MATT LOVERIDGE performed his party trick on his feet on the 800m climb from the St Martin’s Point foghorn to the Jerbourg car park last evening on stage three of the OSA Recruitment All Terrain Challenge.
Her fairty blasted his way to a convincing win on the punishing climb, but could not quite erase all the 21sec. deficit he had on Division one yellow vest wearer Dave Emery.
Loveridge’s 2min. 6sec., was 20sec. faster than overnight leader Emery and the result wiped out all but one second of the latter’s lead at the top of Division One with three of the seven stages complete.
The stage lead changed time and again at Jerbourg.
Matt Bain posted a fine 3-04 early on and by the halfway point Markus West had taken it down to 2-51.
Warwick Helps soon took three seconds off that and then island basketball star Aaron Walden jumped into the lead with a 2-40.
Dave Ainger, who started the night leading Division Two, was seven seconds slower than Walden and then Steve McCracken sliced 10sec. off the best time to date with just the Division One field to go.
Sam Hall was the first to go sub 2-30 but then George Mason bettered his time by three seconds and still held the lead with just Loveridge and Emery to come.
Nikki Neal was the fastest woman with a 3-04, followed by Chantal Green on 3-19.
The series moves onto Saumarez Park this evening for four divisional circuit races starting from 6.30pm.