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All the latest news and information from the club.

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The club are holding round 5 of the National Series on the 8th February at Dhoon Quarry which is a popular course on the outskirts of darkest Maughold and home to the 'Dragons Back' piece of single track.

 

 

Another date on the calendar is the annual Coast to Coast for Tea and Toast being held on February 21st starting at the Sea Terminal car park at 09.30. This is a really popular event which is open to all abilities and tickets at £3 per person available from all the local bike shops.

 

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Last weekends race, Conrhenny, 11th Jan. Could everyone who raced and who has a British Cycling licence number please send me your number.  From now on all club races will allow you to gain national points. This will give you a national ranking at the end of the season.  If you also intend to race in the UK your points gained should give you a grid position rather than starting at the back with the masses.  Please send me your licence number to [email protected] . if you not a member of British Cycling its worth joining as many there are benefits from money off products to insurance cover when out on the bike. www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership/race

Thanks Scott. 

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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.

 

 

 

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Nobles Park Mountain Bike Fun Day 28th December 2pm – 4pm

The organisers of the Zurich Youth Mountain Bike Series are running a free fun session at Nobles Park. There will be fun, challenges and various other activities for children ranging between ages 4 to 16. If your son or daughter has got a new balance bike or mountain bike for Christmas, bring them along for a go. If your kids are new to cycling or are already participating in racing this event will have something for all.

All abilities are welcome with all activities being run with the emphasis on FUN J A coaching session run by the Isle of Man’s Island Games Mountain Biking Team, will be available to all ages at the start of the event.

 

 

 

 

 

The courses will incorporate the area around the BMX track, with a mixture of routes to suit all abilities and ages. 

See you there

 

Zurich Youth Mountain Bike OrganisersJ

PS, It is rumoured that some if not all the island pro riders will be contesting this year's Hamper Race Road Race on the morning of the 28th. The race starts at 10am at Jury Parish Hall. Should be a good one to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Round 3 of the National Points Winter Series

 

Champion Corlett remains leader of the pack

Relatively good weather for this time of year greeted the riders for this Sunday's third round of the Manx Mountain Bike Club's Winter Series at South Barrule Plantation. The course took full advantage of the ready built trails to wind its way up the hillside to the highest most point on the course, then followed the long fire road sections, which of course wouldn't be complete without a complimentary detour between the trees for some challenging muddy riding to guide everyone back to the start/finish

As is becoming the norm, the unbeatable Nick Corlett charged ahead of the pack in the Elite class however, a fast and determined Daniel Curtis rode an excellent race to finish just over a minute behind.

In the Expert class an impressive Orran Smith rode a superb race, unchallenged by second placed Darren Murphy who is himself no slouch when it comes to racing in this class. Coming in third was the first of the Fat Bike racers, Julian Corlett with another Fat bike rider Graham Hughes not far behind for the forth place position.

There were only two woman racing, with Kate Priest wining the experts and Julie Lyness winning the sports. Both ladies rode a strong and impressive race

The busiest class is the Sport category, with a comfortable looking Lee Gale coming in over a minute ahead of second placed Shaun Cannon, Jeff Plowman rode really well to come in third.

Following up the Sports class are the Novices and an easy win for newcomer Olivier Lebrethon who managed a fantastic 11 minute lead over Richard Stopps who was finished just ahead of third placed Jonathan Hebden.

Both Owen Dudley and Nathan Hinks took full command of the Junior class to finish both first and second respectively ahead of third placed Liam Mazzone.

All results can be found on the Manx Timing solutions web site.

As normal the club would like extend its thanks to all those who helped out, marshalled and collected in the course material, also the St John Ambulance for first aid and Betty for letting us use her hose to clean our bikes.

Next round is at Conrhenny on the 11th January and you can as always enter on line at manxmtb.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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