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All the latest news and information from the club.

 

March 8th is round 6 of the Manx National XC Series to held at Arrasey Plantation.  Due to the lighter mornings the start will go back to its original time of 0900.  Sign on will be open from 0815 till 0845.  Please enter on line to help speed up the sign on progress and save yourself £5.  The course will be marked out ready for the weekend so you can do your pre ride on Saturday. 

 

From now on the Manx National Series also contributes points towards the IOM Cycling Associations Series known as the Black Grace Cowley Series.  For those who are unaware, this series incorporates cross country races, road time trials and scratch road races.  So if you fancy any or all the road events on top of the XC races you will get points in this series. And points mean prizes…

 

Marshals are required so please help out if you can or get a friend or family member to help.  Hot drinks and cakes on offer to all helpers and racers.  Any questions please ask [email protected]

 

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A post from Richard Fletcher, Chair of the Isle of Man Cycling Association (IOMCA or CA).

 

Most of the cycle racing community are aware that, after many years of outstanding service, Jim Cottier has stepped down as organizer of the 10 League.

The League is a very important element of the local race calendar, attracting cyclists across all race disciplines and of all abilities.

Additionally, the mass appeal means that the entry fees generate an essential source of income which is used directly to fund National Junior & Senior IOM teams in competition off the Island. The IOMCA would welcome any approach from individuals who would either be prepared to take over as overall Co-ordinator or be prepared to perform one or more of the tasks that are involved.

 

The workload that Jim previously carried out was significant and this may well be a factor in putting off any potential volunteers. Therefore, in an effort to reduce this for the new Co-ordinator, several tasks have been split out and taken on by others;

·         Ian Brand has agreed to deal with Police permission & Risk Assessments

·         Emma Gell will collate series entries

·         Manx Timing Solutions will once again be used for Timing & results

·         As always, Marshals will be sourced via competitors ‘standing down’ once during the Series. All Marshals will be issued with a briefing sheet explain their responsibilities

 

The remaining tasks can be summarized as:

 

1.     Sign-on & Numbers Board each week

2.     Acceptance of any ‘on-the-day’ Private Time Trial entries

3.     Co-ordinator ‘on-the-night’ – i.e. ensure Marshals are in place and to be a point of contact for any incidents and / or enquiries

4.     Course Marking & collection of signs after the event. (This task may be split out from 1, 2 & 3 above and carried out by a different person to  the Coordinator).  

 

It has been agreed that the CA will pay expenses to the Co-ordinator commensurate with the tasks taken on. If the individual does not wish to accept expenses, they may nominate a club or charity as the beneficiary.

 

 

Anyone who is interested in taking on this important role or is prepared to help with any of the tasks, please contact the IOMCA Chairman, Richard Fletcher on 818008 or e-mail [email protected] to discuss.   

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Learn from the Isle of Man Mountain Bike Team how to improve your mountain bike skills, and take part in fun challenges.

Tuesday 31st March and 7thApril 2015 South Barrule Plantation 

£20 per day 9.30 3:30

Age group = Years 2 - 6. Children will be working in ability groups. All abilities welcomed above stabilisers. Bring a bike with gears if possible, helmet, packed lunch and drinks.

 

This is an Island games fundraiser for the National Mountain Bike team

 

For entry call/text Rob Sorby 431134 or Email [email protected]     limited space!

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Caroline Helks will be leading the club's Coast to Coast ride on 21st February 2015.  Posters are up at local bike shops around the Island.

Come along, its bound to be a blast for families, solo's and teams :)

£3 Ticket only event (tickets available from the local bike shops)

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The club held the 5th round of the National Cross Country series around the Dhoon Quarry.

 

A total of 37 riders lined up on the on a cold but sunny start line to race around one of the best cross country courses on the Island. A course which included two lung busting hauls up and around the top of the Dhoon workings before a series of technical descents led the way to a rather wet loop around the cathedral like belly of the quarry.

 

Once again Nick Corlett reigns supreme with yet another blistering performance ensuring that second placed Daniel Curtis remained nearly 3 minutes behind, with Elliot Baxter looking comfortable in third.

 

Next up is the Expert section with Paul Renshaw winning by just over 10 seconds after a titanic battle with second placed Julian Corlett. Mark Huntchinson rolled in third seeing off Scott Morgan in the process.

 

The Sport Category is has become the most competitive with Lee Gale taking an easy win over Rob Arnold who rode well despite a big crash to finish ahead of Martin Young.

 

Julie Lyness took the win in the Woman’s Sport category, despite being the only entry in this class she continues to hold her own against the other competitors.

 

Showing continuing improvement Olivier Lebrethon took his second win in the Novice category holding off a chasing Toby Flack. Mitch Sargwood in his first race rode to a comfortable third place.

 

Both Kirree Quayle and Colette Skillen battled it out in the woman’s novice class with the former taking the win.

 

Only two juniors battled it out for honours in this class, Joe Haddock and Liam Mazzone both ride at a pace to match the Elite riders with the former taking the win.

 

The club would like to thank all those who marshalled, photographed and helps run the event. Special thanks go to Neil Helks for his time and effort in designing and marking the course.

 

 

 

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