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24 May 2015: SXC Round 3 at Laggan

Paul, John Neil and Donald at Laggan

The WIIGA Men's Mountain Bike Team and their manager made the trip to Laggan for the the third round of the SXC Series - racing together for the first time.

First up was Team Manager Gavin Earons. He had another dreadful start - finding himself more than 100m behind the rest of the field after less than 800m!. However, the brutal 10 minute climb straight from the start line began to take it's toll on those who had gone off too fast and he slowly made his way through the field. The technical descent was a mixture of bone-jarring rock gardens and flowing single track - super fun! He eventually manged to chase down and overtake the rider who had beaten him at the first two races and was delighted to finish in 3rd place - his first Scottish podium since returning to MTB racing..

John Neil and Paul on the fast descent

Paul Smith, John Neil Mitchell and Donald MacRury had to wait a couple of hours before their race started but it was worth the wait! John Neil and Paul went off hard and finished the first lap in 4th and 5th places with Donald holding his own further down the field. John Neil pushed on and had a hard fought battle for 3rd place - there was never more than a few bike lengths in it during the entiire race. In the end it came down to a sprint finish. John Neil gave it everythin but finished 4th by the width of a tyre - if only the race had been 10m longer! Paul hung on well for 6th place and Donald just missed out on 14th after another sprint finish - a great performance for his first ever mountain bike race. 4th, 6th and 15th was easily the best team performanc of the day.

John and Paul on the climb

Donald on the fast descent

Gavin Earons

 

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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