Robin Horsfield makes triumphant return to MTB Race Series
Robin Horsfield made a triumphant return to the local cycling scene by clinching victory in round three of the One Communications MTB Race Series at Lagoon Park in Sandys on Sunday.
Horsfield, who studies in Barrie, Ontario, and specialises in the mountain bike discipline, demonstrated his technical prowess by taking top honours in the Male Open 60-Minute category, completing eight laps of the course in a time of 51min 26sec.
Alexander Miller, who won the series-opening two races, was forced to settle for second place, completing seven laps in a time of 51:15, with Alan Potts wrapping up the podium places, also finishing seven laps in 52:07.
Cassandra McPhee made it back-to-back victories in the Female Open 60-Minute category, after completing five laps in a total time of 45:07.
More than three minutes behind in second place was Jennifer Wilson, who finished the same amount of laps in 48:36, with third-placed Ashley Robinson more than two minutes farther behind in 51:04.
In the Male Open 30-Minute category, Nico Davis saw his previous perfect record halted by Kent Richardson. Both completed four laps of the course but it Richardson who took the chequered flag, finishing in a time of 32:43, with the former close behind in 33:48.
Also completing four laps was Michael Terceira, who crossed the line less than 30 seconds behind Davis to wrap up the top three in a time of 34:08.
Building on the momentum of victory in the previous round at Southlands, Caroline Wright once again took the chequered flag in the Female Open 30-Minute race but it proved a nervy finish with Christine Stoutter pushing her right to line.
Approaching the finish line in what was their third lap, Wright pipped Stoutter to the win, finishing in 30:10, less than a full second ahead of her nearest rival. Narrowly behind the battling pair was Zina Jones, who crossed the line in 31 minutes flat.
There was also delight for Jackson Langley in the Male 13 to 16 category where he completed four laps in 34:09 ahead of Gordon Smith in 35:22 and Tyler Coleman in 36:17.
In the Female 13 to 16 category, only two competitors raced with S’Nya Cumbermack claiming victory ahead of Zylah Bean after completing three laps in a time of 35:11. Bean, meanwhile, completed a lap fewer in 31:44.
A competitive race in the Male 12 and Under category eventually finished with James McFarlane prevailing over Reeve Johnston. Both riders completed five laps but it was the former who took the chequered after finishing in a time of 18:11, with Johnston slightly behind in 19:08. Makao Butterfield wrapped up the top three after finishing a lap less in a time of 15:21.
In the final race of the day, the Female 12 and under category, Kelsie Wade proved victorious, completing four laps in a time of 17:26 ahead of Daisy Langley, who finished the same amount of laps in 19:27 and Milan Gibbons-Thomas, a lap down, in 16:09.