Conor White gets new mountain biking season under way in fine style
Conor White enjoyed the perfect start to the new One Communications MTB race series with a commanding victory at the National Museum of Bermuda, in Dockyard.
Tackling the challenging technical course, White took the honours in the Male Open 60 Minutes race, completing a total of six laps in a time of 47min 28sec, more than three minutes clear of nearest rival Alan Potts, who also completed six laps. Cameron Morris rounded off the podium places.
Of the two competitors in the Female Open 60 Minutes category, Jennifer Wilson ultimately prevailed over Ashley Robinson. Both completed five laps in the allotted time with Wilson doing so in a time of 51:08 and her rival in 53:72.
There was also delight for Howard Williams, who proved victorious in the Open Male 30 Minute category, completing four laps in 37:57. Sherman Darrell claimed second place, completing the same laps in 39:27, with Maceo Dill rounding out the top three, having managed a lap less in a time of 30:02.
All five competitors in the Open Female 30 Minute category completed three laps, but it was Jennifer Lightbourne who clinched victory, completing those laps in 31:03. Christine Soutter clocked a time of 32:22 for second place, followed by Alexandra Wilberz in 33:25.
Jackson Langley proved the rider to beat in the Male 13 to 16 division, completing four laps of the shorter course in a time of 36:31, beating out Gordon Smith (38:35) and Ollie Hayward (39:16) – who also completed four laps – to victory.
In the corresponding female age group race, S'Nya Cumbermack and Skye Ferguson both managed three laps but it was the former who took the honours, having completed those laps in a time of 33:14, ten minutes faster than the latter.
It proved a close fought race in the Male 12 and under division, where just 20 seconds separated the top three riders, who all completed six laps. Victory ultimately went to Makao Butterfield in a time of 15:20 with just three tenths of a second between Jeon Wolfe in second place and Sanchez Smith in third.
Kelsie Wade came out on top in the Female 12 and under division, finishing six laps in a time of 15:51 to take the honours ahead of Daisy Langley (15:04) and R-Zanee' Evans-Waldron (16:18) who both completed a lap fewer.