Nick Corlett claimed his second gold medal in three days as the Isle of Man continued to dominate the mountain biking events at the NatWest Island Games in Jersey.
Having claimed a thoroughly emphatic victory in the MTB cross country on Monday to help win team gold for the Isle of Man, Corlett was at it again in the challenging criterium race around People’s Park in St Helier on Wednesday evening.
It was not quite as straightforward this time though, none more so than when team-mate Rob Sorby was forced to withdraw from the event through injury - although he did still take to the startline in order to earn a potential team medal.
Once the race got underway, Corlett got off to a flying start but couldn’t hide his frustration when it was quickly halted after a mixup at the beginning led to complaints from several Jersey riders.
The restart failed to disrupt Corlett and team-mate Elliot Baxter too much and they were soon in a leading group of four riders which built up a handy lead.
With two Manxies in the quartet, the pair worked in tandem as Baxter negated any moves by the other two riders which allowed his younger team-mate to break clear and build up a significant lead.
From there Corlett never looked back and, although he tired towards the end, he still had more than enough in his locker to claim another convincing victory and his second individual gold medal of the week.
Baxter remained in contention for a medal as well but eventually had to settle for fourth place while Dan Curtis was eighth and Joe Haddock 15th.
That meant that the Isle of Man squad, also featuring Sorby, took to the podium to pick up another team gold medal to well and truly continue Manx cycling’s fine Island Games