The 2nd Beyond Mountain Bikes Black Park Duathlon held at Black Park country Park was another great success for the promoting club West Drayton MBC and despite the overnight rain the circuit held up well which was conducive to some very fast competitors.
In the first run leg it was Matt Davenport Rule 5 who was taking part in the male team class who crossed the line first, he was just in front of Jim McConnel, Madison Cycles after the first 1.5 mile lap and pulled away further at the conclusion of the second lap as he handed the baton to his team mate bike rider Simon Phillips.
McConnel still held second place entering the bike leg but was soon to take the lead and he was never to be headed in the male solo class as his final run saw him take the overall victory as well as the solo class despite dropping to second behind Whyte Bikes team rider Luke Smith mid way through the cycle leg. Second was Mark Goodman with Lee Gollop 3rd
In the veterans class it was local Rick Featherston, Specialized Concept Store Ruislip who finished the first run just in front of rival, last years winner Jay Horton Certini/Fully Sussed, however Horton was faster on the bike and a quick transition saw him out on the final run in the lead, a lead he managed to keep all the way to the line .The leading lady after the first run was Vanessa Taylor who was to go on and consolidate her lead in the cycle leg followed by another consistent last run leg which guaranteed her a comfortable win.
In the female open event, it was much closer with Maddie Horton Certini/Fully Sussed first back into the arena to start the bike ride with Fay Cripps, Southdown Cycles and Lizzie Doyle very close behind, whilst Doyle fell off the pace in the bike leg, Cripps closed right up to Horton but on the final run Horton's superior running came to the fore as she defended the title she had won last year.
The fastest rider of the day in the bike leg was Luke Smith, Whyte Bikes who was part of a mixed team with Joanne Howse, despite starting his ride in mid pack he was soon slicing his way through the field like a knife through hot butter, attacking the fire road sections of the curse and nailing the tight single track and was soon at the head of the pack to be first back to the transition area for the final run leaving Howse an unassailable lead in the mixed team class.
In the men's team event despite the superb first run from Davenport as Phillips completed the 12 mile cycle leg and handed the baton back to Davenport they had dropped to second place, Clive Evans WDMBC/Beyond/RRP/Specialized having put in a fast cycle leg to overhaul them but despite team mate Roy Shepards best effort as soon as Davenport started running it was clear he was fastest runner on the day and his efforts were enough to pass the team of Evans and Shephard who had to dig deep to hold off the fast finishing 3rd placed team of Ben Taylor/Nathan Hoy Run Forest Run.
In the women's team event it was Karen Sawkins/Michelle Youngman WDMBC/Beyond/RRP/Specialized who took top honours and made it a home win for the promoting club with team mates Natalie Earl/Kim Grande second.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the event from Beyond Mountain Bikes, Go Ape , The Bucks Off Road Sportive and The Sweat shop Windsor the winners were well rewarded for their efforts
Photo at top: Open Winner Jim McConnel on the podium
Also a big thanks to Bucks County Council for the use of the venue.