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The Manx 100

 

On Sunday 27th July the Manx Mountain Bike Club ran the third Manx 100. As the title suggests the race is 100 miles in length or a shorter 100 km option for those not wanting to do the full length.

 

Starting at the Grandstand a police escort led the starters out through Onchan and via the Garey to start the first, and quite small climb known as Honey Hill. Then via some back lanes and a fast road descent to Laxey shore the first of the big climbs begin as we past King Orrys Grave and headed skywards up through the 'Clarum'. A right turn just past the top and we are off down a fast descent into Maughold before a road section which lead to a forest descent into the outskirts of Ramsey. Speeding across a gated trail on the outskirts of Ramsey which then eventually gave way to climb number two, Skyhill and a descent down the fast Rollick Road (translated to Road of the Graves). Climb number three up through Ohio Platation is not only very steep but quite long and eventually after a moreland slog brought us out to East Mountain Gate. Crossing the TT course and other moreland crossing brought everyone to a place above Snaefell Mines and a steep decent to an old mining road. After rasping along said road which is not easy you ended up back again in Laxey and a chance to stock up in the local Co-op before the ardouous road section along Glen Road before the long drag up to the famed Windy Corner and a realisation that gravity can be cruel. A quick moreland descent, and then a long technical climb known as St Lukes, which when completed gives a massive sigh of relief for some 'gentle' road miles along the Druidale Road and a chance to get some distance. Next a traverse around Black Mountain you dropped down into Ballaugh via the old End to End route known locally as Ballacob and a chance to stock up in the village shop. Along the disused railway line you go and chance for a breather before Kirk Michael greets you. The next climb on the list is out of Kirk Michael and is known as The Baltic, long and grinding, once at the end you will nip through a gate and onto the Brandywell Road. Next comes the fairly easy meander that is Glion Gill, early on on the track those opting for the km route turn off over 'Cronk Breck' and for the rest its carry on along Glion Gill, desend 'The Dhowse' to be fired out at St Johns. Next climb on the list is the formidable Slieu Whallian and then on to Arrasey Plantation and some graded trails down into Glen Rushen. Some more climbing (just for a change) brings you out at Point 119 (locally) or Cronk Ny Ara Laa. Another fast descent down the side of the Sloc Road eventually puffs you out at the southern most point, Colby. The climbing starts again up Ballafodda, a lane generous with its thorn bushes and doesnt stop gaining height until the aforementioned point 119! you have just rode in a circle. Gently descending next to the road towards South Barrule you end up at the top of Cringle Plantation and one of the best mountain bike graded trails, through some more plantations namely Corlea, South Barrule, Stoney Mountain, Archallaghan and Chibbanagh, before some road sections brings you out on the Old Castletown Road at Santon then the last trail which is short spin down a track and across a stream. Anyway at the end of this track you are there, done, well nearly but not quite. You have to get back to the start/finish at the grandstand.

As the race progressed, it became obvious that the front three were racing at an incredable speed and without let up through the whole of the course. Eventually, however, a gap had to emerge, and endurance athlete Scott Cornish edged ahead to complete Top honors goes to Scott Cornish the course in only 10hrs 40. It was only the slimest of margins as second placed Mark Carey ran across the finish line only 4 minutes behind with Billy Stelling finishing 17 minutes behind Scott for third place. First local rider was Julian Corlett with Stephen Kelly hot on his heels for second.

 

In the 100 km race, local rider Darren Murphy took the win with Emma Atkinson first woman and in second overall.

 

Many thanks go to all the organsiers for a fantastic event, the marshals for their patience and assistance and Peter O'Shea for providing the necessary medical cover.

 

 

 

 

100 Mile Results -

 

1 Scott Cornish 10:40:36; 2 Mark Carey 10:44:42; 3 Billy Stelling 10:57:53; 4 Christopher Purt 11:00:49; 5 Julian Corlett 11:57:45; 6 Stephen Kelly 12:10:45; 7 Ed Wolstenholme 12:28:11; 8 Ian Wilmshurst 12:31:49; 9 Saul Muldoon 12:34:17; 10 John Venables 12:37:13; 11 Gavin Linfield 12:37:23; 12 Jamie Sutherland 12:46:47; 13 Jorge Ribeiro Manso 13:01:33; 14 Adam Hooley 13:17:59; 15 Alex Russell 13:23:24; 16 Michael Schreuder 13:25:37; 17 Roel Driesen 13:32:23; 18 Andrew Howett 13:39:37; 19 Guy Whaley 13:43:08; 20 Scott Morgan 13:49:04; 21 Dean Gilbert 13:59:55; 22 Shaun Corris 14:00:00; 23 Gord Hull 14:42:18; 24 Adrian Beale 14:44:25; 25 Alex Parkes 14:45:13; 26 Derek McNutt 15:02:18; 27 Anne Woods 15:05:11

 

 

100 Kilometre Results –

 

1 Darren Murphy 07:49:17; 2 Emma Atkinson 08:28:29; 3 Roger Meads 09:00:10; 4 Lee Tyrer 09:13:41; 5 Peter Booth 10:18:15; 6 Peter Jackson 10:30:00

 

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Firstly apologies for the delay, some re-installing required, along with beer and a guitar break. So, below is the race report

Corlett is new National Champion

 

Arrasey Plantation played host to the Manx Mountain Bike Club National Championship race on Tuesday 15th July. Tuesdays sunny weather helped dry the trails making for favorable racing conditions and using the End to End downhill section it made for some fast and exciting racing.

 

Taking full advantage of the popular End to End decent in the plantation the course took an anti clockwise circle from near the top car park, and with the first piece of single track only a 100 meters from the start it meant that to take full advantage an all out sprint took place straight from the off. This first piece of single track eventually spat riders out onto the famed End to End descent making for some high speed action as the course meandered and stepped down through the trees. Of course with all this hight lost, a long leg burning steady climb all the way back to the start/finish gave everyone a real test of strength before it all started again.

 

Straight from the off Nick Corlett took command of the field and as the laps swept by it was clear he was going to remain at the front and become the National Champion. Not to be deterred, Daniel Curtis put in a fantastic effort to finish under 3 minutes behind the winner.

 

All the results can be found on the Manx Timing Solutions website

 

The club would like to thank all those who helped marshal and mark out the course.

 

Thank you for reading to the end. 

Guy Whaley

 

 

 

 

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10 Under the Ben 2014

 

For D.C.R (the only race colour)

 

Five members of the Manx Mountain Bike Club, Nigel Morris, Scott Morgan, John Venables, Matt Price and yours truly, Guy Whaley travelled up to the wilds of the Scottish Highlands or more accurately to the foot hills of Ben Nevis to race in the No Fuss Events 10 Under the Ben endurance race.

10 Under the Ben is a 10 hour mountain bike endurance race (actually its 11 hours in case you havn't done enough riding within the 10) where competitors do as many laps of a 10 mile course within the permitted time. The event was celebrating its 10th year and proving as popular as ever had sold out with over a 1000 competitors within the solo, pairs, trio's and quads categories. As ever there were trade stands and live music to help give the occasion more of a festival feel, and to add a little something special, the riders were firstly led off the start line by a marching pipe band (I loved that bit) then a model T ford completed the final stage ride out before all hell was let lose and the races sped off down the first piece of single track, fighting for position at the front.

Anyway, to tell you about the route it was without mincing words was a big breath stealing figure of eight, but it was more than that, so much more. The climbs were mostly done on fire roads, of which was on a fairly easy gradient, but the bits that were not were so steep it made your eyes water and required industrial strength brute force to be able to ride up. But, all that effort and pain came with a reward, a return which made it all worthwhile of course I am talking about the downhill sections. The first of these was new to the event and a carefully crafted series of rinse and repeat switch back turns and hairpins, steep swooping descents and virgin board walk all coming at you in rapid fire sequence. But trust me, the best was yet to come. The second part of the course had you climbing to the highest point and then jumping onto the world cup cross country downhill section. This part was fast and long requiring total rider concentration and pin point accuracy. Starting with tight technical hairpin corners which again came one after the other in a relentless fashion it then gave way to a more rocky, twisty, gnarly section which had you on edge the whole time as it went on and on (and on some more). At the bottom you then made your way back along a gentle fire road to the start/finish to complete the lap and give you chance to correct your teeth. And so it was that you had to put in as many laps as you can physically manage within 11 hours.

Both Nigel Morris and myself are no strangers to this race along with the pace and mental fortitude required to compete and finish, so overall within the 233 solo competitors Nigel ranked up an impressive 16th place with a time of 9hrs 44 mins and yours truly 27th at 10hrs 29 mins both with 9 laps completed. Scott Morgan, new to endurance racing also notched up and impressive 9 laps despite some serious mechanical issues to come in 29th with a time of 10hrs 52 mins. Next in was John Venables in 75th place with a 7 lap time of 9hrs 36 mins and Matt Price 9hrs 50 mins again with 7 laps and an 80th place finish.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Isle of Man Steam Packet for their assistance, Frazer, Spook and the rest of the No Fuss Events team for the event (and preferential parking) and Nigel Morris for driving!

 

 

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6 riders braved the thunderstorms, and biblical rain, needing Neil's promised retractable roof to stop calling out for Noah.  Unfortunately, neither Noah nor the roof appeared, so racing it was.


Conditions as you can imagine were intense.  It was a frantic start with the pre lap prequisite sighting lap out of the way, it left Paul Renshaw in the lead as Paul Kneen ran over the start line with a crank in his hand.  A quick fix and he was away, losing 50 seconds to Renshaw in the process. Matthew Clague and Liam Mazzone were duking it out in their own little battle with Matthew taking the early lead with a lap 40 seconds faster than Liam.   The sports class saw Lee Quaggin easing out a 90 second lead over Alex Parkes.

The course had a mix of everything, short sharp inclines, declines, twisting singletrack and a moorland section before some more quarry lines took you into the final woody steep sided singletrack before spitting the riders back out onto the finish line and the race HQ (a lovely warm van, courtesy of Paul Kneen). 

Lap 2 saw Kneen closing in on Renshaw, adrift by 19 seconds, Matthew putting another 40 seconds into Liam and whilst Lee powered past, on a mission. When Alex arrived at the HQ he sat and chatted to the commissaires, whilst being reminded he was actually competing in a race ! 

Lap 3 and Kneen had passed Renshaw, taking 40 seconds out of Renshaw.  Matthew had edged even more time out of Liam, and Lee was cracking on.  Lap 4 saw the race settle down with the same order as before, but during the lap Matthew had a puncture and was out of the running.  Lap 5 saw even more drama as Kneen's crank finally gave up the ghost. 

Renshaw won completed 6 laps in just over the allotted one hour, whilst Liam finished second (1st 16-18) a lap down with 35 seconds to go before the hour was up was called in (indicating he could have done another lap...).  Paul Kneen had done enough to finish in an overall 3rd position (2nd Elite).  Lee was 4th (1st Sport) Matthew finished 5th (2nd 16-18), whilst Alex was 6th (2nd Sport).

All riders had an absolute blast, and a massive thanks must go out to Neil Helks for putting the route out and setting the whole event up in the first place.  Shame on all you mountain bikers that didnt come out because it was raining....  Red Cross also deserve a massive thank you, as does Chief Commissaire Steve Omeroed and finally Paul Kneen for a fantastic work place in the face of doom.

Results (full are in the forum, and have been provided to Manx Timing Solutions for an update at their end)

Paul Renshaw, Elite, 01:00:38, 6 laps
Paul Kneen, Elite, 00:38:21, 4 laps
Liam Mazzone, 16-18, 00:59:37, 5 laps
Matthew Clague, 16-18, 00:33:17, 3 laps
Lee Quaggin, Sport, 00:52:08, 4 laps
Alex Parkes, Sport, 00:53:13, 3 laps
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Manx Mountain Bike Club

Summer Series Round 1 – The Whallag Race


Sometimes, you pull off the race of the year, a race which is enjoyed by everyone, and includes some of the best single track on the Island (thanks to Willie Corkhill). This Sunday the Manx Mountain Bike Club did just that with the first of the Summer race series bizarrely known as 'The Whallag Race'. The route covered three of the most popular mountain biking locations on the Island, namely South Barrule, Corlea and Cringle Plantations, with the plantation car park at the former being the race headquarters and start line. From the off the competitors were treated to a lung busting sprint up the main fire road in South Barrule (I couldn't keep up) before the first of the gloppy single track gave everyone a real challenge to stay on the bike before the treacherous drop onto the Corlea fire road. Another mad sprint followed as everyone charged over to the bottom of the Whiskey Run (has to be my favourite name conjuring up images of smugglers), and another long drag giving those further back chance to catch sight of the leaders. As the route neared the top a sharp left turn threw the racers into the third of the plantations, Cringle and the single track which runs almost parallel to the recently climbed Whiskey Run. This has to be the favorite part of the course as the carefully etched out trail twists, turns and undulates downhill before a steep climb catapults everyone out at the bottom of Corlea Plantation for the return back to the start. But Corlea is not without merit as the route ploughed through the trees, down the 'Tunnel of Love' (more like Tunnel of Mud) along a river bed before skipping over a wooden bridge before being fire back into South Barrule. More single track followed before a long spring back to race HQ and the end of lap one. With four main categories in the race, Elite, Expert, Sport and Novice, only the latter were allowed to finish after one lap, with the rest of the field bashing round for a second time.

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