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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.
Elliot Baxter, Nick Corlett, Joe Haddock and I, Scott Morgan made the trip over to Glasgow at the weekend racing for the Manx Mountain Bike Club. The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails are hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games Cross Country Mountain Bike Race on Tuesday 29th July and this was a chance for us all to try the course out.The venue makes the most of the varied terrain of Cathkin Braes Country Park to provide a challenging course for riders where speed, endurance and technical ability were tested round the 6km loop. Set against a backdrop of ancient woodland, steep slopes and wide open spaces, the trails offered a spectacular panorama of the Glasgow City beyond.
This coming Monday (14th) see's the first round of the Evening Series put on by Neil Helks, get entered quick! as it's going to be a cracker of a series. You can enter online here:
If you did not know already the Manx Telecom End to end mountain bike challenge entries have now Opened! get yours in quick because they usually go quick!! You can here online here:
Hope to see you all at the start line :).
Today, Sunday 12th January the Mountain Bike Club held the 4th round of the popular Bikestyle Winter Series at the Dhoon Quarry.
I have to say when it was proposed by Neil Helks that he wanted to race around this quarry I was more than a little sceptical. To me racing around a quarry with its steep drop off's, rocks and more than a little water along with obstacles not normally present at a mountain bike venue would be a cruel battle of frustration and damage limitation. I was, as proved, very wrong. Neil put in a lot of work preparing this route, and it was not without reward as the race was both different and challenging despite the muddy sections along the top perimeter of the quarry. So, its hard to find another way of describing the course other than the route snaked and undulated through the quarry floor and after climbing to the highest point again meandered snake like down through the undergrowth to be spat out just before the timing mat. The smiles of pain on the riders faces as the laps passed by provided the evidence that this was without doubt a classic race and a new popular race venue for the future. So with that said and done its time to say thank you. Neil Helks you did a fantastic job preparing this course, it was a great race so a big thank you for your time and effort. Of course all the marshals and officials which help make this happen and importantly the Red Cross for Medical cover.
All the results are visible at the Manx Timing Solutions website and in next weeks Independent.
The next event on the club calendar is Round 5 of the Bikestyle Winter Series at Chibbanagh Plantation.
Looking ahead to the 17th of May the Legs of Man two day event is being held and on to the 27th July the soon to be world famous Manx 100 is making itself known once again.