Soggy Bottom: Hurlock and Horton shine but Moore's hopes take a hit
CITY cyclist Ian Moore had a day to forget at the 10th anniversary of a major competition after being ambushed by a dustbin lid.
Team Certini rider Moore was taking part in the sport category at the Soggy Bottom mountain bike race series at Newnham Park, Plympton.
But his day ended when he rode into a rolling dustbin lid.
The lid, apparently, had been dislodged from a bush by another competitor crashing into it.
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The runaway lid destroyed Moore's front wheel and put him out of the race.
Meanwhile, Certini rider Tom Thorne suffered a puncture on lap one and was also forced to call it a day.
Another Certini rider, Ben Farrer, survived the carnage to finish first in the category, while team-mate Lee Dare took 32nd.
In other categories, Certini took a host of podiums.
New signing Kim Long won the grand veteran category, while in the same race Fully Sussed-Certini rider Lucy Allan won the young female rider category.
Allan is also a member of the South West youth squad, and after just a month of coaching from top city cyclists Jay and Maddie Horton, has gone from strength to strength.
From January, she will move up into the junior category, and round two of the Soggy Bottom Series will see her go head to head with elite riders Maddie Horton and Carla Haines.
In the afternoon race, Dexter Hurlock rode clear from the field on the first lap and extended his lead over the duration of the race.
Over five laps he destroyed the competition to win by more than four minutes.
Meanwhile team-mate Maddie Horton was doing the same to the women's field, finishing more than six minutes clear in the elite female category.
Husband Jay had a close battle initially in the veteran category, but rode away from his competitors on the final lap to take the win.
Certini's Harry Smith rode a solid race to finish third in the elite category, with Rich Long in fourth place. Gary Andrews also took a fourth-place finish, only missing out on third by two seconds.
The team's next outing will be at their own event – the Certini Cyclo-Cross – on December 16 in Plymouth's Central Park.