Final races in Minehead Merlins’ mountain bike series

By in Cycling

THE final event in the Minehead Merlins’ mountain bike summer series at Webbers Post was held last Friday with riders from across the South West competing.

The four-race series has seen 130 young riders take part, with the balance bikes for the youngest riders being very well supported.

The evening started with those and the under 6s on a short but demanding course, then the races for the older children took place on a longer course with the number of laps increasing with each age group.

In the under 10s, Morgan Wild – celebrating his birthday - was beaten by Kyrun Sparks, whose younger brothers Jayden and Louie had earlier been placed in the balance and under 6 races respectively.

Morgan’s brother Riley won the under 8s race - his first win of the series, and the girls’ race was won by Georgia Mahoney.

The under 12s race saw a battle between the Standen brothers Callum and Max but they were split by Felix Fain from Quantock Quick Riders.

The under 14s race saw a battle to line by Sean Duffield and Hannah Ranger and they were placed joint first, with William Dibble from the Merlins next home.

After the races the trophies for the series winners were awarded:

Balance bikers – 1 Archie Howe, 2 Hayden Webber, 3 Jayden Sparks; girls, 1 Poppy Coles.

Under 6s – 1 Alfie Baker, 2 Benjamin Phippen, 3 Louie Sparks.

Under 10s – 1 Morgan Wild, 2 Kyrun Sparks, 3 Luke Reeder; girls, 1 Georgia Mahoney.

Under 12s – 1 Max Standen, 2 Callum Standen, 3 Luke Mahoney.

Under 14s – 1 WIlliam Dibble.

The Merlins expressed thanks to Alicia Hockin for running the events and the other parents who helped put out the courses, baked cakes, ran sign-on and so on.

There will be another mountain bike event in the autumn half-term holiday.

Before that, the Dunster Castle hill climb takes place on August 18 and the Minehead town centre races on September 10.

Merlins’ coaching will resume in September.

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