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Men take 6th Place in the Mountain bike Crit!

Donald, John Neil and Paul - ready for action!
Donald, John Neil and Paul - ready for action!

Mountain BIke Crit racing is a short course XC race with ramps, jumps and drop-offs. It is fun for competitors to ride and ideally suited to spectators as there is constant action.

There was good news for Team WIIGA before the start - Donald was going to race despite breaking his wrist in a crash at the XC race only two days before. The physios had done a fantastic job in strapping him up and reassuring him that racing would be painful but unlikely to make it worse - so he was good to go!

The doubles being taken in prractice
The doubles being taken in prractice

There was much discussion before the race as to whether or not to take the second double - it was possible but the difficulty in gaining enough speed off the previous jump meant it was risky. Some made it look easy but a couple of big crashes in practice proved the point that the safe option was to roll through rather than jump - the risk was too high for what was a marginal gain.

John Neil heading back down into the stadium
John Neil leading the pack off the line!

The riders gathered on the start line and waited for the off - well nearly! The race commentator was getting very excited and trying to whip the crowd up into making more noise - he only succeeded in whipping the riders into a false start! A close look at the picture above shows that our very own John Neil was one of the culprits as he lead the pack off the line!

John Neil heading back down into the stadium
John Neil heading back down into the stadium

After a restart, John Neil started off strongly and was lapping comfortably just outside the top 10. Paul looked laboured from the start and seemed to be struggling to find his form a few places further back. Donald stuck to his plan of avoiding trouble and settled down near the back of the field.

Paul entering the off-camber section
Paul entering the off-camber section

Donald leaning into a dusty off-camber corner
Donald leaning into a dusty off-camber corner

As the laps went by, John Neil began to look under pressure whereas Paul began to look really smooth and started moving through the field - he was closing in on John Neil.

Paul coming on strong in the second half of the race
Paul coming on strong in the second half of the race

It was clear that Paul was going really well and that John Neil was just hanging on in there and it was no surprise when Paul came through ahead of John Neil. Donald looked quite comfortable as he came by the pits. He could be seen takng every oppotunity to rest his arms on the handlebars to give himself a bit of respite from the jarring pain of his broken wrist.

Donald rounding the final corner
Donald rounding the final corner

By the end of the race Paul had pulled clear of John Neil to finish in 17th place with JN 4 places further back. Donald, despite the pain, had managed to pass a couple of riders and finished in 30th place - a superb effort which gave us three finishers and a 6th place finish in the team event - ahead of teams like Menorca and Shetland.

Western Isles finished in 6th place
Western Isles finished in 6th place

The guys after the race
The guys after the race

For those of you who think that there is something slightly unusual about John Neil and Paul's bikes - you are right. They both ride Cannondale Scalpel bikes with the "lefty" fork. It may look like it shouldn't work but it does and both say it rides really well.

John Neil's lefty fork
John Neil's lefty fork

 

Cycling Team
Kerry Macphee
Kerry Macphee
MTB

Kirsty Macphee
Kirsty Macphee
MTB

John Neil Mitchell
John Neil Mitchell
MTB

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
MTB

Donald MacRury
Donald MacRury
MTB

Craig McCulloch
Craig McCulloch
Road

Ruaraidh Michie
Gavin Earons
Team Manager


 
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