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The Mountain bike club held its 7th round of the cross country series around the historic Twin Peaks course on Sunday.

 

The Twin Peaks race is the oldest and one of the most picturesque on the on the race calendar and without doubt also one of the toughest, with Elite, Expert and Sport categories having to endure the climb up from St Lukes Church to Brandywell twice leaving the Novices to only do one.

 

In the expert class, with the absence of Nick Corlett and Elliot Baxter retiring after two punctures, Rob Sorby went some way to justifying his place in the Island Squad by charging ahead to a comfortable win, with two laps in 2hrs 33seconds, then Mark Blair arrived across the line just under 4 minutes behind and Orran Smith a further 5 minutes later.

 

Next up in the Experts, Darren Murphy managed to hold off a chasing Julian Corlett to take first and second respectively, with local Fireman Gary Kirby rolling across the line in third place.

 

In the Woman’s Expert class Kate Priest rode a fantastic two laps in 2hrs 36min, beating quite a few of her male competitors.

 

The Sports class was won by comfortably by local footballer Lee Gale, with Martin Young beating Chris Corkish into third place.

 

In the Female Sports category, Ramsey resident was Julie Lyness was not slouching around and managed the two laps in an impressive 2hr 36mins.

 

Local photographer Sarah Jewell had a fantastic race in the Novice Women’s class to take the win.

 

The novice class was won convincingly by Toby Flack, with Adam Lowe finishing 6 minutes ahead of Ryan McKay.

 

The usual big hitters in the Junior race, Liam Mazzone and Matthew Draper battled it out with the former showing great form to be rewarded with a great victory over Matthew.

 

Many thanks to those who helped and marshalled, including Vincent for photographs and Chris from Apollo Blinds (blatant unashamed plug there!) for some light footed running, and gate opening also Steve Ormerod for being the commisaire.

 

 

 

 

 

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Entries close Friday night at 9pm.  Please pre enter via the club web site.  Due to the lack of marshals willing to help out, the club is having to make some changes to this event.  We do need a couple of marshals so if a friends or family can help out please send me a text 473368.  All competitors will be allocated a dibber.  There will be 5 or 6 dibber points out on the course. The dibber points will be highly visible and you MUST dib at each one. A map at the sign on will clearly show the bibber box locations. Please look at the map before the start of the race.  Keep your race numbers on the fount of your bike, as this identifies you as a competitor.  The lap is long so please come prepared and carry spares and a phone.

 

Sign on from 8am till 8.30am.  Mass start at the bottom of St Luke’s track at 9am. Novice doing 1 lap and everyone else doing 2 laps. See you Sunday Scott.

 

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Round 6 of the Manx National XC series takes place next Sunday 19th and races over the classic Two Peaks course.  For the route map please see the PDF on the event page on the club web site. https://www.manxmtb.com/images/2015-two-peaks-Routeclean.pdf

 

Please sign on before the event online at the https://www.manxmtb.com/mmbc-events-list/eventdetail/404/-/two-peaks-national-series-round-7.html . Otherwise if you enter on the day it will cost you £5 more.

 

Sign on will be from 0800 till 0830 and will take place opposite St Luke’s Church.

 

All categories will start together at 0900.  Novice will race over 1 lap and everyone else will do two laps. This race is a double point event so make sure you sign on in the right category.

 

Going up St Luke’s on lap one the gates will hopefully be open. On lap two all gate will be closed and you need to open and close all gates yourself.

 

Marshals. We cannot run the event without marshals. PLEASE volunteer if this race is not your cuppa tea. OR if friends or family can help please send me a text 473368.  We haven’t had to enforce the rules yet but if a lack of marshals by 0830 on Sunday morning then competitors who have not yet marshalled will be pulled from the race and will be asked to marshal.  This is a last resort please don’t let this happen.

Thanks and see you all next weekend. Scott

 

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The Island games team held two coaching days over Easter with over 30 children attending each day. They children rode in ability groups and the aim was to improve the skills and confidence of all abilities. The fast group was taken by Nick Corlett who led them first out on a thrilling ride through the trails of Cringle focusing his coaching on some of the more technical and he was assisted by Steve Franklin on the second day. The middle and beginner groups remained within South Barrule doing Drop Offs with Elliot Baxter, Climbing with Joe Haddock and Hide and Seek with Rob Sorby. On the Snowy first day all made regular visits to the woodmen’s huts heaters, however this was not as necessary on the sunny second day. Each day ended with a highly competitive Easter Egg. All parents were happy to collect their tired children at the end of the day.

 

Awards

 

Ella Griffin  - Best Climber

 

Isaac Batty – Downhill Demon

 

Greg Kelly – Most Determined

 

Ed Coole – Most Improved

 

Megan Hills – Best Egg Hunter J

 

 

 

Cheers

 

Rob Sorby

 

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This Sunday Manx Mountain Bike Club are running a ladies coaching session. Club members and National team members will be on hand to provide expert advice on all aspects of mountain biking. Guiding you on this exciting opportunity will be Elliot Baxter, Nick Corlett, Rob Sorby and Steve Franklin. The coaching session will be a basics introduction to riding for anyone new to the sport or who would like to gain more confidence cycling off road. For those who want to build on their current skills and gain more confidence your coach will tailor the session to suit.

 

Please arrive at the South Barrule Plantation Classroom for 0945 ready to start at 10am till 12. (Park in the main car park and follow the arrows to the classroom) 

 

This session is a fund raising event for the mountain bike team competing at the Island Games in Jersey later this year. Cost of the session is £20 and to be paid on the day. Booking is required by calling/texting Rob Sorby 431134 or message him via Facebook for confirmation of a place.

 

Homemade cake by the boys and hot drinks will be on offer after the session in the classroom.

 

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