Arrasey Plantation played host to Round six of the Manx Mountain Bike Clubs National Cross Country series on Sunday. Despite the recent rain the course remained fairly dry.
As usual Nick Corlett took immediate command of the race as he rode the 6 laps unchallenged and never once looking in difficulty against a chasing Daniel Curtis and Elliot Baxter in second and third respectively. The real race in the Elite class however, was further down the field between Steve Franklin and Rob Sorby. Rob has been missing from mountain bike races for some time and Steve using this to his advantage let opponent take the lead in the duel until the pace became to much to bear forcing Sorby to retire early from the race. However, there could be no respite for Steve as Mark Harrison showed great form trying to chase him down as the laps went by, but just not managing to close the gap, with both finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Another Corlett took the win in the Expert Class, this time long time mountain biker Julian showed age is no barrier as he forged ahead of a chasing Shaun Cannon. Third placed honours go to a rapidly improving Scott Morgan with Darren Murphy only seconds behind as they crossed the line.
Expert Woman's class has only one competitor, Kate Priest who rode a great race.
In the Sports Category, local footballer Lee Gale made easy work of the course clocking up some impressive lap times and never being challenged by runner up Tom Hughes. Chris Corkish sailed in a few minutes behind to secure third place ahead of Kevin Gelling.
No real close competition in the Novice Class with winner Toby Flack, second placed Stuart Mason and finishing third Rob Taylor being the only three in the category.
The Novice women had only one entry in Kirriee Quayle who rode well finishing only seconds behind Rob Taylor.
Joe Haddock took an easy win finishing over 10 minutes head of Jamie Dudley followed by Liam Mazzone who seemed slightly off his normal pace to finish third.
As always, many thanks to those who helped, marshalled and gave support, not forgetting the St Johns Ambulance for being in attendance.