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Children's Mountain Bike Skills Day TT Week


Learn from the Isle of Man Mountain Bike Team how to improve your mountain bike skills, and take part in fun challenges.


Thursday 11th June 2015


South Barrule Plantation


£20 9.30 – 3:30


Meet South Barrule Car Park at 9:15


Age group = school years 2 – 6 (Yr 1 ok if can ride well). Children will be working in ability groups. All abilities welcomed above stabilisers. Bring a bike with gears if possible, helmet, packed lunch and drinks.


For entry call/text Rob Sorby 431134 or Email [email protected]  . limited space!




Rob Sorby


Ramsey Grammar School


01624 811100


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The club held the 8th and final round of the National Cross Country series at South Barrule Plantation on Sunday 17th.

After some 11th hour course changes the route meandered around the plantation in a clockwise direction, which included a lung busting climb that ran straight from the lowest point to the highest above the popular man made trails. This then lead to a technical descent down the muddy upper reaches of the plantation onto the more manicured Red Run sections, which eventually catapulted the riders out on to the bottom fire road to complete the lap.

At a few seconds to 9am, the organisers lit the blue touch paper, stood back and watched as moments later with all the explosive power of a NASA strength missile the racers launched across the start line and sped off along the fire road.


As expected, from very early on Elliot Baxter took command although only by few seconds ahead of a very fast Rob Sorby, with both riders made short work of the course showing real class and fantastic fitness especially when navigating the technical sections. However, lets not forget third placed Glynn Thomas who despite missing the last few races rocketed around the course only a few minutes behind the two leaders and was never really challenged by fourth place Orran Smith.


In the Expert Class, Gary Kirby slotted in ahead of Julian Corlett by a few seconds and there he remained for the entire race. A well earned third place went to Darren Murphy.


In the Sports Category, local footballer Lee Gale charged ahead finishing well ahead of Martin Young.


Julie Lyness was the only entry into the woman's sport class and as usual she motored on around the course putting in some impressive lap times and never seeming struggle.


In the Novice race James Kermode only just managed to fend off Jon-Paul Fisher by 25seconds with Toby Flack in third.


There were the usual two big hitters in the Junior class, Joe Haddock and Liam Mazzone, both are incredibly fast and capable of beating most of the seniors, with the former taking the win.


As always a big thank you to all that helped and marshalled also the St Johns Ambulance for there time and dedication. Jeff Plowman has been volunteered to design and mark out the next race, so it should be no less than perfect!


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Marshals are required for this Saturdays Island Games Cycling Team Fundraising Heritage Trail Challenge from 9am to 12pm with presentation and refreshments after in St-Johns AFC clubhouse. If you can lend a hand please call Brian Johnson on 495684.

If you would like to ride the event entries are being taken at the local bike shops.


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The final round of the 2015 Manx National Championship Series takes place this Sunday 17th May at South Barrule.  Guy Whalley and Dave Gooberman are setting out the course and have promised a challenging but also fun lap suitable for all riders.

Sign on will be at the classroom from 0800 till 0830. Please arrive on time as people helping out at sign on also will be racing and need to get ready.  The course will be set out Saturday morning, please pre ride if possible and any questions please ask. 

Sign on via the club web site to speed up on the paper work on Sunday morning and save your self £5. Entries close at 9pm Friday night. 

Marshals are needed so if anyone can help or family / friends please send me a text 473368

Save the date.  The Trophy presentation night will be held on the 10th July at the Manx Legion hall Douglas from 7.30pm. More info to follow.

Now the big question is what cake do you want?  Please post on Facebook any suggestions.

Thanks Scott.

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Its summer, so we thought we would get this out for perusal -


Please see details and blurb for the Monday evening summer series at Archy 2015.


Course will be simple and fun, intended to give those who are new to the sport and weekend warriors something to have a go at and Elite to thrash round.

It will be a 1 hr race, if you start a lap before the hour is up then you can complete it and it counts.


IMPORTANT Entry and fees:-

Save money and enter/register online. NOTE you can register online and pay cash on the night.

£10 - Any MMBC or CA affiliated club member who enters/registers online.

£15 - Non club member who enters/registers online.

£20 - Enter on the night.


Best 3 from 4 to count

Rd 1 – 27th July

Rd 2 – 3rd August

Rd 3 – 10th August

Rd 4 – 17th August

You can sign on and marshal for one event and get 100 points for your efforts.


Signing on from 6pm till 6.45 pm at main Archallaghan carpark (subject to P.Ramorum restraints) to allow competitors to do a sighting lap.

Racing starts at 7pm prompt -


Racing for 1 hour Classes start at 1 min intervals, elite first away at 7pm

Classes for :-

·         14 to16 year olds NOTE parents must sign on and be present for the whole event

·         Newcomer

·         Sport

·         Expert

·         Elite  

Please be honest as to your capabilities when entering (which are open now)



Entries limited to 90 total. 


If you have no timing tag, and are NOT a member of the MMBC, it will cost an additional £5 (this is a once off payment).

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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.


Please sign on before the event online at the . 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.




Ella Griffin  - Best Climber


Isaac Batty – Downhill Demon


Greg Kelly – Most Determined


Ed Coole – Most Improved


Megan Hills – Best Egg Hunter J






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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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All those who have signed up to the Junior Mountain bike days over Easter. Please meet at South Barrule Car park at 9:30am Tuesday, bring a helmet, packed lunch and warm cloths just in case. The day will end at 3:30pm but parents can stay, pop back, dip in or go and relax elsewhere for the whole day.


Weather looks like it will be cloudy but dry J


Still a couple of places available, call 431134 if interested.




Rob Sorby


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I am pleased to announce the Isle of Man’s National Mountain Bike team who will be travelling to Jersey this summer to compete in the Island games. Elliot Baxter, Nick Corlett, Jo Haddock, Rob Sorby and Danny Curtis.  All competitors will compete in both cross country and criterium races.


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Arrasey Plantation played host to Round six of the Manx Mountain Bike Clubs National Cross Country series on Sunday. Despite the recent rain the course remained fairly dry.



As usual Nick Corlett took immediate command of the race as he rode the 6 laps unchallenged and never once looking in difficulty against a chasing Daniel Curtis and Elliot Baxter in second and third respectively. The real race in the Elite class however, was further down the field between Steve Franklin and Rob Sorby. Rob has been missing from mountain bike races for some time and Steve using this to his advantage let opponent take the lead in the duel until the pace became to much to bear forcing Sorby to retire early from the race. However, there could be no respite for Steve as Mark Harrison showed great form trying to chase him down as the laps went by, but just not managing to close the gap, with both finishing fourth and fifth respectively.




Another Corlett took the win in the Expert Class, this time long time mountain biker Julian showed age is no barrier as he forged ahead of a chasing Shaun Cannon. Third placed honours go to a rapidly improving Scott Morgan with Darren Murphy only seconds behind as they crossed the line.




Expert Woman's class has only one competitor, Kate Priest who rode a great race.



In the Sports Category, local footballer Lee Gale made easy work of the course clocking up some impressive lap times and never being challenged by runner up Tom Hughes. Chris Corkish sailed in a few minutes behind to secure third place ahead of Kevin Gelling.


No real close competition in the Novice Class with winner Toby Flack, second placed Stuart Mason and finishing third Rob Taylor being the only three in the category.




The Novice women had only one entry in Kirriee Quayle who rode well finishing only seconds behind Rob Taylor.




Joe Haddock took an easy win finishing over 10 minutes head of Jamie Dudley followed by Liam Mazzone who seemed slightly off his normal pace to finish third.




As always, many thanks to those who helped, marshalled and gave support, not forgetting the St Johns Ambulance for being in attendance.




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Entries close tonight at 9pm for online entry.  It will cost you an extra £5 to enter on the day.  Race starts at 9am Sunday 8th March at Arrasey Plantation. Sign on in the main car park from 0815 till 0845.  The course will be full marked out from 10am Saturday 7th for anyone wanting to pre ride the course.  Few more marshals required please send me a text if you can help. 473368. Thanks Scott Morgan 

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March 8th is round 6 of the Manx National XC Series to held at Arrasey Plantation.  Due to the lighter mornings the start will go back to its original time of 0900.  Sign on will be open from 0815 till 0845.  Please enter on line to help speed up the sign on progress and save yourself £5.  The course will be marked out ready for the weekend so you can do your pre ride on Saturday. 


From now on the Manx National Series also contributes points towards the IOM Cycling Associations Series known as the Black Grace Cowley Series.  For those who are unaware, this series incorporates cross country races, road time trials and scratch road races.  So if you fancy any or all the road events on top of the XC races you will get points in this series. And points mean prizes…


Marshals are required so please help out if you can or get a friend or family member to help.  Hot drinks and cakes on offer to all helpers and racers.  Any questions please ask [email protected]


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Learn from the Isle of Man Mountain Bike Team how to improve your mountain bike skills, and take part in fun challenges.

Tuesday 31st March and 7thApril 2015 South Barrule Plantation 

£20 per day 9.30 3:30

Age group = Years 2 - 6. Children will be working in ability groups. All abilities welcomed above stabilisers. Bring a bike with gears if possible, helmet, packed lunch and drinks.


This is an Island games fundraiser for the National Mountain Bike team


For entry call/text Rob Sorby 431134 or Email [email protected]     limited space!

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Caroline Helks will be leading the club's Coast to Coast ride on 21st February 2015.  Posters are up at local bike shops around the Island.

Come along, its bound to be a blast for families, solo's and teams :)

£3 Ticket only event (tickets available from the local bike shops)

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The club held the 5th round of the National Cross Country series around the Dhoon Quarry.


A total of 37 riders lined up on the on a cold but sunny start line to race around one of the best cross country courses on the Island. A course which included two lung busting hauls up and around the top of the Dhoon workings before a series of technical descents led the way to a rather wet loop around the cathedral like belly of the quarry.


Once again Nick Corlett reigns supreme with yet another blistering performance ensuring that second placed Daniel Curtis remained nearly 3 minutes behind, with Elliot Baxter looking comfortable in third.


Next up is the Expert section with Paul Renshaw winning by just over 10 seconds after a titanic battle with second placed Julian Corlett. Mark Huntchinson rolled in third seeing off Scott Morgan in the process.


The Sport Category is has become the most competitive with Lee Gale taking an easy win over Rob Arnold who rode well despite a big crash to finish ahead of Martin Young.


Julie Lyness took the win in the Woman’s Sport category, despite being the only entry in this class she continues to hold her own against the other competitors.


Showing continuing improvement Olivier Lebrethon took his second win in the Novice category holding off a chasing Toby Flack. Mitch Sargwood in his first race rode to a comfortable third place.


Both Kirree Quayle and Colette Skillen battled it out in the woman’s novice class with the former taking the win.


Only two juniors battled it out for honours in this class, Joe Haddock and Liam Mazzone both ride at a pace to match the Elite riders with the former taking the win.


The club would like to thank all those who marshalled, photographed and helps run the event. Special thanks go to Neil Helks for his time and effort in designing and marking the course.




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MMBC are putting together a club kit order. If you would like to order kit please follow this link to the club web site forum.
On this link you will see the kit design and the two PDF’s which are the sizing charts (Please note sizing is smaller that our last kit supplier)  and a list of garments available and the prices.
We need to get this order in quick as some club members are racing across and some in South Africa next month. The dead line for this kit order is Thursday 12th Feb and I need payment in full.  I have kit samples if you would like to see / try on. Please pop round to 93 King Edward Road any time after 5pm this week. 
Thanks Scott


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I have just put up on the club Forum details of the club kit.  Please follow the link

if you get lost look on the forum and find the Club Kit thread. Then go to page 6 and you will see all the details.  Any questions please ask, e mail [email protected] or call me 473368

We are offering a 20% discount to club member on this first order.  After this order the company we are using Force GB will then sell garments individually through the Force GB shop.  This means you can now order kit anytime of the year as and when you need it. 

Thanks Scott Morgan

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