The Conister Bank / Eurocycles Autumn mountain bike series has come to a finish, the final round was held on Sunday 30th October. With championship titles up for grabs across all categories the racing was always going to be explosive from the start. Many riders looking at finishing the series with personal bests in fastest lap times or just trying to get an extra lap in before the hour racing finished. Keeping the course the same, over the five races, has meant many riders have learnt how to attack sections of the course and where they need to try and push that bit harder.
Thirty six riders took to the start line at 0955 for a race briefing. The track conditions were mixed for this final round with dry fast sections leading down to wet fast sweeping corners where only the brave would try to get round without touching any breaks. The start was frantic as riders jostled for position along the 250 meter straight heading for the first left hand corner. Lee Gale made his move from the start leading the field, but with experienced riders Nick Corlett and Danny Curtis hot on his heals and ready to exploit any wrong move he had to be careful. Lee led into first drop but he just ran a little wide opening the door the two experienced riders to nip ahead.
Emily Looker, who has improved in every race, launched off the start line to put championship leader, Emma Atkinson, under pressure. Emily’s plan of putting in two or three fast aggressive laps was going to make for some interesting racing between the two ladies. Unfortunately this came to an end mid-way round the first lap as Emily took a spill off the bike. A quick recovery and check over of the bike Emily now had to try and chase back Emma who was now the leading lady.
Les Corran and John Venables in the expert class battled as the leading pair with Les lapping around 10 seconds per lap quicker. A dominant ride by Andrew Westmoarland on his fat bike did an impressive 10 laps in 1 hour 1 min. Novice rider, Scotty Graig, (will soon need to move up to the Sport category) was a full lap ahead of his nearest competition, Matt Bond. Caroline Helks, in her first race of the series, managed to narrowly beat Grace Fielding to take third place.
The Autumn Series championship over all standing are as follows
Elite: 1st Lee Gale, 2nd Nick Corlett, 3rd Mark Blair
Expert: 1st Les Corran, 2nd John Venebles, 3rd Jeff Plowman
Sport: 1st Andrew Westmorland , 2nd Lloyd Goodson, 3rd Mike Lyth
Novice: 1st Aaron Leece, 2nd Jonathon Hebden, 3rd Matt Bond
Ladies: 1st Emma Atkinson, 2nd Emily Looker, 3rd Kirree Quayle
Thanks must go out to Manx Mountain Bike Club members who spend many hours organising events for local riders to race. The club would like to thank you for your support, whether you have raced the whole series or just the one race we hope you enjoyed the course and the tea, coffee and cake at the end. It is great to see people’s weary faces, after the hour of racing, turn to laughter as race stories are retold to friend over a brew.
St Johns Ambulance service – Thank you for you continued support in providing a vital service. Sorry you were not very busy but that’s the way I like it!
DEFFA for supporting local racing and the use of Conrhenny Plantation.
The series sponsors Conister Bank and Eurocycles for your financial support towards putting on this successful autumn series.