After a long three week wait, the official results are finally in from the Team Swift Open 10 TT back in mid-September.
5 Bourne Wheelers made the two hour trip north to represent the club in a strong field of 145 riders near Goole.
On the day Matt Green stole the show posting a super fast 20 mins 42 seconds over the 10 mile course and in doing so broke the 5 year old club record held by now professional rider Alistair Slater who rode a 20:59 at the National Junior Championships in 2010.
Matt’s ride was good enough for 14th place overall and he also took 2nd in his Group Category. Antony Gough took nearly two minutes of his personal best to come home 23rd overall, just ten seconds behind Matt in 20:52, enough to win his Group Category. Keith Munton finished 64th in 21:51, another personal best whilst Cliff Hilless (72nd in 22:07) and Simon Ayliff (111th in 23:23) also both beat their best ever times for the 10 mile event.
To complete a fantastic day for the club, Green, Gough and Munton also won the team prize, based on the three fastest rides for each club, to just edge out Team Swift on their home turf.
Other Bourne based riders taking part included Jason Burrill (Peterborough CC) who was 4th in 19:48 and Mike Smalley 61st in 21:45.
(Report by Mark Botteley)
A busy few weeks for the club has seen the successful hosting of a road race on behalf of the Northants Cycle Racing Association (NCRA) followed by the annual Bourne Ultimatum sportive, which attracted nearly 140 participants.
The clubs youth riders, affectionateley known as the Bullets have also had a great couple of weeks.
Bryn Richards has gone from strength to strength all year, and placed an excellent 5th at the Tickhill Grand Prix. Jess Woodworth who will be representing the East Midlands at the Inter Regional Championships in Nottinghamshire this weekend, had a perfect warm up, racing two races at Tickhill and finishing in the lead group just outside the top 10 in each.
However the star of the show for these last few weeks was 12 year old Molly Peel. The youngster won the National schoolgirls 12 year old 10 mile championship in Hertfordshire, recording a time of 30:01, a great time for such a young racer, well over a minute ahead of the second placed rider.
This weekend sees the start of the Lincs League Cyclo Cross season, with the first round taking part at Sleaford Rugby Club. Club champion Bart Kieres will again be the man to beat, but junior Tim James who placed 10th in the National Series last year will be after Bart’s crown.
The weather was once again kind as the sun shone on the 132 riders who successfully completed one of the three routes at the annual Bourne Ultimatum sportive ride.
The short (54 miles) and medium (76 miles) routes were this year joined by the new ‘Centurion’ ride that saw riders completed a challenging 101 mile course.
The event was well supported by a number of volunteers from the club, as well as family members and the Girl Guides.
Full details and rider times can be downloaded at https://bournewheelers.wordpress.com/bourne-ultimatum-2015/
The annual club hill climb championship took place on a warm(ish) sunny evening with a record 20 competitors taking to the start line.
On the night, it was Tim James (57 secs) who took the overall title, successfully making the transition from the youth competition he had won for 3 years in a row. Reigning champion Bart Kieres (1min 06 secs) missed out on a hat-trick of hill climb titles and had to settle for 2nd place this time. Stuart Burgess completed the podium coming home third in a time of 1min 09 secs
Other winners on the night were;
Bryn Richards (1st Youth 1min 15 secs)
Jessica Woodworth (1st Female Youth 1 min 19 secs)
Clare Parkin (1st Female 1min 23 secs)
Full result can be downloaded here :
Matt Green stormed to the top of the club’s best 10 mile time list with a flying 21 mins 47 secs at the Bossard Wheelers Open TT on Saturday (29th).
Matt’s time was good enough for 16th overall in a field of 102 riders.
Antony Gough came home 33rd and took 34 seconds off his PB to post 22 mins 46 secs.
This year’s competition was the closest on record with seven riders still mathematically able to win the title going into the last round. In the event it was Peter Waddingham who came out on top to take the title, edging out Chris Kettle and Mike Smalley who took 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Unlike the scratch competition there were 11 different winners across the 12 rounds of racing. Jamie Nation was the only rider to win twice, with the following taking one win each;
Chris Kettle / Stuart Handley / Emma Rodgers / Stuart Burgess / Nigel Thompson / Jason Burrill / Martin Rolbin / Robbie Ward / Ali Slater / Clare Parkin
In the Youth competition Bryn Richards was first and Emma Rodgers picked up her 2nd title winning the Ladies section.
The 2015 Scratch League was comfortably retained by Tom Comben, with Matt Green once again taking the runners-up spot. A late run of results saw previous Champion Jason Burrill seal 3rd place at the last race of the season.
Tom won 5 rounds with additional wins for Jason (3), James Gelsthorpe (2) and Matt and Ali Slater (1 win each).
The Youth title was won by Bryn Richards and the ladies title went to Emma Rodgers.
Congratulations to the 40+ riders that took part in this year’s TT League and well done to everyone that secure new PBs over one of the four courses 🙂
Special mention to Cliff Hilless and Mike Smalley, the one riders to compete in all 12 rounds this year.
A warm sunny evening greeted 26 riders as they took on the final round of the 2015 Club TT League. The event doubled up as the Club 5 Mile Championship race.
Fastest on the night was local Raleigh pro rider Steve Lampier in 10 mins 54 secs.
First Bourne rider and new 5 Mile Champion was Matt Green in 11 mins 37 secs, edging out Robbie Ward by just 8 seconds, with Antony Gough completing the championship trace podium a further 12 seconds back.
Adam Botteley took the Youth title in 12 mins 12 secs and Jessica Woodworth secured the Ladies title in 13 mins 59 secs.
On the night Robbie Ward also took the handicap victory from Gareth Richards and Peter Waddingham. Peter’s 3rd place finish on the night was enough to give him the 2015 Handicap League title after a nail biting finale in which anyone of seven riders could still have won going into the final race.
Congratulations to all the new champions and well done to everyone who took part, especially those securing new PBs over the 5 Mile distance 🙂
8 pairings took part in this years Club 2 Up TT Championship race over the 10 mile course at Greatford.
On the night, the club’s top two testers, Tom Comben and Matt Green paired up to take the title in a time of 23 mins 10 secs. Taking second was defending champion Mark Botteley and son Adam Bottley who came home in 24 mins 09 secs. Completing the podium were Cliff Hilless and Keith Munton a further 19 seconds down.
Congrats to all who took part 🙂
Congratulations to Emma Rodgers who has now secured both the female scratch and handicap competitions in her first year of competition.
Emma’s season started with a 38 min 32 secs at Greatford and she has improved continually, posting a PB of 31 min 31 secs at Aslackby in late July.
Emma can also secure a top 5 place in the overall handicap competition with a strong result at the final race of the season.
Well done Emma 🙂
20 riders took to the start line on a blustery, sunny evening for the last 10 mile time trial of the 2015 Championship season over the Aslackby course.
James Gelsthorpe took the scratch win in 22 mins 08 secs from Jason Burrill (@32 secs) and Tom Comben (@37 secs). The handicap win went to last year’s champion Martin Rolbin followed by Ian Davison and Nigel Thompson.
Emma Rodgers won the ladies race narrowly beating Molly Peel who won the youth section on the night.
Click the image to see the full race result
The handicap league is shaping up to be the closest in years with four riders separated by just one point at the top of the table and as many as 7 riders still in with a chance of winning (mathematically at least!) Mike Smalley joins Chris Kettle at the top of the table on 99 points with Cliff Hilless and Peter Waddingham tied in 3rd both on 98 points. Antony Gough (92), Stuart Handley (92) and Ian Davison (86) could all still win, but would need to score highly in the final race and hope their rivals return low scores.
The youth title is between Bryn Richards and Maddie Gammons.
The ladies title has already been won by Emma Rodgers who could yet secure a top 5 finish in the overall competition with a good result at the final race.
Congratulations to Emma Rodgers who secures the female scratch league title 🙂
In the overall competition Tom Comben and Matthew Green have already secured the first two places, but the battle for third will go to the wire – Cliff Hilless and Antony Gough remained tied after neither scored any additional points tonight. Jason Burrill is on a late run that could see him snatch 3rd at the final race in two weeks time.
The youth title again appears to be a straight shootout between Bryn Richards and Maddie Gammons
Well done to everyone that raced tonight, especially those of you that got a PB 🙂
The three routes for this years Bourne Ultimatum sportive have been unveiled.
Following notification about anticipated roadworks and in the interest of rider safety there have been some changes to the route distances, with the 80 mile route now being shortened to the 71 miles. The other two routes see an increase of 1 mile.
All three routes have plenty of climbing and ‘The Centurion’ 100 mile route has been graded level 3 ‘Difficult’ by British Cycling as has the 76 mile route. The 54 mile route has been graded level 2 ‘Challenging’.
Links to the routes can be found on Strava as below.
On a cold and wet night (at the start at least) 2o riders braved the conditions to take on the Aslackby 10 mile course.
On the night, Jason Burrill took the scratch victory in a fantastic 22 mins 06 secs, from Tom Comben in 2nd (23 mins 08 secs) and Cliff Hilless in 3rd (24 mins 15 secs).
Second place was enough to give Tom the overall title for the second year running (see separate report).
Several riders, including Stuart Handley, Peter Waddingham and Chris Kettle, posted new personal bests for the 10 mile distance, so it will be interesting to see the outcome of the handicap competition.
The handicap results will be available in due course once Robin is feeling better – I’m sure everyone will join me in wishing him a very speedy recovery 🙂
Thanks to Gordon and Irene as always and to Kim and Adam Botteley for stepping in at late notice to assist with timing and the start – not a nice night for any of them – much appreciated by all 🙂
Provisional scratch result below – (click the pic to open in new window for clearer view!)
Three Bourne Wheelers and Mr Smalley were in action at Sleaford last night as guest riders in their final 10 mile TT league race of the season.
On a slightly slower night than previous ones all returned respectable times and the fastest rider on the night posted a 20:18!!
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With his main title rivals not taking part, Tom Comben, secured the points he needed to give him an unassailable lead in the Club Time Trial Scratch League.
Tom, 2nd on the night, retains the title he won last year.
Congratulations Tom 🙂 A very worthy champion well done
(Full race results from Wednesday will follow in due course)
(Report by Mark Botteley)
Last weekend was all about the clubs youths, with the Heckington Show on Saturday and then the Regional youth circuit race championships on Sunday at the PFI Karting track near Grantham which the club organised on the regions behalf with sponsorship from JJ Mac Ltd of Bourne.
The club fielded a team for the first time ever in the inter club grass track competition at Heckington. With a very inexperienced team, as only three of the six riders had raced grass track before, it was impossible to know what to expect, and as the team was made up of an equal split of boys and girls with 4 of the riders being under 12, where the other participating teams only fielded one girl and generally older children, it was impossible to predict if the Bourne team would be competitive.
What transpired was a display of such dominance especially by the girls, that even before the final race, Bourne were so far ahead they couldn’t be beaten.
With points being awarded for each of the 7 events that made up the competition, it was important to be consistent in all events. This the club did with the club taking a convincing win in the team sprint and Jess Woodworth, who was the star of the show, winning both her individual races. With Adam Botteley and Molly Peel both taking a 2nd and a 3rd, in both there individual races and Bryn Richards two 2nds and Emily Richards and Harry Garfield also scoring valuable points for the team, the young team won by ah huge margin. With only one of the riders being too old to compete next year, there’s every chance that next year will potentially see an even more dominant performance.
On Sunday, the whole team moved over to PFI Karting to try and win the much coverted Regional Championship Titles….11 Bourne Bullets took to the start line over the various youth categories to try and emulate the only club rider, Sian Botteley, to ever take a title.
Once again though, they were to be disappointed with no individual titles. However some great performances ensued, with Bryn Richards taking a fine 2nd in the under 12 boys and Molly Peel and Emily Richards placing 2nd and 3rd respectively in the under 12 girls race. Georgia Bullard was the other Bullet to medal coming 3rd in the under 16 girls race.
Other top placing’s were achieved by Alex Galpin, 4th in the under 12 boys and Adam Botteley 9th in the biggest race on the programme, the under 16 boys race.
Unluckily for Jess Woodworth, after the highs of yesterday came down to earth with a bump literally as she crashed 3 times when in the leading group as the rain started, causing the track to turn really slippery. On each occasion she got back on but couldn’t get back up to the leaders after her last crash with two laps to go.
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LIVES is organising a 200 MILE charity bike ride AROUND LINCOLNSHIRE COUNTY HOSPITALS on the 5th & 6th SEPTEMBER 2015 and are looking for riders to join in and cover all or part of the route.
The charity is LOOKING FOR THREE TYPES OF RIDERS:
CORE RIDERS – CYCLING 200 MILES IN 24 HOURS AROUND THE COUNTY HOSPITALS, CYCLING AVERAGE 15MPH.
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The event flyer can be found here CYCLE RIDE 15
It’s a little over 6 weeks until this years Sportive on Sunday 13th September.
This year’s event will see several improvements including;
Final route details will be posted in the next couple of weeks – any questions please use the Contact Us page – we look forward to seeing you there 🙂
To celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the club it was agreed that we’d look into the possibility of getting a one off retro style jersey designed to mark the occasion.
Some initial designs have been floated via email and Facebook and the final amends to the jersey have been made and as requested there are two versions for members to consider – one is predominantly red as per the majority of Wheelers kits over the years and the second design offers a little more blue and presents something quite different.
Club members are now being asked to vote for their preferred designed. To do so please visit the Facebook Group page or respond to the email circulated a little earlier.
PLEASE ONLY VOTE IF YOU ARE LIKELY TO BUY ONE!
IT MAY BE POSSIBLE TO ORDER BOTH DESIGNS IF ENOUGH INTEREST – apologies for CAPS, but that bit was important! 🙂
Comben secures 10 mile TT title and closes in on scratch league victory – Kettle takes lead in handicap league
A small field of 12 Bourne Wheelers contested the Club 10 mile TT Championships on warm, relatively calm night over the Greatford course.
Many of the field posted PBs as Tom Comben secured the senior title in a new club course record in 23 mins 07 secs. Antony Gough (24:40) and Cliff Hilless (24:41) completed the podium places.
Bryn Richards and Georgia Bullard secured the Boys and Girls titles respectively and Cliff’s season continued to go from strength to strength as he won the Vets on Standard title.
The race doubled up as Round 8 of the Club TT League with Tom, Antony and Cliff taking the 1-2-3 on scratch.
Stuart Burgess won the handicap from Peter Waddingham and Keith Read and Mike Smalley was 1st in the Vets on Standard for the 8th race in a row.
The top 5 on scratch are as follows – one more top 2 finish will secure Tom the championship for a second year running.
The handicap competition continues to be close, Chris K moves into a narrow lead from long time leader Cliff, with Mike S still in contention. Other riders including Stuart H, Jamie N and Peter W all have rides in hand that could yet see them challenge for the title J
28 riders took to the line on a warm sunny evening to do battle in this years’ Interclub competition over a 25 mile course that started near Donington. 6 riders represented Bourne as the club looked to avenge last years narrow defeat to Spalding.
The race saw some excellent times, with 10 riders breaking the magical one hour and a number of great PBs. Neil Palmer of Spalding posted the fastest time (54 mins 43 secs).
Bourne Wheelers Times
Tom Comben 56 mins 54 secs
Matt Green 57 mins 31 secs
Antony Gough 59 mins 29 secs
Cliff Hilless 1hr 00 mins 50 secs
Tony Gilbert 1hr 02 mins 26 secs
Martin Rolbin 1hr 08 mins 29 secs
In the team event Spalding retained the title with a 2mins 42 sec advantage over Bourne (Tom Comben/ Matt Green/ Antony Gough) who were 2nd were the second year in a row.
In the Category competitions, Bourne’s ever improving Cliff Hilless continued his excellent season winning the C Cat with an excellent time of 1 hr 00 min 50 sec.
The standings in the Hereward League and individual race results can be found here 2015 Hereward Results & Standings_Rnd_3 Spalding
In the handicap competition Antony Gough has moved into 1st place overall, Cliff Hilless is in 5th and Matt Green is 6th. However, with a number of riders yet to place a 3rd score there are 9 riders still in with a shout of securing the overall title.
In the scratch competition Spalding’s Chris Ward has secured 1st place.
Of the Bourne riders, Matt lies 2nd, Cliff is 4th and Antony is 5th. Tom Comben currently sits in 9=, but has yet to record a 3rd score. Matt and Tom are both well placed for a top 3 finish overall.
For those that aren’t aware the postponed Peterborough round of the league has been rescheduled for Thursday 30th July.
The wind dropped and the sun came out just in time to save riders from a more gruelling challenge on the Spalding course last night.
19 riders took to the line for the 3rd Round of this years Hereward League competition with 5 riders representing Bourne.
In the scratch race, Neil Palmer from Spalding took the win in 37 mins 27 secs. Bourne’s Matt Green made the top 5 coming home 4th @ 1min 12 secs.
In the handicap, Bourne riders came home 5th (Antony Gough), 8th (Matt), 10th (Cliff Hilless) and 15th (Gareth Richards). Bryn Richards also competed but was unfortunate to puncture on the infamous South Fen Road 😦
Well done to all that took part on a less than welcoming night – overall tables to follow when available.
Deafblind UK work to support people who have a combined sight and hearing loss through working to provide them with the same rights, access and opportunities as others.
The charity is organising a charity cycle ride (on both regular bikes and tandems) around Rutland Water to take place on September 5th.
This is a vital event to raise funds to support people who are deaf and blind, a condition that is described as ‘the loneliest condition in the world’, and which affects approximately 394,000 people in the UK.
You can find more details at www.deafblind.org.uk/doubleup
With club members riding across the country, Bourne Wheelers were represented by Keith Munton and Cliff Hilless at Witham Wheelers annual 10m TT event on Saturday. A strong field of 51 riders tackled the course on a sunny warm day.
The pair fought out their own private battle as Keith (24:39) came home just 11 seconds ahead of Cliff (24:50) as they took 18th and 19th respectively.
It’s not too late to enter arguably the richest TT in Lincolnshire, with entries still being taken for the 9th edition of the Nev Crane Memorial ’25’ that takes place on the 19th July and is organised by Sleaford Wheelers CC.
The event is always well attended and usually attracts a field of over 100 entries, so it’s a great chance for Bourne Wheelers members to test themselves against a wider group of fellow testers.
Course C25/35 last year posted the first 49 minute ride ever seen in an Open in the County and the 49:53 recorded by Matt Bottrill in winning this event is the 3rd quickest time the County has ever seen.
A Prize List of over £900 (£250 ring fenced for Ladies)
£100 Fastest rider going down 10 places
£10 Fastest rider slower than 1:00:59 and each minute down to and including 1:11:59
The Nev Crane Memorial Trophy is awarded to the Fastest rider from the promoting Club
Internet Entry or by Post
On CTT Entry Form along with Entry Fee £8 (Cheques payable to D. Laidlow) and sent to:
Closing date for entries is 6pm Tuesday July 7th.
A great turnout saw 27 riders take on the Aslackby course for the first time this season on a sunny, cool evening.
Ex-Bourne Wheelers Jason Burrill and James Gelsthorpe set the fastest times of the night in 21 mins 57 secs and 22 mins 07 secs respectively with James taking the scratch league win. Tom Comben was 2nd in 22 mins 55 secs with Matt Green 3rd in 23 mins 04 secs.
1st Junior was Jamie Nation with a new PB of 27 mins 13 secs. 1st Female and 1st Youth was Maddie Gammons in 26 mins 24 secs
Emma Rodgers took 1st on handicap, followed by Peter Waddingham and Jamie Nation.
(League Tables will be updated and posted ASAP)
Well done to everyone that completed the course and congrats to all riders that secured new PBs 🙂
PS Free route maps available on the website for those that need them 😉
The Club Committee is delighted to announce that Bourne Wheelers Cycling Club has had it’s Club Mark status renewed after a successful audit. This means the club will continue to be recognised as part of British Cycling’s Go-Ride programme.
The successful audit was the result of a number of people’s hard work, but particular mention goes to Mark Botteley and Gerald Bone who pulled all the relevant documentation together and met with the auditors.
Go-Ride sessions are held at The Recreation Ground in Bourne every Monday evening from 6-7pm. Please use the Contact Us page if you require further information.
Following the postponement of the first scheduled race of 2015, 22 riders gathered at a Bourne Wheelers’ Aunby circuit on a cool and windy night to contest the first points of this years Hereward League series.
In the all important handicap competition Fenland Clarion took a 1-2 finish with Neil Richardson beating team mate Lynden Leadbeater with Mike Smalley of Peterborough coming home in 3rd. There were top 10 finishes for Bourne Wheelers Tony Gilbert (4th), Cliff Hilless (6th) and Antony Gough (8th).
Chris Ward from Spalding set the fastest scratch time of the night in 26 mins 38 secs, followed by Simon Pitchford from Fenland Clarion and Bourne’s own Tom Comben in 3rd.
Bourne Wheelers Times
Tom Comben 27 mins 38 secs (3rd)
Matt Green 27 mins 51 secs (5th)
Cliff Hilless 29 mins 09 secs (6th)
Tony Gilbert 29 mins 22 secs (8th)
Keith Munton 29 mins 24 secs (9th)
Antony Gough 29 mins 34 secs (10th)
Simon Ayliff 31 mins 03 secs (14th)
Martin Rolbin 34 mins 14 secs (20th)
Well done to everyone that took part and many thanks to all the volunteers who made racing possible 🙂
23 riders took to the Greatford course and the field included several first time riders who acquitted themselves very well on a windy, cool night.
On the night Tom Comben took the scratch victory by just 3 secs from ex-Wheeler Jason Burrill with Matt Green just a further 3 secs back (getting closer Matt! :)) and Darren Kelly, completing the podium places in the scratch league competition.
The handicap saw Jamie Nation pick up a second successive victory beating Chris Kettle and Darren Kelly into 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Overall after 3 rounds and Tom has maximum points in the scratch competition and Chris Kettle is the early leader on handicap;
1. Tom Comben 60 points
2. Matt Green 54 points
3. Antony Gough 42 points
1. Chris Kettle 47 points
2. Stuart Handley 41 points
3. Cliff Hilless 41 points
Saturday 16th May saw two Bourne Wheelers riders take on Peterborough Cycling Club’s Open 10 mile TT on the N1/10 course along the old A1 between Sawtry and Stilton.
A brisk crosswind provided an added challenge, but the day still saw numerous fast times throughout the 75 strong field.
Fastest on the day was Terry Wright Cycles’ Brett Harwood with 20:22 – 58 seconds off Alex Dowsett’s (Movistar) course record of 19:24.
Tom Comben came home in 12th place with a personal best over the 10 mile distance of 22:22; also winning the C Category class. Keith Munton was 35th with a season’s best of 24:48.
Elsewhere, Jason Burrill (riding under Peterborough CC colours) came 7th in 21:47, winning B Cat. Mike Smalley (riding for Peterborough) was 32nd in 24:31; also 3rd Vet on Standard. Louise Day (riding for Team Swift) was 4th Lady in 25:39.
Bourne Wheelers were well represented at the latest round of the Lincolnshire Handicap Road Race League.
4 riders took to the start line on a cool, but sunny evening as experienced riders Bart Kieres, Przemek Jasnikowski and Martin Rolbin were joined by Antony Gough who was making his road racing debut.
The race was run over 7 laps of a 3.6 mile loop near Aisthorpe, north of Lincoln, making a 25 mile course in total. The undulating circuit was marked by a fast sweeping downhill section halfway round and a sharp steep hill about 300m before the start/finish line and it was the make up of the course that would prove crucial to race tactics on the night.
Martin and Antony started in the first group of riders, with Prze in group 3 and Bart joining the fastest riders in group 4. After a steady start, Martin brought Antony to the head of the first group, with Antony then getting away and edging a slight lead towards the end of the 2nd lap. Meanwhile Bart and Prze were both well placed in their respective groups as they proceeded to chase down the early starters.
Antony continued to open up the gap at the front as he stayed away solo for the next 4 laps (15 miles) before finally being caught by the fast moving peloton as they approached the hill for the penultimate time.
As the race reached it’s conclusion, Bart got up well to finish in 6th place with Prze finishing in the main bunch. Martin and Antony came in shortly after to conclude a hectic nights racing.
(Report by Mark Botteley)
Last weekend saw the busiest three days racing of the year for the Bourne Wheelers.
The ever growing youth section, affectionately known as the “Bullets” had a great weekend, where they picked up a 2nd and 3rd team prize at the inaugural Spalding Grand Prix Festival on the Saturday and Sunday, despite having the youngest team present.
On the Saturday Molly Peel, Penny and Edward Linsdell, Callum and Conor Lee and Eliash Polak took a fine 2nd place in the Go-Race events at the festival and on the Sunday Molly, Penny and Ed were joined by Bryn and Emily Richards and Harry Garfield to take an equally impressive 3rd place in the under 14 Italian Pursuit around the town centre, despite being all under 12’s.
Bryn Emily and Harry wern’t finished there as they all rode at Ixworth on the Bank Holiday Monday at Ixworth, where Bryn took a magnificent 2nd place in the under 12’s race.
Also racing at Ixworth were established under 16 performers Adam Botteley and Jess Wodworth, who placed 13th and 4th respectively in there races.
Bourne teenager Sian Botteley, riding for Velosure Starley Primal rode the womens race at Ixworth and took a fine 3rd place, easily outsprinting her rivals in the bunch sprint for 3rd place. This completed a busy weekend for Sian after she finished a creditable 58th in the inaugural Womens Tour of Yorkshire on the Saturday.
Further afield Tim James and Maddie Gammons competed in the Isle of Man in the Islands Youth Tour. Unfortunately for both the weather was horrendous, especially in the junior boys races.
However both battled throughout there respective races with Tim, competing against riders a year older than himself, placing an excellent 38th overall out of 80 competitors, and Maddie gaining 8th place in the final stage around Ramsay, helping her to move upto 12th overall.
The second round of the club mid-week TT League saw riders step up to the more familiar 10 mile distance over the Greatford course.
On a cool, windy night, 16 riders took to the start line, including local elite riders Steve Lampier, fastest on the night in 23 mins 5 secs, and Tom Neale.
It was business as usual in the scratch race with the top 3 coming home in the same order as race #1.
Tom, Matt and Stuart have already emerged as the lead contenders for the overall title.
As always, the handicap championship is shaping up to a close affair right from the start with 5 riders separated by just 3 points after the first two races. On the night Jamie Nation (1st Junior) took the win from Mike Smalley and Cliff Hilless. Overall Mike and Stuart Handley hold the overall lead, with Cliff, Stuart Boyd and Chris Kettle all tied for 3rd just a few points back.
After winning all 10 events last year, Mike Smalley continues his dominance of the Vets League and secured back to back victories with another fantastic ride. PBs for Cliff and Tom saw them come 2nd and 3rd respectively for the second race in a row.
Well done to all who took part, especially those who set new course PBs on a challenging night 🙂
Next week the action moves to Peterborough and Round #1 of this year’s Hereward League competition with Spalding CC, Peterborough CC and Fenland Clarion.
The club season proper got under way this week as members lined up to secure the first points of the 2015 Club TT League season. It was another cool to cold evening with a slight headwind on the way out as the riders tackled the 5 mile Barholm course.
On the night local rider Tom Neale, representing Catford CC, was the quickest round the course in 11:16. Tom Comben was the first Wheeler home and took the victory in 11:31 as he looks to retain his title from last year. Matt Green was 2nd in 11:49 with Stuart Boyd 3rd in 12:08. Robbie Ward was 1st Junior in 12:22 and Adam Botteley was 1st Youth in 12:45.
In the handicap competition first blood went to Stuart Handley who took the win followed by Stuart Boyd and Jonny Palmer.
Well done to all 22 riders that took part especially those that secure new PBs over the short TT distance. Next week the racing hots up with the first 10m TT over the Greatford course.
(Report by Mark Botteley)
Last weekend saw the clubs top youths travelling up to Sunderland for the first round in the National Youth Circuit Series. All five youths who competed raced exceptionally well.
Three of the clubs new recruits were all racing in their first races at this level and it was 12 year old Molly Peel who secured the highest finish for the Wheelers with 7th place in the under 12 girls race. Backing her up really well was Emily Richards in 13th, while Bryn Richards put in an excellent performance in the under 12 boys race to place 14th.
In the under 16 girls race, established star rider Maddie Gammons was looking to carry on her excellent string of results from the winter. Backed up by first year under 16 Jessica Woodworth, the club have two very talented riders and will be a force to be reckoned with Nationally this year. As usual Maddie rode an aggressive race. When a dangerous move went early in the race, she countered but unfortunately for Maddie the gap was just to big to close and the bunch caught her, just before she got upto the leader, leaving her with no time to recover.
Huge excitement on the streets of Bourne today as the directorial debut of mysterious film maker Bjorn Veelers was unveiled.
Follow the link to see what all the fuss is about….
(Report by Mark Botteley)
A great turnout of 25 riders took part in the Bourne Wheelers first midweek race of the year on Wednesday.
The race, over a 5 mile course at Barholm, was the first of two warm-up events being held before the club TT League proper starts in a couple of weeks time.
Despite fairly chilly conditions some fast times were recorded with local pro rider Steve Lampier posting the fastest time covering the 5 miles course in 11:05. Second fastest was club champion Tom Comben with 11:33, with Peterborough CC rider James Gelsthorpe making up the top 3 with 11:39.
Fourth fastest and 2nd Wheeler to finish was Matt Green with 11:46, while Darren Kelly was the only other rider to beat 25mph avg with 11:59.
First women was Sian Botteley representing Velosure Starley Primal with 13:26, while 12 year old Mollie Peel, making her debut appearance in a time trial was 2nd with 16:02. First youth rider was Bryn Richards, again riding his first ever time trial, with 14:32.
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The Peterborough 100 is a popular local charity ride in aid of Action Medical Research who do fantastic work on medical research to help prevent childhood diseases. You can read more about their work here http://www.action.org.uk/about-us/more-about-action
There are three routes to choose from (46m, 64m, 101m) on 19th April 2015 and you can get full details here http://www.action.org.uk/peterborough-100
The discount code PET15 has come direct from the charity and will entitle you to 15% off the entry fee.
(Report by Mark Botteley)
This weekend sees the opening races of the 2015 road season. The Bourne Wheelers riders are spread between two locations, with most at Milton Keynes while a few make the journey up to York.
Its been a busy off season for the club with Maddie Gammons and Tim James excelling at the winter element of the sport that is cyclo-cross. Whilst the duo have been flying the flag for the club at National level, the rest of the club have been training hard and this weekend should give the clubs riders an idea of where their form is at.
The clubs strongest age group this year should be the junior boys and U16 girls. With Tim James and Robbie Ward moving up from the youth catergory to juniors they should both be very competitive and will hope to be featuring in National Series races, while National cyclo cross series champion Maddie Gammons will be joined by Jess Woodworth and Georgia Bullard (transferred over from Fenland Clarion), to make up what should be the strongest girls team in the East Midlands.
The U12 catergory should also be very strong with a trio of riders joining the club from Spalding CC. Molly Peel, Bryn and Emily Richards dominated the Lincs league cyclo-cross league and will hope to carry this form with them in their new team colours on the road and track this year. The trio will be a welcome addition to what was already a strong team with Alex and Dan Galpin, Harry Garfield, Edward and Penny Linsdell and Charley Woodworth.
The only section of the club that will potentially struggle this year will be the senior men, where the loss of Jason Burrill to the Peterborough Road Team, will leave the club a little short, although with Tim and Robbie able to ride with established seniors Mark Botteley, Bart Kieres and Prez Janakowski, the club will hope to still get some top performances.
The clubs time trial season doesn’t begin until April. Reigning club champion Tom Comben again will take all the beating in the season long running club 10 league. This year the club are promoting 4 midweek, womens only 5 mile time trial events. These should hopefully be well supported, with any women allowed to enter.
The club are also organising a road race as part of the East Midlands Road Race League on the 5th April. This will also include a womens only race which will double up as the East Midlands and Central Region Championships for women. On the 26th July, the club will organise their annual circuit races at a new venue, PFI Karting near Grantham.
The clubs annual sportive again is to be held in early September on the 6th. Course details are yet to be confirmed, but will be released shortly.
For those that don’t know, the circuit training sessions that take place on Monday nights at the “Not All Bad” Youth Centre in Bourne (the building in the Leisure Centre car park) will now continue until the end of March.
The circuits session runs from 6-7.15pm and after that the informal ‘club night’evening runs until 8pm.
The sessions are FREE to club members – non-members welcome, but pay £1 to attend.
A BIG Thank you to everybody that took part in the BW Reliability Trial On Feb 9th. Your contributions and cakes on the day raised £200. Mark & Kim Botteley have kindly decided for 2015 to support the Marie Curie Daffodil campaign. This campaign runs from 27th Feb till the end of March, so if you see one, wear your daffodil with pride.
Saturday 24th January saw the annual club presentation night at The Loft in Bourne town centre.
After the traditional quiz, we heard from our guest speaker, Jeff Snodin from Melton Olympic Cycling Club. Jeff won seven British national champion gold medals on the track and was part of the 10 mile team time trial national championship winning team in 1994. The highlight of his racing career was coming 6th in the 10 Mile Scratch Race at the Victoria Commonwealth Games in Canada in 1994. He is currently team coach for the East Midlands at the UK School Games. Jeff spoke about his career and kindly took part in a Q&A session to pass on his advice and thoughts on a variety of cycling topics.
Details of Award Winners for the 2014 season are below, but special mention to Maddie Gammons who was made an Honorary Life Member following her National Trophy victory; Gordon & Irene Whiting who were thanked for all their support of the club TT races; and all those riders who were inaugurated into the club ‘Hall of Champions‘ as part of the club’s 80th Anniversary celebrations.
A programme from the night can be downloaded here
2014 Award Winners
TT League Champion: Tom Comben
Merit Cup: Mark Botteley
Points Champion: Tom Comben
Clubman Trophy: Antony Gough
Special Thank You: Gordon & Irene Whiting
(Report by Mark Botteley)
Last weekend saw 15 year old Bourne schoolgirl Maddie Gammons clinch the overall National Trophy Under 16 Girls cyclo cross series. Heading into the 6th and final round at Derby, Maddie had to finish within one place of her chief rival Rhiana Stoves to secure the overall victory.
After making a strong start which saw her lying in 3rd place after the first of 3 laps, Maddie was put under pressure from Rhiana who got ahead of the teenager as Maddie temporarily dropped down to 5th.
However Maddie wasn’t to be out done and digging deep, she overhauled Rhiana with a dominant last lap and in the process nearly claiming 2nd on the day as her main rival dropped down to 5th on the day, giving Maddie a winning margin of 17pts.
Bournes other talented teenager, Tim James, placed 12th in the Junior Boys race. As a result of a series of consistent placings, Tim finished 8th overall.
This weekend sees the duo travelling to Abergavenny in Wales for the National Championship race.
Congratulations Maddie and Tim and Good Luck for the weekend 🙂
A quick reminder that the winter circuit training session take place on Monday nights at the “Not All Bad” Youth Centre in Bourne (the building in the Leisure Centre car park).
Session runs from 6-8pm and will follow the same format as last year with circuits taking up the first 80 mins and then an informal club evening for the remainder of the evening.
As of next week (Monday 12th) the circuit training session will be FREE to club members – that’s right, no charge to turn up and be put through your paces by Mr B and then sit down for a nice chat with fellow members afterwards 🙂
Non-members still welcome, but will still pay £1 to attend.
This is a final reminder for the club presentation evening on the 24th of January @ The Loft, Bourne 7:30pm.
Cost is £10 per head.
Please can anyone wanting to attend, but who has not yet reserved a ticket, contact Mark Botteley ASAP via email at email@example.com.
LAST DATE TO RESERVE A SEAT IS THE 17TH OF JAN.
It was confirmed at this evening’s Committee meeting that the Club Time Trial League will revert back to Wednesday nights for the 2015 season.
The decision was made after concerns were raised that the number of riders unable to ride on a Tuesday would make the Time Trial League uncompetitive and potentially non viable.
Many thanks to the 30 odd racers that responded to the hastily commissioned survey asking members which nights they could not make (and thanks to Matt Green for his assistance with emails, etc).
A new race calendar for the 2015 season will be posted in due course.
To all members (on behalf of the Club Committee):
You will all be aware that at the Club AGM in November a vote was taken to decide if the night the Club Time Trial League races take place should be changed. As a result of that vote the races were changed from a Wednesday to a Tuesday for the 2015 season.
In the last few weeks it has been brought to the Committee’s attention that a good number of regular TT league competitors will not be able to race on a Tuesday night. As a result the Committee has a genuine concern that the TT League may no longer be competitive or even viable if the switch to a Tuesday is made.
To enable us to clarify the situation and the likely status of those riders who would like to compete in the Club Time Trial League we are asking all Club Members (1st and 2nd Claim) to contact us urgently and let us know if they are unable to attend on either a Tuesday or a Wednesday. The aim is to ensure that we hold the races on a night that ensures the strongest line up of riders in terms of numbers taking part.
Unfortunately we have to let the Lincs CTT know our intended night for holding the TT League races by this Friday – this means we need to hear from you by 7pm Thursday 8th January (tomorrow!).
Please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you can’t ride on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.
Maddie Gammons has secured the u-16s National Trophy at Derby today – more to follow.
Congratulations Maddie! 🙂
A quick reminder that the winter circuit training starts this Monday (5th January) at the “Not All Bad” Youth Centre in Bourne (the building in the Leisure Centre car park).
Session runs from 6-8pm and will follow the same format as last year with circuits taking up the first 80 mins and then an informal club evening for the remainder of the evening. Cost is £1.
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