Manx Mountain Bike Club
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.