Sis­ters rise to chal­lenge

MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING

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SKILLS : Katie (left) and Lucy All­sop SIS­TERS Lucy and Katie All­sop, from Hyde Heath, again showed their skills and strength at the fifth round of the South­ern XC Se­ries on Sun­day.

Held at Deep­cut Bar­racks, in Sur­rey, it was prob­a­bly the most chal­leng­ing course of the sea­son, fea­tur­ing steep drop-offs and sharp tech­ni­cal climbs. But the sib­lings, rid­ing for lo­cal cy­cling club Sum­mit MTB, rose to the chal­lenge.

Lucy, nine, rac­ing in the U11s cat­e­gory, fin­ished al­most three min­utes ahead of her near­est ri­val, while team-mate Alex Benger, also nine, rode to a great 13th place in the U11 boys race.

Katie, five, mean­while, claimed her sec­ond podium spot of the sea­son, fin­ish­ing third, ac­com­pa­nied all the way by team-mate Josh Benger, six, who fin­ished ninth in the U9 Boys race.

Wil­liam Shield, 11, from Amer­sham-on-the-Hill, was hop­ing to se­cure his third place over­all in the se­ries in the U13 boys race, but was thwarted by a crash mid-lap.

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