Wheeler Neil takes on the Hell of the North

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Local sport from the Boston Standard, Lincolnshire: bostonstandard.co.uk/sport, on Twitter @standardduncan

Boston Wheelers’ Neil Booley has taken on the Paris Roubaix Challenge Sportive - nicknamed the Hell of the North as it is one of the most gruelling rides in northern Europe.

Riding alongside friend Andy Richardson, he set off in the rain for the start of the 163km event.

At 13km they hit the first of the 27 sections of cobbles, these stages being brutal and around 2km in distance.

After a few sections, especially after falling when he hit the Trouee d’ Arenberg, the section through the forest, Neil was left wondering what he had let himself in for, but he completed the Hell of the North in 6 hrs 21 mins.

Neil was back in England this weekend and, on Sunday, he rode the 104-mile Dare 2 B Rutland Cycle Sportive event in a time of 5 hrs 40 mins 2 secs.

Fellow Wheeler Maddy Verdegaal has been selected to ride the women’s road race held on the York circuit of the Tour de Yorkshire this Saturday.

This comes following her continued great start to the season with some fine placings at the Milton Keynes Bowl series, winning a sprint for third place on Wednesday and fourth on Saturday.

Maddy has been fortunate enough to be chosen to ride the women’s road race being held on the York circuit of the Tour de Yorkshire when it visits the town on Saturday 2 May.

Junior Green Team member Thomas Smith, aged eight, took part his first under 10 event on the Darley Moor circuit on Saturday.

On a windswept course, which includes five laps around a 1.4-mile circuit, he was holding sixth place until the conditions got the better of him on the final lap, but he still finished in a strong 10th place.

The Junior Green Team has been invited to participate in the first Spalding Velo Prix event on Saturday and Sunday.

This is new team event combines races for girls and boys in all ages categories from up to under 16s.

For more information on the club, visit www.bostonwheelerscc.org.uk