National Cross Country Series Round 4 Conrhenny Plantation
Nick Corlett proved unbeatable once again in round 4 of the Manx Mountain Bike Clubs National Points series at Conrhenny Plantation. A technical and demanding course around an exposed plantation was designed by local fire fighters Elliot Baxter and Gary Kirby which made use of the purpose built trails adding along the way some new technical single track through the trees.
Straight away Nick Corlett took to the lead making easy work of all the technical sections and never really looking like he would be in any difficulty as he took each of the six laps in his stride. Next up is an ever improving Daniel Curtis who managed to hold off the best efforts of Elliot Baxter and in turn Rob Sorby.
Darren Murphy rode a great race in the Expert class to finish just shy of 2 minutes ahead of Gary Kirby, who rode a fantastic race himself. There was a great battle for third place between Nigel Morris battled against fat bike rider Ronan O’Toole, with the former managing to hold on but only by a few seconds. Another great battle in this class played out between Scott Morgan and Mark Hutchinson with again only second separating the two.
In the Sport Class race Lee Gale was the clear winner with another good effort from Jeff Plowman for second place. Also no slouch Martin Young rode a strong race for third ahead of Kevin Coole.
Julie Lyness was the only entry into the Sport Women’s category; however, she rode such a good race as to hold her own with all the sports and experts.
The Novice race saw Toby Flack hold off an improving Olivier Labrethon by just 30 seconds with Mario Ricciardi finding the technical sections tough going but managing third place.
There were two entries in the Novice Womens race, Kirrie Quayle and Collette Skillen. Despite being novices they both rode two laps with less than a minute between the two at the end.
In the junior Race both Jospeh Ricciardi and Joe Haddock blasted around the course in almost unstoppable fashion to claim first and second respectively, with Jamie Dudley not far behind in third only seconds behind Liam Mazzone.
The club would like to thank all those marshals who volunteered, Steve Omerod for being the commissar along with Elliot and Gary for designing an great course.
All results can be found on the Manx Timing Solutions Web site.
The next race for your calendar, round 5 is on the 9th February to be held on the popular Dhoon Quarry course, please visit the clubs website www.manxmtb.com for more details.