Green machine keeps rolling

The Wheelers' Italian Pursuit team.
The Wheelers' Italian Pursuit team.

The Boston Wheelers’ Junior Green Team were out in force when they were invited to compete alongside other local clubs at the inaugural Spalding Velo Prix.

And they claimed the team prize as well as one individual first place.

Boston Wheelers' winning team

Boston Wheelers' winning team

Ten youngsters turned out bright and early to compete in three individual events - a time trial, speedway and cyclocross.

Each representative put in a sterling effort, resulting in five podium places, including a first gold for 10-year-old Paige Elding.

It was a superb achievement for Paige - who has only been riding for a year.

“It felt great to come out ahead of the boys,” said Paige.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to beat them all again next year too.”

As the Boston Wheelers team collected the most total points, they were able to walk away with the Alan Boswell Velo Prix Trophy, the team award.

Victory also comes with the honour of hosting next year’s event.

Five young Wheelers took part in the Italian Pursuit for under 14s, held on a very tight circuit in Spalding Market square and consisting of teams of five starting on opposite sides of the track trying to catch the other team.

Each member of the team takes a turn on the front (one lap) before dropping out.

Teams from Spalding CC, Sleaford Wheelers, Bourne Wheelers and VC Lincoln also took part, each competing against the others.

Each team had four races against each other, with the Boston team lead off by eight-year-old Jael Maw, followed by eight-year-old Thomas Smith, Paige Elding, Bradley Worth (12) and Sam Trotter (13), giving away plenty of years.

However, they came second overall, pipped by Lincoln by a bike’s length.

Boston Wheelers run a Go-Ride session every Saturday morning for juniors (10.30am-11.30am) at the Princess Royal Sports Arena for cyclists under the age of 16.