THE Wightlink-Wight Mountain Cycle Race Team (WWMCRT) have had a busy month organising and running events. 

On Sunday, racing kicked off at the Isle of Wight MTB Centre with the second round of the MTB XC Series, on a newly-built course, designed to test the most experienced of riders.

WWMCRT riders had a fantastic day, with Adam Holleyman winning the senior race, Nick Earley taking top spot and Oliver Nolan coming second in the U23 category.

Junior, Ewan Cook, romped home to his second win of the series in the U16 race. 

The biggest field of the day was in the Vet 40+ race — Tony Fawcett (Scott Racing Team) powered to victory, with Stuart Waite (WWMCRT) taking third, despite a puncture late in the race. 

James Rogers (WWMCRT) rode a smart race, but just missed out on a podium. 
The V50+ race went to David Bayliss (independent).

The first round of the Evening TT Series was a great success on Thursday last week, attracting more than 70 riders for the Ningwood ten-mile course. 

There were some fast times set on the night, with WWMCRT riders in good form —seven of them finishing in the top ten.

Cook made a solid start to defend his 2022 junior title by not only taking top spot, but finishing seventh overall in an impressive 23mins 27secs. 

Phoebe Heng (Isle of Wight Triathlon Club) was the first junior girl home in 33.47. 

Top woman on the night was Dominique Munday, whose strong performance earned her 26.47. 

In the Vet40+ category, James Veal (WWMCRT) powered home in 22.13 to take top spot and second overall, just ahead of team-mate, Simon Ambrosini, who was the fastest V50+ rider, in 22.15. 

Steve Taylor (NAUT Cycling) started where he left off last season, by picking up first place in the V60+ category, coming home in 25.53.

Kev Chant (WWCRT) pulled out yet another phenomenal ride, powering home and crossing the line in 20.03, a new course record.

Organisers of both the events, Jerry and Julie Cooper, said: "It’s fantastic to have so many local and mainland riders competing in these events — and also seeing the juniors coming through from the Island clubs. 

"We’re looking forward to what the rest of the season will bring and are really excited about hosting our first road race next month, with the support of our sponsors and the local cycling community."