Mountain Bike Cross-Country Event – Switchback XCC – 8 ta’ Diċembru 2015

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 12:28

Note:This article has been posted in both English and Maltese
Nota:Dan l-artiklu ġie miktub bl-Ingliż u bil-Malti

Gavin Muscat

BaldBeard Cycling Events organizzaw għal l-ewwel darba tellieqa ‘cross-country’ bil-mountain bikes nhar it-8 ta’ Diċembru 2015. Dan seħħ bil-kollaborazzjoni ta’ l-Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK), li ġentilment offrew il-kumpless sportiv tagħhom ġo Ta’ Qali sabiex dan l-avveniment seta jitwettaq. It-tellieqa issemmiet ‘Switchback XCC’, b’riferenza għad-disinn tal-kumpless ta’ l-ASMK. Il-korsa ġiet għadattata sabiex għal l-ewwel darba setghet tilqa fiha tellieqa bir-roti. Iż-żewġ ċirkwiti li ssoltu jintużaw mil-karozzi u l-muturi rispettivament tbiddlu f’korsa waħda ta’ madwar mil tul għal kull dawra. Il-korsa li primarjament tikkonsisti f’bosta rampi u tidwir fuq art mħarbta, offriet liċ-ċiklisti esperjenza impenjattiva u eċitanti fl-istess ħin.

It-tellieqa kienet maqsuma f’żewġ kategoriji – ‘OPEN’ u ‘BEGINNERS’. Fl-ewwel kategorija, kien Gerard Said li ddomina tellieqa meta beda jiftaħ distakk fuq l-avversarji tiegħu fil-ħames dawra. Minn hemm il quddiem Said beda jiggwadanja madwar sitt sekondi kull dawra fuq iċ-ċiklisti l-aktar qrib tiegħu. Gerard Said rebaħ it-tellieqa ta’ tnax il dawra maċ-ċirkwit f’ħin ta’46 minuta u 48 sekonda, segwit minn Paul Zarb (47:35), Steve Sciberras (47:36), Marie Claire Aquilina (48:28) u Liran Ben-Ari (50:41).

Il-kategorija ‘beginners’ kienet tikkonsisti minn seba’ dawriet maċ-ċirkwit. Marion Pullicino rebħet it-tellieqa f’ħin ta’ 33 minuta u 15 sekonda, segwita minn Colin Tabone (34:05) u l-kumplament taċ-ċiklisti fl-istess kategorija li dehru ferm sodisfatti li lestew it-tellieqa u rnexxilhom jakkwistaw aktar kunfidenza f’din id-dixxiplina.
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English

Mountain Bike Cross-Country Event – Switchback XCC – 8th December 2015

BaldBeard Cycling Events organised their first mountain bike cross-country event on 8th December 2015 in collaboration with Assocjazzjoni Sport Muturi u Karozzi (ASMK). The race took place at the ASMK Sports Complex in Ta’ Qali which was transformed into an inaugural short-track mountain bike event. The event was named ‘Switchback XCC’ with reference to the particular design of the ASMK Sports Complex. Both circuits which usually cater for motors and cars were combined into one larger lap of approximately 1.6km. The circuit consisting mainly of loose gravel, steep ramps and banked corners, offered cyclists with a challenging yet enjoyable experience.

The event was split in two categories, OPEN and BEGINNERS. The former category was dominated by Gerard Said, who started to open a gap on his rivals from the fifth lap onwards. He consistently increased the gap by six second per lap over the most immediate contenders. Gerard Said covered twelve laps in 46mins 48secs followed by Paul Zarb (47:35), Steve Sciberras (47:36), Marie Claire Aquilina (48:28) and Liran Ben-Ari (50:41).

The beginners raced over seven laps. Marion Pullicino won the race in 33mins 15secs followed by Colin Tabone (34:05) and the rest of the field, who were mostly gratified to have completed this event and further honed their off-road skills.

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Gallery

Marion Pullicino

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Gerard Said

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Gerard and Marion

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Trophy Winners

 





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