Wheeler Gammons goes top of the national cyclo-cross rankings

Maddie Gammons EMN-140312-145918001
Maddie Gammons EMN-140312-145918001
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Bourne cyclist Maddie Gammons finally got her hand on the overall National Trophy Cyclo-Cross leaders jersey at the weekend.

Racing in the fourth round of the series the talented Bourne teenager raced to a gutsy fourth place in probably the severest conditions she has ever raced to take the overall lead by a single point with two rounds in the series to go.

The course designed by Martin Seddon, who designed the course used in the Olympics mountain bike races, had everything: mud, off cambers, steep descents, and lots of steep up hills, which as the event wore on saw riders at a standstill. After making a great start, which saw Gammons up to second place, the Bourne rider crashed on a particularly tricky section.

Having had to run to the pits to change bikes, dropping down to 12th place in the process, Gammons started to carve her way through the field in the last half of the race, and if it hadn’t been for a collision within sight of the last corner, she might of finished even higher.

But fourth place was good enough to take hold of the leader’s overall jersey. The final two events take place at Bradford, where Gammons placed third last year, and Derby.

Also riding at Milton Keynes in the junior world cup race was 16-year-old Tim James.

Like Gammons, James had a fantastic start, getting through the first tricky section in third place, however a massive crash which brought down nearly half of the 50 rider field saw James drop outside the top 20. In typical gutsy fashion though, James hauled his way up to 12th with a lap remaining , only for him to suffer a mechanical issue with his chain jamming.

In the end James placed a very fine 18th place. Good enough to see him retain his seventh place overall in the National Series.

Locally, the club’s other cross riders were in action at RAF Cranwell in the latest round of the Lincs Cyclo-Cross League.

Top performer was Adam Botteley with yet another second place in the under 16 boys. Jess Woodworth was second girl in under 16 girls race.

In the under 12s Alex Galpin again showed his consistency with yet another top six place, while Penny Lindsell had her best finish of the year taking third girl.

In the seniors races, Bart Kieres came seventh and with it secured the club championship for a fourth successive year. Mark Botteley came 10th in the vets race with Phil Galpin placing 31st