Round 1 of the Dhoon Quarry Spring Series
The Dhoon Quarry Spring race series is the brain child of long time mountain biker Neil Helks and was the follow on from the popular winter series race that was held there in rather muddy conditions.
I am going to cut to the chase, it was a great race at a great venue with great weather making for a true classic. The route started just past the entrance gate and made its way straight into the imposing cathedral like belly of the quarry and introducing a series of technical twists, short steep climbs and the classical roller coaster like swoop known as the 'Dragons Back'. Then the real test of fitness came with the steep grassy lung burning climb alongside the vertical granite walls before the fast and sketchy swoop down into the woodland section with its tangle wood twists and loose gravel, which made it seem like you were fighting your way through the Devils cauldron before spitting you out at the entrance gate to finish the lap.
OK onto the results. Straight away Rob Sorby raced into the lease in the Mens Elite class, with Russell Moore chasing hard behind using his superior bike handling skills to try and keep pace with Rob over the technical sections.
In the Expert Class Darren Murphy rode a blinder to take a win over Glynn Thomas who was only 30 seconds behind.
In the Sports Category, Mark Corkish (a new comer I think) rode a fantastic race to beat the strong Roger Meads.
Although the only competitor in the Junior race Liam Mazzone had a fantastic race and really excelled on the technical downhill sections leaving many of the more senior racers behind.
Well done to all competitors for taking on the challenge of Dhoon Quarry, and a big thank you to all the marshals and race officials along with the Red Cross for Medical Cover.
The next race in the series is on the 28th April, please sign on via the clubs website and signing on begins at 6 with the race scheduled to start at 7pm.