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.