The 4th round of the Manx Mountain Bike Clubs National series took place at Arrasey Plantation on Sunday in cold conditions with the previous night’s rain leaving the going pretty muddy to say the least.
The course designed by Jeff Plowman took riders from the top car park onto the start of the E2E course, then down through the trees parallel to the E2E to the quarry then back up the fire road to the lung busting finish.
The elite race was first off at 10am and almost immediately favourite Nick Corlett was in trouble with a broken rear spoke that jammed in his disc brake allowing Elliott Baxter to gain almost 50 seconds on the first lap, with Alex Rockwell one minute behind. Corlett sorted his problem and went on the attack, so bad was some of the mud sections, he managed to run quicker through them Cyclocross style and pulled up to Baxter’s wheel on lap 2. The race had been reduced by the conditions to 5 laps and at the flag Corlett got the uphill sprint for 1st, Baxter 2nd and Rockwell 3rd.
The expert Race of 4 laps was always going to be newcomer Dave Curtis
with Jeff Plowman 3 minutes behind. Dave Griffin, 3rd another 2minutes adrift. Rownan O, Toole on his fat bike floated over most of the mud to 4th place.
The biggest field is always the sport class, but with last month’s winner Shaun Cannan competing but not feeling 100% it was left to rival Jim Callister to pick up the win this time, over the 3 laps. Cannan 2nd and Richie Cryer was 3rd 2 minute’s down with a great ride and Kevin Gelling 1 minute behind him.
The 2 lap novice race was the closest of the day Jeff Shipsides putting in consistent laps to keep Neil Garlick 24seconds behind in 2nd with Jason O’Connor 3rd only 38 seconds down. Emily Looker was the only female racing and was 7th, and received a prize for best improved rider.
The MMBC would like to thank Jeff Plowman and Gary Kirby for laying out the course, all the marshals and St Johns Ambulance for first aid cover.
Also a big thank you to Mark Harrison at EUROCYCLES for the spot prizes. The full results can be found at manxtimingsolutions.com.
The next race is unmissable
“World Famous” Dhoon Quarry course.
7th of February
Great racing and Spectacular Spectating.