Winton makes mark in French mountains

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Manor Valley mountain biker Katy Winton is aiming for a top 10 spot when the Enduro World Series concludes in Italy next month.

Winton finished eighth in the individual race at the last stage of the series in Val d’Isere in the French Alps, but bettered that as part of the Great Britain team.

Along with team-mates Emily Horridge and former downhill world champion Tracy Moseley, she found herself on the second step of the podium after an incredible performance from the trio saw them just pipped to the title by the French team, with Switzerland taking third.

Gary Forrest of Eshiels also made the trip to France to represent GB in the series, but went through a tough weekend.

An alpine storm that blew into the valley on Saturday lunchtime made for tricky riding conditions, with the previous warm weather being pushed out by rain, lightning and even some snow on the higher stages.

The harsh conditions took their toll, with Forrest suffering an injury to his foot on Saturday, forcing him to retire from Sunday’s stages.

However, the former Peebles High pupil put in some blistering times throughout the weekend and is now concentrating all his efforts on the final round of the series in Finale Ligure, in the north west of Italy.

The Enduro World Series is a new international race format designed to test mountain bikers to their limits, with features such as punishing climbs and steep, technical descents over two full days on the bike.