time for each rider will be published. This will be used to decide handicap   position for that event. Obviously the rider beating his/her time by thelargest amount will be in the first position

Any club member riding but not listed will be placed in last handicap position after the event.

After each event the standard time for each rider will be amended by the following 4 rules –

  • If the rider goes faster than his/her standard, that is what they will get next time.
  • If the rider goes slower they will get one third of the difference added back to their standard.
  • As above any club member not on this list (and therefore on whom I have no performance data) will be added to the next list
  • All adjustments are subject to the handicapper’s discretion – Deliberate or inadvertent (falling off/winter bikes etc) “sandbagging” will not be rewarded with additional allowance but obvious problems giving an out of line standard may be generously treated.


Last weekend saw Bournes’ top schoolgirl, Sian Botteley, competing for the East Midlands region in arguably the biggest event on the youth road race calendar, the 3 day Tour of Scotland.
Based arod the villages to the west of Perth, the 45 riders had the luxury of racing on completely closed roads.
In Fridays opening 2 stages, Sian placed 19th in the 1.5mile Individual Time Trial and then helped her team mates place 4th in the Team Time Trial based on 3 laps of the individual loop to make up a 4.5 mile course, only 18 seconds off the leading time recorded by the well drilled North West Squad.
Saturdays 35 mile race saw Sian achieve her best result as a youth. After getting in the lead group Sian came home in 5th place just missing out on a place on the podium by half a bike length.
Having moved upto 15th overall, it was all to play for in Sundays hilly 18 mile stage. However after a gutsy attack to break away on the 2nd of 5 laps was brought back by the ever vigilant bunch, Sian slipped back through the field to eventually place 30th on the stage and 21st overall.
Although not quite achieving the overall result Sian was hoping for, Saturdays fantastic ride will fill her with confidence for the long season ahead, and with the UK School Gmes less than a month away, Sian will be looking to help her East Midland team mates take the top spot when she gets to race on the Olympic velodrome.
In the 2nd of two 5 mile time trials that act as a warm up before the Be-Well evening 10 mile league starts next week,23 riders faced the timekeeper with form rider James Gelsthorpe showing that he will be the man to beat this year with a very rapid 11:14. 2nd place went to Andy Barnard with 11:44, whilst last years Club Champion, Keith Munton, gave his new time trial bike an outing and was pleased with his time of 11:56. Bart Kieres and Mark Botteley with 12:02 and 12:17 respectively.
In the battle of the youths, Campbell Pollock, like James showed that he will be tough to beat this year, with a very fast 12:36. 2nd was Tim James with 13:33 with Sian Botteley amking the podium with 13:39.

Thoresby Festival of Cycling

Just to make everyone aware there is a festival of cycling on the 19th and 20th May.

There is nearly 2hrs each day of Go-Ride riding/racing for the under 10’s as well as grass track racing and circuit racing for youths and seniors.

For those interested there is a barn dance and overnight camping available.–Pennies-in-the-Park-0

World Track Championships

So much shouting at the boys and girls on the TV I have given myself a nose bleed!!! – Robin

Anthony takes first win of the season

Tonight saw the opening club time trial of the season. After a day of very heavy rain and strong winds, riders were greeted by light rain but a strong North Easterly wind.

7 riders braved the conditions and Anthony Gough came out on top with a strong ride in a time of 13min 49sec over the 5 mile course. Mark Botteley took second and Simon Ayliff came third.

Full results can be found in the TT results section.

Evening TT’s

Quick reminder that the club evening TT’s start this Wednesday (4th April). We are starting off with a 5 miler on the Greatford course. Meeting place is the usual, at the start of the 10 course and we’ll all ride together to the start. If everyone can arrive by 18:40 that would be great, entry fee is £2.

See you there.

Barkston Heath 21st April

After Robins successful hardriders TT today, it’s time to remind you all that it is only 5 weeks until our road race at Barkston Heath.
We won’t need many marshalls but still need volunteers for various jobs. If you are able to spare 4-5 hours it would be great. Even better if you can race as well, entry is via the BC online entry Website

Bourne 22mile Hardriders TT

Bourne Wheelers Hardriders TT was held on Sunday over 2 laps of the testing Aunby course. The 46 entrants were greeted by perfect conditions, warm sunshine and no wind. Although the course has been used for many years, this year the start and finish points were moved to Barber’s Hill. James Coleman from Witham Wheelers set a blistering new course record with a time of 50mins 40secs to take this years title.

This year saw 6 Bourne Wheelers competing, first home was James Gelsthorpe with a very strong time of 58:07, 8th place overall and winning his category. James was followed in by Keith Munton with a good time of 1:04:38 placing him 6th in his category. Next up were Simon Ayliff and Steve Collins, both riders competing in their first ever TT’s produced excellent results with times of 1:08:51 and 1:10:58 respectively. Anthony Gough finished in a time of 1:14:50 after feeling very unwell during the race and Colin Gilbert rode well to take 4th place in his category with a 1:18:18.

A full set of results can be found the Time Trials results page,

A really big thank you to all those who helped marshal, time keep and provide the much needed refreshments at the finish.

Bourne Wheelers next event will be the club evening 5 miles TT starting on the 4th April at 18:45 on the Greatford course.



Anyone who’s watched Paris-Nice this week (British Eurosport 2) would have seen the damage crosswinds can do. Couple of links below detail the best way to ride in a crosswind and also why the split happened.

A first for Colin Gilbert!

First to use the CTT Internet entry system for an event in Lincolnshire – Beating by a short head, a Boston Wheeler who also entered on the same day.

Postal entries also arriving for the Open event (2 laps Aunby) on Sunday 11th March

Today’s Stage of the Tour of Qatar

For anyone who hasn’t seen it, this is well worth a watch.

Roll on the classic’s

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Sleaford Open 10TT 7th April

By now you may have been perusing your 2012 CTT Handbook and planning your season ahead. If not the full Calendar is up on the CTT website. Hopefully the Sleaford Wheelers (Charity) 10 mile Time Trial on Easter Saturday will be included in your programme of events to ride.
Last year over £900 was raised from this popular event for the Sleaford Wheelers chosen Charity – Cancer Research UK. It is to be hoped that we can be as successful again in 2012.
Course C10/10 is a single carriageway slightly rolling course, with, in the main, a decent surface. It is entirely on the A15 from just below Quarrington with a RAB turn at Osbournby A15/A52. Course record was set in 2010 by Jim Coleman in a most impressive time of 20 minutes 54 seconds.
Seasonal prizes for this event will be donated, as will those for the after event Raffle.. After necessary expenses are deducted, all surplus monies from the entry fees, donations, tea bar and raffle will be passed on to Cancer Research UK.
There is a new style entry form that can be downloaded from the CTT website.

Go to the CTT website for more details

Cyclocross Racing Report

Bournes top youth cyclo cross rider Tim James finished his cross season off in style with his 2 best performances of the year.
Firstly in the final counting round of the National Trophy Series at Shrewsbury, he raced to his best placing of 4th in the series, which lifted him upto a highly respectable 7th overall in the under 14 catergory.
He followed this up with a tremendous ride at Bardney in the final Lincs league event, where he dominated from the start to record his 2nd victory of the year in the league by over 80 seconds in the 30 minute race.Backing Tim up in 3rd place for the 2nd successive race in the league was Sian Botteley who in so doing, managed to keep her 100% record in the girls category.

Not to be out done by her 2 older team mates was Maddie Gammons who picked up the 1st prize on handicap as well as placing 2nd girl and 8th overall in the race, to go along with victory in the Lincs League and Lincs Championship for the girls under 14 catergory. In only her first season at the sport, this is a remarkable achievement and indicates a very bright future for the 12 year old who will still be racing in this catergory next year
Also racing strongly at the weekend was Aaron Bateman who finished just behind Maddie in 9th, while Bournes other trio of riders Joe Collins, Dan Burton and Adam Botteley all rode well.

In the senior event, Bourne for once fielded more than the ususal solo rider, and some of the youths magic must of rubbed off on them as Joe’s dad, Steve took victory on handicap, whilst Mark Botteley continued his good form from the National Cross Champs a fortnight ago with a solid 8th place overall, with Bournes other rider Bart Kieres just missing out on a top 10 place

Cyclocross National Championships 2012 Report

James Gelsthorpe was the pick of the Bourne Wheeler riders that contested the various National Cyclo-Cross Championships at Chantry Park, Ipswich last weekend.

James Gelsthorpe

Racing in the senior event at the end of the 2 days of racing, up against the very best riders in the country, James put in a fantastic performance to place 48th overall in only his 2nd ever cross race. Despite a viscious pace over the extremely technical course, James stuck to his gameplan and despite starting right at the back of the 90 rider field, he picked riders off consistently throughout the hour long race. Club coach Mark Botteley said  “A top 50 performance was a great achievement bearing in mind his inexperience at the discipline and one can only wonder how much higher up the field James would of finished if he’d had a full season at the sport!”

Tim James

On the Saturday it was the youth and Veterans who kicked off the championships. First up were Tim James and Maddie Gammons. Both rode incredibly well, with Tim coming in 9th in the under 14 boys, while Maddie placed 10th in the under 14 girls.
Next up was Sian Botteley in the under 16 girls race. Despite her worse start of the season which saw her drop right to the back of the 21 rider field, Sian surged through the field to eventually finish a creditable 11th.

Last of the Bourne riders to compete was Mark Botteley in the Vets race. Despite being seeded 85th out of the 100 starters, and like James right at the back of the field as they set off, Mark surged through the field, overtaking riders all the way through the 40 minute race. in the end Mark placed 32nd, 25 places higher than last year

CRC Sale

For anyone interested, CRC are selling some 2010 mavic zxellium shoes for £71!


Peterborough CC Sportive Sunday 8th July

As far as I am aware at least 4 guys from Bourne Wheelers have entered this event.

Entries are now open for this years Peterborough Cycling Club Sportive, to be held on Sunday 8th July.
You can enter online this year at

There are 300 spaces available, an increase over last years 200 but I am sure this event will sell out so get your entries in ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Entry fee is only £12 and some of this will be going to the Peterborough Cycling Club’s Youth Development Fund.

Route will be similar to last years but not exactly the same, we hope to see you there.

Any questions about the event please email me:


Ian Wild

Peterborough Cycling Club.

Spinning Classes cancelled

Just a quick note, we are no longer running the tuesday night spinning classes as the gym are now using the room at this time.


Spinning Tonight

Quick reminder that spinning classes start tonight at 8pm at Universal Fitness. Open to all club members sessions cost £1.