West Dray­ton trio pro­duce a clean sweep

MOUN­TAIN BIK­ING

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

WEST Dray­ton Moun­tain Bike Club’s old­est rac­ers stole the show at the Ex­po­sure Night of the Knob­bly Tread re­cently.

The host club’s trio of Si­mon Slater, Clive Evans and Richard Nash pro­duced a podium clean sweep in the Grand Vets race at the an­nual event staged at the ever pop­u­lar Black Park.

Slater es­caped the clutches of his club-mates to record his first race win of the year, leav­ing Evans to pip Nash for the run­ners-up spot.

West Dray­ton also came close to top prize in the night’s main event too, where Paul Miller and Sam Ed­wards duelled at the front with Si­mon Ernest from the Ren­dale/ Can­non­dale club.

This trio pulled clear of the rest, con­stantly pass­ing and re-pass­ing through­out the five-lap race, but at the end it was Ernest by a whisker from Miller and Ed­wards in a blan­ket fin­ish.

In the women’s open, West Dray­ton’s Char­lotte Cum­ming was hop­ing fa­mil­iar­ity with the track would give her the edge over South­down Velo’s Fay Cripps, but the lat­ter pulled away a lit­tle on each lap, mean­ing Cum­ming had to set­tle for sec­ond.

And it was a sim­i­lar story for Sean Scott in the men’s vets as he lost out to reg­u­lar Black Park racer Matt Craner of Be­yond MTB by just three sec­onds in the race to the line.

Mean­while, in the fun cat­e­gories, West Dray­ton scored a one-two in the ladies event with Gosia McPher­son tak­ing the hon­ours ahead of Sue Tebbs, while the men’s race saw Marcin Ku­necki hav­ing to fi­nally give way to Marco Jardim of Demo CCL.

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