Manx Mountain Bike Club Race Report – 26th August 2012
This was the final round of the Bikestyle Summer Series and also the Manx National Championship race. It was held on a sunny Sunday morning at South Barrule, Cringle and Corlea Plantations. The weeks of rain leading up to the race took their toll on the course turning most of the ride into something you may associate with a winter race or a Glastonbury mud fest!
Willie Corkill has spent months designing and building this highly technical, challenging and exciting course ready for a warm August bank holiday weekend! The club would like to thank Willie for all his efforts, hopefully next year the course will be enjoyed in the dry!
Experts and Elite riders were challenged to two laps, lots of racers turned up but due to the challenging conditions, on this difficult course, only a handful managed to finish. Paul Kneen took top honours as the Elite National Champion. Rob Sorby unfortunately managed to get lost, he found his own way back but failed to finish the race, due to previous form he secured the top place for the Elite Mens Summer Series.
Steve Franklin took the National title for the Expert Men and also won the Expert mens Summer Series, as this was Steve’s first year competing on the mountain bike this was a great achievement and he will be one to watch next year!
The Sport and Novice riders completed one lap. Juan Cowley won the sport race so became National Champion and he also took a double as series winner too, Julie Lyness did the same for the women.
Ali Mazzone became the Novice Mens Champion as well as third in the overall series. Stephen Collins took the overall series win.
For full race and series results visit www.manxmtb.com The club would like to thank Bikestyle for sponsoring the series as well as all participants, marshals. course designers, Manx First Aid and Manx Timing Solutions. Good luck to all those competing in the End 2 End in a couple of weeks. The Winter Series will be starting on the second weekend in October – see the website nearer the time for details.