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|Off-Road Championship - Round 3|
With temperatures above freezing and snow beginning to melt, the decision was made to run the third round of the Club Off-Road Champs' at Fire Route 24. A bit of work the day before had left a mostly clear path through the snow but the overnight thaw resulted in much soft ground. 11 riders braved the conditions and went home very muddy !
The Senior men set off first with the Juniors & Ladies following ten minutes later. Garth Collier led the men away, pursued by David Robb, Matthew Mantle & Marc Bowers. Marc was making a welcome return to the Off Road Champs' after several years away !
After a lap the riders settled into new positions on the wet tracks. David was closely followed by Marc, with increasing gaps to Garth and Matthew as the going got harder. After 40 minutes the final lap ended in a sprint between David & Marc, with the former taking the victory by less than a bike length ! (Pictured right - from L to R, Marc Bowers, David Robb & Garth Collier)
Although a junior Alex Robb chose to ride with the seniors as training for the Mud Sweat & Gears series. He finished ahead of Dave Bowers who managed to find a wet puddle to break his fall on one slippy corner.
Mark Burchett followed behind, carefully pacing his effort on the energy-sapping climbs to stay below his heart rate limit.
The Junior race was won by Colin Mantle, followed by Alex Robb who was making the most of a rare 'day off' from rugby. Judith Robb finished first in the Ladies race after mastering her narrow commuter tyres in the slippery conditions.
Everyone enjoyed it but agreed it would be nice to have a drier course next time - roll on Spring !
|4th March 2018|
|Off-Road Championship - Round 2|
|4th February 2018|
|Off-Road Championship - Round 1|
|7th January 2018|
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