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Perfect high-fives in MTB Series for Robin Horsfield and Cassandra McPhee

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Cassandra McPhee made it a perfect five wins in five races in the Women’s Open 60 Minutes race in the seven-race One Communications Mountain Bike Series, which ended yesterday at Ferry Reach Park (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Robin Horsfield and Cassandra McPhee closed out the One Communications Mountain Bike Series with their fifth open category wins in race seven yesterday at Ferry Reach.

Horsfield made it five straight wins in the Male 60 Minutes Race after missing the first two races of the series. McPhee returned to claim top spot again after being absent last weekend at the Casemates course around the National Museum of Bermuda.

“I’m glad to get a win on this course, it’s a challenging course and usually the weather isn’t in our favour here, but it is a nice day today,” Horsfield said after finishing ahead Alexander Miller and Liam Flannery.

The top finishers all completed four laps, with Horsfield clocking a winning time of 50min 9sec. Miller was almost three minutes back in 53:01 while Flannery was third in 53.27 and Dominique Mayho fourth in 54.36.

Dominique Mayho, more known for road racing, competed in the final race of the MTB Series yesterday at Ferry Reach Park, placing fourth in the Open 60 Minutes Race. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Liam Flannery finished third in the Open 60 Minutes Race at Ferry Reach Park yesterday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

“It’s a good course that they set up and it’s an enjoyable trails system. It was a little chilly earlier in the morning, but once you warm up it’s a good temperature.”

Horsfield, who is taking a break from college in Canada, plans to be here for the National Championships on April 11 at the same course. “I’ll head back to Canada after that and hopefully things are all right over in Canada and that I can do a bit of racing once I’m there,” he said.

McQuinn Burch, the Southampton Rangers footballer, has been using the mountain bike series to stay in shape while domestic football remains on lockdown since early December (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Horsfield quickly established himself as the one to beat in the Open Male category, setting the standard with some impressive performances at Lagoon Park, Admiralty Park, Hog Bay Park and Casemates before this weekend.

Robin Horsfield is congratulated by top cyclist Dominique Mayho after claiming his fifth win of the mountain bike series, which ended yesterday at Ferry Reach (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Jennifer Wilson, second again to Cassandra McPhee in the Women’s Open 60 Minutes Race at Ferry Reach (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Miller had to settle for another second place behind Horsfield, but was pleased with his performance. “I was feeling pretty good today, but of course Robin, technically, is so strong so I just kept my own pace and held on for second,” said Miller, who just turned 18.

Charles Swart in action in the Open 60 Minutes Race at Ferry Reach where he placed fourteenth (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Tom Harcombe competing yesterday at Ferry Reach in the Open 60 Minutes Race (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Grant Goudge, sixth in the 60 Minutes Race yesterday at Ferry Reach Park (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Tony Wood moves through the tress at Ferry Reach in the Open 60 Minutes Race (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Ashley Robinson, fourth-place finisher in the Open 60 Minutes Race yesterday (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

“I tried to match him for about a minute, and then he was gone. On the first lap, he already had a gap and I couldn’t close it.

“The climbs here are pretty brutal, just going straight up. But it was a good race, perfect weather, not too hot and not too cold.

“I’m happy with how I did. I did all of the races except last week’s at Casemates. I’m looking forward to next year.”

McPhee was happy to pick up another win to show her dominance of the Women’s 60 Minutes category. “This course was very brutal, super hilly and probably the most technical of the season,” she said after completing three laps in 54:10 for the win.

“But that’s good because it pushes you out of your limit so that you have to keep working to move forward. You can see the difference between the races; for example, the smoother versus more technical courses.where you can see where people’s strengths lie.

“It’s kind of like a marker of self-improvement.”

McPhee won all five races she emtered, with Jennifer Wilson finishing second for the fifth time, this time in a time of 58:30 after completing three laps. Jennifer Lightbourne was third in 1:02:04.

Wilson won last weekend at Casemates last weekend when McPhee did not compete.

“It’s super nice to see Jenny out; she’s so strong,” McPhee said. “With all of the girls, everyone has different strengths and you can see where the strengths lie. We definitely push each other to move forward. It’s nice to see women supporting women in sport.”

Chequan Richardson, who had a fifth-place finish last weekend, was forced to show his cross-country running skills after a flat back tyre about 500 metres from the finish left him with no option but to run across the line, pushing his bike to finish thirteenth in 48:04 after completing three laps.

“On the last lap I hit a rock over by the beach,” he explained. “Normally I would fix it, but I thought maybe it would be quicker to run it.

“I really wanted to beat James Holloway today, but he got me just at the end as I was running in.

“I ended the series the way I started it because in the first race I broke my chain right on the start. I fixed it and then had to chase the rest of the race. Sometimes you get unlucky!”

Mayho, more known for his performances in road races, turned out to compete in the final race and was impressed with the performances of the top mountain-bike riders.

“You can’t just come out and ride a mountain bike and expect to be up there with these guys,” he admitted. “Especially Robin, who is in a different sort of league.

“It’s fun, though, and I always have fun racing a bike. In the 30 Minute Race, there were three guys with a point separating them so I wanted to see how that one finished.

“Guys were talking in the shop, I got excited and I wanted to race. I came fourth, the guys who have been racing all year just took off.

“I stayed with them for a little while and in the end it was a good race. Those kids are strong.”

In the Men’s Open 30 Minutes Race, Michael Terceira finished first in 42:31, just two seconds ahead of Chad Townsell in an exciting finish, while Howard Williams was third in 42:57. All completed three laps, with Maceo Dill fourth in 45:01.

In the Female Open 30 Minutes, Christine Soutter won in 32:21, completing two laps, while Zina Jones was second in 34:22 and Caroline Wright third in 35:05.

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Published March 15, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated March 14, 2021 at 10:17 pm)

Perfect high-fives in MTB Series for Robin Horsfield and Cassandra McPhee

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