Mountain Bike Festival

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HUNDREDS of Islanders pushed themselves to the extreme at the weekend, taking part in the Jersey Hospice Mountain Bike Festival.

Around 130 competitors turned out for the events which offered a mix of singletrack speed-provoking terrain, stream crossings and short, steep, technical challenges on the course at Gréve de Lecq woods, St Mary.

Event organiser Aaron Lappage, of Jersey Bike Repairs, said: ‘The day went really well. ‘There was a lot of positive feedback about the courses and the Super J track, which changed a lot from last year, was getting rave reviews.’

The racing brought with it the usual thrills and spills but there were no serious injuries. ‘It’s an extreme sport and people are pushing themselves to the limit – it can be a steep learning curve,’ added Mr Lappage.

‘We had a lot of people here, I was really pleased with the turn-out, and so far we have raised around £1,500 – we should be back next year.’

• Words: Lauren Gouyette • Pictures: David Ferguson • Picture salesnextpagepx_0594554.jpgnextpage

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