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Pedalsport Race Series report

Giving it Full Gas. Photo © Joolze Dymond
Racing across the Quarry. Photo © Joolze Dymond

You probably wouldn’t associate the phrase ‘caught between a rock and a hard place’ with fun, but it’s a phrase that perfectly sums up the venue for the new MTB race series organised by Pedalsport.

Based at Rockingham Quarry, the venue delivers a cracking 4km course that ducks and dives its way around the quarry taking you on a mini adventure that includes the moonscape quarry floor, coupled with grassy moors, complete with far reaching scenery, plus a few surprises along the way to keep you full on the rivet the whole way round.

Designed with complete novices in mind, the course is completely rideable and gets more technical the faster you ride it, with a roller coaster of dips, sweeps and climbs thrown in for a complete workout of man and machine!

First up to test themselves and their rivals were the ever eager under 14’s, sporting quite a few young ladies also keen to get in the mix. Riding a shortened version of the senior race, the youngsters gave it their all over 4 laps with Tom Pidock taking a hard fought victory over Bryan Barrett.

Next up it was time for the seniors to see who would emerge victorious over 6 laps of the demanding but fun course. Chris Thompson saw his chances scuppered even before the race got a few feet from the start line as his chain broke, leaving him to watch distraught as his rivals belted off.

Dan Cook was first to make his mark, taking an early lead, but young Jack Clarkson was having none of it and despite a slow start made serious headway catching Cook by lap 2. Then as the race progressed it was a definite case of experience over youthful exuberance as Clarkson made a few schoolboy errors leaving Cook to stretch his advantage coming home to take the win with a 37 second advantage.

Cook and Clarkson are now neck and neck with two wins apiece in this excellent series, who’ll take the spoils at round 5? Well you’ll just have to come and find out for yourself, and you may as well bring a bike and see if you can thwart their winnings ways.

The next event kicks off on the 5 August, under 14’s 7.00pm and seniors 7.30pm, everyone welcome. For more details contact Mark Rushby –


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