Nutcracker MTB - Nutcracker Altura XC MTB Series - Round 4

Early race goers were greeted with blue sky and sunshine at Parkwood Springs in Sheffield for Round 4 of this year’s Nutcracker Altura XC MTB Series. Shortly after the first lap of the morning race however, the skies turned and the dusty berms and single track of the half man-made and half natural terrain course turned into a whole new animal as the rain decided it was going to stay for the rest of the day.

Nutcracker Altura Team rider Kim Baptista set the early pace in the Juvenile Female category before steadily extending her advantage to win by 42 seconds over Anna Kay, Hetton Hawks Cycling Club. Kim’s BMX roots were on full show as she easily cleared the table top jump on the super fast duel-slalom section. Unfortunately team mate Eve Lyon could not make the podium as she retired with a mechanical. This latest win puts Kim in an unassailable lead at the top of the Championship standings.

For those racing in the lunchtime race there was similar mixed luck for the Nutcracker Altura Race Team. While battling at the front of the Junior’s race, Elliot Metcalfe took a nasty fall on the 2nd lap and had to retire with a suspected broken collarbone although thankfully an x-ray showed it was just bruising and he should be back racing next weekend. Team mate Ben Lawson just edged a thrilling sprint to the line to take the final podium position in the Sport category. Although he had hoped to go two places higher to make it 3 wins in 4. Still a great effort Ben! 

At the Elite end of the race we had a brilliant display featuring two Tour de Yorkshire, Team Wiggins riders’ Mike Thompson (ex Nutcracker Altura rider!) and Iain Paton. While these two set a ferocious pace it was regular podium winner David Fletcher that won the last lap battle with Mike Thompson (in Hope Factory Racing colours) to take the chequered flag. In the Women’s Elite race, having being promoted from Expert cat from last year, Vanessa Holmes from Arrows Cycles Race Team took an easy win from Julie Elder and team mate Danielle Rider.