MTB Winter series, Round 3
By Emily Quantrill
This weekend saw more great racing from KLMTB at Santon Downham which provided a mix of fire road, single track and some technical sections on a new, farm location in wet conditions.
First up was Robin Lines who after not racing since September, took on the 2hr junior category. Loving the fast flowing technical sections, despite a puncture half way round his third lap and more tyre issues on the final lap he still managed a well deserved second place podium.
Mark Hollingworth in the 2hr Open was placed right at the back of the mass start, but wasted no time battling through the field through the opening fire roads.
Battling for the first three laps in the top three, Hollingworth navigated his way through tight, twisty single track, sandy climbs and a BMX track style section. Getting stronger, he put in a fastest, final lap to take second.
Dom Clarke rode the 4hr Open race. He has had a bit of a break from racing with his last being the KLMTB Xmas bash dressed in a ‘reindeer onesie’.
Back in proper club kit, he rode through tough muddy conditions and led the field. However, unluckily, the dreaded cramp kicked in on lap 7 and he had to stop for some quick refuelling but still finished in a well earned second place and another podium.
In the 4 hr veteran category was Adrian Murray whose race was marred with technical issues with a loose crank causing some serious problems. However, after a visit to the pits on the first lap and some help from Pedal Addiction, and despite the technicals coming thick and fast and a few loose spokes on lap 4, he managed his first podium for the club and third place.