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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.

 

Cheers

 

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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A post from Richard Fletcher, Chair of the Isle of Man Cycling Association (IOMCA or CA).

 

Most of the cycle racing community are aware that, after many years of outstanding service, Jim Cottier has stepped down as organizer of the 10 League.

The League is a very important element of the local race calendar, attracting cyclists across all race disciplines and of all abilities.

Additionally, the mass appeal means that the entry fees generate an essential source of income which is used directly to fund National Junior & Senior IOM teams in competition off the Island. The IOMCA would welcome any approach from individuals who would either be prepared to take over as overall Co-ordinator or be prepared to perform one or more of the tasks that are involved.

 

The workload that Jim previously carried out was significant and this may well be a factor in putting off any potential volunteers. Therefore, in an effort to reduce this for the new Co-ordinator, several tasks have been split out and taken on by others;

·         Ian Brand has agreed to deal with Police permission & Risk Assessments

·         Emma Gell will collate series entries

·         Manx Timing Solutions will once again be used for Timing & results

·         As always, Marshals will be sourced via competitors ‘standing down’ once during the Series. All Marshals will be issued with a briefing sheet explain their responsibilities

 

The remaining tasks can be summarized as:

 

1.     Sign-on & Numbers Board each week

2.     Acceptance of any ‘on-the-day’ Private Time Trial entries

3.     Co-ordinator ‘on-the-night’ – i.e. ensure Marshals are in place and to be a point of contact for any incidents and / or enquiries

4.     Course Marking & collection of signs after the event. (This task may be split out from 1, 2 & 3 above and carried out by a different person to  the Coordinator).  

 

It has been agreed that the CA will pay expenses to the Co-ordinator commensurate with the tasks taken on. If the individual does not wish to accept expenses, they may nominate a club or charity as the beneficiary.

 

 

Anyone who is interested in taking on this important role or is prepared to help with any of the tasks, please contact the IOMCA Chairman, Richard Fletcher on 818008 or e-mail [email protected] to discuss.   

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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.  http://www.manxmtb.com/forum/2-general/8842-mmbc-club-kit.html?start=30#13965
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 http://www.manxmtb.com/forum/2-general/8842-mmbc-club-kit.html?start=30

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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Round 5 of the Manx National Series takes place this Sunday the 8th at Dhoon Quarry.  Sign on from 0915 till 0945 with the start at 10am. Hopefully with the sun up and warming the quarry ready for the riders to take on this unique race which see the riders traverse around the quarry before descending down into the quarry bottom.  Spectators are able to watch many sections of the course from inside the quarry. This is a race not to miss for both racers and anyone who enjoys watching the islands best riders battle it out around in in Dhoon Quarry. As always hot drinks and cakes available.  

Online entry available via www.manxmtb.com  Need a few more marshals so please send me a text 473368 if you can marshal and get your marshalling points. Or if any family or friend who can help out.  Thanks Scott.

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The club are holding round 5 of the National Series on the 8th February at Dhoon Quarry which is a popular course on the outskirts of darkest Maughold and home to the 'Dragons Back' piece of single track.

 

 

Another date on the calendar is the annual Coast to Coast for Tea and Toast being held on February 21st starting at the Sea Terminal car park at 09.30. This is a really popular event which is open to all abilities and tickets at £3 per person available from all the local bike shops.

 

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Last weekends race, Conrhenny, 11th Jan. Could everyone who raced and who has a British Cycling licence number please send me your number.  From now on all club races will allow you to gain national points. This will give you a national ranking at the end of the season.  If you also intend to race in the UK your points gained should give you a grid position rather than starting at the back with the masses.  Please send me your licence number to [email protected] . if you not a member of British Cycling its worth joining as many there are benefits from money off products to insurance cover when out on the bike. www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership/race

Thanks Scott. 

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National Cross Country Series Round 4 Conrhenny Plantation

Nick Corlett proved unbeatable once again in round 4 of the Manx Mountain Bike Clubs National Points series at Conrhenny Plantation. A technical and demanding course around an exposed plantation was designed by local fire fighters Elliot Baxter and Gary Kirby which made use of the purpose built trails adding along the way some new technical single track through the trees.

Straight away Nick Corlett took to the lead making easy work of all the technical sections and never really looking like he would be in any difficulty as he took each of the six laps in his stride. Next up is an ever improving Daniel Curtis who managed to hold off the best efforts of Elliot Baxter and in turn Rob Sorby.

Darren Murphy rode a great race in the Expert class to finish just shy of 2 minutes ahead of Gary Kirby, who rode a fantastic race himself. There was a great battle for third place between Nigel Morris battled against fat bike rider Ronan O’Toole, with the former managing to hold on but only by a few seconds. Another great battle in this class played out between Scott Morgan and Mark Hutchinson with again only second separating the two.

In the Sport Class race Lee Gale was the clear winner with another good effort from Jeff Plowman for second place. Also no slouch Martin Young rode a strong race for third ahead of Kevin Coole.

Julie Lyness was the only entry into the Sport Women’s category; however, she rode such a good race as to hold her own with all the sports and experts.

The Novice race saw Toby Flack hold off an improving Olivier Labrethon by just 30 seconds with Mario Ricciardi finding the technical sections tough going but managing third place.

There were two entries in the Novice Womens race, Kirrie Quayle and Collette Skillen. Despite being novices they both rode two laps with less than a minute between the two at the end.

In the junior Race both Jospeh Ricciardi and Joe Haddock blasted around the course  in almost unstoppable fashion to claim first and second respectively, with Jamie Dudley not far behind in third only seconds behind Liam Mazzone.

The club would like to thank all those marshals who volunteered, Steve Omerod for being the commissar along with Elliot and Gary for designing an great course.

All results can be found on the Manx Timing Solutions Web site.

The next race for your calendar, round 5 is on the 9th February to be held on the popular Dhoon Quarry course, please visit the clubs website www.manxmtb.com for more details.

 

 

 

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Nobles Park Mountain Bike Fun Day 28th December 2pm – 4pm

The organisers of the Zurich Youth Mountain Bike Series are running a free fun session at Nobles Park. There will be fun, challenges and various other activities for children ranging between ages 4 to 16. If your son or daughter has got a new balance bike or mountain bike for Christmas, bring them along for a go. If your kids are new to cycling or are already participating in racing this event will have something for all.

All abilities are welcome with all activities being run with the emphasis on FUN J A coaching session run by the Isle of Man’s Island Games Mountain Biking Team, will be available to all ages at the start of the event.

 

 

 

 

 

The courses will incorporate the area around the BMX track, with a mixture of routes to suit all abilities and ages. 

See you there

 

Zurich Youth Mountain Bike OrganisersJ

PS, It is rumoured that some if not all the island pro riders will be contesting this year's Hamper Race Road Race on the morning of the 28th. The race starts at 10am at Jury Parish Hall. Should be a good one to watch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tomorrow mornings round 3 of the National Series is at South Barrule Plantation.  Thanks to everyone who has pre entered, and for those who are entering on the day please arrive early so we can get you processed.  Remember your race number and plenty of warm layers to put on after the race. Please use the main car park and park using the far car park first.  Ape Man are holding events so the car park will be full.   Sign on will be in the classroom from 0815 till 0845 please pick up your trophy if you are a winner.  The race will start / finish from outside the classroom. Start at 9am prompt. Cake and hot drinks and post race banter in the classroom. See you tomorrow, thanks Scott.

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Due to adverse weather forecasts Round 4 of the Zurich Youth Mountain Bike Series, due to be held this Sunday at South Barrule Plantation, has been postponed.

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